I have a game idea I've been mulling over for a few days. Let me see if I can explain it. I'm thinking it will be sort of like this...
Example: Well, obviously I start it off so, "I am offering a really nice sink I'm giving away because I just bought a new one to go with my new kitchen." Actually, I'm saying, "If you need a sink for your game, post your wishlist with any sink on it or one of your friend's wishlists with any sink on it and I will gift you a new sink but it has to be a sink."
Someone posts and claims the new sink and they might respond like this, "I couldn't have run across you at a better time because my sink overflowed this morning, trapping me in the pantry for two solid hours because I cannot swim due to a broken leg in a cast and long story short, when the plumber finally arrived and looked at my sink he said it cannot be fixed." Then that same person might add, for example, "Now, I was cleaning out the attic yesterday and came across this old picture and this old antique that used to belong to my nanny and they're not to my taste but they're really too nice to toss out. Would someone like to have these two things?" They are offering a picture and a decorative item.
Someone claims the picture because they just moved into their first apartment and they have nothing to decorate it with but they really don't care for antiques. (Alternatively, they could have taken both items.) And they might offer this formal dress they found in their closet while they were packing. They've already worn this dress twice and it never really fit them that well anyway. It was always too tight in the bust.
The next poster might inform us, "I'd like to claim that formal dress for my friend (posting the wishlist of the friend) because my friend just had a fire in her house and her closet was destroyed in the fire. She has ten little children and a wedding to go to next month and I know she cannot afford a new dress." And then she might add, "I was thinking of giving away this bookcase because I'd like to get a new one. My cats have been using it as a scratching post and it just doesn't look all that nice anymore."
And yet another poster might say, "Oh, I love antiques! I was hoping to get a globe for my living room but I've never seen one as nice as that. I don't need the bookcase, thank you." Is that an obvious hint to the gifter that he/she has identified the 25 point object as a globe and that's what he/she would prefer? Because this player is smart, that globe is already on the wishlist. Next, our smart Simmer will post what he/she is offering as a give-away.
Notice that the bookcase from two posters back is still available. So that's how the game would be played.
1.) You must accept the type of item offered (i.e. any sink, in the first example) and a sink of any kind has to already be on your wishlist or your friend's wishlist that you posted.
2.) You may not post to claim something and then say you don't really need that type of thing and ask for something else.
3.) Please do not hold up the game while you look for an item to add to your wishlist. If you claim an item you must be ready to post with your own offering.
4.) If you post for a friend who is not prepared you must still make good on your offer and please inform the rest of us, something like this, "I am so sorry but my friend's phone is out of service. He/she must have dropped it in the toilet again so he/she will not be available to claim that sink after all." While there is no shame in withdrawing your friend's name, it must be done in a new post. This is meant to be fun.
5.) You have to post a reason (a storyline) for the item you are claiming or you are claiming for your friend and you have to post a storyline about what gift (or gifts) you are offering to someone in the community. Without the storyline, this would be simply another "gift the person before you" game.
6.) It appears that overlapping will work but please do not offer more than two items at a time. If we find any overlapping is too confusing we may decide to limit the offered gift to one, only.
7.) You must claim a gift and offer a gift in the same post.
8.) You are free to edit your posts but not to change essential information, i.e., if you offer a bed then you must give a bed.
9.) So we do not exclude any gifters who may have nothing on their wishlists, or for any reason whatsoever want nothing, they are welcome to offer anything at anytime but they must also post a storyline. My hope is that someone in this position might discover that they need a makeover after all and perhaps they can add a hairstyle to their wishlist. Perhaps a grandchild needs a haircut?
10.) You may post as often as you can afford to and the more outrageous your storylines the better.
Pros about this game:
Everyone knows ahead of time what gift they are claiming, i.e. a sink, not a stove, in the first example. Essentially, it works as a gift the person ahead of you (with a twist) but I think this will be a lot of fun for the little imaginative story elements we'd be throwing in. Some people may offer two items and that will allow the posts to overlap somewhat, without any problem, fingers crossed.