Sunday, February 17, 2013

Workplace Extreme Musical Chairs

According to Wikipedia, Musical Chairs is a game played by a group of people (usually children), often in an informal setting purely for entertainment such as a birthday party. The game starts with any number of players and a number of chairs one fewer than the number of players; the chairs are arranged in a circle (or other closed figure if space is constrained; a double line is sometimes used) facing outward, with the people standing in a circle just outside of that. A non-playing individual (or MC) plays recorded music or a musical instrument. While the music is playing, the players in the circle walk in unison around the chairs. When the music player suddenly stops the music, everyone must race to sit down in one of the chairs. The player who is left without a chair is eliminated from the game, and one chair is also removed to ensure that there will always be one fewer chair than there are players. The music resumes and the cycle repeats until there is only one player left in the game, who is the winner. When down to the last two players the chair may be moved as long as the music has stopped before the chair has been touched.
Also, according to Wikipedia … there is Extreme Musical Chairs: The rules are the same as traditional musical chairs, however, before the players sit down they must complete a task that the music person gives out before each round. For example before sitting in a chair, players must do five jumping jacks or run and touch the wall. Another variation is to have the players hop, jump, walk backwards, or dance while they are walking around the chairs.

Then there is At Work Extreme Musical Chairs … It starts off in a similar fashion; but there are some rule changes.
Rule # 1  The MC should have x contestants dancing to the music.

Rule #2  There should be x-1 chairs arranged.

Rule #3  Rule #2 can be changed at any time by the MC, with the chairs being reduced to x-2.
The music keeps playing, with the beat increasing until someone collapses from exhaustion and is removed from the dance floor.  At that time, the remaining contestants fall exhausted into the remaining chairs.

The music stops.  The Game is over for the moment.