A game of

Chatterbox: Inkwell

A game of

A game of wits


...And I'm just saying that to be cool. This was a game that took place a while ago on the CB (and I've done similar in real life at camp), but I've never heard a real name for it. This isn't as much a game as it's just a fun little exercise to put you in a wacky survival situation!

How it works: One CBer gives you a situation (ex. you are trapped in a cave, or fleeing from a horde of vicious winged sheep) and four items. You have to explain how you get out of that situation with just the four items you have on you! Once you've gotten out of that situation, write a scenario of your own for people to be creative with.

One thing to note is that the game is even more fun when you don't think the objects through. It's easy to give a person a way to survive on a desert island if your four items include things you would find in a survival kit, but if you give them objects even you can't see being useful, the answers are even more wild.

If you're still confused (because I'm awful at explaining); here's an example.

CBer 1: You're trapped atop a high tower surrounded by thorns with no escape. You only have a cormorant, a toothbrush, a broken television, and a sock.

CBer 2: I send the cormorant out to get fish. When it returns, I use fish bones to dig through the broken TV for enough wires to make a makeshift rope out of, and dangle myself a short distance out of the tower window with that. I scrub the thorns down with the toothbrush until they're harmless vines, and use those to climb down the rest of the way. 

CBer 2 would then write their own scenario, and it'd go on and on. I'm so sorry, I'm really bad at explaining...

Your first scenario is this!

You're being held captive by a wizard's hulking, massive clay golems. You only have a lava lamp, a boquet of flowers, a lampshade, and a lanyard. Enjoy!

submitted by Icy, age 15, The Forest
(February 11, 2020 - 2:40 pm)

I see if the lava lamp is very hot. If it is, I try to melt the clay with it. If the clay doesn't melt, I offer them the boquet of flowers as a peace offering. If they don't accept, I try stabbing them in the eyes with the pointy-clippy part of the lanyard.

Next scenario:

You are being backed into a 20-foot-tall brick wall by a pack of hangry yeeting ferretgoats. You have with you a woolen shawl, a lazer pointer, a violin bow, and a shower curtain (that still has those hook-type things that attatch it to the rod).

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(February 11, 2020 - 6:23 pm)

Omigosh I love these! I forgot about them though. Thanks for bringing them back Icy :D

For Luna-Starr's scenario, I would turn on the laser pointer, try to shine it into the eyes of all the yeeting ferretgoats to blind them, then while they're incapacitated, I'd toss the shower curtain and the woolen shawl on top of them to trip/disorient/confuse them and then I would attempt to knock their legs (if yeeting ferretgoats have legs?) out from under them with the violin bow, and make my escape. 

Next scenario:  

You are trapped at the top of a playground jungle gym structure, with a lava pool to one side of the structure and solid ground, with a giant bear walking around on it, to the other side. You only have a kite, a waterbottle, a plastic butterknife, and a hardcover book. What will you do?

submitted by Leafy, age No, not a cat
(February 12, 2020 - 10:21 am)

I would tie the plastic butterknife to the kite and send it flying to distract the bear, so it won't attack me. Then I would pour all the water out of the waterbottle into the lava pool to make a patch of cooled rock to stand on, climb onto it, and use the hardcover book to row across. And probably fall in and died, but hey I did my best.

Next scenario: You are hanging upside down from a super thick ten-foot rope tied to your feet. Underneath you is a large, deep moat with lots of trash in it and alligators swimming around. You only have a pair of those little kid scissors that have rounded tips, a baseball cap, a Hello Kitty stuffed animal, and a colorful beach ball. What will you do?

submitted by Nyx, age 12 years, earth
(February 12, 2020 - 4:57 pm)

Hmm. First I'll untie the rope, then I'll use the little kid scissors to pop the beach ball, so it scares the alligators. When they're distracted, I'll swing on the rope to the other side of the river. If an alligator tries to get me, I'll close its mouth shut by putting the baseball cap velcro thing around its mouth. Or I'll feed it the Hello Kitty stuffed animal, so it gets distracted.

Next scenario: 

You're locked in a dark room filled with sleeping snakes. You need to get out, but you only have a pair of bright pink slippers, a paper clip, a plastic spork, and a microwave. 

submitted by Sybill, age ????, Kyngdom
(February 12, 2020 - 7:19 pm)

I bend the paper clip into a hook shape and attach it to the end of the plastic spork. Putting my hand through one of the slippers as a safety precaution since the spork isn't that long, I carefully scoop up a snake in the hook and shut it in the microwave. I do this with each of the snakes, one by one. ...I'll let them out of the microwave later because snake lives matter, though.

Next scenario!

You are being held hostage by a gang of slightly mixed-up bandits. They, thinking you're someone else, promise to let you go if you give them a treasure you don't even have. You do have a paintbrush, glass Christmas ornament, calendar from seven years ago, and a hockey puck. 

submitted by Icy, age 15, The Forest
(February 12, 2020 - 9:38 pm)

I smash the ornament and use the glass defensively, while tickling people's noses with the paintbrush and making them sneeze to distract them. I also attempt to dish out some severe paper cuts with the calendar.

You are suurrounded on all sides by some very upset neighbors who believe you trashed their backyards. You have with you a broken walkie-talkie, a piece of bubblegum (unchewed), a pair of men's sweatpants and a clothespin.

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(February 13, 2020 - 12:53 pm)

I would get out the piece of bubble gum, chew it than spit it onto the broken walkie talkie then put the sweat pants onto the clothes pin and swing out of there and run for my life!

submitted by Emekittycon k, age 11, Kitten Kingdom
(February 14, 2020 - 1:07 pm)

Hmmm..... I would throw the glass ornament onto the ground startling the bandits then poking one of the in the eye with the paintbrush, then hit the others with the calendar and hockey puck, then I would sprint out of there as fast as I could.


Next Scenario!


You're in a cave with a bomb that will go off in 5 minutes, making the cave collapse! You have a rope, a belt, a screwdriver, and a piece of gummy candy.

submitted by Emekittycon k, age 11, Kitten Kingdom
(February 13, 2020 - 1:03 pm)

You never said the entrance was blocked off, so I would just walk to the entrance and leave. However, If the entrance was blocked off, I would put on the belt and tie the rope to it. Then I would stick the screwdriver into the ceiling and tie the other end of the rope to it. Then I would eat the gummy candy for confidence, and swing into the blocked of entrance (feet first so I wouldn't kill myself) until the entrance broke/opened. I would probably die, but ya know what, at least I tried. 


You are in a gas station in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Zombies are closing in on the gas station from all directions. You only have a can of coca cola, A large fur coat, a palette of face paint, and a dull nail. 

submitted by Majestic Mary, age 1 eternity, Somewhere Special
(February 14, 2020 - 2:17 pm)

I would stick the nail through the surface of the large fur coat, not far enough to actually stick through the inner lining, but far. I stain the coat with red face paint and shatter the window with the can of coke, tossing the coat from the window to cover for me. 

I run from there. 

Next scenario!~

You are trapped in a burning barn, in the hayloft. The barn's main doors are sealed tightly shut and ablaze. You have a curling iron, a small rag doll, a flimsy wicker basket, and a tube of mascara. Go! c:

submitted by Icy, age 15, The Forest
(February 15, 2020 - 10:59 pm)
submitted by Top
(February 11, 2020 - 9:45 pm)

I put the rag doll over my mouth to protect me from the smoke while using the curling iron and mascera tube to poke a whole through the roof of the barn. When I succeed there, I get up on the roof and take apart the wicker basket and tie its pieces into a rope. Then I tie that rope to something and climb down the side of the barn.

Next scenario: you are being cornered in a street alley by rabid cats. You have a broken metal hanger, a pair of earbuds, a melted red crayon and a plastic blue easter egg.

submitted by Luna-Starr, age 27 eons, Existential Ponderment
(February 16, 2020 - 9:40 am)