Games Adults Play: A Comic Series

Comic Josh Gondelman and artist Molly Roth share a list of just a few of their favorite games that adults play. The name of this week’s game? Call me!


Number of players: 2

Description of gameplay: One player (the Caller) attempts to force the other player (the Dodger) into responding to their pervasive phone calls and texts. The occasion for this correspondence is not important: Maybe the two players have already made plans, maybe one is an old friend who is really going through it while the other can’t with this right now. Gameplay is the same regardless.

Game ends when…: The Caller wins if the Dodger responds at any point in the future. The Dodger wins if he/she can avoid responding until the two see each other in person next. Bonus points are applied if they successfully pretend not to have received the Caller’s correspondence in the first place.


Look for the next installment of Games Adults Play in the coming weeks. Missed the last one? Check it out here.

About Josh Gondelman

Josh Gondelman is a writer and comedian who incubated in Boston before moving to New York City, where he currently lives and works as a writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He is also the co-author of the book You Blew It and co-founder of the Modern Seinfeld Twitter account.

About Molly Roth

Molly Roth is a Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based graphic artist and humorist. She works on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker Daily Shouts, McSweeney’s, and Vox.