The word game Fortunately, Unfortunately originated in the late 1980s at National Puzzlers’ League conventions. It was created by one-time NPL president David Scott Marley. A variation was also popularized on the BBC radio program I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. This article will look at some of the most popular versions of the game.
The word fortunate comes from the Latin word fortunatus, which means prosperous. It also means that something is unexpected and good. This is in contrast to the bad luck that a fortune teller might bring. In the latter case, the lucky person’s actions do not necessarily predict bad things, but he or she may be fortunate enough to be surprised by a good chance or favorable circumstances.
The game Fortunately, Unfortunately can be played with a variety of age groups, but tends to work best with children. You just need to decide on which group you want to involve and explain the rules. Once you have your groups together, you can play at any time. The game involves going back and forth in an attempt to solve the situation. Sometimes, it can get very tense, as people will often go off on their own tangents.