I really think we out-did ourselves this time – Evan and I finally may have brainstormed a format in which you can easily learn the core WAYK game via internet video. This video covers all the techniques needed to play a two to four person game. For larger groups, check out our supporting technique videos on “Lunatic Fringe” and “Angel on Your Shoulder“. These are part of a series of technique videos and it’s probably worth it to watch all of them if you are still confused by the end of the WAYK tutorial. Additionally, some of the short technique videos cover “game rules” not mentioned in this initial tutorial video. Here’s links to the “Fundamental Techniques of WAYK” videos:
Most importantly, remember: this video method of learning WAYK will only work if you “copy-cat” the sign, playing along with Evan as you watch. Remember, WAYK is not a learning game it’s a “copy-catting” game. Don’t try to memorize or “learn” the signs, just “copy-cat” along until you feel fluent! If you don’t get it the first time, play the video again and keep copy-catting. Since we’re not sitting next to you as you play, this is the one way you could struggle. It may sound crazy, but if you “try to learn” the sign language in this video, you’ll probably not do well. If you give in and just “copy-cat”, you’ll do great. If you wonder whether (or how) WAYK works, the only way to find out is to actually play! Give it a shot. As always, we are available for questions and would love to help you tweak your game.
By the end of this video, you’ll be able to have a simple conversation with an ASL speaker. Some of the signs used in WAYK are from SEE (Signed Exact English) or PSE (Pidgin Signed English), to make it easier to apply the game to spoken language, but no worries – an ASL speaker should be able to understand you, and with a couple tweaks, you’ll be learning their particular dialect.
You may also find it useful to use this video as a refresher if some time has passed since you played, and you feel a little rusty.