From strangers to lovers: how a popular card game brought a couple together


Matthew Brown

Lauren Falter & Nicholas Krentz play a game of “We’re Not Really Strangers” in Kent State’s Centennial Court B. Feb. 2, 2022.

Jenna Bal Reporter

Lauren Falter and Nicholas Krentz had only known each other for a month when they spent hours in hammocks playing the card game “We’re Not Really Strangers.”

“I think this is what allowed us to know each other really well,” said Falter, a senior speech pathology and audiology major.

 WNRS is a question-and-answer format card game. It has three levels of questions: “Perception,” “Connection” and “Reflection.” The focus of the game is to reconnect not only with others, but with yourself. 

“It’s a self-reflection, but someone’s there with you,” said Krentz, a junior aeronautics major. “It makes the stakes higher.”

The first level of questions, “Perception,” focuses on first impressions with questions such as, “What does my style tell you about me?”

Level two, “Connection,” dives deeper with questions designed to prompt conversation. For example, “How are you, really?” and “What is your defining characteristic?”

The final level, “Reflection,” forces players out of their comfort-zone with questions like “What can we create together?” and “Why do you think we met?”

Although the game’s concept is simple, Falter and Krentz agreed playing WNRS led to much deeper discussion both before and during their relationship. It allowed them to ask questions they never would have been able to ask otherwise they said. 

“It felt very mature,” Falter said. “We went out, and we played a game but at the same time we really learned so much about each other.”  

Created by model and artist Koreen Odiney in 2018, WRNS has since grown popular on social media with 4.7 million followers on Instagram and 3.8 million followers on TikTok.

Falter and Krentz recommend WRNS to students who want to know someone beyond the surface, and it is evident other players agree; the game has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.

Falter and Krentz played WNRS after meeting at Kent State last year. They used the game to get to know each other better.

“Looking back, it’s like, this is what started the relationship and was the foundation of it,” Krentz said.

Now the couple’s relationship is over a year strong, and together they have played countless hours of WRNS. They now own two decks of original cards, plus the relationship extension pack.

“The game to me is more how we really started to get to know each other,” Falter said. “I wouldn’t have done it any way else.”

Jenna Bal is a reporter. Contact her at [email protected]