The Ultimate Party Game Tournament: Round 2: The Top 45
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See Round 1 for background blurb.

Round 1 saw us establish the BIG 13 party games. It became clear that they would dominate this tournament due to their widespread ownership/popularity (rather than they actually were necessarily the 'best' party game, though some of them may be). They were launched into an ongoing BIG 13 party game battle that will go on till the end of time.

So in a sense this is a list of the top 14-58 party games. But lets forget that.

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Imagine you go to a series of parties where party games are played. At each party, give a thumbsup to the game(s) you enjoy the most, feel free to comment too. Give a thumbsdown in the comments to any games you didn't enjoy.
Vote for as many games as you want at each party. The game from each party that most people enjoy will go through to the parties being held next week. Second-placed games may get through on incomprehensible Wild Card rules related to the number of votes they get compared to games in other parties.
Since in lists like this people don't usually vote for games they don't know I have included the game description and a comment from someone who has played the game and loves it - so imagine you did play it and vote accordingly. Okay this might not be science, but it could be fun! Its a party! Lets go for it! laugh

So:
1. Vote for the party game(s) you most enjoyed at each party by clicking on their thumbsup. Feel free to add comments too.
2. If you don't like playing that game, give it thumbsdown by adding a comment and saying why you don't like it.

This series of Parties end on Sunday, July 22nd at 11:00 pm BGG time.

[The games have been reseeded based on votes from round 1. Seeded games have then been split across the mini parties so that in theory the higher seeded games should meet up later in the tournament.]

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1. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1638]
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In Attribute, you try your best to guess the opinions of the other players about topics chosen by the players. Each player always has four attribute cards and a red or green sheep card in his hand. One player chooses a topic. All players with green sheep try to play an attribute matching this topic, all players with red sheep try to play one that doesn't match. All played attribute cards are revealed simultaneously and the players must try to slap a topic-matching attribute card played by another player who also played a green sheep. Points are earned for correct matches.

"One of my all-time favorite games. Better than Apples to Apples in every way (except simplicity). Overall the added depth is a good thing as it makes the game more funny/fun/interesting. Due to the black/white sheep dynamic and the fact that players pick their own topics, you can't really get screwed by a bad hand (and it gives the game much more longevity than Apples to Apples). However, the scoring system and more in-depth play means that it is not a good game for non-gamers (sometimes it's even confusing for seasoned gamers at first), so we keep Apples to Apples around for family holidays and larger groups. "
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2. Board Game: Cranium Hoopla [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2133]
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Amber's Party

A timed version of Cranium, designed for two or more players to play cooperatively.
Each player is dealt 4 cards depicting commonly known people, places, or objects. Another 8 cards are added to a common Play Pile. Players then take turns rolling a die to determine what type of clues can be given, starting the timer, selecting a card from their hand, and trying to get the other players to guess what is on that card as quickly as possible.

"What a great party game. Team vs. time instead of against each other. Working together against the clock works much better than I thought it would. Good mix of activities and cards (with nice photographs to provide visual cues and context) provide lots of variety to the game. An excellent game."

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3. Board Game: What Were You Thinking? [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2620]
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Amber's Party

A party game where you try to guess the most popular answers to the questions, not necessarily the correct answers.

"I've easily played this one 50+ times over the years... and not one of those plays was the boxed game. Great party game that only needs pencils, paper, a timer, and some fun people (and, obviously, the rules)."
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4. Board Game: The Big Idea [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2039]
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Quick and easy card game (Cheapass style) where the players represent venture capitalists creating companies (from a noun card and an adjective card - "Erotic Pants") to take through the process of an IPO. You automatically gain a share in companies you create, and later you have opportunities to secretly invest in a company and publicly buy a share in a company. Finally, you roll a die to see what companies go public in a round: equal to or lessor than the shares issued in the company. And the pay out: based on the number of shares issued and the number of cards used in forming the company times the die roll. The game is fairly simplistic, but it's lots of fun to create names of products like "Erotic Pants", while agonizing over helping your opponent because their product will net you the biggest gain.

"No game has ever made me laugh so much. Our group really enjoys games where you reward people for being funny, and that's all this game is about. No matter how many times we play, it never gets old. Even if we come up with card combinations we've had before (which is rare) it doesn't matter because the pitches are what make the game. Who knew there could be so many ways to sell the same thing? The Semideluxe Edition really is fantastic too. Not only are there better/more cards, but the new rules improve the game tenfold. I'll never ever tire of this game."
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5. Board Game: Bamboleo [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1673]
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Brad's Party

This is definitely one of the more unique offerings from our German friends. An assortment of oddly shaped wooden blocks are placed onto a round, wooden 'platter.' The platter has a cork ball on its underside, which is then placed on top of a conical stand. The trick is that the oddly shaped pieces are to be removed one-by-one, which has a high probability of upsetting the whole contraption's delicate balance. The bigger the piece that you remove when it's your turn, the more points you'll score, but you have a higher likelihood of spilling everything, which scores you negative points.

"I love games that involve balancing pieces. Its also fun to trash talk about which piece to choose. If you have good players, its also fun as a secondary effort to see how few pieces you can get to."

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6. Board Game: The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1842]
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This not-quite-a-role-playing-game requires players to sit around telling fantastic (but completely true!) stories. Players may attempt to trip up another player's story by wagering a token ("But the Prussian Army had dissolved by that time, m'lord, so you could not have possibly fought it single-handedly"), whereas the storyteller must counter with another token (and an excuse) or swallow their pride and incorporate it into their story (with another excuse). There are also a few, minor details, mostly used to get boring storytellers to stop. The game is won after each player has told one story. Each player, in turn, gives *all* their tokens to another player they believe has told the best story--so collecting the most tokens doesn't make you the winner, it makes you be able to choose the winner. Of course, the best story-telling wins the game.

"Massively fun game. Interestingly, the rulebook didn't even give me a hint at how absurdly and crazily creative our storytelling -- and interrupting each other -- actually was. I was surprised at how fun and easy it was to roleplay adventure-club members spinning yarns to each other. Why, I remember mounting stuffed leapards on pullwagons and scaring off the Italian army one time... "

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7. Board Game: Things... [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2446]
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Brad's Party

Things... is a party game where everyone writes a response to a particular prompt, such as "Things... you shouldn't put in your mouth," and the players then try to guess which player wrote which response.

A reader is chosen. This reader reads aloud a Topic Card. The players all write a response, fold up the slip of paper and turn it in to the reader, who reads them aloud once and then a second time. The player to the left of the reader has to guess who wrote which response. This is all done from memory, without benefit of taking notes or having the responses read again. If the guesser is correct, he or she continues guessing until incorrect, at which time the player to his/her left tries guessing. Players whose responses were correctly identified are eliminated and cannot make guesses. The round ends when one player has not been matched to a response.

"I had great success playing this one with adults and/or children. Comparable to Beyond Balderdash although the scoring system seems less polished. The main thing is it succeeds in generating lots of laughs. "
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8. Board Game: Hedbanz: Identity Crisis Game [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:10529]
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Through different questions come to know which 3 persons and 3 places are on the cards you have stuck at your forehead with a headband. Both the persons and the places may be fictious as well as existing.

"One of the funniest moments in my gaming history occurred playing Hedbanz. My dad (who is bald) drew a card and promptly placed it on his forehead. He couldn't figure out why the rest of us were laughing hysterically until he finally guessed that the card was "Toupee". "
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9. Board Game: GiftTRAP [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1218]
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Clare's Party

The goal is to GIVE gifts people want and to GET gifts you want. Matching correctly advances your scoring markers from GO to GIFTED on the respective tracks. There are no turns as such. All players GIVE then GET then REVEAL and SCORE.
It is a game of social intelligence. A broad range of gifts (real and imaginary) test just how well you know your friends and how well they know you and make for some very interesting conversations. GiftTRAP is perfect for friends who know just enough about each other to be dangerous.

"This is a delightful game that those members of my family that AREN'T obsessed with medium to heavyweight games play repeatedly. Simple rules, great player interaction and spot-on for humour and ribbing (What are you trying to say? All seven of you have given me a Pub in my basement!). A joy."
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10. Board Game: 1000 Blank White Cards [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2017]
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Clare's Party

1000 Blank White Cards is a public domain card game, which allows the players make the cards during the course of the game. Before play, players seed the deck with their own invented cards. These cards are shuffled in with blank cards to form a deck of about 60-90 cards.
Basically, the game follows "Draw 1, Play 1". Most cards have a point value of +1000 to -1000, and players may play a card on themselves, on another player, or on all players. If a player draws one of the blank cards during the course of play, they may craft a new card out of it, often countering other cards which have already been played.
Cards usually have a title, a picture, with a score and/or rule. Usually the picture, being a quick sketch by a non-artist, comes out as a stick figure. That's okay. This adds to the humor value, especially when another player makes a "Stick-Figure Genocide" card. Cards can represent anything the designer wants to feature, from serious to absurd. (However, usually cards tend toward the latter.)

"Holy Crap! This had me laughing so hard that I couldn't breathe. Don't look at this as a game, but rather an activity and you'll have a blast.
Mark Taraba actually peed himself while playing this. It was disgusting. We excused him for doing it, cause we were laughing so hard.
I was a bit surprised when Ray Peterson slapped Mike Penisi across the face, then astounded when he continued across the table and got Chris Aniballi and Stuart Moore straight in the kisser. I figure he had some weird card, but then he kicked Tom Wham in the ass, tore off his shirt and ran down the hall spraying himself with Mr. Pibb. I guess I'll never know what was on the card. "

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11. Board Game: Celebrities [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:2242]
Tony Ackroyd
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Clare's Party

Celebrities is the public domain game on which the game Time's Up is based. Each player writes the names of celebrities (about 8) on a pieces of paper or cards, one per piece of paper. The names are placed in a container, and players are assigned partners randomly (there must be an even number of players). The first player pulls names out of the container one at a time and tries to get their partner to say the name on the paper by giving whatever clues they like, without saying the actual name on the paper. If their partner get a name right, they keep the paper; everything else goes back in the container. Each player has only 30 seconds. The names are passed to the next person, who repeats the process, and so forth, with the names going around the table, and everyone getting chances to give clues and to guess, until all of the names are guessed. Teams score one point for each name guessed. All of the names are put back in the hat, and a second round begins. This time, the clue giver can give only one word clues for each name (with whatever other sounds or charades they like), and the guesser can guess only once. In the third round, no words at all are allowed for the clue giver; only charades and sounds (humming tunes is allowed). The team with the highest total score from the three rounds is the winner.

"Fun, even with the "wrong" partner. As long as you laugh until you have tears in your eyes, you've won the game! I love how a history builds up in a crowd -- who knew that the universal charade symbol for Dustin Hoffman was a bouncing bridge? "
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12. Board Game: Kaleidos [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1724]
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The game comes with four identical sets of twelve paintings, each depicting a scene packed (to greater and lesser extents) with various objects. Each of up to four players or teams uses their own set, so there’s no craning around to see the picture at the far end of the table. In fact, spiffy cardboard easels prop up the scenes nicely so they’re easier to view.
Everyone loads identical scenes onto their easels and a spinner provides two possible letters for the round. One player makes the choice for all, and everyone gets sixty seconds to write down as many things beginning with that letter as they can find in the scene. Although each word can be used only once- a football and baseball wouldn’t count as two BALLS- an object can be used multiple times for different words (BASEBALL, BALL). Of course, you can adopt whatever house rules you prefer here.

"Played four times the first weekend I learned to play. To my dismay, no one in my usual group owns this one and I can't seem to find it anywhere! That's what I get for playing out of print games. "
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13. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:937]
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Dave's Party

Once Upon A Time is a game in which the players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller, and creates a story using the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards and end with her Happy Ever After card.

"A 10 or a 1, depending on the people you play with. Absolutley wonderfull with roleplayers/amature actors/people with a lot of imagination. However if played with the wrong peole you could as well watch paint dry.
Good thing all the peole i play games with are of one of those categories. I will probably buy it. "
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14. Board Game: Wise and Otherwise [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1464]
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One player is designated as the Reader each round. That player reads the first part of an old saying or proverb to the group, and states the country of origin for that proverb. The remaining players must secretly write an ending for the proverb and pass it to the Reader, who collects all possible endings.
The Reader shuffles the submissions, and then reads each ending aloud for the group. Players must then vote for the ending they think is authentic.

"A fantastic party game. Same mechanics as Balderdash, but the theme (proverbs instead of words) is an improvement in every way. Whereas in Baldurdash you can tack any definition onto any word, the different adages in Wise & Otherwise force the players to come up with something completely new every round. The made-up phrases are often very clever and entertaining."
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15. Board Game: Charades [Average Rating:4.87 Overall Rank:11017]
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An older boxed version of the traditional party game Charades. A nice timer is included as well as two sets of cards with many different answers to act out for your friends.

"If you have a group of family/friends who don't mind laughing at themselves this is really enjoyable. Like Pictionary, never underestimate the skill in guessing - this is a psychology game as much as anything else. Actor and guessers need to get into each other's heads. Team charades, with each team creating the titles to put in the other team's hat, is one of the very best party games around. Love it."
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16. Board Game: Loaded Questions [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3425]
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"If you were invisible, where would you go?" "If you could be a member of any TV-sitcom family, what would you choose?" Rated one of the hottest new board games by USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle and Games Magazine, Loaded Questions is the hilarious new board game that tests players on how well they know each other with over 500 fun personality-filled questions.

"I'll play this game whenever I can. Though mostly we don't use the board and don't really keep track of points. It's just a lot of fun to hear what people write down about themselves. "
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17. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2159]
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Cluzzle is the game where you try to sculpt poorly! It is a deduction game like 20 questions. At the beginning of the game, everyone makes an ambiguous clay sculpture called a Cluzzle. For the rest of the game, players ask "Yes or No" questions to figure out the other clay puzzles.
You don't have to be an artist to play. In fact, the longer it takes others to figure out your clay sculpture, the more points you get. However, you only get points if at least one person figures out your Cluzzle before the end of the game. This means you'll want your sculpture to be a little ambiguous, but not too ambiguous.
The result is a hilarious game for all ages, where anyone can win and everyone will have fun. So grab your friends and family. Your ridiculously poor sculptures will inspire laughter that will be remembered for years to come!

"Great game. As a highly competetive person, I find myself relaxing and enjoying the clay. Great game for an opener or closer. Lots of laughs as well. "
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18. Board Game: Ultimate Outburst [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4008]
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Ultimate Ouburst is a superset of the original Outburst featuring 2 extra rounds of play. ReverseBurst where you hear answers and guess the topic and Challenge Outburst where you bid against the opponents.

"A good game when you have a LOT of people and want a game you can learn REALLY quickly. Adds some nice twists on the original Outburst! "
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19. Board Game: Chronology [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2149]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Ella's Party

Each player is building a time line of cards. A card contains an historical event and the year in which it occurred. Players are dealt two cards, which are then placed face up in chronological order. On his turn, a player is read an event from a new card; the player must then indicate the position on his own timeline where the card should be placed. If he's correct he takes possession of the card and inserts it in his line; if not, the next player gets a crack at it, and so on. The first player with ten cards wins.

"This is excellent, probably one of the best adult 'filler' games for a light-weight crowd with broad interests. Play time is short and intense, setup is non-existant, material is accessible even to those without a degree in history, and everything in the game can be hand-held. Elegant party game (and who thought you'd ever see those two phrases together on the 'Geek?). "
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20. Board Game: True Colors [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3949]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Ella's Party

Players attempt to best anticipate how others percieve them. Each round consists of several private ballot votes on who best fits a particular question. Once votes are entered players guess at the number of votes they recieved for that particular question. The better your estimate the more points you make and the winner being the player who best understands how others see the player.

"Great game for getting to know people and finding out what other really think about you. Can be loads of laughs. Also an opportunity to wreck marriages and break friendships. Loads of fun. "
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21. Board Game: Outburst! [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:4014]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Fred's Party

A game of lists. Teams take turns trying to guess as many of the 10 answers to a topic on the cards. Bonus points can be earned by guessing more than the Target Answer determine by a d10 die roll. The first team to 60 points wins!

"This is a great party game that you can play with as many people as you can imagine. Easy, fun, and everyone can get involved! "
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22. Board Game: 25 Words or Less [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2252]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Fred's Party

Players divide up into two teams. The current clue-givers look at a list of five words that they're going to have to get their teammates to say using only words (aka, no sounds or gestures). The clue-givers bid on the number of words that they can accomplish the feat, with the lowest bid getting the honor of doing so. If the team cannot successfully name the words in the allotted time and with the bid number of words (or less), then the other team gets the point. The first team to collect ten points is the winner.

"Great party game. It's basically Taboo, however the teams bid on how few words they can use to get their teammates to guess everything on the card. It makes for some tense clue giving as you often try to boil down the essence of the word in just one or two words. "
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23. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1281]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Fred's Party

This is a game that comes in a real egg-box. 9 yellow plastic eggs and 1 yellow wooden egg (worth 2 points, the others are worth 1 point) and two dice one red and one white. Although it is, in fact, a childrens game, it is great fun when played by adults as well.

The point of the game is to have the most points. You throw one die, which gives you different possibilities, whether you can simply take an egg from the box (or steal from someone else if there are none left in the box), or you make it bounce on the table and everybody tries to catch it and other possibilities, or and that's where the name of the game comes from "Dance of the Eggs", you have to run around the table. But the difficulty is that if you take, catch or steal an egg you have a second die that you throw, that gives you the location where you have to put the egg; between your cheek and your shoulder, your chin and the breast, between your knees... At the first egg which falls to the ground, the game ends and the one having the most eggs wins the game.

"You will laugh until you cry. (And this is a good thing.) The sight of my wife attempting to waddle around the table with three eggs clutched between her knees and one in each elbow is one I will NEVER forget! "
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24. Board Game: Family Business [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1890]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Family Business takes mob warfare to a new level of backstabbing, revenge, and general bloodthirstiness, which is what makes it such a blast to play. Every player controls a 'family' and plays various cards to off other players' family members. In a game with this little structure, it's possible for everyone to gang up on one unlucky soul, or for the damage to be fairly evenly spread. Either way, the last family standing is victorious.

"One of the best!! At my old university boardgaming society we would always go back to this. Beg, borrow or steal a copy. Just get it and 5 friends! "

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25. Board Game: Guesstures [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3279]
Tony Ackroyd
United Kingdom
Brighton
E Sussex
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Gail's Party

This game is like Charades on 'Speed'. The active player gets four cards. Each card has two words on it, one easy, one difficult. The harder the word, the more points it's worth. The player picks one word from each card and loads them into the timer device. S/he then has about a minute to communicate the words to teammates; when a word is guessed correctly, the card must be snatched out of the timer. The timer, meanwhile, will "eat" the cards, one at a time, if they aren't snatched. You get points for each card successfully rescued from the timer.

"Charades with what it needs: structure and time limits. The time limits and expectations of the current pantomimer makes the game a flurry of excitement. An excellent rendering of a traditional party game. "

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