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Travis Eberle
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Oddly Obvious is an odd duck of a game by Endless Games. You get a few "score" chips, two hundred answer and question cards, a little stand to hold up the card and that's it. In this smallish package is a neat game.

In each round one player takes on the role of host; he reads out the clues on the back of the card while the other players race to find their answer on the front. Whoever calls it out wins the point and whoever gets the most point out of five wins the card; first to win five cards takes the game.

Sounds kinda dumb, right? It isn't. The "clues" use word play, punnery and misdirection to make it difficult for the players to divine the correct answer. If you've seen the 1980s game show Scrabble (and if not, what the hell's wrong with you, it was awesome!) then you get the idea. For the clue "you can learn it at knight school" the answer would be "jousting." Since the clues are read aloud there's homophones and other lingual trickery at play, and players always have to be on their toes.

The rule don't give you much to go on and that's OK. If you want to play it nearer to a game show, you can find buzzers and have showdowns as our group does. If you want everyone shouting at once you can do that too. I think it is a point in the game's favor that the rules are so malleable. Game players who aren't keen on standard issue trivia games should be OK with this game, and if they aren't doing well they can at least laugh or groan at the questions and answers. We certainly did.
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