The compass always points to Terrapin.
Some house rules we play with:
1. One person is deemed the Rules Arbiter and makes all rulings about whether or not Mike is OK for Michael, or the answer came before the timer buzzed. There is usually a secondary to make judgments for when the RA him-/her-self is up. We tend to play fairly, as we enjoy playing the game a lot, so no one goes crazy with power when they are the RA. Also, it tends to be the same person, except when he/she is not around.
2. We usually allow the giver to look at the first name drawn for 5-10 seconds before starting the clock.
3. We allow one pass in the first round. It's sacreligious, I know, but that's how many of us were taught, and we have perpetuated the mistake over time. Any number of passes are allowed in the second and third rounds, but once passed, you cannot go back to them.
4. Between the first and second round, we go through all of the names and read them off and vote on them. The vote is whether or not people have heard of the celeb. If 50% have not heard of the celeb, it's ditched. This will usually result in 3-5% of the cards being ditched (typically 2-4 cards). Note that this is not a popularity contest; just because you don't want to have the name in the running, you cannot vote to drop it. You have to have never heard of the celeb. We also take this time to explain some celebs to those that have not heard of them (e.g. Michael Meyers is the name of the bad guy in the Halloween movies, as opposed to the Canadian comedian star of Austin Powers).
5. We allow the use of Props (especially useful during the Charades portion).
Any other house rules out there?
Rules we play by can be found here: