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Subject: Beyond Balderdash: a twist on an old parlor game rss

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Ed Sherman
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Beyond Balderdash (and its original version Balderdash) are packaged versions of the classic parlor game "Dictionary," and has inspired several similar games (Liebrary and Wise and Otherwise to name two).

Gameplay revolves around a deck of cards with definitions for some very obscure words. The active player takes a card and reads the word. Then every other player writes up their definition of the word -- it could be as serious or silly as the player wishes. The active player mixes up all the definitions with the real definition, and then everyone votes on what they think the "real" definition is.

You get points for either:
1) guessing the word's definition correctly
2) other people guessing your (bluffing) definition

The difference between Balderdash and Beyond Balderdash is that while the original game only had the definitions of obscure words, BB adds things like movies, people, and initials. This is interesting because it expands the possibilities, but also can be troublesome because there is more of a chance a player might know the "real" answer.

Pretty straightforward. The nice thing about Balderdash instead of just grabbing the biggest dictionary you can to play for free is that you don't have to scan through Webster's to find a word that is "just hard enough." It's an easy enough game to describe and is good for some laughs. I think the game is decent and can be found at your local Goodwill easily. The extra topics for BB will also appeal to many more people. Some people may be interested in the more themed versions (like Liebrary for book lovers). (My rating 6/10)
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