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Subject: Kids love making up crazy words - great with friends too. rss

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Trent Howell
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Do your kids ever make up crazy words - ones that you don’t have a clue what they’re saying?

(Ok - we don’t mean teenagers, because they have a language all their own anyway.)

Well, Out of the Box published a party game earlier this year that’s all about making up crazy words like Bushoidan, Funkbustoxious, Brodooing, Eurocreamo, or Puffookie.

How do you play Faux-Cabulary?
Playing Faux-Cabulary is very simple. If you’re familiar with Apples to Apples or some of the other party games we’ve reviewed, you’ll have a good idea about the way the game plays. The goal is to be the person that has their selection chosen the most times after a certain number of rounds or the first person to have their entry chosen X number of times. But instead of having a set of cards that players select to submit for the vote, in Faux-Cabulary players have word or syllable cubes that they use to generate their own answers.

In Faux-Cabulary a round starts with the "Wordmeister" pulling a card from the stack and reading the definition. Then the other players take their 3 random cubes with syllables written on them and create words that will match the definition. Of course they make up their words without letting others see what they’ve created and then they hide their word with a cool cover and put it in the middle of the table.

Once all the words are covered and in the middle of the table, they get mixed around and the Wordmeister reveals and reads the newly created words out loud. Once the laughing has died down, the Wordmeister selects their favorite word that matches the definition. Then the player who made up the chosen word gets the definition card and players move on to the next round.

Can the whole family enjoy Faux-Cabulary?
The publisher recommended age for Faux-Cabulary is 13+. And even though we typically play games with younger players than publishers recommend, in this case, we think Out of the Box has is pretty close. We’ve found that younger players just seem to get frustrated which leads to the game not being a lot of fun for them. But if you break it out with adults and older kids, you’ll have some creative fun.

How does Faux-Cabulary rate on the "Let’s Play Again" meter?
Unfortunately even with the creative fun, Faux-Cabulary gets mixed reviews in our family. Even though we love making up words for funny definitions, it’s not one of the first games that gets chosen when pulling out group games. But once it is in play, we typically play multiple games in succession.

Thanks Out of the Box for another creative party game!

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