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Gary Weinfurther
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Our monthly game group, ROBA, recently acquired Telestrations. This is a party game that is like a drawing version of the old Telephone game, also known in Wikipedia as Chinese Whispers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_whispers). What you get in Telestrations are:

8 drawing booklets
8 dry-erase markers
8 pieces of cloth (to use as erasers)
a deck of dual-sided cards with 6 words or phrases on each side
a 6-sided die
a sand timer
a rules booklet

Everybody draws a card and one person rolls the die. Everybody takes the word or phrase on their card that corresponds to the die roll and writes it on the first page in their booklet. Each booklet is then passed to the left and each player must draw the phrase in the newly-acquired booklet. They pass the booklet to the left again and each player must guess what the drawing is and write it down on the next page. This repeats until everybody has their own booklet back.

Everybody then has a good laugh and lots of fun as they see if the final drawing matches their original phrase. There are rules for awarding points based on how close everyone got, but in our experience, it's more fun when the drawings are as far from the original phrase as possible. We ignore the points and still have gotten a lot of plays and laughs out of this game.

A sand timer is used to keep the game moving quickly, as some people try to be Rembrandts and spend too long making a "perfect" drawing. Since Telestrations is a loose, fun party game, it doesn't work in our group to use the timer. It seems too strict but, admittedly, there are times when we have had to nudge people to finish their drawings.

People have had so much fun with Telestrations that they want to play it again and again. The game can be challenging for young children that have difficulty reading or don't understand the phrases.

Telestrations is a published re-implementation of Eat Poop You Cat, which you can play for free with paper and pencil. However, the advantages that you get with Telestrations are the wonderful components. Some of the cards have blank lines which force players to make up their own phrases. In our experience, people tend to make up simple phrases that are easy to draw, so it's not as much fun as the more challenging phrases that are provided. This is an additional benefit to Telestrations over Eat Poop You Cat.
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