Divide into teams of two people each. If you end up with more than five teams, make three-people teams instead. Each team is named by a certain color: “Reds”, Blues”, “Greens”, etc. Each team’s move is marked by the background color and a pointer at the team’s badge. The teams’ scores are always displayed on the screen.
- Choose a game theme.
- Select a difficulty level. The “Easy” level is suitable for novices; the “Difficult” level – for game masters or those who are well familiar with the themes. The rest of the people can play the mixed level.
- You will play 3 rounds. You will explain and guess cards. Each card contains a word or a phrase on a certain theme and a number of points. The teams take turns playing. The team members swap roles in each round. You may guess one or more cards in one minute. Each team has the option of skipping several cards. The round continues until all the cards have been guessed.
- First round. A player from the first team uses words to explain the phrase from his card to his team. Rhymes, same-root words, and gestures are not allowed. After 1 minute, the next team takes a turn. The other teams listen and memorize the phrases and associations. They may happen to draw the same word in the next turn.
The players can use the articles, conjunctions and prepositions from the phrases in their explanations, but not in the form of “the second word is the preposition ‘on’.”
- Second round. In the second round, you are playing with the cards from the first round. Now the team has to understand you without words. Pantomime, gestures, facial expressions.
- Third round. You explain the cards from the first and second round to your team by using only a single word (not rhyming). You can repeat the word several times and change your voice’s intonation or volume.
- Final. Tallying up the teams’ scores.
The cards which have not been guessed during a team’s turn go to the end of the deck. You are not allowed to sound out the word which has not been guessed.