Board Game Society

 

 

Word and Trivia

Articulate

Try to get your partner to say as many words from a particular category written on the cards within the thirty second time limit, you may only pass once. Move your team pawn forward a number of spaces on the board equal to the number of words you got correct. If you land on an Orange or Red space, spin the spinner for a chance to move yourself 2 or 3 spaces forward, or move an opponent piece 2 or 3 spaces back. If you land on a spade space, try to get you team mate to say the word on the card before any other team can say it. Whoever answers correctly gets a turn immediately.

Categories include Person, World, Object, Action, Nature and Random. First team to make it around the board and successfully answer a spade category (chosen from any of the above) wins the game.

Players: 4-8

Playing Time: 60 mins
 
 
 
 

Balderdash

Balderdash contains several cards with real words nobody has heard of. After one of those words has been read aloud, players try to come up with definitions that at least sound plausible, because points are later awarded for every opposing player who guessed that your definition was the correct one.

Players: 2-6

Playing Time: 60 mins
 
 
 
 
 

Dingbatts

Dingbatts are cunningly disguised names, phrases and sayings that are turned around, upside-down, sideways or jumbled up.

You need to work out the hidden word or phrase on each card. It could be the size, position or direction that will give you a clue. Sometimes, the pictures combined with a word or a number will give you your answer

Players: 3-6

Playing Time: 40 mins
 
 
 
 

Dinner party games collection

A selection of quick and easy games that can be played on a dinner table

Players: N/A

Playing Time: N/A
 
 
 
 

Scattegories

"The Game of Scattergories," published in 1988 by Milton Bradley, is a great game for any group to play. In the game each player fills out a category list 'with answers that begin with the same letter.' If no other player matches your answers, you score points. The game is played in rounds. After 3 rounds a winner is declared, and a new game can be begun.

Players: 2-6

Playing Time: 30 mins
 
 
 
 

Scrabble

In this classic word game, players use their seven drawn letter-tiles to form words on the gameboard. Each word laid out earns points based on the commonality of the letters used, with certain board spaces giving bonuses. But a word can only be played if it uses at least one already-played tile or adds to an already-played word. This leads to slightly tactical play, as potential words are rejected because they would give an opponent too much access to the better bonus spaces.

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90 mins
 
 
 
 

Speechless

In Speechless, players form teams and attempt to guess what word or phrase one of their team mates is drawing.

Players take turns to move around the board based on the results of a die roll. On landing on a space, the nominated artist draws one card and starts sketching the category of word or phrase that is coded to the color of the space landed on. The team has roughly one minute - the time it takes for a steel ball to run down the timer track - to guess the answer. If the team guesses incorrectly, they lose their turn. Certain spaces give an extra minute to guess or allows other teams to take part (and win the turn to move).

The first team to reach the ending spot wins the game.

Players: 4-16

Playing Time: 90 mins
 
 
 
 

Trivial Pursuit

Each player has a circular playing piece with six pie-shaped holes. The goal of the game is to collect a pie in each color. The colors correspond to different question categories.

The board consists of a circular track with spaces in seven different colors. Six of the colors correspond to question categories while the last color gives a new dice roll. Six spaces along the track are "pie spaces", and from these there are "spokes" of track leading to the middle of the board.

Players roll a die and move along the track in any direction they like. When a player stops on a color they get a question of the appropriate category. If the player answers a question correctly while on a pie space, they get a pie of that color (assuming they don't already have it). A correct answer on another square allows the player to roll again.

Once the player has one pie in each color, she can move along the spokes to the middle of the board to win the game.

Players: 2-24

Playing Time: 90 mins
 
 
 
 

Upword

Players must form words on an 8x8 (or in the newer editions 10x10) grid. The words may be formed horizontally or vertically on the grid, as in Scrabble, but as the title suggests the letters may also be stacked, so that words can be changed by having letters substituted by stacking (up to a limit of 5 high). Scoring is also different to Scrabble; there are no letter values; instead, when a new word is formed, the number of tiles used in that word is counted and used as the score. A word that is flat (no stacked tiles) scores double, but the words that score the most are those that have lots of stacking.

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90 mins
 
 
 
 

Guess Who?

The mystery face game where you flip over a collection of faces with different color hair, eye color, hair, hats, glasses etc. to deduce who the secret person is that your opponent has chosen. You flip over the hooked tiles as you narrow your choices by asking characteristic questions.

Players: 2

Playing Time: 20 mins
 
 
 
 

Yes/No

A player draws a card and quickly reads all the questions on it to an opponent. If the opponent says "Yes" or "No" or repeats the same answer twice, the player rings the bell and keeps the card. If the opponent answers all the questions without tripping up, they keep the card. The player with the most cards at the end is the winner.

Players: 2-6

Playing Time: 30 mins
 
 
 
 
 
 

Most of these games belong to the society however some are brought along by members.

If we are lacking a game that you think we should have then please tell us about it...
 
 

 

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