A party game. Works best with 4-12 players.
For the kind of hanging out party where people are mostly chilling out and shooting the breeze.
Each player gets 5 blank cards. On the back of each they write one word. The word should be one useable in normal conversation. No proper nouns. No foreign language words. No acronyms. These cards are set separately to a pile of pre-made cards.
The newly created cards are shuffled together and dealt out to players. 5 cards per player.
Anyone may return 1 card from their hand for any reason, but draw 2 from the remaining pre-made cards in its place. It is a good idea to have a pile of these when just learning the game anyway.
All players should now each have 5-6 cards each with a word on it. Players now engage in conversation. No player may at any time say any of the words on their cards. If another player says one of the words, then the player with the matching card turns it upright and claims a point. First player to turn all of their cards up in this manner, wins.
An overall prize of something simple (bottle of wine, chocolates, etc) assists. For drinking games, take a drink each time you turn over a card.
If a player reveals a card, but it is then realised that they said the word on the card previously, then that player does not receive a point, and must draw a new card to replace the one revealed.
You don’t want words you are writing on cards to be too hard or easy because they could easily be shuffled so you receive all the hard ones, and your opponent all the easy ones.
The best players will be those that are able to direct conversation toward their key words, without seeming like they are directing conversation toward their key words. Often this will seem to dissolve in to normal social conversation, until somebody yells out ‘Point!’ and holds up one of their cards. Then it can quickly become competitive.
Homonyms count. ‘Wood’ and ‘would’ sound the same. Even if obviously used in the incorrect context, this still counts as saying your word.
Eg: Beezkneez has the card ‘Would’. His opponent says’ How much wood could a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker could peck wood?’ Beezkneez can turn over the ‘Would’ card because it is phoenetically the same as ‘Wood’. (Flour/flower, Base/bass, Pedal/petal, Plane/plain, idle/idol, ewe/you, days/daze, bare/bear, hours/ours).
A homonym is not applicable when the words sound the same due to poor pronunciation. For instance, if Beezkneez has the card ‘Wooden’, and his opponent says ‘I wouldn’t do such a thing.’ Beezkneez cannot turn over his ‘Wooden’ card because ‘Wouldn’t’ has a different sound to ‘Wooden’ when pronounced correctly.
If you reach a stalemate position, replace the cards of the remaining players and continue.
The following are some of the most common words used in English conversation. Pre-arranged words are fine, but it adds an extra layer when playing with people you know well, or are familiar enough with the any pre-made cards you might have.
Some of these words may just seem so much easier to bring out in conversation. But try making them come out in conversation.
Cards will be revealed through general conversation. Key Word Bingo just adds a competitive layer to it. How do you make someone say a word without letting them know you want them to say the word?
Able, Action, Address, Accept, Angry, Animal, Art,
Basket, Beard, Between, Borrow, Break, Build,
Cancel, Carpet, Child, Climb, Create, Customer,
Decide, Definitely, Difficult, Dream, Down, Done,
Eat, Electric, Equal, Exit, Expensive, Entrance,
Fake, Farm, Feel, Finish, Foot, Free,
Garden, Glove, Golf, Guest, Grass, Give,
Hand, Happy, Height, Holiday, House, Horse,
Imagine, Include, Insomnia, Iron, Island, Invent,
Jump, Just, Joke, Jeans, Jail, Job,
Kiss, Kill, Keys, Kitchen, Knife, Know,
Large, Later, Less, Lazy, Loud, Love,
Manage, Match, Metal, Mouth, Myself, Moon,
Napkin, Never, Noise, Number, Notice, Nothing,
Ocean, Object, Opposite, Orange, Ours, Other,
Paper, Person, Plan, Power, Pretend, Purse,
Question, Quiet, Quickly, Quality,
Radio, Read, Repeat, Return, Round, River,
Salad, Science, Schedule, Shave, Snack, Socks,
Taste, Taxi, Teeth, Tomato, Total, Type,
Umbrella, Useful, Usually, Understand,
Vacant, Vegetable, Village, Voice
Wallet, Water, Weather, What, Wrong, Worst
Yesterday, Yawn, Yours, Yellow,