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Member Name: juicy_lucy
Advantages: Great "thinking"game
Disadvantages: The stress when you canNOT think of a word
“THE GAME OF QUICKFIRE ANSWERS AGAINST THE CLOCK”
Another favourite which has made a “big style” appearance over the festive season; there HAS been a lot of snow!
Scattegories can be played with any number of people (obviously not just one) and is recommended for age 12 upwards, because you have to be able to think of appropriate words quickly.
This comes in an orange box with Scattegories written on the front and a series of letters coming out of a purple machine
I like games like this with not very many bits and pieces inside the box.
Instructions. These are in a 4 sided booklet with plenty of illustrations to refer to. Good clear instructions, to get your game started with a minimum of fuss. I like that!
4 folders. These contain the answer pads.
4 answer pads. These come in nifty little black folders, presumably because it is assumed that you will play the game with up to 4 people. We tend to photocopy them before they run out at that crucial moment
4 pencils. Useful but the other night we played with 9 of us, so keep a supply of pens and pencils in the box…there is a well known furniture store whose pencils seem to find their way into our Scattegories box.
12 category cards. These have to be sorted by colour into 4 sets, each set consisting of 3 cards containing lists 1-12.
Timer. Round red timer with a button which you press down to start; it has 3 time settings
Die. This has most of the letters of the alphabet but obviously not the almost impossible letters such as “x” and “q”. That would be too cruel and frustrating!
Die rolling board. We have never used this but it’s there should you want to keep your table unscratched.
Requires 2 AA batteries and instructions come with full details and a warning about batteries.
HOW TO PLAY
It is a game in 3 rounds.
1. Take a folder each and decide which list you will use; make sure everyone is clear on this one.
2. Roll the letter die, to show the letter for the first round.
3. Set the timer to the longest time and fill in as many answers as you can in column one of your answer sheet; the answers must fit the category and start with the given letter
4. When the timer stops, stop writing.
5. Take it in turns to read answer out loud and score a point for each answer which does NOT match any other players answer
Set the timer to the longest time, roll a new letter and play again using the same category sheet as the first game.
Set the timer to the longest time and roll the die Instead of using the same category as previously, use the highlighted category at the bottom of the list. Use the third column of your answer sheet and write down as many words as you can…don’t do as many people I know try to do, and use any initial sound… all answers must start with the same letter. Stop writing when the timer goes off.
This all sounds very confusing but it is really simple. Basically, there are lists with things such as: singers, things in the sky, fish, book titles…you have to think of things starting with the given letter.
HOW TO WIN THE GAME
Add the scores on the answer sheets and the winner is the person with the highest score.
This is where we come to most conflict. The rules CLEARLY state that “a” and “an” cannot be used eg if the letter is “C” then you can’t write “A Christmas carol”. Adjectives cannot be used…eg if the letter is “P” you can’t just write things like “pink flower”.
However, try playing it with a bunch of people who are taking it SERIOUSLY, and every answer will be challenged, so we have plenty of Roman amphitheatre style thumbs up and thumbs down gestures (probably ok gestures as gestures go).
One extra point…alliteration scores extra points…Ronald Regan, World Wide Web etc…so, be prepared for some seriously made up names!
HIT OR MISS?
In the popularity stakes, this is a definite hit. It is fast paced and you can just see people becoming more and more frustrated as that timer ticks away and the perfect word(s) elude the player. We turn into terrifically tough adjudicators and won’t let anyone get away with anything as stated in the rules. That is until the shandies come into play and then it seems that anything goes, and there is always the cheating person at the table who still writes when the timer has gone off. I have had to start to give out different coloured pens to mark (typical teacher style!!)
It costs about £20 but is probably cheaper if you shop around. We used to play this game with lists we made up ourselves, so you don’t actually need to buy the game to follow these rules, and the advantage of making your own is that you can keep changing the lists.
However, if you enjoy games and have a group of like minded people to come and “do battle”, it’s well worth having the game…there is nothing like a timer to set pulses racing and get the competitive juices flowing.
This is a definite to come out for many years to come.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: Excellent game to get all the family thinking!
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