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Scruples is a game in which each player picks up 5 red cards, each of which has a different moral dilemma on it. The first play then picks up one of the blue cards which will either say 'Yes', 'No' or 'Depends' on it. The player then has to match this answer to one of their moral dilemmas and pick another player who will give that answer to the dilemma you ask them. Ok, that's probably just confused you more, I'll give an example. Say I've picked up a red card which reads 'Your young child has scribbled on the walls of your friend's newly decorated house. They also have young children. Do you tell your friend that your child was the culprit?' and a blue card saying 'No'. Now I have to work out which of the people I am playing with is likely to say no to this dilemma i.e. they wouldn't own up that their child scribbled on the walls. Most of the dilemmas are fairly mundane like this one but it is interesting to find out just how honest your friends really are! If they give an answer that you really don't think they would back up in real life you and other players can argue their answer and reach a consensus on the answer they would actually give. Also, the version of the game I have is fairly out of date so there are some comically politically incorrect and or out of date dilemmas. My favourite one is something along the lines of 'Your brother is selling secrets to the Russians, do you shop him to the authorities?', to which the answer is, of course, yes.
The reason that I am reviewing this great board game is that myself and a few of my good friends visited another one of our friends this Saturday night. We do this only occasionally but the evening always follows the same pattern, firstly we all consume quite a large amount of alcohol which inevitably leads us to start playing 'Scruples'. Now for those of you that have never played this game I shall explain it briefly. 'Scruples' is a game of moral dilemmas, moreover a game of guessing what your friends moral standards will be using different dilemma's, hence the name of the game, 'Scruples'. Now I do not own this board game but have played it quite a few times, so the way I am going to explain it may not be strictly to the rules, but this is the way we play and I believe this is the best way or at least the more enjoyable. Firstly each player is given some cards, 3 dilemma cards per player(an example of which is, 'you find a purse containing a small amount of money, nobody is around and therefore no-one sees you find the purse, the owners address is in the purse, do you return it ?). Next each player is given an answer card, this could be a 'yes', 'no' or 'depends' card, this is where the way we play this game differs from most but I will explain this later. Finally each player is given a judgement card, this is a card with a halo on one side and a devils fork on the other. Now you are ready to play the game. Whoever's go it is first has to look at their dilemma cards and their answer card. What dilemma card they use and who they ask this dilemma too depends on their answer card, for example if they had a dilemma card using the example above and had a 'yes' answer card then they would look around the other players and choose to ask this question to someone who they think would return the purse to the owner, whereas if they had a 'no' answer card the
y would look for someone who they think would keep the purse. This is where I explain the 'depends' card, in the rules there is a chance of you being given one of these. But when we play we remove all of these cards before starting, the reason for this is that we enjoy a drink fueled completely honest game, with lots of heated debates and maybe a few disagreements. This way you get to learn a lot about your friends, agreed some of it may not be too your liking but it is overall a really fun learning experience. If you leave the 'depends' cards in the game people tend to hide behind them and instead of giving a completely frank and honest answer to an awkward question will give the 'well that really depends on blah blah blah' answer, this tends to spoil the game for myself and my particular group of friends and I think rather defeats the object of the game. So we remove all these cards and when you are asked a question then the answer is simply 'yes' or 'no'. Ok, with that cleared up I will go back to the game, as I was saying before, the person whos turn it is chooses to ask a dilemma from a card that they are holding, to a player of their choice who they think will answer in the same way as their answer card. If this happens then the player discards that dilemma card and answer card and are given a new answer card, the play then continues with the next player. However if the person they ask the dilemma to answers differently to the answer card then the player asking the question has 2 choices, firstly to except they asked the wrong person, in which case they have to discard the dilemma card and answer card and be given 2 dilemma cards and 1 answer card or they can challenge this person. When a person challenges it is up to the person asking the question to firstly put forward his/her case why they think the other person is lying and why they would do opposite to what they are saying (e.g - if
they are saying they would'nt return the purse, then the person asking the dilemma would argue why he/she thinks the person would return the purse). Next it is up to the person being asked the question to answer the arguement and give the reasons why he or she came to the decision to answer in the way they did and why they would do as they have said. Once this has taken place it is up to the rest of the players to become the jury and using their judgement cards vote on wether they think the person being asked the dilemma is telling the truth or not, angel or devil. If the vote goes the way of the person orginally asking the question then they get to discard that dilemma card and answer card and only get returned an answer card, but if the vote goes against them then they have to discard their dilemma and answer cards and receive 3 dilemma cards and 1 answer card before the game resumes with the next player. As you have no doubt have guessed by the now the object of the game is to discard all of your dilemma cards and therefore win the game. But it is not always that easy as very often your last dilemma card is impossible to match with your answer card as we all have at least some morals. Overall I rate this as a great game and it is very easily picked up by new players, it has great replayability as I have played it on numerous occasions and still enjoy it as much as the first time and as I have said before you really do learn stuff about your friends. But I feel I have to warn you that although it is meant as light-hearted fun some questions will really hit home with some people and adult debates can easily turn into all out slanging matches, if this happens we just remind everyone that its a game and try to move on, if you take it as fun you will enjoy, if you take it too seriously you will hate it. Sorry for the long winded review but it is quite hard to explain which is funny as it is so easy to play, my advice is go b
uy it, invite some friends round, have a few drinks and find out which ones of your friends would return your lost purse, enjoy!!
This is not a game for those who have difficulty being open and honest about their feelings, morals and principles. I think it can be a dangerous game if the wrong mix of people play it and I would strongly suggest that the first time you play you choose people of the same sex and those who are non-judgemental to play with!! The game consists of cards which ask you a question and give a range of responses for you to choose from. The question usually revolves around a dilemma of some sort or other requiring you to make a decision based on your fundamental beliefs and values. The other players have to decide how they think you have answered the question and they have the right to challenge you if they think you are not being honest and up front. I have seen this game shock people as they find out how the minds of their friends tick...... It can be fascinating *s*..... but treat it with caution. Having said that playing this game with like minded people is good fun and very enjoyable.
This game was purchased by my brother entertain our family one Christmas as an alternative to the inevitable Trivial Pursuit. It sounded fun - a game of moral dilemma. Basically, you get asked a question about what you would do in a certain morally loaded situation - would you ever read someone elses diary, would you park in a disabled spact in a car park, would you tell you best friend if her partner was unfaithful - that sort of thing. Before you give your answer, everyone else has to predict what you would do and there are points for correct answers. The real problem element of this game is that there is potential for people to challenge you if they don't think you are telling the truth. Honestly, we changed from a relatively happy and stable family into malicious and disloyal backstabbers within ten minutes of playing. My mother called my aunt a two-faced liar and stormed off to the kitchen and my sister ran upstairs whitefaced to see if my father really had read her diary! My brother and his wife almost came to blows over his challenge to her honesty about lying to keep her in-laws (ie US!) happy. The only good point to this game was that it was much shorter than Trivial Pursuit (we gave up after about forty minutes because we had all fallen out with each other) and it makes for a quiet Christmas as there was absolute no conversation! However, I recently agreed to a game with some friends (with some obvious reservations) and found it to be fun. Yes, you have to be a bit careful about how honest you were (I work with these people and I'm not convinced that brutal honesty would be conducive to good working relations with them) but it was less vicious than playing with the family. The devastating thing about it is this is because nobody else knows you as well as your family and can work out exactly when you are lying! Its worth a game but not with your family and take care with your honesty levels - it is not alw
ays the best policy