If you are planning a party in the near future, you might be considering how best to entertain your guests. If your guests happen to not know one another prior to your party, making plans to have some board games on hand would be a good idea. Not only are board games an effective way of entertaining your guests, but they also are an excellent ice-breaker for introducing your guests to one another.
A very popular board game to play at a party is the game Pictionary. Pictionary is manufactured by the corporation Hasbro. The basic rules of the game are similar to the TV Show "Win, Lose, or Draw." Basically, an individual will choose a card. On that card there will be listed an object, person, or place. The individual must then draw that object, person, or place, or draw clues as to its identity. Either way, that individual must communicate to his or her team members the item on their card.
Pictionary first begins with all players dividing into teams. Each team should have two to four players. In order to figure out who should go first, one member from each team should roll the dice. Whoever rolls the highest, wins. If there is a draw, then those two individuals roll again until a winner is declared.
All teams begin playing the game Pictionary in the square marked 'P.' 'P' corresponds to 'person, place, or animal.' Each card that comes with Pictionary will have a variety of options for game play. So, each card will have a 'P' item, as well as an 'O' for object, 'A' for action, 'D' for difficult - meaning a difficult word or phrase, and 'AP' for 'all play.' 'AP' means that all the teams play that round.
The first 'drawer' of the game will choose the first card in the deck. The item that corresponds to 'P' is their item to draw. Their team will have one minute to figure out the item that their team member is drawing. Time is kept by a minute timer, usually an hourglass that comes with the game. If the team cannot figure out the item within their one minute time, the team does not advance along the board and the game continues on with the next team.
If a team is unsuccessful in guessing the item drawn, the next team plays from their current square position. So, a team can only advance further along the board when they correctly guess a picture. When a team guesses correctly, they roll again and continue playing until they are stumped.
When an 'All Play' square is reached, all the teams draw simultaneously. The first team to correctly guess the item gets to roll the dice and advance along the board. Once in their new advanced position, that team can play again for another chance to move forward.
Pictionary is won when a team reaches the final square, which is an 'All Play' square. That team must then correctly guess the 'All Play' item in order to win. If another team is the first to guess correctly, they get to roll and move forward. The team at the last square must guess correctly the 'All Play' from that square - so, if another 'All Play' square is won, and the team at the finishes guesses correctly, they do not win the game. Rather, they get to play another 'All Play' and if they guess that one correctly, then they win!
Pictionary is a fun game, but it can lead to disaster with your guests! As the host or hostess, you may find yourself having to act as an intermediary. How specific an answer must be, for instance, might be one such argument that could come about. Say, for instance, the correct answer is 'running' and a team member guesses 'run.' Is that enough to give them the score?
Regardless of what arguments may or may not develop while playing Pictionary, your guests are certain to have a good time, even if they might still be arguing about it the next day! If enough arguments do occur, or your guests have so much fun playing, you may want to suggest playing online Pictionary with them. There are many websites available for playing online Pictionary, and you can check out http://www.pictionary-online.com/ for many of them.