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Concept reboots the whole concept of a guessing game

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Guessing games have always been a rich source of group entertainment. stork and Illustrated are accessible enough that almost anyone can play, but that doesn’t mean everyone is always having a good time playing. With very little structure or knowledge of how anyone else thinks, this can be downright unintuitive. that’s the result Idea Trying to escape by refreshing and updating the classic guessing game. We had a great time playing the game on the latest episode of Overboard with our special guest (and colleague at Eater) Jaya Saxena.

IdeaChanges to the typical guessing game formula begin immediately. Instead of a single clue giver, two players join forces to give clues to everyone else. It relies less on the game figuring out a person’s way of thinking. You can also add a third player to the team if people are having a hard time guessing the cues.

Once signaled, the team cannot talk. Instead, they must give their clues using the game board and Idea Pawns The board is filled with simple iconography representing categories such as “real person” or “mythical existence,” or more conceptual ideas such as “fast.”

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Clue givers first place the specific “Key Concept” piece on the icon that best represents their clue. For example, if their sign is “T-Rex”, they will place the pawn on the animal icon. But if their sign is “Jurassic Park”, they would classify it as a movie (or book). Next, they introduce their main concept with cubes of the same color to provide more specific information. So for T-Rex, they can add bigger and older.

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The board game box for the concept sits on top of its colorful board with small game pieces and scoring tokens scattered across the table.

Creates a color board of markings Idea A little more structured than your typical guessing game.
Image: Play Gamez

If those details aren’t enough, they can add a “sub-concept” pawn. It represents something that is related to the main concept, but that is not the specific thing that the team is trying to get players to infer. So, continuing with the T-Rex prompt, the team can place a sub-concept pawn on the mouth, and add details such as sharp/pointy and weapon.

most icons are on IdeaThe board is ambiguous enough that misinterpretation is almost guaranteed to occur, but the game is not rigidly structured. There is no penalty for removing or changing the clues given by a team, and the rest of the players can guess as many times as they like.

Points are awarded to the team guessing their clue, as well as to the player who guesses correctly, but the points aren’t really… points here. Idea It’s at its most amusing when attempting a difficult prompt — the quotes and aphorisms are especially funny, as you’ll see in our episode above. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out the rest of Overboard on our YouTube channel, and subscribe for more!

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