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The side of the box says the game plays with 4-8 players. But now here's the thing: only six pads and pencils come with the game! Does an eight player game require people to pair up in teams? If so, I could find no mention made of this anywhere in the rules.
So how could you play in groups with eight players, or even more? Here's our solution, which worked well for larger numbers of even a dozen or more:
- Put people into groups of 2, 3 or 4. Players work together to come up with answers for their group.
- Each round, after answers have been written, appoint two judges from different teams. This should be done in turns, so that all teams have a judge an equal amount of times. Both judges separately choose their two favourite answers, with the condition that they don't pick answers written by their own group.
- In a particularly large group, you can make one person the moderator to `run' the entire game. This person makes and reads the riddles, as well as the answers, appoints judges, and keeps track of scoring.
We've only tried this a couple of times thus far, but it seems to work well. It also helps take some of the pressure off people who aren't good at coming up with good jokes. Making it a team game is consistent with some other party games like Taboo, and has the advantage of taking away the focus from individual performances, and helping keep the focus where it should be: a good time for everyone, and lots of laughs!
Does anyone else have any experiences or suggestions to share about running the game with larger numbers, or how best to play with eight players or more?