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The Game of Scattergories
by Mel September 7th 2010, 04:17 AM

Article featured in Avatar - Volume 4, Issue 1 (July 2010).


The Game of Scattergories
by Amy (Ronald Weasley)

Sometimes we all forget how much fun it can be to round up a bunch of friends and have a good laugh together, while enjoying games such as checkers, Monopoly or Sorry! In light of remembering the fun and the classic games that we all used to love or those that may have not been so popular, each month we'll be discussing a fun game and what it's all about. This month, Scattergories will be explored and investigated!

The game of Scattergories, invented in 1988, is a challenging word game that involves intense competition and creativity. The game can be played with 2-6 players who are at least twelve years old. Each player is given eight double-sided category cards, along with a piece of paper and pencil. A 20-sided die is rolled to see what letter of the alphabet will be used that round, and the timer begins to tick shortly after. Each category card, chosen at the beginning of each round, lists topics such as: "Flavor of ice cream", "Item in the room", or "Sports team". Each player will have to think of items, names, or ideas that fit each topic on the category card that begin with the letter rolled on the alphabet die. Remember though, this is a timed gamed, so the players must think quickly.

Here is an example:

Category Card:

1. Name of a Fruit
2. Superhero
3. Vacation Destination
4. Novel

Letter: S

Possible Answers:

1. Strawberry, Starfruit
2. Superman
3. Spa
4. Storm Prey, The Story Sisters

Each player gets one point for every correct answer they put, unless another player put the same answer for a particular topic. For example, if two players put Superman as their superhero, neither player would get the point. No answer can be repeated per category card, either. The games moves very quickly, and can be stopped at just about any time. It's a great game for the family, or with friends! You can even try working in teams! Also, The game of Scattergories also comes in a "junior" version, so that younger children can have fun playing as well. The game costs roughly $25, but it's totally worth it!

Just in case you want to tease your brain a little right now- try to find words that fit the following categories:

Letter: W

1. Something found in the jungle
2. Movie Title
3. Country
4. Material used to build
5. Item of clothing
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