They each write down a made up, but believable answer and hand it to the person who read the question. This person then reads out the REAL answer and all the made up answers, in random order. The others must guess which is actually correct. You score moves on the board for each player who is conned into believing that your made up answer is the real one, as well as for choosing the real and often unbelievable answer.
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At the heart of it, Balderdash is a trivia game. However, defining it as such would be selling it short. The game not only has you answering questions you may genuinely know, but has you do a fair amount of bluffing. Throughout the game you will learn some things, have some laughs, and in the end a winner is declared. This is how you play Balderdash.
How To Get Started. First off, the game requires two or more people to play. Each game box does come with cards to write on, but you may want to have some scratch paper if said cards are not available. Writing utensils are also necessary for this game. Once you have all of the necessary supplies, then you and your friends will roll the die.
The player with the highest number will be the first dasher. The dasher is the player that reads the card. Balderdash Rules. A dasher will pick a card and roll the die to determine which category they will play. The categories range from laws, movies, weird words, notable people and incredible initials. With the categories chosen, the dasher will ask the other players a question, and they will write down the answer on a piece of paper.
If you happen to know the correct answer, then write it down. However, if you do not, now is the time to bluff. Once all the cards are in, the dasher will read them out loud and it is up to you and your friends to decide what the right answer is.
Every time your answer is chosen, you will receive a single point. If you guessed the answer correctly, then you will receive two points. If the answer is very similar to the real answer, then three points are given. The dasher gets three points if no one guesses correctly. Every time someone gets points, they get to move their game token the corresponding number of moves on the game board.
The game is over when someone makes it to the end of the game board. Balderdash is a great game to play with friends. New words and facts will be discovered, and new inside jokes are likely to be born. Before any of this silly fun can be had, you must learn the Balderdash rules. Have at it.
Balderdash Game Rules
Origin[ edit ] Balderdash is based on an earlier game, Fictionary , of essentially similar gameplay, varying in that obscure words are found in an unabridged dictionary instead of the definitions and meanings provided on cards. They are then read out to the unsuspecting individual. Two things lead to victory: an excellent vocabulary and the ability to "pile it high and deep". The game begins by all players rolling a die , with the high roll chosen to be the first "dasher". The dasher draws a "definition card" from the supplied box, and rolls the dice to decide which of the words listed there is to be used. Then the dasher writes the definition of the word as supplied on the card on a piece of paper. All other players then write down a definition, which may be an honest attempt to supply the correct definition, or, if they do not know or for tactical reasons decide not to, a fictitious definition for the word designed to sound convincing.
Balderdash Rules: How do you Play Balderdash?