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EPYC game night

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

S and I hosted our monthly game night last Friday. We started off with EPYC (“Eat Poop You Cat”), a very funny game that’s sort of a cross between telephone and Pictionary, moved on to a DIY game we like to call “the captioning game,” and finished up with Liar’s Dice. We had just seven total, so we decided to try to keep it to just one table the whole night — that might be a first.

Anyway, the whole thing went very well. Nothing too deep, but everyone brought lots of food and beer, and we all had a good time. :-)

The basic idea with EPYC is that everybody writes down a sentence or a phrase at the top of a piece of paper, then passes it to the player on their left. That player then looks at the sentence, draws it, folds the sheet so only their drawing is visible, then passes it to the player on their left. That player then writes a sentence describing the picture they see, folds the paper, passes it, and so on. You keep going until you make it all the way around the table or folks run out of paper or people get bored or whatever. Then you unfold everything and see just how far things got from where they started. Here are a few links with examples:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/585277/7-players-wine-and-beer-floats-epyc-game-night

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/501389/grandma-dodges-a-bullet-and-the-octopus-rules-the

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/576934/disintigrating-stingray

I may try to post some of our EPYC results if I have time.

We then moved on to “the captioning game,” a homegrown affair that’s astonishingly simple to play. I was inspired by some of the terribly cheesy illustrations that appear on some medical brochures, and the idea just kind of took off from there.

The idea is that you find a funny picture (in a magazine, brochure, newspaper, etc.), and then everybody comes up with a caption for it. Players vote for the caption they like best (no law against voting for more than one); players get a point each time someone votes for their caption. Do this for a few pictures, then tally up the total score. Just like on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, “everything is made up and the points don’t matter.” Good fun, though not always PC (for those who care about such things).

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  1. November 30, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    This concept has now been packaged as Telestrations. The people behind Cranium are also claiming it as their own as Scribblish or something along those lines.

  2. December 1, 2010 at 1:19 am

    Yeah, I think it’s funny how game manufacturers take a basic game like Yacht and turn it in to Yahtzee. Or Dictionary into Balderdash. Dictionary is easy to play on its own (all you need is a dictionary and a little imagination), but package it up with a bunch of cards and a scoring track and people go out of their way to buy it.

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