Alternative Pictionary Rules

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House rules are as old as board games themselves. When people want to alter the rules of their favorite board game to make the game more fun, more exciting, or adapt it to a larger or smaller number of players, they come up with house rules. Think of the game Monopoly–everyone has their own version of the game with unique rules and special game play methods.

When people alter the Pictionary instructions and rules they usually do it to make the game more fun for bigger crowds, more intimate settings, or more adult audiences. Here are some popular alternative Pictionary rules and game versions.

Adult Pictionary

Turning the family-oriented game of Pictionary into a slightly racier experience is a pretty standard rule variation. Much like X-rated Scrabble, Adult Pictionary substitutes the standard clue cards for clues that are more grown-up in nature. Without giving away too much, people make their own cards featuring adult topics, dirty words, and other adult themes to spice up the game.

Mute Pictionary Another common rule variation for Pictionary is to require the artist to not make any sounds at all. You can also throw in a “no gestures” rule. This makes guessing a little more difficult, but cleans up the game and makes the artist’s role very clear. Besides drawing, artists under these rules must use arrows, dots, crosses, circling, and other means of communicating using the pen instead of their voice or hands.

Precise Match Pictionary

Most games of Pictionary don’t require the guessers to match the clue exactly. You can play a more strict version of Pictionary by requiring just that. In Precise Match Pictionary, players have to guess the clue exactly as it is including plurals, tense, and everything else.

Diceless Pictionary

Games involving dice tend to be slower than diceless games. There’s even a whole world of diceless roleplaying games for people who are dice-phobic.

To play diceless Pictionary, just play to fifteen correct guesses. You can move through the categories at random or in sequence rather than depending on the board for the category. At the end of our diceless Pictionary games, we switch over to All Play for the fifteenth point to establish a clear finishing point.

House rules are as American as apple pie and overeating. Without house rules, Monopoly would be a pretty boring game. Pictionary with house rules can be any kind of game you want, from a cutthroat winner-takes-all board game to a more casual audience-friendly game without too many rules or restrictions.

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