Telephone Pictionary combines two of the most fantastical games in existence–Telephone and Pictionary (obviously)–and it’s great to play this as a drinking game whilst consuming copious amounts of alcohol, or to play without alcohol. The rules are rather simple. Essentially, you pass a phrase or an image along a string of people and see how horribly mangled it is at the end of the line. I created this post after playing it with a few friends one night. If you’ve never played the game before, I’ll briefly go over the specifics to help you understand what you are seeing:
- Give everyone who is playing a stack of index cards equal to the number of players (if you have 6 players, everyone needs 6 index cards).
- Each person writes a word or a phrase on their index card (phrases generally work better, as they are much more amusing and fun to draw).
- Everyone passes their stack to the person sitting next to them.
- Players look at the phrase written by the person before them, then they move the index card with the phrase on it to the bottom of the stack and attempt to draw a picture of the phrase.
- Everyone passes their stack (with the drawing on top) to the person sitting next to them.
- Players look at the drawing created by the person before them, then they move the index card with the drawing on it to the bottom of the stack. Next, they interpret the image and write their interpretation on the index card.
- Repeat these steps (alternating between drawing and writing) until everyone has their own stack back.
- Everyone takes a turn sharing their stack. You all laugh at the terribly drawings/translations and have a merry old time.
Now, on to our Telephone Pictionary art: