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December 03 2014 @ 10:00 am
25 Days of Christmas: We play games in our family...  
In my family, we play games. We love fun word games like Apples to Apples, Buzz Word, Taboo, etc. But we also love board games like the old version of Life, Clue, Cranium, Pictionary, etc. We've spent many hours at this. One of our favorites is Things. But over Thanksgiving we dediced to go retro and play Clue. The thing is that this game becomes really easy for adults which makes it next to impossible for the younger generations to beat us. *evil laugh*

So this Thanksgiving we got online and found some guidelines for changing the game a bit. We took those guidelines and came up with a new variation.

We played the classic but slightly updated version which has the new weapon of poison but doesn't have the new intrigue cards.

Now, if you've ever played Clue you will know it isn't that hard and a game doesn't last very long. This was the case with our first play. My niece wasn't that happy with it.

So, in our new variation, with the 9 rooms (this might be different on the newest version), 6 suspects and 7 weapons (in our case) we had 22 cards to deal with. There were 4 of us playing. Seperate all the types of cards and shuffle then and pick one of each type to go in the little crime folder. You now have 19 cards to shuffle. We each got one card. We then had 15 cards left. We put one card inside of each room. We then had 6 cards left. There are 5 rooms that do not have the secret passage ways so we added 1 card to each of these rooms and were left with one additional card. This card we put in the middle of the board face up.

You can obviously vary the card structure here. 22 card Clue Game:

  • 2 players = 2 card each, 1 card in the corner rooms, 2 cards in all other rooms, 1 card in the center of the board

  • 3 players = 2 card each, 2 cards in the corner rooms, 1 in all others.

  • 4 players = 1 card each, 1 card in corner rooms, 2 cards in all other rooms, 1 card in the center of the board

  • 5 players = 1 card each, 1 card in corner rooms, 2 in all other rooms

  • 6 players = 1 card each, 2 cards in corner rooms, 1 card in all other rooms

21 Clue Card Game (without poison weapon):

  • 2 players = 2 card each, 1 card in the corner rooms, 2 cards in all other rooms

  • 3 players = 1 card each, 1 card in the corner rooms, 2 in all others, 1 card in the center of the board

  • 4 players = 1 card each, 1 card in corner rooms, 2 cards in all other rooms

  • 5 players = 1 card each, 2 cards in corner rooms, 1 in all other rooms

  • 6 players = 1 card each, 1 card in all rooms, 3 remaining cards can go in random rooms.

The idea is you go to a room and make up a senario. If no one can prove you wrong you get to pick up and keep a card from that room. If someone can prove you wrong then you cross something off the suspect list and move on.

Getting room cards is great because once you have them you can prove people wrong and the cards in that room will essentially be yours (since you will always be able to prove them wrong).

It does take longer to figure everything out but the cards start getting picked up quickly and cards are revealed rather quickly once someone picks them up. But because people HAVE TO get to rooms there is a lot more moving around and the game is more complicated to figure out. It is almost like there are clues hidden all over the "house."

We played this way Thanksgiving night and it was tremendously fun. My niece who typically doesn't win at Clue because she doesn't put all the clues together fast enough had the time and the drive to find the clues and start figuring out what different senarioes being proven and not proven meant overall. And she won! The thing is I had the most cards in the game but I didn't win, though one more turn and I would have! I really liked this version and plan to get my cousins to play when we have our big Christmas party (maybe I even got them to play at our big Thanksgiving party).
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tracyj23: Scenery - purple palm sunsettracyj23 on December 4th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
That sounds like fun. I like the original version but I do find it a little easy and I usually win. Not so much fun for the kids. I love to play Balderdash too but no one will play with me anymore because I'm more creative than most people and so I always win. Plus I have a really good vocabulary so I usually know the actual definitions. Still, I find it fun. :)

The only thing my inlaws like to play is cards, and they play canasta. They usually play as a couple and then bicker when they're losing. Not fun at all! We've tried playing other games with them but they just don't understand how to play anything that isn't really straightforward.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 4th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
I love the original version too but it is too easy for adults. Oh yes, same for Balderdash which is so fun with adults but not with kids who don't know our to bs their way out of stuff.

Oh my. Sounds like my best friend. She hates learning new games because she gets confused and then mad. It is frustrating but I roll with it.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 4th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
That sounds like a lot of fun!

We usually play scrabble or domino with the triangled stones :) I like the domino better, but I'm the only one :D
Jill aka Jo: Leverage: Eliot and Parker runningsireesanwar on December 4th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not into word games because I might know a word but when they are all scrambled like that I have no idea.

We have a game called Triamanos which is like dominos which we love.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 8th, 2014 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm never sure if my words are German or English, and they won't let me put down English ones :D

Jill aka Josireesanwar on December 9th, 2014 07:55 pm (UTC)
OH no. I can see that being an issue.
Phoenixburned_phoenix on December 10th, 2014 08:30 am (UTC)
It can be, yes :D That's why I like the one with the numbers better *g*