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Word definition bluffing game for a group.
Balderdash is a proprietary board game combining elements of bluff and knowledge of trivia. It is very similar to Fictionary. The game can be very entertaining and educational as players have the opportunity to learn many new words. This game also works very well at a party or for just a group of friends.
The game begins by all players rolling a die, the high roll chosen to be the first "dasher". The dasher draws a "definition card" from the supplied box, and rolls the die to decide which of the five words listed there shall be used (if a six is rolled, the dasher may choose for him- or herself which word to use). Then the dasher writes the definition (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 as possible.
The players hand their definitions to the dasher, who checks if any of their definitions are the same as the real definition. If there are any, the player(s) submitting the correct definition is/are immediately awarded three points, and if there is more than one the round is abandoned (though the points are retained). The definitions, including the real definition, are then read out in random order. Players record which answer they believe is correct.
Players are awarded two points if they guess the correct definition.
Players are awarded one point for each other player who incorrectly chooses the fake definition they wrote.
The dasher is awarded three points if no one guesses the correct definition.
For each point awarded, players move their tokens around the game board one square. The role of dasher then passes to another player. The winner is the individual whose token reaches the end square first.
Newer versions of the game use categories, such as Peculiar People, Marvelous Movies, Laughable Laws, Incredible Initials, and Weird Words, to narrow the focus of the definitions.
One variation of the game consists of the players submitting hilarious and outrageous definitions. No points are awarded, and the winner is determined by who garnered the most laughs throughout the course of the game.
Flags: Very Short (0-60 mins), Short (1-3 hours), With a Group, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Indoors, Outdoors, At Home, Morning, Day, Night, Sunny, Snowy, Rainy