Pictionary Telephone

What happens when you mix the wonderful drawing game pictionary(tm) and that wacky whispering kids game telephone? Pictionary Telephone of course!

Here's how it works:
1. Everyone starts with a half sheet of paper. (The more vertically oriented the better. I usually split 8x11 sheets vertically.)
2. On the top of the sheet, each person writes a short common phrase (book title, catch phrase, adage, etc.
3. Here comes the crucial step: each person folds the top of their paper back so that the phrase is still visible, but upside on the backside, leaving the front of the paper empty. Diagram 1a.
4. Once everyone has written their phrase, every passes their sheet to the left.
5. Now everyone draws a picture representing the phrase on his/her sheet of paper. It is best to keep the picture small, again aligned to the top of the page. Pictionary rules apply: no letters, numbers, or symbols.
6. Fold the paper in the same manner as before. This fold should cause the original phrase to be hidden (by being folded under) and only the picture to show (upside down on the back of the paper). Diagram 1b. *
7. Pass the papers to the left.
8. Now everyone writes what phrase they think the picture represents (again at the top of the paper.)
9. Now pass again. This cycle of guessing the phrase from a drawing and drawing a phrase repeats until there is no more paper. After the sheets are mostly used up, unfold them and pass them around, so everyone can see the hilarity that came about.

Sometimes the drawings are so good and the phrases so memorable that they make it all the way through without being changed: example 1, example 2.

Sometimes things start out in the right direction and take a bit of a left turn:example 3, example 4, example 5.

Sometimes it's not even close*: example 6.
Wednesday December 3 2008File under: games

Toggle Comments (5)comment?
on Wed 03rd Dec, 2008 12:50 pm PST Joe said:
lol omg...great game idea...i'm still keeled over in laughter from example 6 hahahaha
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on Wed 03rd Dec, 2008 02:12 pm PST Saxtor said:
Please note that my masterful drawing of Europe left out France altogether.

And in my defense for the "not even close, that "dog" doesn't look like any dog I've ever seen.
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on Wed 03rd Dec, 2008 11:43 pm PST Horge said:
For now at least, the crucial Diagram 1b picture actually brings up 1a again...
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on Thu 04th Dec, 2008 10:55 am PST Wren said:
Horge, excellent observation. That's why I keep you guys around: you're the best editors a guy could wish for.
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on Mon 08th Dec, 2008 03:20 pm PST Saxtor said:
By the sounds of it, this is a high-brow, literary version of this game.
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