Glad to see you At the Fence today. I have another Family Fun Night Installment! We have really been enjoying reviewing these games. Tonight I have a favorite of mine from Out of the Box games. Real quick before the review, if you happen to notice extra capital letters in my post my shift key is sticking! From Out of the Box Games I have Backseat Drawing. I enjoy this game. You divide the players into 2 teams. You choose one person on each team to be the Director (the person who will be giving instructions) and one Artist (who follows instructions). The other team members (and the Artist) will try to identify the object being drawn. The 2 Artists receive one drawing board (dry erase), one marker, and one eraser. The last thing you have to do before starting is decide if you will the easy side (yellow) or the hard side (red). Now, I will let you in on a little secret. We have only used the easy side so far!) Shh! Don't tell!
To begin the Backseat Drawing the Director from one team takes the card viewer and removes the top card and moves it to the back. No one else may see the card. The director looks at the word on the card and then passes the viewer to the Director from the other team. After both Directors have seen the word, the last Director to see the word says go. The fun begins now! Each director describes to the artist what they must draw, but there is a catch....they can only use words like draw a square, add a circle to the left side of the square, lower, larger....
Draw and Erase
Shape Terms:line, dot, square, oval, curve, 'T' shape, cube, pyramid, etc.
Example:"Draw a large horizontal rectangle in the center of the board."
Location and Direction Terms:Left, right, up, down, on top of, inside of, etc.
Size and Number Terms:two, inches, half, big, small etc.
The Arrow:The Director may tell the Artist to draw an arrow pointing at one specific part of the drawing. The arrow is used to indicate the significance of that particular part.
Terms not Allowed:
Directors may not use terms that would provide clues to what is being drawn. Like:Pace a handle on the square. or Draw something you would sit in.
Letters of the alphabet may not be used to spell words. Like draw a "C" and an "A" and a "T". The other team wins the point if a director breaks the rules.
Think it's easy? Think again. The first time playing Backseat Drawing we had to keep correcting everyone. "Draw a line near the wall!" Not allowed! "Or draw a large envelope!" As, he smacks himself in the head and says "I just gave it away!" It is definitely fun! You don't realize how hard it is to describe what the Artist is to draw with just descriptive words, without using specific words.
Those trying to decide what is being drawn may only guess. They can not ask the Director questions. And the Director may not point or touch the drawing board. Only verbal. Whichever team gets the correct answer first gets the point. The first team to 7 wins. The Director and Artist rotate clockwise each time a point is earned. These are just basic rules, if you purchase or win the game you can read the rules thoroughly.
From Out of the Box:
"Games should be fun. They provide delightful diversions to our lives. Most importantly, games bring us together – for real entertainment with real people.
Out of the Box Publishing creates innovative party, card and board games that provide fresh, fun and engaging ways to enjoy time with friends and family. Games that:
- can be learned in minutes.
- are colorfully illustrated and fun to play.
- can easily be played in less than an hour.
- are efficiently designed in smart packaging.
- feature dynamic player interaction from start to finish.
Since 1998 Out of the Box Publishing has become a leading American game company. We are the proud recipients of the most prestigious awards in the game world."You can find Out of the Box Games at Borders, Barnes and Noble, Go! Games and Amazon.com. This game is well worth searching for!
Don't forget the snacks!
The game is hilariously fun! We had a great time playing and I think it is one of my personal favorites. I actually was able to play a couple of games from Out of the Box when we were in Chicago at the Toy and Game Fair.
Now here is how we are going to do this. Out of the Box gave me 2 games to review, and then the winner will get to choose which one they would like. So... I am doing one review tonight and one review tomorrow. All entries will be on this post. So, yes you can start entering today, but make sure you read tomorrows post for there will be a hidden extra entry in the post.
The winner of this giveaway will win their choice of Backseat Drawing or Word on the Street. (Remember the Word on the Street review will go up tomorrow.)
Mandatory Entry:Visit the Out of the Box Website and then leave a comment here letting me know what other Out of the Box games you find interesting. You do not have to be a blogger to enter this giveaway, but you must leave a valid email where you can be reached. Please pay attention to this requirement. I have had several people enter without anywhere to find their email. I do not mind clicking and going to your blog profile for the email, but I am not searching further than that. This giveaway will end 12/29 at 11:59 pm CST. The winner of this giveaway will be chosen using random.org and will be notified by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond. (USA only)
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Disclosure:I received no monetary compensation for this review. I did receive a Backseat Drawing and Word on the Street for review purposes. All quotes are taken from the Out of the Box website or email. All thoughts and opinions are mine.