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Scattergories - Dastardly Review #038

Updated: Jul 2, 2018

Scattergories is one of the great party games that came out in the mid to late 1980s.

We played it a bunch and had to get extra copies made of the answer sheets.

The game is pure.

Each player gets an answer pad consisting of 3 columns of 12 lines. Each column represents a round. At the start of a round any player rolls a letter die. That letter is written above the first column. Then a timer is set for three minutes. A card is turned over showing 12 categories.

The players scramble to write down a word that fits with each category and starts with that round’s letter. When the timer dings the round is over except for scoring. Each player reads out their list of words. They score 1 point for each word as long as: 1) No other player also wrote down that word for that category 2) The word is valid (minimal rules here...definitely NOT Scrabble level of seriousness!).

The same process is followed for Rounds 2 and 3 with rolling a letter for the second and third columns. The player with the most points after Round 3 is scored wins.

The Good: No downtime. Constant activity and laughter.

The Bad: Not much.

The Dastardly: The 20 sided letter die does not include Q, U, V, X, Y and Z.