The Dice Tower: 12 Games of Christmas - Party Games

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1) Master Word
Master Word
Are you as clever as a fox? As dogged as a bloodhound? Do you have an eagle-eye for details? Pool your team's resources together to seek out the master word! Master Word is a co-operative word-based deduction game in which players have to work together to try to find a secret word from a single starting hint. Each game, a guide selects a card, looks at the master word, then shows the other players (seekers) the starting hint. The seekers then have 90 seconds to discuss and each write a clue on a card, which they place in a row. Once this ...

2) Telestrations
From the publisher's press release: "Each player begins by sketching a TELESTRATIONS word dictated by the roll of a die. The old fashioned sand timer may limit the amount of time they get to execute their sketch, but it certainly doesn't limit creativity! Time's up! All players, all at the same time, pass their sketch to the next player, who must guess what's been drawn. Players then simultaneously pass their guess -- which hopefully matches the original word (or does it??) -- to the next player who must try to draw the word they see -- and so on." "Telestrations contains eight ...

3) Wavelength
Read your teammates’ minds in this pinpoint party game of infinite possibilities. ...

4) One Key
One Key
The Key is missing, and it is up to the players to find it! The team leader tries to communicate with the other players, proposing clues by indicating their degree of affinity — strong medium/weak — with the object that the team must find. With good team-play, the other players remove the wrong cards, step by step, until the Key is all that remains. Removing the Key results in instant defeat, so be careful! One Key is a family game for all kinds of players, a light game that offers a co-operative experience based on the association of ideas and deduction. ...

5) Hues and Cues
Hues and Cues
How well can you describe a color hue without using a primary color's name?! ...

6) Q.E.
Bid ANYTHING to bail out companies, but just don’t bid the MOST! ...

7) Skull
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Edited description from Bruno Faidutti's write-up of the game in his Ideal Game Library: Skull & Roses is the quintessence of bluffing, a game in which everything is played in the players' heads. Each player plays a face-down card, then each player in turn adds one more card – until someone feels safe enough to state that he can turn a number of cards face up and get only roses. Other players can then overbid him, saying they can turn even more cards face up. The highest bidder must then turn that number of cards face up, starting with his own. ...

8) Coyote
Be smart like Coyote, figure out your secret card, and catch the bluff! ...

9) Half Truth
Half Truth
One question, six answers. But only three are right. Choose correctly for points. ...

10) Just One
Just One
Give one-word clues so someone can guess one word, but duplicate clues are discarded. ...

11) Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Interpret forensic evidence to solve a murder. Beware, the murderer may be among you! ...

12) Obscurio
The Sorcerer is out to get you! Find your way among the illusions, but beware of the traitor in your ranks! The Grimoire guides their team towards the exit using images, upon which they point at certain details. Working together, the other players have to find the exit as quickly as possible while avoiding picking the wrong cards. However, a member of the team is a traitor looking to lead the other players astray. A wide variety of traps are on your way to the exit of the library, making player communication harder! Obscurio is a family game, an original mix between ...

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