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Name Game

Name Game

Supplies: Pieces of paper, pens, creative thinking
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Provide each guest with 5 small pieces of paper, and a pencil and ask them to write down the names of 5 famous people, leaders, movie stars, authors, sports figures, politicians, artists, inventors, scientists, cartoon characters and any other category you can think of. Adapt for your event.

Fold the papers, and put them into a hat and seat guests in a large circle. Each round is limited to 30 seconds, so have a watch with a second hand available.

The first player pulls out a name and tries to get the person beside them to guess the name. After the name is guessed, the clue giver can continue pulling names out of the hat for the full 30 seconds and continue until the time is up. (If 30 seconds is not enough adjust and move to a minutes after 1 round)

Here are the rules:
They can talk, but can't point to items.
They can't spell out the name, but can say the letter the name starts with.
They can reference just about anything, but the person's name. As an example, if the name is "Sammy Sosa", the clue giver might say "The guy who had almost as many homeruns as Mark McGuire in the 1998 baseball season." "He plays for the Chicago Cubs", etc. Both the clue "giver" and the clue "guesser" get points for as many names as they guess in the 30-second time frame.

Make sure some one is tracking points as this game moves fast.

After a turn is complete, the guesser then becomes the clue giver and his/her neighbor becomes the new guesser. This game is a blast to play, and really is not as difficult as these instructions would make it seem!

Team Variation
Instead of individual play, divide the group into teams. I like to have the guests write the names before we decide on teams because otherwise guests come up with really obscure people.

So have people write up the names and ask is everyone done and once they say yes, divide up the teams and collect the names from team one and team two in separate bowls or hats.

Now team 1 will use the names that team 2 wrote up and vise versa.

Every player on a team will have a minute to get through as many names as possible and you will alternative between the two teams. The team with the most correct names wins.


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