Charades

Charades is well-known parlor game, where the participants have to guess a word or phrase that is being mimed to them by one of the team members. In the most classical version, participants are divided into teams, each person submits one or more phrases written on a piece of paper and drops them into a common pool. Teams alternate selecting one of their number, who randomly picks a word/phrase and tries to demonstrate it without speaking. If the rest of the team guesses it correctly within a

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Judge Letter @ GP Vancouver

Just got the most excellent email from my friend and regular contributor Dustin: I left two copies of the game in the judge room, and multiple people have played the game. Because of logistical reasons, I never had a full team break, so no opportunity to play it during my own food break. People liked the game: for new players, the rules are easy enough to understand within 1 minute. For experienced players, the flavor is immediately clear and they like the added personal touch. Fun conversations

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Treasure Hunt

Thanks to Nick Rutkowski who submitted this idea. The premise of Treasure Hunt is very simple. The Huntmaster (for example the team leader) creates a list things that judges are to look out for during the tournament on the floor. The list should contain about 10-15 items, which should keep everyone busy during the day. The first judge to finish their list or the one with the most crossed off at the end of day briefing is the winner! The Treasure Hunt keeps judges motivated, active, engaged

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Bonus: Judge Letter

If you don't know what Love Letter is, see my short description in my previous post. If you like the game and are in a creative mood, you can try making a judge themed version of the game. And if you do create a print & play version, send it to me and I'll put it up on the blog. In this version of Love Letter, you are trying to get the last result slip in to the Scorekeeper at the end of the round. As with the normal game, the player with the highest ranked card or the last player holding

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Five Fulfilling Fillers

Today something different – five quick games that can be played before your shift starts, during a long lunch break or when winding down after the event. Some of these could also be played during the trip to and from the event. Cardline / Timeline These are two series of two simple games. The goal is to get rid of a hand of cards by putting them in the right place in a row of cards. In Timeline each card represents a historical event, discovery, invention, etc. depending on the set you pick and

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Nick’s Tasks

I played this game as a member of Nick Sephton’s team at PT Gatecrash in Montreal. This was the last event I judged with Nick before he left the program, so the memory is bitter-sweet. At Magic tournaments, especially large ones, it’s sometimes easy to fall into “zombie mode” – shuffling around aimlessly, waiting for that raised hand and the shout of “Judge!” or maybe just the announcement that the round is over. This game is meant to break you out of that state. Disclaimer:

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One in Ten (or Was That Fifteen)

One in Ten is a very popular (over 20 years on the air!) Polish TV game show based on the British format Fifteen to One (only five, ha!). It was adopted as judge trivia “game show” for the Polish judge conferences by Krzysiek “Szeszej” Ciesielka and Łukasz Bylica. Gameplay Players assemble into team, originally each player plays for themselves, but due to the demand we actually upped team size from 2 to 3 this year. Each team starts with three life. A team which answers a question correctly,

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Thank you!

It's been only two posts and I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on  the blog and even more descriptions of games. This is great, because otherwise I'd run out ideas fast! I am committed to posting one game per month to make sure that I can continue this blog for some while, rather than throwing out a lot of ideas all at once and then go silent. This does mean that, if you send an idea my way, it might take a while to post. Sorry! Finally, I wanted to thank some judges, who have been helpful

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