How To Play Pictionary

How To Play Pictionary

Pictionary is a fantastic indoor board game you can play on those cold, winter nights (or really any game night that you choose!). But what if you would like to know how to play Pictionary without the game, board – or alternatively – rules? Don’t worry! It’s quite simple to make your own Homemade Pictionary game.

What’s better is that you can personalise it anyway that you want to. Not only is this a super fun family game however it’s also an awesome game that you can play at parties!

Pictionary Has Been Around For Over 30 Years

The game was invented by Robert Angel and Gary Everson. It was published by Angel Games, Inc. in the mid-80s. In 1994, Hasbro bought it over and then developed Pictionary into the game which we play today. It’s a classic board game! If you’ve never opened a Pictionary board before, don’t worry! What you need to do is follow these simple Pictionary rules and you’ll be ready to rumble!

How To Set Up The Pictionary Board

To start, give each person a pawn and then place all pawns on the start square. Then each player requires:

  • Paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • Category card

There are five categories and

  • e All Play (AP) where any expression or word may be utilised
  • D for difficult
  • A for action or verbs
  • P for nouns for example person, place, or animals
  • O for object nouns which may be anything which can be touched or seen

If a tiny triangle appears next to the word on a card, it is automatically an all play category.

The Pictionary Cards

Your standard Pictionary game set will frequently feature a lot of cards, typically around 200. You are normally able to expect around 120 adult cards and then 80 junior ones. These cards follow exactly the same design apart from the colour at the back. Although, junior cards will have easier clues.

If you are playing Pictionary for the very first time then choosing these cards (even if you’re an adult) could assist you to ease you into the gameplay. Each of the cards will have five clues at the back in colour-coded blocks.

The colours follow exactly the same practice as the coloured squares on the board. For instance, the yellow block will list an object of some form which you’ll then have to draw.

Drawing Materials

Now Pictionary is all about drawing pictures, right? In order to do this, most modern game sets will include drawing boards, pens as well as an eraser. Some older sets utilised paper pads as well as pencils.

While utilising the materials included are advised you are still able to use other paper/ drawing pads and pens along with your Pictionary cards. So long as players have a way to draw you’ll be able to play.

Let’s Play!

The main thing that you need to do, under the standard Pictionary rules, is to work out how movement will go forward. So, both teams should roll the dice. Then the team with the high-ranking number will choose a card from the deck.

Both of the teams will then play as if this was an All Play context. So, both of the teams will be racing against each other. Once the timer has run out, both teams should take attempts in order to guess the picture. The prize-winning team will then get to move first.

Now before the team begins their proper turn they have one last thing to decide on. And that is who will take on the role of the artist as well as who will take attempts guessing. These roles should switch every turn so that both players are able to have a chance to take on both roles.