Each game of Scattergories consists of three rounds. Before the start of the game, choose three lists which will be used during the rounds.
Pass each player a folder, and clip the three lists inside in the order in which they will be played. Make sure that all players have A) the same lists, and that B) the lists are in the same order.
Players attempt to create an answer that begins with the letter on the die for each of the categories on their list.
Answers must begin with the letter on the Scattergories die.
Articles (A/An/The) do not fulfill the beginning letter requirement. Instead, the word following the article will be the letter that counts. For instance, if the letter was “W” and the category was “TV Shows,” The Walking Dead would count as an acceptable answer; however, the answer would be unacceptable if a “T” had been rolled.
Players cannot use the same answer twice in the same round, even if it would otherwise be acceptable.
Last names can be used first, for example “Bush, George” as an answer for a US President beginning with “B.”
Get creative. You can be flexible with you answers. Other players can challenge you, though, and answers that fail a group vote won’t count toward your score.
Write each answer on your Scattergories scorepad. When time’s up, immediately stop writing.
Players take turns reading their lists. Cross out any answers that matched another player’s. Players score one point for each answer not crossed out.
Creative answers are allowed, but any player has the option of challenging an answer. If an answer is challenged, all players, including the player whose answer is being challenged, vote on the acceptability. Majority rules. In the event of a tie, the vote of the challenged player does not count.
The player with the highest score wins the game. In the event of a tie, the tied players play a tie-breaker round.
Award extra points for alliteration. (Horrible spelling aside, Krispy Kremes would earn two points for a rolled “K” in the “Breakfast Foods”category).
Tip: Don’t break your mother-in-law’s glass table while playing this game—the 20 sided die is heavy. If you happen to break the table, any expletives uttered must begin with the letter showing on the die.