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Mattel Game Night 2013
Gameology – Balderdash

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 17th, 2013


There’s nothing like a relaxing evening with friends, food, and board games. That’s right; Mattel and GCI Canada hosted their annual GameOn party last night on a rooftop patio in downtown Toronto. The theme of this year’s party was Gameology, and there were a number of gaming tables set up to accommodate all kinds of Gameology signs. I’m sure some of you are wondering what the heck Gameology is. Well, it’s like a gaming version of astrology, where your sign is determined by the games that you play. Over the next little while, I’m going to post about each game that we played. The first one is a new take on an old fave.


First of all, it’s fair to say that this is not your parents’ Balderdash. I remember the ol’ red cardboard box version where a word was given and everyone had to write their idea of the definition? In this new edition, there are various categories (including things such as acronym expansion); and let me tell you, it’s a heck of a lot more challenging than the old game used to be.

Players are given something to expand upon (such as a laughable law, an acronym, a movie title), and all participants write their guess on a card and submit it to the “dasher” (the dasher is like the dealer – so the role shifts to the next person every round); the dasher also writes the correct definition on a card. Once all of the submissions have been received, the dasher shuffles the cards and reads out the answers one by one. Each player other than the dasher places a vote for which card they think holds the correct answer.

Not the same Balderdash I had played before. However, tons of fun!

Points are distributed based on the votes: if your answer was voted as the correct one by another player, you get a point (and a point for every person who thought similarly); if you guessed the correct answer, you get two points; if nobody guessed the correct answer then the dasher gets three points. The points translate to movement – one space per point. The winner is the one who reaches the end first.

It’s a great spin on the old game. Five categories and room for up to six people to play. Due to the nature of the questions, there is a lot more potential for hilarity in some of the answers. What’s even more funny is that some of the correct answers can be even crazier than what the players can create. This is definitely a great game for those that like to mess with other people’s heads.

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  2. Posted on Jul 19, 2013

    sounds fun enough.. maybe ill check into it.

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