Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features my own creation. I got the inspiration for this game from the BBC game show ‘ Would I Lie To You?‘.
I Collect Pencil Sharpenings
Number of players: 4 – 20
Playing time: 25 minutes
You will need:
- A pen and paper
Players split into two groups of roughly equal numbers. Prior to the start of the game, each player writes down, on a piece of paper, a true fact about themselves. The fact should be something unusual or surprising. Most importantly, it must be something about yourself that none of the other players know. For example, “I collect pencil sharpenings”. Both groups should collect together into a pile, all the player’s pieces of paper.
Play alternates between both groups. Each round, the group whose turn it is (the factors) randomly selects one of the pieces of paper from their pile. Each player from that group then reads out the fact written down. After listening to each person state the fact as their own, the other group (the questors) may then ask them questions. Each player from the questor group gets to ask one question to one person from the factors. Questions can either attempt to deduce whether someone is lying, or try to mislead the other questors. When asked a question, the person to whom it was addressed must respond. After all questions have been asked, each questor must vote (by writing down on a piece of paper) for the factor which they think wrote down the fact. The person who wrote down the fact then reveals themselves. Points are scored as follows:
- Each factor receives one point for each vote they got. If however, one factor got all the votes, they receive no points. Instead, all the other factors get one point.
- Each questor who voted for the correct factor receives one point.
The game ends when all facts have been read out. The player with the highest score is the winner.
- If the number of players is small, extend the length of the game by having all players write down two facts instead of one.