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Spellcaster Rules and Gameplay

Spellcaster is a game I discovered recently over at game blog Play This Thing! It appealed to me very quickly: I love games such as Poker, Capture the Flag, or Chess, where one has to be constantly engaged with what the opponent is doing, reacting in real-time. Spellcaster captures this brilliantly: you are engaged in […]

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Quick Energiser for a Circle, #2

Another gem from the good folks at The Groupwork Institute of Australia! Is it only 20 minutes until afternoon tea, but people are already losing energy? Nothing like this 3-minute bad-boy to get the energy up just enough to finish. Get everybody to stand in a circle. Ask them to think in their head of […]

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The Name Hat Game

This game is a winner. I’ve played it countless times in different settings, and every time those losers who started out cynical come around to it in no time at all. I learnt it from a Canadian and the game has since spread around the Australia like wildfire. Last night I played three straight games […]

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Quick Energiser in a Circle

I learnt this energiser through The Groupwork Institute of Australia – it is a handy one to keep a group going when there isn’t much time. Everybody stands in a circle. Taking turns around the circle, each person does an action and sound, both of which are then copied by the others in the circle. […]

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Are You There Jenkins?

This game is what you make of it. A simple premise can be turned in to hours of entertainment, if you are willing to be somewhat sillier than average. The aim is for one player ‘The Gentry’, to gently strike the other player, ‘Jenkins’. The game involves two players but rotates and can include a […]

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This game is highly absorbing and a committed group can easily spend hours playing it. It has strict and highly prescribed rules, however the application of these rules largely comes down to the whim of the mob. It is the unpredictable and subtle way that decisions are made that lends this game such elegance. The […]

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Ninja Destruction

Everyone starts by getting in a circle and bowing respectfully, with hands pressed together. As one, they call out “ninja destruction”, and jump back, striking a ninja pose. One person begins. They get to make one fluid motion. Generally, in this motion they (Player A) would try to strike the hand of another player, Player […]

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