How to Play Scattergories

July 26, 2020

Learn the rules to the board game Scattergories quickly and concisely – This visually rich video has no distractions, just the rules.

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The object of the game is to score the most points. You score points if no other player matches your answer. Setup: Separate the category cards into 6 sets of lists numbered 1-12. The cards are double sided. Give each player a play folder. Store the lists inside each folder on the left side. Every player slides a blank answer sheet into the right side of their folder.

The game is played in 3 rounds. To play a round, first decide which list number you want to use and clip that card in the folder so that it is facing you. Make sure each player is using the same list number.

Press the stop side of the timer switch. Turn the knob clockwise as far as it will go. Be careful not to damage the timer by over turning it. One player rolls the 20-sided letter die to determine the key letter. Because the die is heavy, use the die rolling board to help prevent possible damage to table tops.

One player presses down the start side of the timer and the round begins. All players simultaneously quickly fill in the first column of their answer sheets. Answers must fit the category and must begin with the key letter rolled.

The first word of your answer must begin with the key letter. Articles “A”, “An”, and “The” do not count as the key letters, but are instead ignored, the first letter of the next word would need to begin with the key letter. You cannot write the exact same answer multiple times on your answer sheet in the same round. When answering with proper names, you may use the first letter of the last name so long as the first letter begins with the key letter. Creative answers are also acceptable.

You may challenge a word you don’t think fits a category. Every player votes whether or not they think it is acceptable with a thumbs up or thumbs down. Majority rules. If it is a tie, then the word is rejected.

When the timer stops players must immediately stop writing. Players, in turn, read their answers aloud. When the player reads an answer to a category that is the same as another player, the other players inform, and all those players cross off that answer on heir answer sheet. No points are awarded for players having duplicate answers.

If the player reading aloud has an acceptable answer no one else has for that category, then he circles that answer and will score 1 point for it. Tally up the score for the round and write it at the top of the column. Reset the timer and roll the die. If you roll the same letter already used in the game, re-roll it. Using the same list, as the previous round, repeat the process two more times.

After the 3rd round, tally up all the points from all the rounds, the player with the most points wins. If there is a tie, play one more round. The tied player with the highest score from that round, wins.

To play the extra points variation. When answering with proper names or titles, score an extra point for each use of the key letter more than once as a first letter in a multiple word answer.

There are 3 yellow marks on the timer. For a challenging game with less time, set the timer at any one of these marks.


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  • so this is the english version of stadt land fluss?

    Victoire Hermione Weasley July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • We used to play this game when we were younger. It wasn't called scattegories though😂.. We called it "Animal Kingdom"

    Zoey Kiritu July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • who came here after chris evans mentioned it in his first instagram video post

    Girish Ewoorkar July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Lmao play this with a group of Jamaicans on a Friday night!
    There wont be a dice left once they start throwing that thing 😭😂😂😂

    White Alliance July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Wow, your supposed to use the same list for three rounds. Whoops, I always changed lists due each round.

    Jennifer Castellano July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • How long is the timer?

    Richard Samaniego July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • In Germany we play this Game without having to buy it and just all think about categories ourselves. The time is just up when the first person finishes every answer. It‘s called „city, country, river“ or originally „Stadt, Land, Fluss“

    Phoenyx 18 July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Cute

    Feliz Navidad July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • In Mexico, this game is called Basta, which means "enough" in Spanish

    West Coast Emerald Bull July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Frankfort is not a capital btw

    Luca Herrmann July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • This is just like P.A.N.T.S.! (Place, Animal, Name, Thing, Score)

    PRECooL July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • A Fancy way of playing boy, girl, animal, place, thing, tv show. nice.

    JewelTrini July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • How does this version work? does everyone get a list 7? I’m a bit confused

    Tay Milsom July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Are there different versions of this game? I've watched different videos of this and the setup is kind of different. I like this one so…

    s_jm_rusher July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • I love this game, thinking of buying it soon. I've seen that Walmart and other locales carry it.

    Searching For Myself July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • The one sold in the market now has a silly hour glass timer and is different from the one you have here.

    Michael Fernandes July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply
  • Nice but can't undustand it

    Tuba Imran Ejaz July 26, 2020 7:16 pm Reply

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