What no phones? Scrabble & Pictionary announce new rule changes!

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There may be no greater joy than a games night. Nothing ruins people’s sense of self than being mercilessly mocked by their so-called friends.  Who, it turns out, have savage competitive motivations to overthrow the hosts with a fist pumping win. 

But is it really winning when you use your phones for the answer? Mmmmm…

Both Pictionary and Scrabble have announced a new rule change this month– all players must now put their smartphones into the empty game box lid ahead of starting. The new rule aims to eliminate any distractions (and potential cheating!), promising a fun night in with family, during a time where boardgames and family game night is no doubt popular in most households. 

We can recommend Pictionary as a game to bring you and your friends together and also divide your night! If you havent tried it yet. This classic 80s game has been reinvented with new modern clues and a pop culture section that make even the coolest, most up-to-date guests groan (try drawing Heston Bloomenthal). 

The updated board is colourful and has lots of interactive “all-draw” elements that deliver high stress stakes. There are cards to draw on, instead of paper – although they are difficult to clean. 

Get Ready, on your marks, GO! You are asked to draw the clue on the card – from one of the following categories:  object, action, person/place/animal, difficult and pop culture, in 60 seconds for your partner to guess what it is without using words, numbers or symbols. 

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Now it sounds easy, but when you draw Sherlock Holmes, climate change, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds these precious 60 seconds seem more like five seconds to save the world. 

This is where the rubber hits the road. You’ll find out how literal or abstract your partner and friends are, how good you are at drawing and simplifying concepts, how quickly you can problem solve and how you both perform under pressure. You’ll also find out that everyone could have drawn it better than you, particularly your partner who couldn’t decipher your interpretation of Picasso and suggests a “helpful” alternative drawing, which would have led to a win. You will fall about laughing (it’s guaranteed) at the ridiculous suggestions you had and were adamant about  – like handlebar bums  instead of fly off the handle or guitar man instead of guitarist. Sometimes, it seems our brains don’t work just as they should. 

As we come out of lockdown and start our lives again, Pictionary is a great way to dust off the laughing cobwebs and remind us why we love socialising with our dearest favourite people (even if they are terrible drawers, outrageously mean and competitive).

The game also includes kids cards for any little people 8+. Available at most retailers including Kmart, Big W and Myer. 

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).