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Board Games at Odum: Cranium

A guide to help you navigate Odum Library's board game collection and the world of gaming.

Cranium

Cranium Description

Cranium is the outrageously fun award-winning board game packed with something-for-everyone fun! Whether you're an aspiring actor, artist, data hound, or wordsmith, Cranium gives everyone a chance to shine. 

Data head: Fun facts - True or False? A chocolate bar contains more caffeine than a cup of coffee. Data Head activities are full of outrageously fun facts, true/fast statements, and multiple-choice challenges. 

Creative Cat: Sketch & sculpt - Is that a hamburger or a manhole cover? Creative Cat activities have your team sketch, sculpt with clay, or even draw with your eyes closed.

Star Performer: Act & hum - Can you shake like Elvis? Star Performer activities have your team hum or whistle a tune, impersonate a celebrity, or act out a clue. 

Word Worm: Word puzzles - Can you spell asparagus backwards? Word Worm activities have you unscramble words, guess definitions, fill in the blanks, and even spell backwards.  

Players

4 - 16 players

Time

60 minutes

Themes

Party

Mechanics

Acting, line drawing, roll and move, singing, team-based game

How to Play

Cranium Hoopla

Cranium Hoopla Description

A timed version of Cranium, designed for two or more players to cooperatively. Each player is dealt 4 cards depicting commonly known people, places, or objects. Another 8 cards are added to a common Play Pile. Players then take turns rolling a die to determine what type of clues can be given, starting the timer, selecting a card from their hand, and trying to get the other players to guess what is on that card as quickly as possible. The four types of clues that can be given to describe your cards are: Cloodle - provide clues by drawing and doodling; Tongue-Tied - use alliteration to give as many clues as possible that start with a single letter; Soundstage - act out or provide sound effects for clues (but you can't use words!); Tweener - give hints in the form "It's bigger than blank but smaller than blank", using two objects that imply the answer. After someone guesses the card in play, stop the timer and draw a new card from the Play Pile. The next player takes the die and repeats the same process, until either no cards are left or the available 15 minutes are gone. Players who are stuck on a particular card can choose to discard that card, but two new cards must then be added to the game instead - one card is placed directly in that player's hand, and a penalty card is added to the Play pile. The game is won by all players if they can work together to guess all of the cards in play before the timer runs out.

Description from Boardgamegeek.com 

Players

2 - 8 players

Time

20 minutes

Themes

Party

Mechanics

Acting, cooperative game, hand management, paper-and-pencil