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Board Games That Require Drawing

Aug 3, 2008
Board games often cover a variety of bases on what it actually entails to play them. Some are focused on strategic movements and the chance element that dice rolling brings. Others focus on the trivia that is known by a player and sometimes on how quickly they can recall that trivia. There are a few board games out there, however, who focus more on the creative aspects that a player might have. In particular, there are a few games that test a player's skill at drawing. This does sound daunting to some players who may feel that their artistic skills are not up to par. However, these games often make allotments for this handicap and it's rare that a game will test the technical prowess of an artist. Usually, one of these games is more interested in how well a player can get their message across.

One of these games is Cranium, which actually tests players in a variety of areas. Cranium has the standard trivia and verbal questions that many games rely on, but it can also test not only the performance skills of a player, but also the artistic ones. With a typical game of Cranium, players will sometimes have to sketch out a certain word or phrase for teammates to guess. Sometimes, there are even restrictions on how they do this, such as drawing with one's eyes closed, or having to draw the picture without ever picking the pencil up from the paper. This can present quite an obstacle, but the better a player knows how to convey a message, the more successful they will be.

Another incredibly popular drawing board game would be Pictionary. This game is devised around two teams moving around a board which is marked with different symbols, standing for different categories. The teams must draw certain phrases for their teammates to guess and the better the teams do with the drawing and guessing, the faster they proceed along the board. If the correct phrase is guessed before the specified time limit is up, that team gets to continue along the path. If the phrase is not guessed, the team must remain at the spot they are currently at and the game play passes to the next team.

Each time that something needs to be drawn, the pad and pencil is shuffled to the next player in the group. Everyone gets a chance to draw and this also helps the teams be a little more fair, as some players will be naturally more talented at drawing than others. The players all rotate drawing in between the teams and by making their way along the game board, one team will eventually reach the finish line and win the game. The game is considered to be a very popular choice for parties, with unlimited possibilities presenting themselves for the game, as every player will draw something differently than another.

Games which test the creativity of the players often experience a high popularity, as the players like to be challenged in ways that don't necessarily test their random trivia knowledge. These games which want players to try things in a new way are highly accepted among groups and can be quite popular with parties. Drawing games, in particular, are often highly enjoyed even by people who do not feel that they have any special talent with sketching. Because of this, these games have had a long standing popularity.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures. You will find all these things and more if you visit drawing board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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