How to Play Scattergories

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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  1. Zoey Kiritu 4 months ago

    We used to play this game when we were younger. It wasn't called scattegories though😂.. We called it "Animal Kingdom"

  2. Girish Ewoorkar 4 months ago

    who came here after chris evans mentioned it in his first instagram video post

  3. White Alliance 4 months ago

    Lmao play this with a group of Jamaicans on a Friday night!
    There wont be a dice left once they start throwing that thing 😭😂😂😂

  4. Jennifer Castellano 4 months ago

    Wow, your supposed to use the same list for three rounds. Whoops, I always changed lists due each round.

  5. Richard Samaniego 4 months ago

    How long is the timer?

  6. Phoenyx 18 4 months ago

    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“

  7. Feliz Navidad 4 months ago


  8. West Coast Emerald Bull 4 months ago

    In Mexico, this game is called Basta, which means "enough" in Spanish

  9. Luca Herrmann 4 months ago

    Frankfort is not a capital btw

  10. PRECooL 4 months ago

    This is just like P.A.N.T.S.! (Place, Animal, Name, Thing, Score)

  11. JewelTrini 4 months ago

    A Fancy way of playing boy, girl, animal, place, thing, tv show. nice.

  12. Tay Milsom 4 months ago

    How does this version work? does everyone get a list 7? I’m a bit confused

  13. s_jm_rusher 4 months ago

    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…

  14. Searching For Myself 4 months ago

    I love this game, thinking of buying it soon. I've seen that Walmart and other locales carry it.

  15. Michael Fernandes 4 months ago

    The one sold in the market now has a silly hour glass timer and is different from the one you have here.

  16. Tuba Imran Ejaz 4 months ago

    Nice but can't undustand it

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