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Balderdash is a proprietary board game combining elements of bluff and knowledge of trivia. It is very similar to Fictionary. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Jump to: navigation, search Logo en:Wiktionary Wiktionary is a sister project to Wikipedia intended to be a free wiki dictionary (including thesaurus and lexicon) in every language. ... Jump to: navigation, search A board game is any game played with a premarked surface, with counters or pieces that are moved across the board. ... Fictionary, also known as the Dictionary Game, is a word game in which players guess the definition of an obscure word. ...

The game begins by all players rolling a die, the high roll chosen to be the first "dasher". The dasher draws a "definition card" from the supplied box, and rolls the die to decide which of the five words listed there shall be used (if a six is rolled, the dasher may choose for him- or herself which word to use). Then the dasher writes the definition (as supplied on the card) on a piece of paper. All other players then write down a definition, which may be an honest attempt to supply the correct definition, or, if they do not know or for tactical reasons decide not to, a fictitious definition for the word designed to sound convincing as possible. Jump to: navigation, search Rolling dice A die (Old French de, from Latin datum something given or played [1]) is a small polyhedral object (usually a cube) suitable as a gambling device (especially for craps or sic bo). ...

The players hand their definitions to the dasher, who checks if any definitions are the same as the real definition. If there are, the player(s) submitting the correct definition is immediately awarded three points, and if there is more than one the round is abandoned (though the points are retained). The definitions, including the real definition, are then read out in random order. Players record which of the answers they believe is correct.

Players are awarded two points if they guess the correct definition, and one point for each player who incorrectly chooses the fake definition they wrote. If nobody guesses the correct definition, the dasher is awarded three points.

For each point awarded, players move their tokens around the game board one square. The role of dasher than passes to another player. The winner is the individual whose token reaches the end square first.

Newer versions of the game use categories, such as Peculiar People, Marvelous Movies, Laughable Laws, Incredible Initials, and Weird Words, to narrow the focus of the definitions.

One variation of the game consists of the players submitting hilarious and outrageous definitions. No points are awarded, and the winner is determined by who garnered the most laughs throughout the course of the game. The addition of beer or other intoxicatables enhances the game considerably. The game comes to a conclusion when everyone is too drunk to continue. Jump to: navigation, search A mug of lager beer, showing the golden colour of the beer and the foamy head floating on top. ...

A game show based on the game aired on PAX from 2004-2005, with Elayne Boozler hosting.

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Balderdash - How To Play (1027 words)
BALDERDASH (R) is not just a test of one's vocabulary.
If during the playing of BALDERDASH (R), the game erupts into a riot, the creators of this game will not be held responsible.
Balderdash wants it clearly understood that "he" also means "she" in the above rules.
BBC Balderdash & Piffle - OED News - Oxford English Dictionary (106 words)
Balderdash & Piffle was a major BBC TV series, shown in the UK from May to July 2007, which helped to update the OED.
After a wordhunt appeal, contributions from the public were assessed to add earlier evidence to existing entries, or to help write entirely new ones.
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