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==Scoring==
 
==Scoring==
  
When the time is up, all players must return to the starting point. You should then go through each category in turn, and have each player call out the word they took a photo of, showing their camera screen to the other players.
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When the time is up, all players must return to the starting point. You should then go through each category in turn, and have each player call out the word they took a photo of. If anyone doubts a word, they can challenge it - the player who came up with it has to show their camera screen to the other players.
  
If you got a photo for a word, you get '''one point''', unless someone else also got exactly the same word from the same source, in which case you get '''zero points''' for it.
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For each category you get a photo for, you get '''one point'''. If there's a moderator running the game, they can veto any word photos that they feel are too tenuous. If you're playing without a moderator, the players can call a vote on anything that's dodgy.
 
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If there's a moderator running the game, they can veto any word photos that they feel are too tenuous. If you're playing without a moderator, the players can vote on anything they feel is a bit dodgy.
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Whoever has the most points wins.
 
Whoever has the most points wins.

Revision as of 21:03, 2 June 2009

Search and Replace
Toffee republic.jpg
Designer: Kevan Davis
Players: 2+
Stuff required: Category lists. Cameras. Scrabble tiles, or some other physical letters, or just a pen.
Crew required: None.
Preparation: Five minutes.
Time required: Ten minutes upward.
Place required: Any urban space.
Activities: Finding, photography, wordplay.
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This is an untested game. Its rules are written, but it hasn't been tested out yet.
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This game is made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial Creative Commons licence. (What does this mean?)

Grab a set of lettered tiles and head out into the city, to twist the roadsigns and headlines to your will.

Setup

Prepare a category list for each player - this should be a list of ten or so categories (such as: food, a city, a boy's name, an animal), which the players will try to find words to fit.

If you've got the resources, give every player a handful of Scrabble tiles, or equivalent lettered objects - it needn't be a full alphabet, seven or eight should give a good balance of freedom and challenge. If you're on a low budget, you can just give people pens, and a number of cardboard squares equal to the number of categories. (And if you're playing this on an unprepared whim, players can just write letters on scraps of paper, or their fingers.)

If you've got a lot of players, if not everyone has a camera with them, or if you just want a more social game, you can group people into pairs or teams, each team working together as if they were a single player.

Hand out the lists and tiles, agree on when the game will end, and start searching.

Gameplay

Given a list of categories, you must find words or phrases that fit those categories, in the environment around you. Shop names, roadsigns, posters, newspaper headlines, café chalkboards - any printed or pre-existing written material is fair game. Find it, and take a photo of it.

The only restriction is that you must change one of the letters (and only one letter), by holding up one of your Scrabble tiles when you take the photo. You can't just take straight photos of words that fit, you have to change one of the letters.

Scoring

When the time is up, all players must return to the starting point. You should then go through each category in turn, and have each player call out the word they took a photo of. If anyone doubts a word, they can challenge it - the player who came up with it has to show their camera screen to the other players.

For each category you get a photo for, you get one point. If there's a moderator running the game, they can veto any word photos that they feel are too tenuous. If you're playing without a moderator, the players can call a vote on anything that's dodgy.

Whoever has the most points wins.