At the heart of it, Balderdash is a trivia game. However, defining it as such would be selling it short. The game not only has you answering questions you may genuinely know, but has you do a fair amount of bluffing. Throughout the game you will learn some things, have some laughs, and in the end a winner is declared. If you have never played Balderdash, or haven’t played in a while, you may be unclear on the Balderdash rules. This is how you play Balderdash.
How To Get Started.
First off, the game requires two or more people to play. Each game box does come with cards to write on, but you may want to have some scratch paper if said cards are not available. Writing utensils are also necessary for this game. Once you have all of the necessary supplies, then you and your friends will roll the die. The player with the highest number will be the first dasher. The dasher is the player that reads the card.
A dasher will pick a card and roll the die to determine which category they will play. The categories range from laws, movies, weird words, notable people and incredible initials. With the categories chosen, the dasher will ask the other players a question, and they will write down the answer on a piece of paper. If you happen to know the correct answer, then write it down. However, if you do not, now is the time to bluff.
Once all the cards are in, the dasher will read them out loud and it is up to you and your friends to decide what the right answer is. Every time your answer is chosen, you will receive a single point. If you guessed the answer correctly, then you will receive two points. If the answer is very similar to the real answer, then three points are given. The dasher gets three points if no one guesses correctly. Every time someone gets points, they get to move their game token the corresponding number of moves on the game board. The game is over when someone makes it to the end of the game board.
Balderdash is a great game to play with friends. New words and facts will be discovered, and new inside jokes are likely to be born. Before any of this silly fun can be had, you must learn the Balderdash rules. Have at it.