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My girlfriend and I were playing Guess Who one afternoon and I thought to myself how great it would be if all of the characters were people I know.

So, I set out to improve upon the dynamics of the game by replacing all of the original face cards with cards of my own creation. Now we can ask questions such as "Has your person ever lived with me?" or "Does your person have a substance abuse problem?"

The fun-level of the game has reached a mind-blowing new high.

Step 1: Go get things.

Picture of Go get things.
You will need:

- Guess Who? board game
- 24 images of your friends or relatives (of decent resolution)
- Photoshop software
- Files included in next step
- A printer capable of printing double-sided color prints on cardstock - OR - $10 and a Kinkos
- Exacto knife
- Ruler or straight edge
- Someone to play with
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EVM6 years ago
Yesterday, I gave the dutch travel version of Guess Who to my friend for her birthday. It has pictures of our friends and some teachers. She absolutely loved it.. Thanks (:
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randofo (author)  EVM5 years ago
Personalized dutch travel Guess Who is pretty sweet. Glad to be of help.
dazzlez5 years ago
Thank you for your fantastic instructions! I made a game for my roommate and she loved it. I didn't have photoshop so I downloaded GIMP, and all worked out fine.
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randofo (author)  dazzlez5 years ago
Hey. That's great! Glad I was of help
Kaspr0075 years ago
This instructable has been my favourite so far.  I created it for all my friends who party at the cottage.  I took it one step further though and made stickers for the box creating a personalized guess who box.

Many thanks randofo!


randofo (author)  Kaspr0075 years ago
This is pretty awesome. I like what you have done!
nickfarnell6 years ago
this is great! i did this for my friends and they all went nuts. great idea!
xMusicsmylifex made it!8 months ago

I knew I wanted to make a customized set of Guess Who for my cousin and her husband for Christmas, but I tried googling to see if maybe somebody already made a template for it or anything that would make it easier... and this one was perfect! Thank you for doing the hard part so I just got to go straight to the fun part. I love the way it turned out! =D

BigRandy69 made it!1 year ago

My friends loved the idea, in theory. However, in practice every game spouted questions that were deliberately highly personal or extremely vague, often starting a ruckus. "Does your person give the impression that they are highly depressed on the inside?" "Is your person intelligent?" "Would your person kill a puppy for a thousand dollars?" ect, ect.

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diajoh1 year ago
I am doing this now with different Buddhist personalities. Adding writing to the yellow cards for virtues, name translations, etc.
I am using Paint.net instead of Photoshop. There is a plugin that converts the PSD file.
I was doing this on my own, measuring everything, then I said to myself, "Self, just look in Instructables!"
Looking forward to finishing.
I'd like to add -- if you don't have the actual plastic game, just use it sort of like a big Bingo card. Keep the yellow card hidden, of course, and use coins, poker chips, etc to cover up any "eliminated" characters.
Karen8502 years ago
That's a great instructable randofo, I stumbled upon it whilst looking for this version, you should take a look, it's amazing!:


mdamaso2 years ago
Now I wish I had picked up the Guess Who game I saw at Salvation Army the other day. I'm definitely making this soon for family game night!
Gumby452 years ago
This is a genius idea! The fact that you came up with this AND found out how to make it look so seamless is pretty creative. I'm definitely going to make one of these for Christmas...this is really clever :D
jomoyobro3 years ago
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jomoyobro3 years ago
I've been always dreaming of making a personalized Guess Who, and well, you made my dream come true! After hours and hours of work I created...
What are the dimensions for the Guess Who box?
muddypawz274 years ago
Does anybody know the dimensions for the new guess who? It comes in a single sheet now, rather than having to cut apart the cards. Any suggestions? Thanks.
nserkal4 years ago
Hello !
thanks! this was sooo useful!!
but i have one question, how can i do the packaging for the game?
randofo (author)  nserkal4 years ago
Glad it worked out for you! Haven't really tried to make the packaging. Not really sure how. I imagine that you would need mat board and or chip board, then you would make the box, and then you would print out the graphics you want to use on glossy paper and use spray mount to attach them.
gibsax014 years ago
help i cant figure out how to resize?
randofo (author)  gibsax014 years ago
Are you using Photoshop? If so, what version?
Tortus3334 years ago
I can't seem to download these files. They keep dying half way through. Maybe I shall have to wait until I'm no longer shaped and try again.
Ok, it's working now :)
blokert4 years ago
When I try to extract these templates it's telling me the file is corrupt. :(
randofo (author)  blokert4 years ago
What software are you using to open the file?
Claypoolgal4 years ago
I love this idea. I'm going to make it for my niece for a birthday gift!! Thanks!
0sd04 years ago
This is exactly what a group of friends and I did late one night. :D

Except ours was the ultimate buget version, we just scribbled 24 of our friends names on scraps of paper and tucked them in frount of the real cards :P
It was awesome.
Lindie4 years ago
I love this! I wish I had this game customized for me. Who knows, maybe for the holidays someone would make me a game. Ya think?
Radie4 years ago
I LOVE THIS IDEA! However I wonder if it cant be improved upon...

I noticed you mentioned asking questions like "Has this person lived with me"... I feel like that could possibly eliminate A LOT of friends.

I cant recall the official rules to the game, but I think building a set that follows a certain set of guidelines to keep the balance is the way to go. Doing so could turn the simply novelty of this into a solid game that can be played often.

Without studying the board game, I cant say what the balance system would be, but off the top of my head, if you made every characteristic a 50-50 split or as close as possible... that would be a good start.

Plus, half the fun of this would be "brainstorming" what the balance system will be, and who will fit into each section... Then of course there is the fun of digging through photos to find the perfect pics... Say you made half of the pics with their mouths open and half with their eyes open, half with glasses and so on... Then you have to go through your archives and find the pics that meet the guidelines... A nice strol through memory lane comes with that.
I love personalised games!
As little kids, me and my sister drew our own Guess Who characters :D We had about 3 different personalised Guess Who's :P
We also made our own version of Monopoly, our own version of Stratego, a lot of paper jigsaw puzzles and finally, our home-made Mikado.
scrapcats5 years ago
How do you get the question marks to appear on the back of the cards?  I took a memory card with the three (R-Y-B) files and they printed them.  Where is the "?" file ??  This is an amazing gift for my father's 80th b-day party!!
randofo (author)  scrapcats4 years ago
See Step 11 for more

If, like me, you don't have such a printer, go to Kinkos with a CD containing all your files and ask them to:

"Print on white card-stock paper the following sets of images aligned front to back. The red files with the faces should line up with the red files with the question marks. The blue and yellow files should also line up in their respective sets. Also, please don't resize the image to fill the page when you are printing it."
widexxeyed5 years ago

Will Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 work?

or u can take pics of ur friends (small pics) and cut out the heads and use them for cards :D
randofo (author)  widexxeyed5 years ago
I am not sure
nkeener5 years ago
I made one several years ago using fine art works for my art history class...I just cut out pictures from two identical art magazines and glued them to card stock cut the size for the frame.
widexxeyed5 years ago
I'm using GIMP. I just can't afford photoshop right now. I need a few more pics and then the blue template is complete and I'll be ready for this step. Only problem is when I go to layers there's no option to delete anything except the template itself. Am I missing something?
Yeah. This is pretty SWEET. It's AWESOME. This game, it's......it's INCREDIBLE
Angeln5 years ago
I love this! Me and my boyfriend play this game all the time, this is a great idea! We've had this conversation too.. of course if i would have done it i would have just printed out some pictures and cut them the shape of the cards, Your way is a million times better!  I'm going to make one for my cousin and my little nephew. This would be a great family present, especially if you put in a few family members in they might not get to see too often.

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