Maximum Verbosity

This is a game invented many years ago and played with my friends. It has been lost to obscurity until now! Back then, there were not handy services (that I know of) where you could easily have real playing cards printed up. The original game was printed on an inkjet printer using floppy disk labels and then stuck onto regular playing cards. This time I will use some heavy card stock and a much better inkjet printer.

Unlike the original, I enlisted an artist to draw up some fun pictures for the cards and used a more interesting font.

The original game design is credited to Adam McEwan. The artwork is courtesy of Otahak

Supplies:

Heavy (20lb) card stock

Paper cutter or scissors

Printer

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Print Cards

Here is the card distribution:

You Lose!1
You Win!1
You8
Win4
Lose4
No5
Yes5
Way4
No Way2
Yes Way2
NO!2
SHHHH2
Maximum Verbosity2
Rotate Left2
Rotate Right2
Can't Win1
Can't Lose1
Steal a Card2
Steal Hand2
Make a rule1
End a rule1

Attached is a PDF so you can print these out on cardboard stock and cut them out. Alternatively you could print onto paper and then glue those onto real playing cards, or even use a sheet of labels (but you would have to reformat it from what I have).

I used a "Guillotine Paper Cutter" to get accurate cuts, and even then it's hard to get them all exactly the same. I plan to submit all the artwork to professional printer that makes game cards, but this costs about $14 in single quantities.

Also attached are all the toons if you want to make your own format.

Step 2: Color Cards (optional)

My son decided to color the cards. Adds a nice touch doesn't it?

Step 3: Play the Game

The game is very simple to play. Indeed that is exactly point, to create a most simple but fun to play game, without a lot of setup or complicated rules.

Object of the game is to play “You Win” on yourself, or, to play “You Lose” on everyone else.

Anytime anybody plays a card, another player can counter that with a “yes” or “no” card.

You can “trump” a yes or no card with “No Way” or “Yes Way”.

Playing a “NO!” card ends the turn.

You can combine two cards to make “No Way” or “Yes Way”, or to make “You Win” or “You Lose”

If you have the “Can’t win” card you cannot win, even with the You Win card(s). If you have the “Can’t Lose” card you cannot lose, even if somebody plays “You Lose” on you (show them your card!)

If the “SHHH” card is played and you talk, you lose. Maximum Verbosity lets you speak again.

Rotate Left and Right means you must hand all your cards over to the person next to you. This is a good way to get rid of a “Can’t Win” card.

If somebody plays “Steal Card” they can randomly take a card from the other person’s hand.

If the "Make a Rule" card is played, you may make up any rule you wish. If any player (including you) violates this rule, you lose. Playing "End a Rule" will stop this rule from being used again.

Game play begins with dealing 5 cards to each player, face down.

At the beginning of each player’s turn, you must either play a card or draw a card.

Play continues until somebody successfully plays “You Win”.

Games Contest

Participated in the
Games Contest

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • CNC Contest

      CNC Contest
    • Teacher Contest

      Teacher Contest
    • Maps Challenge

      Maps Challenge

    3 Discussions

    0
    None
    Aric Caley

    21 days ago

    So the kids play tested the same in their youth group. They enjoyed it and came back with some improvements to the game/cards which I will be incorporating in an update.

    0
    None
    Aric Caleyfilmaker2000

    Answer 23 days ago

    It's the complement to the shhh card. It means you can talk again...