Codenames Rules as the name suggest, is a game where players have to correctly guess all the codes of your team on the board before the opposite team does so.
You will be getting clues with numbers and letters to help you find the codename.
So, If you are someone who likes finding codenames and make interpretations using clues, this game might interest you. Keep reading further to know how to play Codename, codename rules and more about the game.
- Codename Objective – To be the team to guess all their clue first.
- Number of Players – 4-8 Players
- Game Material – 8 Blue and 8 red agent cards, one double agent card that is blue and red, 1 assassin card that is black, 7 civilian cards that are white, double-sided codename cards and key cards.
- Game Type – Verbal cooperative party game
- Game Audience – For adults and children 14+
How to Setup
As you might have understood by now, Codename is played in teams. So, you will have to first make 2 teams. One team will be getting Blue agent cards and the other will get Red agent cards.
Both the teams will be required to name one spymaster who will be the clue giver of the game.
These Spymasters will then shuffle and deal 25 Codename cards and arrange these in 5×5 layout. Now draw a key card after shuffling which will be hidden from all except the 2 spymasters.
- Blue Squares – Blue team
- Red Squares – Red team
- White Squares – Civilians
- Black Square – Assassin
How to Play
When the cards are laid out and the spymasters are all set with their clues, the game can begin. Spymaster starts the game by giving a one word clue to their team.
The team that plays first is show on the keyboard with their color running along the border.
The task of giving clues if done only by the Spymasters. Giving clues is the only time when the Spymasters can talk during the game.
It has to be noted that spymasters cannot give any extra information to their team mates while giving the clue, not even non-verbal kind.
The clues include one word and number. The word on the clue indicates the actual clue and the number shows how many cards the clue alludes to.
This number is used by the Spymaster to tell the players how many code words this clue refers to.
So, if two of your clues are pet animals like dog and pig, a spymaster can say ‘pets, 2’. Just note that the number and the clue are different things and the number cannot be used to indicate the clue in any way.
Making a Guess
Once the spymaster is done giving the clue to the teammates, the guessers have to make guess about that clue. The teammates are allowed to discuss in themselves what the clue can mean.
When they are sure, they can lock their guesses. But note that you cannot make any changes once a card has been touched.
While making a guess, you can guess at least once. After one guess, you can choose to decide when to stop guessing. The players are allowed to guess the number of times equal to 1 more than the number given by the Spymaster. The guessing phase ends when your team guesses all the clues and wins the game.
In case a team guesses a clue incorrectly, there can be a few repercussions. When a civilian is guessed, spymaster will cover that card using a Civilian tile.
When a team guesses clues of the other team, then the spymaster will have to cover that clue with a clue of their own. And if a team guesses the assassin, the game is over right there are the guessing team loses the game.
Given below are a few other codename rules you must have a look at before starting the game –
1. The game has to be played in English.
2. A clue has to be about the meaning of the words and should not allude to letters in the word or the position on the table.
3. The Numbers and Letters are valid clues only if they refer to the meaning of the words.
4. Number after the clue is not a part of the clue.
5. No player can say the words visible on the table.
6. No player can say the parts of compound words on the table.
Who Wins Codename Game?
A team wins Codename when they have all of their team’s clues covered before the other team. Or the other team could win if your team is successful in guessing the assassin.
That was it all about Codename. I hope you have all found the article of use and could easily understand how to play codename and codename rules.
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