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HANGMAN

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Objective:

A guessing game where you try to guess the mystery word one letter at a time before the man goes to the gallows.

Game Type:

Passive. Little or no movement is required.

Players:

2 to 6 players

Needed:

Paper and pencil

Rules:

This is usually a game for two players but can be played with any number of guessers. Choose one person to be the 'hangman'. Have them choose a mystery word. The word should be harder or easier based on the age and intellect of the guesser(s). Generally the word should be at least 3 letters and no more than 10 letters long. Have the hangman draw a number of lines called the 'word grid', one for each letter in the mystery word. For example, if the mystery word is "APPLE", then the word grid would look like this: _ _ _ _ _. The hangman should leave enough space above the word grid to draw the gallows and the 'criminal'.

Guessing:

Once the word is chosen and the mystery word grid is drawn, the game begins. The guesser(s) begins by choosing a letter from the alphabet. This can be any vowel or consonant. If the chosen letter is in the mystery word, the hangman writes it above the line for that letter in the word grid. For example, if 'L' is chosen, then the word grid would look like _ _ _ L _. If a letter is chosen which appears twice in the word then it should be written twice in the grid. The same applies if a letter appears three times in a word or four times etc. If the letter 'P' was chosen next then the word grid would look like this _ P P L _.

Gallows and the criminal:

Every time a guesser chooses a letter not found in the mystery word, a piece of the gallows or criminal is added to the drawing. There are always 10 parts to the drawing. The drawing below illustrates the ten parts and has them numbered 1 to 10. You start with the foundation, add the supports to the gallows, the criminal's head, body, arms, legs and finally the noose. Any incorrect attempt to guess the word results in advancing the drawing by one part.

Winning:

If the guesser can determine the mystery before the gallows is built, then they win. However, if they cannot guess the word and the criminal is hanged, they lose the game and the hangman wins. If the guesser consistently wins, most likely you'll need to think up harder and longer words to use.

Gallows drawing:

gallows

Norfolk rules:

Any letter may be selected without penalty. The penalty for an incorrect guess at a word will be that your Hangman sequence will be advanced by one unit.

Gibralter rules:

Any consonant may be selected without penalty. Any vowel may be selected at a cost of your Hangman sequence being advanced by one unit. The penalty for an incorrect guess at a word will be that you will proceed to the Hangman.

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