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PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE STARTING PLAY
OBJECT OF THE GAME
To invent a phony definition for each word in play that could be mistaken by the other players as the correct definition. To identify and choose the correct definition for each word in play.
To be the first player to reach the space marked FINISH.
PREPARATION FOR PLAY
Each player receives a definition sheet, selects a coloured playing piece, and places it on the board in the space marked START.
PLAYING THE GAME
1. The die is rolled by each player-high roll becomes the first DASHER(leader of each round).
1. One point is given to each player for every vote (or guess) his phony definition receives.
HOW TO WIN THE GAME
A player moves one space on the board for every point awarded. The first player to reach the space marked FINISH is the winner. No ties allowed. In each round, the player to the DASHER's left moves his playing piece first, followed by the remaining players in a clockwise manner.
BALDERDASH (R) is not just a test of one's vocabulary. In fact, players are not expected to know the real meanings of any of the words found in the game. The main objective is to create definitions that will bluff other players. Anything goes. Just use your imagination. A player may, as a bluffing trick, vote for his own definition but never receives a point for this vote. A player should not reveal his own definition when it is read by shouting "that's mine" or by nudging or winking.
If the DASHER receives a definition from a player which is similar or very close to the correct meaning, he should not read this player's definition aloud with the other definitions. Rather, the DASHER should put the definition aside, automatically award this player three points (who in turn, immediately moves three spaces on the board), and read the definition aloud only after the round is over. The round is played as usual (with one less definition) but the player who wrote the matching definition does not take part in the voting.
Note: If the DASHER receives more than one definition closely resembling the correct meaning, the round is cancelled, and the DASHER chooses a new card. However, each and every player that submits a definition closely resembling the correct meaning still receives three points.
When playing with four people or less, one variation of the game is to have the DASHER submit a bluff definition in addition to the real definition. This gives the DASHER a chance to bluff as well as creating more definitions from which to choose.
TWO PLAYERS ONLY
Another variation of the game is designed for two players only. One player chooses any one of the five words from a card, then flips the card and in random order, reads aloud all five definitions. The other player then chooses which one he believes to be the correct definition, and if right, scores two points and moves two spaces on the board. If the guess is incorrect, the reader scores one point. Play continues back and forth until one of the players reach FINISH.
The BALDERDASH (R) definitions are the final authority for this game. Over two million words were thoroughly researched before the final entries were selected. Amazingly enough, every selection in the game has been recognized by at least one major dictionary as a legitimate word in the English language. Should any questions arise, please write Mr. or Mrs. Balderdash, c/o Western Publishing Company, 1220 Mound Ave., Racine, WI 53404.
If during the playing of BALDERDASH (R), the game erupts into a riot, the creators of this game will not be held responsible.
One final note, Mrs. Balderdash wants it clearly understood that "he" also means "she" in the above rules.
(C) GAMEWORKS CREATIONS INC., 1984 - (R) GAMEWORKS CREATIONS
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