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Parlour Games

Basically charades, but with two people getting up to perform. One player knows what they are acting out, and performs the charade behind the backs of everyone trying to guess. The other person does not know, and stands in front of the group, mimicking the first person, since they are the only one who can see them. This makes the game unfathomably more difficult.

Mirror Charades

Basically charades, but with two people getting up to perform. One player knows what they are acting out, and performs the charade behind the backs of everyone trying to guess. The other person does not know, and stands in front of the group, mimicking the first person, since they are the only one who can see them. This makes the game unfathomably more difficult.

Spoons

Named after the utensil each player is trying to get their mitts on, as well as the word everyone is trying not to spell. Bare with us...

You’ll need
A standard deck of cards (no Jokers). Spoons - one less than the number of players (5 players needs 4 spoons). A minimum of three, maximum 13 players.

The Rules
Start the game by arranging all the spoons in the middle of the table. Then the dealer may deal four cards to each player. The dealer should keep the remaining cards in a pile on the table.

At the beginning of each round, the dealer takes a card off the top of the deck (to have five cards in their hand), they then remove one card from their hand, passing it face down to the player on their left. This continues around the circle, each player taking a card from the person on their right, choosing whether to keep it and passing a card on to the person to their left.

The last player places their discarded card into a trash pile, and the next round begins with the dealer picking up a new card. If at any time the draw cards run out, reshuffle the trash pile and keep going.

Play continues quickly until someone gets four of a kind. At that time, the player can take a spoon from the centre of the table. Once the player with four of a kind takes a spoon, anyone can take a spoon. The player who reaches four of a kind first can choose how to pick up a spoon - sneakily, or a wild grab, leading to a free for all. Think Musical Chairs.
The player left without a spoon is eliminated. Remove a spoon from the table, and play on - the winner is the last player remaining.

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