Saturday, November 12, 2005

#17: Time's Up

Based on the party game, "Celebrities", Time's Up is Peter Sarrett's masterful job of clarifying a folk game into a wonderful playing experience. It rewards trivia buffs, fast talkers, and charade experts in equal measure.

Aaron Fuegi: "My favorite party game by far. I prefer Time's Up and would want the expansions (sight unseen) but if we ran out of names, could always do Celebrities instead. If there was one game I could get a chance to add 10 more plays per year to, this would be it. However, the crowd one plays this with matters a ton! With the wrong group, this game can unfortunately go from a sublime experience to an experience worse than pulling teeth."

Joshua Miller: "Guaranteed to make me laugh so hard that I'll cry."

Mark Jackson: "Favorite Time's Up story - it's the first round. My teenage niece is desperately trying to get my wife to identify a particular individual with clues like 'he plays the violin' and 'he's musical'. Only later did we realize that she was trying to communicate Fidel [fiddle] Castro. Convulsed with laughter doesn't cover what happened when all became clear."



Blogger Marc Gilutin said...

My favorite Time's Up story.
I got to play the game for the first time with the Westside Spielers, whom I had joined several months earlier but had never had the chance to play a party game.
I was partnered with Ernie and we were first. The second or third card I got was "Ann Frank".
Picturing Patty Duke in the role, I thought for a moment and said, "Deaf, dumb, and blind", thinking of her *other* famous role.
We didn't have to wait 3 seconds before Ernie replied, "Ann Frank?"

I will always have a warm spot in my heart for Time's Up.

12:24 AM  
Blogger huzonfirst said...

The greatest party game ever published. Congratulations, Peter, your game fully deserves its high ranking!

12:50 AM  

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