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3 stacks of cards with consonants. A wooden cylinder (the microphone) stands in the middle of the table. A 5-column pegboard with columns for each of the vowels.
You turn over the top card in each column. If you can think of a word with these letters in it, in any order, grab the mike and say the word.
You now move your pegs up the pegboard each time a specific vowel is used. Words with e's are easy. words with u's will bust your brain. But you have to move all your vowels up the pegboard and off the board. When you get all 5 vowel pegs off the board, you win.
The consanants are the ones that take some thought to forms words with.
You will fight for the microphone.
The hard combinations where the mike sits there waiting to be grabbed.
The groping for words when you can't think of one.
The game is a total hoot. You will laugh. You will curse. You will battle.
And you will have a great time.
The only downside is that it is only for four players.
You can play with serious gamers and you can play with kids. But you will have to think fast if you want to be a Word Whiz!
This incarnation of the License Plate game (take three random letter and think of a word using them in sequence) is the best yet. It adds some strategic insights (attempting to use certain vowels, based on how many of the others you have used) which keeps players from simply blurting out random words which would score precious few points.
But it does have its flaws. Players physically fight over a little wooden dowel to claim the right to respond. And a slow letter-turner will be accused of giving themselves (or others) an unfair advantage. So there will be disputes.
As long as the game is taken lightheartedly, it works very well. But some less brutal way of claiming the podium would have been easier to swallow.