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Stairs

staircase
No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To build up a series of words of ever-increasing length.

How to play

The gamemaster chooses a letter of the alphabet and all players then have a certain amount of time (say, 5 minutes) to make a list of words beginning with that letter. However, they do this in a certain way: they first start with the shortest word they can think of, then add a word beneath it that is one letter longer, then a third which is one letter longer than the second, and so on. The player who has built up a list with the most 'steps' – and without skipping any – becomes the gamemaster for the next round. An overall champion can be crowned after a number of rounds have been played.

Example

Audrey chooses the letter T. But at the end of five minutes, Betty wins the round with her taller staircase:

TO
TEA
TOLD
TYPED
TURKEY
TAKEOUT
TWEEZERS
TOADSTOOL
THOUGHTFUL
TEMPERAMENT
TELEGRAPHERS
TABLESPOONFUL
TELECONFERENCE
TROUBLESHOOTERS

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