A game about describing a thing in terms of another thing.
3+ players, 30 to 60 minutes.
Monday the 16th of November 2020
A Keyword card
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Keyword is a game where a player has to communicate a word to the rest of their team, describing it in terms of a secret "keyword" which only that team knows. A second team eavesdrops on the conversation, trying to work out what they're talking about.


With four or more players, divide the players into two teams. For three players, see the Variations section at the end.

To play the game you need a deck of cards with a random word on each card.

(If you don't have a deck of cards that you can raid from another game, you can use the Random Noun Server, set to three-per-card, to simulate drawing three cards from a deck of word cards. Or you can use the print-and-play Keyword Word Grid, rolling dice or sticking a pin to choose a word. When you're drawing three cards for Targets, call horizontal or vertical before selecting, and also count the closest two words in that direction. Failing that, stick a pin in a dictionary and take the nearest two others on that page when drawing three.)


Pick a team to start. Teams then take turns with the following seven steps:-

Restrictions on clues


The game of Keyword is © Kevan Davis 2020. This is v1.1 of the game rules, last updated 12 October 2022.
Thanks to Bais, Josh, Pokes, P. Scholasticus, TyGuy6, Viv and Zara for playtesting.
Questions? Strategies? Visit the forums for Keyword on BoardGameGeek.