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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Show Me the Kwan Word Game Review

You're probably asking yourself "What's a Kwan?" Before answering that, let's start at the beginning. Show Me the Kwan is a fast-paced, dice rolling, word game. Given a chosen category, the players must call out words fitting where either the first, second, or last letter correspond to the lettered dice that were rolled. Each die has an assigned point value. At the end of the 1 minute round, all players must count their points on the dice they collected.

That's the quick explanation. Let's take a slightly longer look. The game consists of twelve lettered dice, where the letters are assigned point values. Each die can be used separately to form a word in a category, where that category is chosen from one of the category cards in the deck. The position of the letter of the word in the category is based upon a separate die. Position can be first, second, or last. So, given a category of movie titles and the letter S, you can use Star Wars if the latter die roll was first or last but not if it was second. Know any movie titles with a second letter of S?
So, here's a sample roll. If we were to pick a category of Titles of songs from the card, you then flip timer and go. As you think of an item that matches the category and has the necessary die available, you call it out and grab the die. Too slow and someone else will get the die. It does not go around the table in order. Each die can only be grabbed once, so if 3 players all think of the same or different songs that start with a V, only the first person who calls out title and grabs the die gets the 4 points. The first person to 50 points wins.

That leaves the question, what's a kwan? Quoting the rules... If you are able to come up with words, where you can use 1 letter die in all three positions (1st, 2nd, or last), shout "Show me the Kwan!" and lay the timer on the table. (to count the points) If I'm reading that correctly, it means something like seeing the letter O on the board with a category of Dogs, a kwan would be Old English Sheepdog, Poodle, and Bergamasco. Sounds easy but the whole round is one minute and everyone is shouting.

The game targets the 10+ market though can go younger. Spelling doesn't count here, besides letter position, and for younger kids you can always have them always find words starting with the letter versus in the other positions.

It is a fun, fast-paced game for under $20.

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