Instructions for Cranium board game

Cranium (board game)

Players 4+
Age range 8+
Setup time approx. 2 minutes
Playing time 35 minutes
Random chance Medium
Skill(s) required

Cranium is a party board game based on Ludo. Whit Alexander and Richard Tait created Cranium in 1998 after Richard spent a weekend playing games with another family and recognized the need for a game involving a variety of skills. He left his job at Microsoft, convincing his friend and co-worker Whit Alexander to join him in the creation of Cranium. Cranium is manufactured by Hasbro subsidiary Cranium, Inc. Cranium is billed as "The Game for Your Whole Brain." Unlike many other party games, Cranium includes a wide variety of activities.

Giorgio Davanzo had done packaging and branding for the game, and the art is done by Gary Baseman, creator of the animated series .

Players are divided into two, three, or four teams; each team picks a mover and puts it on the "Planet Cranium" space. The board is laid out as a circuit, consisting of different color spaces. Each color corresponds to a question card category. Purple "Planet Cranium" spaces give the team their choice of category.

The rules of Cranium state that the team with the player whose birthday is coming up next starts the game. Play then continues clockwise to the next team.

Card Categories[edit]

Creative Cat These blue cards are, as the name suggests, two creative activities. Cloodle cards require a team member to draw on a piece of paper while the other team member(s) attempt to guess the word or phrase, much like Pictionary. Sensosketch cards are the same but the drawer must have their eyes closed. Sculpturades requires one player to mold the included putty into shapes for the other player(s) to guess the word or phrase being sculpted. All of the blue cards have vague hints.

Data Head These red cards revolve around, as the name suggests, knowledge of data and facts. Selectaquest cards ask a question and present four possible multiple choice answers, of which the player's team must choose the correct answer. Factoid cards present a question that the player's team must answer outright, and a third type of card requires the player's team to evaluate a statement to determine whether it is true or false.

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What board games are made by cranium?

Cranium makes the following games: CRANIUM - Wow, CRANIUM - Original, CRANIUM - Hullabaloo, Cranium Party Playoff, CRANIUM - Whoonu Tin Edition, CRANIUM - Family Edition, CRANIUM - CADOO. !

What are the rules for the board game Cranium.

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