Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play Codenames by Czech Games Editon.
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES.
In Codenames two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. Finding the assassin means instant game loss.
Here’s how it works. You deal out a grid of 25 words. Then divide your players into two teams and each team nominates a team leader.
The team leaders are given access to a card that designates each word on the grid as an agent belonging to the red or blue team. The card also designates innocent bystanders with a beige color. The DEADLY ASSASSIN WORD is the dark colored square. You win when all of your agents are marked on the board.
Each turn the team leader says a single word (that can’t be on the board) followed by a number. For example, “Desert 2”. What you’re saying is two of your team’s words on this grid relate to deserts.
You need to search for clues to tell your friends. You need to cross-reference those clues with other words on the board to make sure you don’t point them in the wrong direction. You’ll need keep track where the Assassin is to make absolutely sure they don’t hit it.
Codenames: Win or lose, it’s fun to figure out the clues.
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-Danny McKinley is the resident games geek at ZiaComics. He can be found there on most Saturdays teaching people how to play board games.