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Spirit Games (Est. 1984) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 20 years sells Ex Libris

Ex Libris


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Fresh from the shelves of the famed British Library in London and the Bodleian Library in Oxford comes Ex Libris, a game to challenge your literary acumen and test your writing skills.

Each card gives you a title, author and plot summary of a novel or short story.

At the start of a round one player, taking a turn as the reader, picks a card and reads it out. The other players then have to write a plausible opening or closing sentence to the work in an attempt to bluff fellow players into believing their 'script' to be the genuine one. These are all handed in to the reader, who has meanwhile written down the genuine sentence (given on the back of the card). They are shuffled, and each is read out. The winning player is the one who has most votes cast for his or her entry (while further points are won if you manage to identify the genuine sentence).

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By sheeptoy From staffs in uk
An excellent little game that is great fun. When we first played it with my friends people had a tendency to be a little silly which meant scoring was a somewhat pointless exercise since it was obvious what the correct line was, however the making up of new opening or closing lines to classic books was often hilarious. When we started taking the game seriously the game became surprisingly tense and competitive, with some clever bluffing and intelligent attempts at writing plausible lines to books which meant guessing the winner was very difficult. So a game that has much to recommend it to both casual and serious players alike and a perfect parlour game that can be played by a wide range of people. Good value for money and that little bit different.

By andy.mayes From Herefordshire in UK
Best non-board game for bored adults that I have come across in a long time and can be played round a table or just lounging around. You don't have to be an avid reader to enjoy the game but some literary knowledge is helpful. Having said that, the last time I played was with a group that included two children of 8 and 11 and four adults so definitely a game for all the family. Would reccommend it for anyone who likes an intelligent laugh.

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Playing Time
30 minutes
Game Type
Bluffing Games
Card Games
Word Games
Party Games
Oxford Games
No. Players
4-8 Players
Sara Finch
Leslie Scott
14 +

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