A new fun alternative way to play Codenames. This version uses pictures instead of words and a 5×4 grid instead of 5×5. The rules remain the same. The pictures are in black and white and combine at least 2 images into one picture for unique combinations. This is fun to play as another optional form of Codenames or in combination with other formats. 2 to 8 players 10 to 20 minutes or as long as you feel like playing.
There are 2 new versions of Codenames to play around with. Codenames: Pictures is what it sounds like. It uses black and white pictures with mixed imagery instead of words the rest of the rules remain the same. The other new version is Codenames: Deep Undercover. That one uses words but ones that are commonly used in euphemisms and more adult innuendo. All versions of Codenames seem simple enough, but each can be enjoyed on its own anytime or mixed and matched in a single game. There will actually be a Codenames Tournament to raise money for the Yangsan Orphanage with copies of the game as prizes.
We had games of all of the above on Saturday, October 29th for the game day hosted by Bruce and Ginger in their fine apartment. The first game of Codenames started out with Deep Undercover for a round then changed to a mix of original Codenames and Codenames: Pictures. Katie and Aaren won 2 rounds to Justin and Halen’s 1 round. The last round finished with the assassin coming out.
Another group played Codenames starting with 4 rounds of Deep Undercover. The team of Jeremy, Daniel, and Jenna were practicing for the tournament versus a team including Matt, Justyna, Ksenia, and Evan. The practicing team won 3 rounds to 1, but each round was pretty close. It also ended up being educational for some unfamiliar with English innuendo.
The same groups played once more using Pictures. The rounds continued to be quite close. Out of 3 rounds team Ksenia, Justyna, Evan, and Matt won 2 over the practicing team of Jeremy, Jenna, and Daniel.
I will also mention a game of Thurn and Taxis Power and Glory here. Halen, Aaren, Katie, and Justin played with Halen winning. Halen got 23 points to win.
While Codenames took up a lot of time and attention, the big long game of the day was Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game. Bruce, Ginger, Ronnie, Kate, and Jef all played for the first time. It is Evan’s game, but he was playing Codenames so was only able to advise while the group attempted to learn and play the game. The final result was quite close, but the Box won. The mission was to kill a certain number of zombies in 5 rounds, and they fell one short. There was also an attempted betrayal by Ginger as her secret mission was to help the downfall of the group. However, she was also unsuccessful. There were no winners here as is the case in most zombie movies. Appropriate.