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Griddly Games 4000255 Show me the Kwan Game

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  • 20 mm dice for easy reading
  • 300 different and interesting categories split up into 5 east and 5 hard per card
  • 12 Lettered dice with assigned point values
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 10.2 x 4.1 cm ; 227 g
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Item model number: 4000255
  • ASIN: B00BY1MU7U
  • Date first available at April 29 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,524 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Show Me the Kwan is the fast-paced, mind-teasing word game where spelling isn't everything! Pick a category and call out words where the "1st, 2nd or Last" letter matches one of the letters on the dice rolled. Get creative, collect points and be the first

  • Length: 7.75
  • Width: 1.65
  • Height: 4

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    It's not quite a board game, definitely not a video game, and a whole lot of fun! It plays very quickly and works for any number of players (ages 10+ but can be slightly younger if simple spelling of words are not frustrating).
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xe404f348) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x96cc4d74) out of 5 stars Fast paced party word game! Sept. 27 2013
    By Ralphy - Published on
    Show me the Kwan comes in a smart cloth bag! The game itself has a lot of game play in such a small package. The dice are a nice size and feel. There are many categories to choose from. Each turn you have a choice of 5 to select from. Then you roll the dice and located the red die that tells you if you have to find a word based on the 1st letter, 2nd letter or last letter of the word. So if the category was gardens and the red die said 1st then we would be looking for T for Tree, G for Grass or B for Bug. If it was 2nd you would be grabbing a R for Tree and Grass and a U for Bug. But if the red die shows an L for last, you would be looking for an E for Tree, a S for Grass and a G for Bug.

    This fun fast paced game has everyone playing together. After each round you collect your points. The first to obtain 25 points wins the game. We haven't yet had a round that someone calls out that they found a Kwan but look forward to trying till it happens.

    If you like word games, you will enjoy this game. If you like party games, this one should be on your game shelf. If you just like having fun, make sure you have this game on your list.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x96cd9f18) out of 5 stars Fast and funny word game for everyone Sept. 29 2013
    By Marty - Published on
    If you like word games, this is a game for you.
    If you're not very good at word games, this is a game for you.
    If you think word games are too slow, this is a game for you.

    A great thing about this game is the variation: sometimes you look for starting letters, sometimes you're looking for the last letter in a word, and sometimes you're looking for the second letter in a word.
    Also, it's a great game for even younger children since they have so many chances of finding words that match the dice.

    Have fun - it's impossible not to :-)
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x97a09f3c) out of 5 stars Spelling doesn't matter! March 11 2014
    By Christina - Published on
    I love this game because I can play it with my kids and they aren't struggling to spell complex or discouraging words, instead it's all about trying to think of some of the most outrageous vocabulary you can!

    The game becomes all about finding obscure or hilarious words to fit the category you choose. The kids can pick from the easier green side, (or we can play on the challenging pink side) and their options are 1-5 categories making the game different every time we play!

    I can pack up the game quickly and throw it in its cute, small bag for a day of playing games at the picnic table. Easy to clean up with only dice, cards and a timer to worry about.

    Show me the kwan gets my kids (and my own) brain working and dreaming up different vocabulary words that we may not otherwise use everyday. The game play to is simple and easy to pick up, even my 8 year old was playing with us.

    Roll the letter dice and there will be one red dice that has "1st, 2nd, or Last" printed on it. That die will tell you which position you are looking for all the other letter dice to fall under. For example if the category is Body Parts and the die rolls "2nd" we would all be looking for words that are associated with Body Parts, but have any of the OTHER letter dice in the 2nd position, such as Ear for the letter "A," or Thumb for the letter "H" if any of those letters were rolled.

    Some of the difficult letters like "Q" carry a higher point value. I love that this game doesn't limit kids if they can't think of a word, you just move on and maybe next time we play they will have an idea of a new word. The progressive nature of the game makes it great for all ages. I would totally play this with my girlfriends too!

    Definitely a good find for under $20!
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x96cd9f90) out of 5 stars Show Me The Kwan: Wordplay As Fast Paced Sport Feb. 26 2014
    By geelw - Published on
    If you're a fan of word games, Show Me The Kwan will get you and your friends rolling the dice and perhaps rolling on the floor laughing within the first few minutes of play. It may look like just another word game, but the mechanics are ingenious, you don't necessarily need to be the best speller in the known universe and some of the included question cards offer up hilarious to awkward suggestions from which to gather your words from.

    The aim of the game is simple: score more points than the other players by using words where the first, second or last letter is part of the word. it sounds unusual and limiting, but it's actually thrilling even if you bark out a mistake and everyone else corrects you as that letter die you've grabbed is taken away and placed back on the table. What's a one word Reason to Stay in Bed? How many words can you associate with Vampires? Got a favorite breakfast item?

    300 questions divided into Easy and Hard categories means that Kwan is great for kids and adults, but I'd say don't make this a drinking game for either group. The kids would have to keep taking bathroom breaks and the adults? Well, have you ever tried to spell anything after too many daiquiris? Yeah, I thought so.

    The game is packed in a nice cloth travel case and comes with the letter dice and a red die that determines whether the first, second or last letter is the one to shoot for. You also get a sand timer, but feel free to use a stopwatch or other timer if you want to bend the rules a bit and make matches last shorter or longer. The only drawback to this game is smarter people will eat the lunches of ones who can't think fast enough, but having played MANY matches with a few different folks, you'd be surprised when that guy or gal who seems slower to pick up the game suddenly gets a category he or she excels at and wipes the floor with everyone else. That's the mark of a great game and Show Me The Kwan IS indeed a great game that you'll go back to time and again.

    Highly Recommended!
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x96cdd33c) out of 5 stars A fun, fast-paced game for the home or classroom that's a bit more difficult than it appears to be! Nov. 12 2014
    By Deb - Published on
    I come from a family who loved to play all kinds of card, dice, and board games from Monopoly, to Clue, and Operation. I especially love the small, simple games that can be played by different age groups. "Show Me the Kwan" just happens to be one of them. It's a very unique game that can join the ranks of the Blue Orange collection any day. I have several of them and like the fact that they are not only fun, but portable.

    "Show Me the Kwan" is comes in a sharp eye-catching zip up storage case. There's a sewn-in braided handle so I can tote it along with me. I do like the large board games, but the portable ones are great to throw in a bag and take along. "Show Me the Kwan" is a fun, easy game to play, but also a high quality one. The case is a big plus because unlike some of the games I have, the pieces won't get lost.

    It's fun, it's fast-paced, but wait! It's not as easy as it seems. It's a bit like Boggle Bash in that you've got to think fast and outsmart the competition. I've taken the liberty of putting the directions below so you can think about the scenario I'm going to put below. Remember those one-minute timers that came with some games? Think that minute trying to figure this one out ...

    I took a green card, the one with the easier topics as opposed to the tougher ones in pink on the reverse side. I just tossed those twelve letter dice and had to come up with words that began with the first letter in the topic "Christmas time." Similar to Scrabble and Words with friends, certain letters have higher point values.

    Here are my letters:

    H A N O L L E H E N X W

    That timer went way too fast for my taste, but when playing with someone else or a gang, it gets hectic. It could have been worse because on the flip side someone could have chosen "Movie franchises." I love "Show Me the Kwan" and, in addition to being a home game, could be a nice addition to a classroom.

    I was wondering where the "Kwan" came in. Now this is the really challenge of the game, something that won't happen often. "If a player is able to find 3 different words that each use the same (1) letter in all three positions (1st, 2nd and Last), then they have the opportunity to stop the game by shouting `I can Show you the Kwan!'" Good luck!


    1 Timer
    12 Letter dice
    1 Special order die
    30 Cards with 300 categories
    Instructions for play (sheet of paper)


    1. Select a category

    2. Roll the special order die to determine the position you will be looking for letters to be in (either 1st, 2nd, or Last)

    3. Roll the remaining 12 letter dice

    4. Flip the 1-minute timer

    5. All Players: Begin calling out any words that fit the category and have any of the rolled letters in the correct position (i.e. D - for Dog if the die rolls "1st" or O - for Dog if the die rolls "2nd")

    6. Pull the letter dice towards you as you call out words until all letters have been claimed, or the timer runs out

    7. Count the points on the letter dice you have collected and record

    8. Select a new category and roll again for the next round!


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