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.