Hangman is a very simple game to play making it ideal for family nights and for children of all ages. It is a very popular game and has been around for years, I can remember playing this game as a young child with my sisters for many hours, it is a very basic game and very easy to learn how to play.
All that is required are at least two players, each needs a piece of paper and pencils as they take turns to be the word creator but you can also make this a team game to make it more interesting there are no set rules to the maximum number of players.
The idea of the game is that one of the players or team think of a word or phrase (whether to use words or phrases is agreed amongst the players before commencement of the game) and once this has been decided a series of dashes are drawn onto the paper to represent each letter in the word or phrase.
The opposing player or team then has to guess the word or phrase by selecting a letter from the alphabet and declaring it to the opponent. If the letter appears in the word or phrase then the player with the paper fills in the letter above the dashes making sure that the letter is in the correct place. If the announced letter appears more than once in the word or phrase then all of the dashes where the letter belongs must be completed.
However if the letter that is announced does not appear anywhere in the word or phrase the game takes a different direction. For every incorrect guess a piece of a hangman drawing is completed one stage at a time. There are rules as to how many pieces are used for the hangman drawing, these comprise of at least the head, the body, left arm, right arm, left leg and right leg. Stick drawings can be used for each piece or you can be as elaborate as you like and to make the game that little bit easier you can add extra pieces such as hands, feet or even the gallows.
To decide the winner of the game is very simple, if the word is worked out before the hangman picture has been completed then the guesser of the word is the winner, if the hangman drawing is completed before the word has been guessed then that player is declared the winner.
You can actually play a version of this game by using a points system, each player starts with an agreed number of points and a point is deducted each time a piece of the hangman is added, once a player reaches zero points then they are declared to be the loser. Each player takes it turns to devise a word and vice versa.
How you decide to play this game is entirely up to yourself and your opponent as long as the basic rules are followed.