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Shades of Meaning
is a phrase used to describe the small differences in meaning between similar words.
Shades of Meaning contains 45 cards.
Print the cards on cardstock and laminate for durability.
Select a person to deal four cards face down to each player. Players look at their cards but keep them secret from opponents. Place four additional cards face up in the middle of the playing area in a plus shape with the arrows on the cards pointing away from the center.
How to Play:
On their turn, a player may take a card from their hand and place it under or on top of one of the four piles in the center of the table. If the player places their card on top of the pile, the word on their card must be stronger than the card it is placed over (for example, “gigantic" may be placed on top of “huge"). If the player places their card beneath the pile, the word on their card be weaker (for example, “big" may be placed beneath “huge"). A card may be placed between two cards. After placing a card on a pile, the player then draws a card from the stack of unused cards to replenish their hand. If a player cannot or chooses not to play a card, they may exchange up to three cards from their hand for the same number of cards from the pile of unused cards before ending their turn.
Winning a Row of Cards:
If you play the fourth card to any row, you win the row.
Winning the Game:
To win, be the first player to collect the required number of rows of cards:
Two players: Five rows
Three or Four players: Four rows
Five or Six players: Three rows