How to Play Botticelli

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Boticelli is similar to Twenty Questions in some respects: In both games, one player -- the "Chooser" -- chooses a secret person and the others must ask questions to try to determine the identity of the secret person. However, unlike Twenty Questions, the Chooser can resist answering questions by providing a alternate responses.

For example, suppose that the Chooser has chosen as their secret person the composer Johannes Sebastian Bach. The chooser would then reveal only that the guessers are searching for a person whose last name begins with the letter B.

The first guesser might ask, "Are you a Musician?"

The chooser can then respond, "No, I am not David Bowie," even though the secret person was in fact a musician.

The second guesser might ask, "Are you a great classical composer?"

The chooser can then respond, "No, I am not Beethoven," even though the secret person is in fact a great classical composer.

The third guesser might then ask, "Did you make a notorious music video?"

If the chooser cannot think of one, then he must say, "No, and I don't know who you might be thinking of."

The guesser now must reveal a correct answer to their music video question  -- for example, Rebecca Black. The guesser is now entitled to ask the chooser any yes-or-no question, such as "Are you a musician?" and now the chooser must answer accurately, in this case, "Yes," because Bach was a musician.

The game continues until a player correctly guesses the secret person, or all guessers give up.

Botticelli games tend to take a long time, so this card is a good choice when you are planning a long game, and have a larger group of brainy guests. It is also a great choice if you are playing The Christmas Game while traveling and have a lot of car time. Avoid this card if you are playing a short game or if your game includes people who are young or impatient.

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