How to Play

Ready. Set. Play.

Our very own Tony explains basic Telestrations “how tos” in this brief video. You’ll see set up, sketch-pass-guess game play… and the best part, The Big Reveal. Check it out… you’ll be playing in no time!

For game overview, click here!



Object of the game? To laugh a lot and have fun with friends and family! 

Here's the basic game play. Each player starts with their own erasable sketch book, dry-erase marker and word card. A roll of the die determines each player’s unique secret starting word. The timer gets turned and everyone draws their word. After 60 seconds, everyone passes their book to the player on their left. Then each player takes a few seconds to guess in words(s) what they see, and passes again. The timer is turned and everyone draws what they see.

This play continues until everyone’s sketch book passes by every player and returns back to its original owner, where it’s time for The Big Reveal to see what happened to each secret word. Just like the game of “telephone,” the outcomes are unpredictable and the laughter is contagious!

For complete set of rules, download PDFs here:
Telestrations - Up to 8 player [13.6 MB]
Telestrations Party Pack - Up to 12 player [13.6 MB]


Helpful TipsDon’t forget to erase! Make sure all sketch book pages are completely erased and clean before storing back inside game box, as pages may stick together and ink may stain the pages.

  • Telestrations PensDid you forget to erase? Use your dry-erase marker to write over the dried up ink, then use clean up cloth or paper towel to erase.
  • For those all-nighters, tissues and paper towel make great “clean up cloths."
  • Remember to recap markers after use. If a marker dries out, use any dry-erase marker to keep on playing.
  • Played lots? 99% or 90% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol) can be used with paper towel to clean up ink residue on sketch book pages.

Passing TipWhen you’re finished sketchin’ or guessin’ simply flip forward to the next blank page, and keep your book open face. Wait until everyone is done before passing your book. This will help everyone stay on the same page, literally.



Odd Number Of Players?At the end of each round, regardless of number of players (i.e., 5, 7, 9 or 11), last completed page in each sketch book should ideally be a written guess/word. Why does this matter? Trust us, it’s more fun to compare your secret starting word to the final guess, i.e., “doggy bag” to “man purse,” in The Big Reveal


Friendly Scoring
Friendly ScoringSo you wanna keep score? Each player will use the score sheet in the front of their book to record the points they receive during each reveal. A game is played in 3 rounds. After 3 rounds, total up your points. The player with the most points…well you know!




Competitive Scoring
So you want more of a challenge? Again, each player will use the score sheet in the front of their book to record the points they receive during each Big Reveal





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