Codenames board game is the greatest party game to hit the scene in decades. It is a lively game that splits any number of people over three into a red and blue team. You are spies and you need to help get your fellow operatives out of the field before the opposing team does the same. Each round, one representative from each team gets to see the location of all the spies.
Hidden in a grid of pictures or words, it is that players' job to convey locations by giving one-word answer and a number corresponding to how many people to look for based on that clue. Be careful not to give a clue that is going to make them grab the wrong spy, or worse yet the deadly assassin who ends the game immediately. It is a really intelligent high level of communication that makes for great fun.
Codenames was designed by Czech designer Vlaada Chvátil. He has created numerous other top tier games including Through the Ages, Mage Knight, Galaxy Trucker, Dungeon Petz, Space Alert and Dungeon Lords.
Codenames has been incredibly popular and spawned many other versions. There is Duets which is just for 2 people. a pictures version, a much larger version and themed version like Disney and Harry Potter.
The decoder card will have red or blue lights on either side, that will determine who goes first. Whoever it is gets the double agent (an extra spy you need to find).
No. There is no circumstance where that is ok.
No. You cannot say or do anything accept simply give one word and one number clue. Anything else, words you use and body language, is giving unfair clues.