Our step-by-step guide to the rules of how to play Telestrations Board Game. This is the fun drawing party game that mashes up with the classic game Telephone. You may need a little bit of drawing skill, but it is not necessary, the most important thing is how well you can convey and interpret information. Knowing the people you play with well helps. Learning how to play Telestrations is incredibly easy and you will be up drawing and guessing in no time.

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The outrageously fun party game Telestrations will keep your family and friends entertained and laughing! Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious and unpredictable outcomes.

Casual, family, party and strategy gamers alike all agree that Telestrations is one of the top 10 board games to add to their game collection, and game night. It’s an engaging game that can be played over and over with many different ages and types of groups/gatherings – it’s a perfect group game!


Time Needed: Approximately 30 minutes.

This is a step by step guide for how to play Telestrations the popular drawing and skewed communication board game. Additional notions and special rules can be found below the list. These will be referenced for your convenience.

1. SETUP | Put Out Game Components
To kick off how to play Telestrations setup, put out all the game components. Put out – (1) card box, (2) sand timer, (3) clean-up cloths and (4) dice – in the center of the group.

2. SETUP | Decide Card Side
Everyone collectively decided if you are going to use the “this side” or “that side” of the clue cards. It is important to be in sync on this.

3. SETUP | Hand Out Player Materials
Each player need a – (1) sketchbook, (2) marker, (3) one starting card

4. SETUP | Write Name
Write your name on the front of your book so everyone gets their’s back at the end. This is the last step of how to play Telestrations setup before getting into gameplay.

5. GAMEPLAY | All Players Write Clue
Someone rolls the 1x 6-sided dice. The number that comes up will correspond to one of the clue options on your clue card. Write that clue on the first page of you book, the “secret word” page. If it is blank, you write whatever you want, and if it is a category that is underlined, you can write anything within that category.

6. GAMEPLAY | Pass Book To Left
This step in how to play Telestrations changes based on player count. If you are playing with 5 or 7 players, you do this, if you are playing with 4, 6, or 8 players, you skip this and the player that wrote the initial clue then draws it.

7. GAMEPLAY | All Players Draw Clue
Read the written clue (not the original, whatever the latest was, do not flip back in book) and then draw it.

8. GAMEPLAY | Pass Book To Left
After You draw a clue, all players pass their books to the left.

9. GAMEPLAY | All Players Interpret Drawing
Take a look at the drawing in the book you were given. Do not look back at their clue. Write in words what you think the one or two word clue for that drawing is.

10. GAMEPLAY | Pass & Repeat Until Full Circle
This back and forth of draw, pass, interpret into a new clue, pass and repeat continues until your book goes all around the cicle. If you are playing with four players, there will be four rounds of this for example.

11. GAME END | Reveal & Laugh
After everyone gets their book back, they take turns revealing to the group the funny starting and ending point of how things went. Things most likely went off the rails at some point and you can all laugh about it. There winner in the game is everyone due to the laughs and fun you will just have had.

12. Scoring | Players Judge
If you do want to keep score, there is a way. Each player will use the score sheet in the front of their book to record their points during each reveal. A game is played in 3 rounds. After 3 rounds, total up your points. The player with the most points wins!



Switch seats or remember to switch passing direction.

Sketch with your less dominant hand.

Create your own custom word cards themed to different topics.


Sketchin’ – No letters or numbers. Do your best to draw your word. It will lead to the most fun.

Guessin’ – Don’t just put a question mark or leave the page blank. Write and guess no matter how ridiculous it may seem.

Passin’ – When you’re finished sketchin’ or guessin’, flip forward a page and wait until all players are ready. Everyone passes open books at the same time.


  • 142x Clue Cards (over 1,700 words)
  • 8x Erasable Sketch Books
  • 8x Dry-Erase Markers
  • 8x Clean-Up Cloths
  • 1x 60-second Sand Timer
  • 1x Die


We hope you can now say you know how to play Telestrations. This is a very fun party game that blends together the drawing and guessing of Pictionary and the string of diluted communication of the classic game Telephone. You have to draw clues but you also need to interpret them. Knowing your audience is key. There are many drawing party games out there but there are none quite like this. Now that you have seen how easy it is to learn how to play Telestrations, go out there and have a good time.