Lost in Translation

This quick-moving group game takes on everyone's favorite sentence-mangling pastime: telephone.
created by

Adam Wegener


created by

Adam Wegener

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Hold the Phone

This quick-moving group game—ideal for seven or more players—takes a hands-on approach to everyone's favorite sentence-mangling pastime: telephone. Players sit in a circle, and each writes a short, benign sentence of their choosing, like "the octopus went to school," using the pens and game sheets provided. The next translates that sentence into a drawing, and the next, unable to see the original text, translates their drawing into a sentence. On you go until all seven-plus of you have had your turn to muddy the waters, at which point you unveil the final product—a playful mishmash of text and pictures—to plenty of laughs. (Think "the murmuring squid sat on the gingerbread house.") Made in China.

See an example of how a full Lost in Translation game will play out here!

Adam is a product designer with a background in Manufacturing Engineering, the study of “how it’s made”. He has worked on a variety of different projects throughout the years, from portable speakers to medical devices to family games. Adam gets his best work done from 10 pm to 2 am and enjoys designing products to share with the world. Adam enjoys cooking, playing guitar, and mentoring local foster youth in the Bay Area (California).

Made from
linen, plastic, cardboard, paper
7" L x 3" W x 3" H
This game includes:
(1) game paper roll with 70 double-sided game sheets
(7) pens
Instruction sheet
Travel pouch
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