Just One Vocabulary game

Adapted from Just One by Ludovic Roudy & Bruno Sautter

Teams of 3-7 players will work together to guess vocabulary terms. The team wins points for correct guesses and loses potential points for incorrect guesses. The team with the most points wins.



  1. Copy the vocabulary list to index cards. Each index card should only have one word on it.
  2. Shuffle the index cards and place face down in a stack in the middle of the table.
  3. Each player gets a portable whiteboard and marker.

Game play

  1. One player will be the guesser and other players will be the writers for the round.
  2. Without looking at the word, the guesser shows the next vocabulary card to writers.
  3. In secret, writers write one word on their whiteboards without communicating with other writers or the guesser. The goal is to write a unique word that will help the guesser identify the vocabulary word.
  4. Without showing the guesser, writers remove duplicated words.
    [Example: The words written were "apple", "apple", and "banana". Both apples will be removed.]
  5. Writers show unique words to the guesser.
    [The guesser would only see "banana" from the previous example.]
  6. The guesser has two options:
  7. Erase whiteboards and the next player will be guesser for the next round.
  8. Repeat game play until the vocabulary stack is empty.
    [Special note for the last card: If the guess is incorrect for the last vocabulary word, the team must also discard a previously won point.]