Retro Games: Scattergories

Scattergories anyone? Let’s start the sprint retrospective with yet another energizer game.
Offline, Scattergories is a word game where a dice is rolled with letters on each side. The objective of the game is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit. The original board game is from Hasbro.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a board, there is an online version! is fully configurable. You can choose the categories, the number of players, and the time limit. You can setup a private game and share the link to the participants.

Sample Game in

For the game I conduct as a game master, I set 4-6 categories. At least 3 players should participate. The time limit is set to 45sec.

Rules of the Game:

  • No adding an adjective to fit the first letter of the word (e.g., Purple Rabbit for “animals that start with P”).
  • No repeating words in the set (e.g., no using Mexico for “countries that start with M” and “cities that starts with M”).

Scoring system:

  • Everyone (or google) has to agree that the given word is valid
  • For additional difficulty, cross out the words that are not unique (meaning 2 more more members answered the same word for the category)


– Agile Pinoy


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