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Ex Libris - The game of first lines and last words

by Oxford Games
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • The book-lover's game of writer's bluff.
  • Devised by Leslie Scott (the creator of Jenga) & Sara Finch
  • First published by Oxford Games Ltd
  • A family favourite since '91
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Technical Details
Item Weight340 g
Product Dimensions18.6 x 12 x 4.4 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:8 years and up
Item model numberEx Libris
Number of Game Players6
  
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ASINB003FW2DKA
Best Sellers Rank 50,041 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight340 g
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Date First Available7 April 2010
  
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Ex Libris is a game to challenge your literary acumen and test your creative writing skills. Each of the one hundred cards gives you the title, author and plot summary of a different novel or short story. At the start of a round, one player, taking turns as the reader, picks a card and reads it out. The other players then have to write a plausible opening or closing sentence to the work in an attempt to bluff fellow players into believing that their script is the genuine one.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex Libris: The simplest are always the best 27 Jan 2011
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Yes I know it sounds a bit boring doesn't it? 'Oh no, we've got to WRITE things down', your guests moan. You don't want that after a few glasses of wine do you? How wrong can you be? This is probably the most fulfilling game that I have ever played. Although 'played' is the wrong word really. To participate is more apt and one finds oneself becoming deeply immersed in writing a short beginning or an end to a given plot line by one of a hundred authors. Even friends that have not read a book in years and can only text or 'Twitter' have enjoyed it and it is amazing how easily one can become tuned into any one of the given plot lines.

Of course if you have a few dozen books on your shelves at home and can read the flyleaf synopsis than you don't need this game but to have it in a box complete with a shiny new penny (for tossing at the beginning to see who goes first - a total irrelevance but a nice touch) is convenient and when the dishes are cleared away and the pens and paper come out its easy to open the box and choose a book from the enclosed cards.

The silence is deafening as all participants concoct a line that they think would open or close the book and when read out anonymously along with the real one it is gratifying to hear the murmurs of approval as your effort is applauded. If others choose your composition you get the point and playing your cards right, you could win the respect of all around the table by winning the round.

It's a fabulous way of using your brain and having fun and makes a change from the deadly drudgery of Charades ('It's a film! Two words! First word! Third syllable!) or the rest of the after dinner festival fodder to wit, Pictionary, Monopoly etc ad nauseam.

You may even want to read some of the books featured.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back 1 Dec 2010
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having played this with friends some time ago I've been looking for this game for some years and am really pleased to see it back on sale.

You don't need to be particularly well-read, or any kind of literary expert - a little imagination and a sense of humour is all you need!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb game 22 Nov 2011
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Our 13 yr old twins clamour for us to play this whenever our friends come to stay. Even a fairly literate 10 year old can play. It is deeply satisfying, creative, straightforward, and entertaining - plus it's the only game we can play as a family that doesn't ened up in tears. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game ever! 4 Dec 2013
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Least effort, maximum result! Ex Libris is a fantastic and extremely flexible game, for any number of players, although I would not recommend playing with fewer than 3 people. The more players involved, the easier to hide the real answer and the more entertainment to be had from each round. Based on a Victorian parlour game, I believe, Ex Libris allows you to slump about in comfy chairs armed with just your wits and a pencil and paper. In each round one player, as Question Master, draws a card from the pack provided. Each card has the plot summary of a popular book on one side - anything from Barbara Cartland to Charles Dickens - and the opening and closing lines from that book on the other. The title and synopsis are read out by the QM and then a coin is tossed. Heads means the other players have to invent the opening line of the book. Tails means they must write the final line. Meanwhile the player holding the card writes down the genuine line from the book. All papers are collected by the QM and all entries read out in random order, including the genuine sentence. Players then vote on which is the actual line. You get points if you identify the real one, but also if you can deceive other players into voting for yours instead. And...that's it. Then the role of QM moves on to the next player and a new round begins. Repeat until you've had enough. Or are exhausted by laughing.

Don't worry that you need to be particularly well-read to take part. 'Never again' would count as a perfectly valid closing line, and 'It was raining' as an opener, for example. But the real fun lies in trying to parody the style of the writer on the card. Last time we played, the opening line of 'Women in Love' came up and the only line that got no votes was D.H. Lawrence's!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex Libris 20 July 2013
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Bought as a gift for my two granddaughters in France who asked for me to specifically get this game for them and they love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex Libris 26 April 2013
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A literary game for at least 6 players. Great fun. You have to think and write quickly, either the end or the beginning sentence of a (mostly) well known novel. If the other players chose your sentence, you score.
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