Stinker – Something You Might See On An Acid Trip

Stinker is a great game by designer Nick Bentley where each player gets a pile of 23 random letter tiles and 2 wild tiles, and uses those to answer a question from a cue card as fast as they can. Spelling doesn’t count, and the key to the game is making the other players laugh.

I’ll do a proper review of the game in a later post, but that’s the gist.

Today’s post kicks off the start of a regular feature here on These are actual pictures from actual games of Stinker, off the cuff and seat-of-pants. Today’s prompt is: Something you might see on an acid trip.


Run! Blowfly Tendrils!
Run! Blowfly tendrils!


Pig Wrestlers Battlin'
Pig (w)restlers battlin’.


See what I mean about how spelling doesn’t matter?

Restrictions breed creativity, and only having certain tiles to work with means a challenge. Whether your answer is funny or accurately appropriate or incredibly inappropriate for a school marm social, the very nature of the game encourages you to do your best.

And sometimes everyone laughs along when your best answer is great… and sometimes everyone laughs along when your best answer is so worst it’s great.


For this regular feature, which could possibly be called Stinker Wednesday, or The Weekly Stink, or that thing Matt Booker does on his blog on Wednesdays, the pics I’m posting will be from the games my wife and I play. We use a bit of a house-ruled variant, since the game is intended for 3-6 players and the whole ‘player who hasn’t answered becomes the judge for the round’ doesn’t work for 2 players. We both try to answer the question as fast as we can, and reveal them both when we’re done.

I started recording the answers just because of how much we were laughing while playing. Not all the answers get pictures, but the ones that do will get a post about them.


If you want to read more about Stinker and how Nick Bentley designed it, go check out his designer diary over at BoardGameGeek!

Honestly, I was interested in the game as it was, but reading that really convinced me to buy it. Hey, I’m a sucker for sappy stuff. :)

And if you want to pick up your own copy, here’s a link to Stinker on Amazon.


So, dear readers, what’s your favorite party game? Do you prefer paper or ebooks?

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~Matt Booker

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