Create a deck with any number of cards. The judge reads a topic from the back of the deck and shows the group the letter at the front of the deck. Be the first to say a word that matches the topic and the letter and you win a trophy card!
The player with the most trophy cards is the winner and gets to hoist the teeny tiny metal trophy high into the air in triumph! The player who "tried their hardest" (but didn't do very well) gets the participation trophy card.
Trophies was originally created in 1985 by the parents of Travis Hancock (owner of Facade Games). Here’s the story as told by his dad:
"Early in our marriage we didn't have a lot of money for store-bought gifts at Christmas time but we wanted to give a gift to each of our siblings and their families. Since we each have a lot of siblings we needed to find a homemade gift that we could mass produce inexpensively. We had played different types of word games throughout our lives and thought that some kind of word game with printed letters representing the first letter of a word and categories might work. We printed cards with a letter of the alphabet on one side and a category on the other side. By showing a letter to a group and then reading the category off the back of a different card the game was always changing and it turned out to be a lot of fun for a family or group of friends. We called it the "Better Letter Game" and our copy hung around our game closet for years. We would pull it out every once in a while and play it again as a family. Our version was not very fancy but it did the job and provided some enjoyable group interaction and got the competitive juices flowing."
We hope you’ll enjoy this Hancock family classic as much as we have!