To start a new game, type "/codenames" and press Enter.
Once the Join Team message appears, you can choose to either "Join the Red Team" or "Join the Blue Team". Once at least two people join each team, a "Start Game" button appears.
To lock in the teams and start the game, press "Start Game".
The game has now begun! Continue reading below to find out how the game is played...
Your clue must be about the “meaning” of the word. You can’t give a clue towards its spelling, letter arrangements, or placement on the board. Example: You can not say "Rhymes for 3", or "Alliteration for 4".
While there can be a lot of chatter during a game, the code givers need to stay out of the fray so they don't tip their hand.
Until Break is guessed, you can't give a clue for break, broken, breakage, or breakdown
Until Horseshoe is guessed, you can't guess horse, shoe, unhorsed, or snowshow.
The number can only refer to the number of words they should guess, and can't be part of the clue.
Unlike code givers, guessers can trash talk and try to throw off their opponents! Don't be too annoying, but feel free to try and throw them off track!
You may not use a foreign language to identify the word unless its a commonly used/accepted word in the language being used for the game.
You can make up house rules! If everyone agrees a hyphenated word is legal, then it's legal!