Hangman Rules of the Game and How to Play Guide

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In this article, I will introduce you to the basic rules of the game Hangman and show you how to play. The object of the game is to guess the word before the character is hung.

Hangman setup

Draw gallows. One person (the puzzle giver) thinks of a word, phrase or sentence and draws a row of dashes representing each letter of the word. Proper nouns and slang words are not allowed.

The other player guesses letters one at a time until they fill in the word or lose. The puzzle giver may not change the word in the middle of the game.

Each time a correct letter is guessed from the word, the puzzle giver fills in all the corresponding empty dashes with that letter for the word. If the letter doesn’t belong to the word draw on the side for reference and you add another appendage to the stick-man hangman.

Stick-man drawing rules

The stick-man consists of a head, body, two arms, and two legs. Alternatively, you can add more detail to the stick-man to give your guessers more tries. If the stick-man is completed before the word is guessed then the puzzle giver wins. If the word is filled in before the stick-man is completed then the guessing player wins.

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