Hot Seat Game Rules and How to Play Guide

In this article, you can read about the basic rules of the game Hot Seat and learn how to play. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 25 points by fooling the other players into thinking that your response was written by the player in the hot seat.

Setup

Give each player an answer pad and writing utensil. Shuffle the deck and place it facedown on the table. The player with the most recent birthday is in the hot seat. Give this player the score pad.

When it is your turn to be in the hot seat, you draw three cards from the top of the deck, read them privately to yourself, then pick one to play face-up on the table, discard another, and if you want to, you may give one of the cards facedown to another player.

If it is your turn to be in the hot seat and you have a facedown card in front of you, you must play that card instead of drawing three cards from the deck. When the card is played it is read aloud and each player, including the one in the hot seat, writes their name and an answer to the card in play on their answer pad, from the perspective of the player in the hot seat.

The Hot Seat player

The player in the hot seat collects the answers, making sure no one sees what anyone else wrote, and shuffles them and reads them aloud.

If the player in the hot seat needs clarification to an answer, they may take a player aside for help. Also, If one or more players wrote the correct answer then they each receive four points and the round ends immediately. If multiple players write the same answer, then all duplicate answers are removed from the game without being read. These answers no one may guess.

Starting with the player to the left of the hot seat and moving clockwise, each player now guesses which answer they think was written by the player in the hot seat. The player in the hot seat may not give any clues to which answer is theirs.

Once everyone has guessed, then the player in the hot seat reveals which one they wrote and points are scored. If you are in the hot seat then you score one point for each player who correctly guessed your answer. If you aren’t in the hot seat then you receive one point for each player who guessed your answer. You get two points if you guessed the correct answer.

The round is now over. The player to the left of the hot seat is now in the hot seat. Repeat this process until a player has 25 points then they are the winner.

Game Variations

Some alternate rule variations you can play are as follows

One and done – The player in the hot seat draws one card and must play that card.

Blind three. – The player to the left of the hot seat draws the three cards instead. He picks one for the player in the hot seat to play.

Originals – Instead of playing a card the player in the hot seat creates an original question.

So true. – After everyone has guessed, the player in the hot seat picks the most accurate response other than their own. He awards the writer of that answer two additional bonus points.

Hot Seat Game on the Market

The card game Hot Seat is on the market in many versions. The one that I refer to in this article I link to here:

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