Crambo is a really old game, dating back to the 14th century old. I was taught it by Sparky Johnson who was taught it by Viola Spolin who invented the American tradition of Improvisational Theater.
How to play:
One player says, “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with ____.” Then the other players try to guess what word using definitions for the word. Example:
Player one : “I’m thinking of a word that rhymes with porch”
Player two: “Is it a flaming object carried in the olympics?”
Player one: “No, it’s not a torch”
Player three: “Is it what happens if I leave the iron sitting on my shirt?”
Player one: “No, it’s not scorch”
…continue until guessed.
Dumb Crambo is the mime version of this game. The word guessed is a verb, and the players have to silently mime their guess. At HUGE we tend to play Dumb Crambo in a circle, but it is traditionally a team game. The guessing team goes out of the room, the guesser team thinks of a verb. When the guessing team comes back in they have to all act out the verb together without verbally discussing it.
Read more about Viola Spolin here: http://www.spolin.us/