Instruction Sheet: Classic Game of Hangman


• 2+ Players
• Pen or Pencil (pencil would be best)
• Blank Sheets of Paper


The objective of the game is to be the player to either correctly guess the word or phrase or to be the player who guesses the final revealing letter in the word/phrase.


The game starts with selecting one of the players as Player 1.

Player 1 thinks of a word or phrase. The more people playing, the larger the word or phrase should be so that everyone gets a chance to play.

Some possible word/phrase suggestions (or ideas) are:

» common household items
» room in your house
» piece of furniture
» chore you like the least
» favorite website address
» random street name
» name of your favorite store
» favorite song
» name of your favorite beverage
» favorite fast food joint
» title of your favorite movie
» name of your favorite actor/actress
» famous movie clip/catch-phrase
» name of your favorite candy
» name of your favorite holiday
» title of your favorite holiday carol
» favorite animal (or breed)
» location of latest vacation
» name of favorite theme park ride
» vegetable you like the least
» favorite tv sitcom/show

Player 1 draws one line (underscore) for each letter of the word or phrase they thought of, separating words with either a slash (/) or a dash (-).

Players 2 – 4 take turns with each player guessing 1 letter only.

If the guessed letter is within the word or phrase, Player 1 enters that letter in ALL of the CORRECT spaces, whether it appears just once or a dozen times.

If the word does not contain the guessed letter, Player 1 draws one element of a hangman’s gallows. As the game progresses, an additional segment of the gallows and of a victim is added for every suggested letter not in the word.

For the victim, it would normally be 1 head, 2 arms, 1 stomach (usually appearing as a straight vertical line drawn downward from the bottom of the head) and 2 legs.

Depending on how complex or simple you want to get with the “hang(ed) (wo)man” drawing, you could also include eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands, feet, etc.)

Obviously, the younger the players, the more basic/simple you want to make things.

Game continues until either (A) all included letters are guessed resulting in the answer being fully revealed OR (B) all of the body parts have been drawn, resulting in a (wo)man being hung (hence the name of the game).

To play again, either the player who guessed the final revealing letter in the first round, OR, Player 2, then takes the role of the word/phrase creator and player 1, along with all other players, continue guessing in the same way as described above.

If you’ve found this tutorial useful, please feel free to use it in any of your own puzzle book creations. Although no attribution is required, donations are appreciated (but also NOT required). To send a small (but very appreciated) donation, please click here now. All donations are greatly appreciated and encourage me to continue creating additional tutorials and instruction sheets for various other puzzle book games. Donators will also receive advanced notice when new instructions are about to be added.

Posted By: Joey Jay

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