One Up! takes a nimble mind, as everyone tries to be the first person to make a word from the tiles that are turned over in the center: first an "A", then an "R" and then a "T". Shout it out, and don't be shy: "ART!" Wait a sec – the game has a cool, cutthroat twist: any player's words can be stolen by anyone else by simply adding a letter. If an "M" is turned over, and since you already have the word "ART", I can call out "MART" and take it from you. It's my word now, so pound sand.
But you can snatch it back if an "S" is flipped over and you yell out "SMART." Damn. No board. No complicated rules. No monkeying around – just wicked/smart, fast and cheap thrills anytime, anywhere – guaranteed.
"Don’t come play word games at my house unless you take them very seriously, and really, really like red wine. And losing.
I’m a sucker for Scrabble, but Oneupmanship‘s new game 'One Up!' is a fresh, fun spin that had my hubby and I laughing and stealing each other’s words. There’s no game board, so it’s super portable and great for any occasion from connecting with fam at the end of a manic Monday, to sitting outside and playing it under the stars on vacation.
We love One Up! So much fun."
- Mandy, @politeasfudge
Rock, paper, scissors is for the birds. Whenever two people shout out the same word at the same time in the heat of a wicked/smart game, our "House Rule" is to break the tie with a friendly grapple.
Seriously, Life Lesson #76 is: cheat as necessary.
One Up! not only takes a huge vocabulary, but also an expert command of body English (and elbows, so-to-speak) thrown around at the right time too. This versatile learning tool is all yours for only seventeen-fifty.
We almost do. Not. Our best-selling One Up! is a no-brainer favorite because it's devilish fun for quick-witted kids (just ask Christian Schmidt and his Basis Oro Valley classmates), while teaching them a valuable lesson: taking things that don't belong to you, not education, gets you ahead in life.
Seriously, it's a proven fact that our cutthroat word game is the best way to get the zombieenagers off the computer… and into the Ivy League. And it'll make mom and dad happy, and proud too – while saving a boatload of tuition fees in the bargain.
For backpackers, brainiacs travelling light (or on the lam), and wicked witty women with wristlets, we've gone ahead and produced the 'sardine can' version of One Up! for your worldly enjoyment. No excuse now not to bring it anywhere, anyway, anytime.
Only ten measly bucks.
For cheapskates and creative types, we are happy to introduce One Up! as a free PDF download, which includes the rules and complete construction instructions. Many vocabularians the world over have written to tell us that they just can't afford One Up! (the shipping's obscenely expensivo), so we decided to give everyone everywhere the means and the method to make their own. Let's call it Operation Brainstorm, and make it our mission in life to word the world up!
Here's how we did it: first we printed out and then pasted the tile sheet onto a piece of black construction paper before cutting out the letters, carefully. We then spray painted an Altoids tin silver, slapped on the logo, and bob's your uncle. Total time was less than an hour and the cost was under a buck — but the reward'll be a million hours of terrific frustration.
"But I know how to take things." "Wicked/Smart – the designer must be from Boston." "What's wicked smart?" "Not you." "Can we keep it, please?" "Awesome!"
Boated in to Stony Creek Brewery in Branford this afternoon and had a fantastic time showing a table-full of lovely ladies how to One Up! Sat down with the soured double IPA 'Crimsang' and needed to take my tonsils out of my back pocket after the first sip – yikes, and wow – but all in all it was the best day at work ever.
Where our hero Ray learns the absolute joy of stealing with impunity.
Thanks to Real Simple for letting your readers in on a real smart way to spend those long, cold winter nights.
We hope you have as much fun playing One Up! as we've had creating it. What started out as a "naive and quixotic" adventure has become, despite our sometimes laughable missteps, a successful and well-respected brand. Yikes!
If you'd like to become a retailer, come aboard! We've found that with our magical POP (FREE with initial order of 24 units or more), One Up! jumps off the shelves and drives traffic and sales – we guarantee your customers will love "playing our game."
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"Wit is Educated Insolence."- Aristotle