|Players:||3 - 7 players|
|Time:||10 - 30 minutes|
Stay Cool is easy. We ask you to do nothing complicated — but you must do it all at the same time...
When you are the active player in the first round, you must answer verbally the questions asked by your left-hand neighbor while you "write" answers to the questions asked by your right-hand neighbor, using seven letter dice to "write" three- or four-letter answers. While you're doing this, another player flips a 30-second sand timer four times, giving you two minutes to answer as many questions as possible. At the end of that time, multiply the number of answers you gave for the questions from the left and from the right to determine your score.
In the second round, you do the same thing once again with new questions, but you must tell the player watching the sand timer to flip it before it runs out of sand, with a maximum of two minutes of playing time. If you fail to tell the player to flip the timer before it runs out of sand, your turn ends immediately. However your turn ends, you score points as described above.
In the third and final round, you must do everything described in the third round except now the sand timer is hidden from your eyes!
If I could only keep one party game in my collection it would be this one. As soon as I saw this thing played online I knew I had to have it. The premise is simple, one person asks you a question you answer verbally to your right (or left), one person to your other side asks you a question you have to spell out with dice, you have two minutes to answer as many questions as you can from a combination of both questioners. The result is your brain slowly reverting to its primal state as you forget how numbers work and where you were born before being rotated out to watch someone else have a similar breakdown or breeze through the whole situation like they're some kind of bomb defusal expert. This only becomes more hilarious for the hotseat as the rounds tick over to the second - where you are now also in charge of keeping track of the 30 second timer which needs to be flipped by someone else on your command to ensure you get a full two minutes of question answering - and then to the third round - where you still need to keep track of the timer but it is now hidden behind the box lid. This is stress the game, but also belly laughs the game; if you can persevere through one to get to the other the rewards are splendid.
My only disapointment with it is that I've only been able to play it a few times so far and that's just not enough for how much fun this is.