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How to play Protobot Bricktionary

A food truck that tests eye-hand coordination.
A food truck that tests eye-hand coordination.
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What is Protobot Bricktionary, you ask? Well, it’s mostly the same rules as Pictionary, but with a couple major changes. First off, instead of drawing, you use Lego. This can be done with either physical Lego or digital Lego depending on personal preference or whether the game is being played in person or online via something like Zoom. Second, instead of the Pictionary cards telling you what to make, you use Protobot. Protobot is a website that generates random, absurd product ideas to help designers test their skills:

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So when it’s your turn, you click “Randomize” and attempt to build whatever Protobot tells you to (such as the food truck that tests eye-hand coordination in the top image). Then the other people playing the game have to try and guess what the product idea is while you’re building it. If somebody guesses before the time runs out (I’m not sure how long the time limit should be yet, but for now let’s just say a reasonable amount of time), then both you and that person get a point. One round equals one chance for everyone to be the builder, and play continues for however many rounds you can stand. The player with the most points wins, of course.

For playing via Zoom, I recommend using Lego Digital Designer (LDD) so you can show your screen to your fellow players. You can download LDD here:

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Happy building!

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