"Thanks for teaching these b*tches how to win."– Jo Ellison, FT.com
A fantastic anytime gift.
One Up!, like all of our games, is all-new, real-world fun that's not only unfair, frustrating, and physical, but also educational–you'll know who's smart and ruthless right away. Guaranteed to ruin any vacation or holiday, and to turn your family and friends into "greedy, self-serving punks" (if they all aren't already), it comes in a handy travel tin that you can give to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Perfect for dads and grads, and moms too. Or take it to your next dinner invite or birthday party instead of a bottle of wine and drop the bomb...
What are you waiting for, Christmas?
How to play.
One Up! takes a nimble mind, as everyone tries to be the first person to make a word from the tiles that are face-down in the center. Take turns flipping one tile over at a time: first an "A", then an "R" and then a "T". Shout it out, and don't be shy–"ART!" Keep turning over tiles one at a time, in turn, until another word of three or more letters can be made.
Where our hero, Johnny Mustard, takes you on a quick tour:
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 anyone can snatch it back if an "S" is flipped over and they yell out "SMART" first. Damn!
Play continues, and everyone calls out new words as more letters are flipped over, and the stealing and cursing continues too. Just remember, all words are in play at all time. The player with the most words at the end wins.
No board. No complicated rules. No mercy. Ha! Just wicked/smart cheap thrills for everyone: mind-to-hand combat that's guaranteed to completely ruin any family get together or summer vacation. Instructions can be explained in one minute, and games only take about a half hour or so, but get terrifically competitive real quick. You won't want to win as much as you'll want to show everyone who the smartest person in the room is... with impunity.
What One Up! comes with:
• 101 custom-made real-wood letter tiles
• A wild "uppity" tile that can be used as any letter
• Concise and easy-to-read instruction sheet
• Classy and perfectly-portable metal travel tin
• 1,000,000 words and worlds of fun in your pocket or purse
One Up! is a totally-original, fast, and effective antidote to sitting at home playing mindless video games or binge-watching Netflix, and chill. Better yet, take it anywhere you want to go: beach, mountains, grandma's, or even The Ritz in Paris and class that joint up a bit too.
Seriously, why not try some intellectual distancing for a change instead?
Best Travel Gifts Ever
In our journey through life, both metaphorical and literal, we always try to keep in mind poet Gary Snider's simple mantra:
Stay together. Learn the flowers. Go light.
Here's our list of the best travel games and gifts you could ever give or receive, the funnest, most faithful, practical old-school compagnons de voyage in the history of the universe, whether your adventure is a local daytime jaunt over hill and dale, a well-needed holiday to the seaside sun and sand, a longer, stranger in a strange land-type quest, or a quick Caribbean cruise, these accoutrements will ensure ease and delight.
Seriously, these gifts, for ludic and literate ladies, as well as the cultured and discerning gentleman, are uniquely portable magic: