Ex Libris has been a firm favourite with book lovers, and readers and
writers, since Oxford Games first devised and published the game in 1991.
Ex Libris is a subtle, yet highly entertaining game of bluff that will
challenge your literary acumen and test your writing skills as you attempt to
compose fake, but plausible, first or last lines for genuine English novels.
One hundred authors representing widely different writing styles are featured
in Ex Libris – from Charles Dickens to Harold Robbins, from Jane Austen to
Ex Libris comprises a hundred cards, each of which gives you the title, author
and plot summary of an English language novel or short story.
At the start of a round one player, taking a turn as the reader, picks a card
and reads it out loud. The other players then have each to write a plausible
opening or closing sentence to the work in an attempt to bluff fellow players
into believing his or her ‘script’ to be the genuine one. These are all
handed in to the reader, who has meanwhile written down the genuine sentence
(given on the back of the card). The genuine and fake are shuffled together, and
then each sentence is read out. Each player votes for the sentence he/she
believes is the real one. Players win a point for each vote cast for his or her
entry (while further points are won if you manage to identify the genuine
sentence). The reader receives a point if no one manages to identify the
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