Theme Addict: Decrypto

Decrypto is a deduction based team building exercise, where you yell at your friends for not having a broad vocabulary or an intimate knowledge of quotes from the movie Demolition Man which TOTALLY apply as legitimate hints for the word “Explosion.”

Regardless, the game is for 4 or more players divided into two separate teams. Teammates must provide hints that are specific enough for their own comrades to correctly guess specific words, while still vague enough for their opponents to be left scratching their heads.

Designed by Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance, the game can be completed in 30 to 45 minutes and players can expect the following:

  • A slight headache from dealing with shitty red decoder screens
  • A sharp decline in clue quality once the sandtimer hits the table
  • A sudden urge for an identical twin to be on the same wavelength with
  • Incredible amounts of sustained eye contact with eyebrow moving


  • Alpha Bits or Alphabet Soup will be a great aid for you and your teammates. Make sure you effectively use slurping to conceal your cheating.
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for increased incredulity
  • Hide some marshmallows in your pocket for secret eating
  • Pop Rocks to distort the sound of clues being given for your enemies! (NOTE: this also affects your teammates as well.) Alternatively, lots of microwaveable popcorn.


Specialty Cocktail (James Bond, 1): Vesper Martini

“A dry martini. One. In a deep champagne goblet. . . . Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”


RDG’s Codenames Decrypto Playlist

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