How to play Cyrano Official Rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Welcome to the Cyrano Game!

Are you ready to embark on a literary adventure? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this game, we’ll explore the world of poetry and explore the depths of our imagination. Let’s dive in!

Understanding the Rules

Before we begin, let’s go over the game rules. The goal of Cyrano is to create beautiful poems by using your creativity and wit. You’ll be presented with a series of prompts or themes, and it’s your task to write a poem that captures the essence of that prompt.

Each round of the game will have a specific time limit, so you’ll have to think quickly and let your creativity flow. The faster you submit your poem, the more points you’ll earn.

Interpreting the Prompts

The prompts can be anything from a specific topic, an emotion, or even a single word. It’s up to you to interpret the prompts and come up with a unique poem that reflects your thoughts and feelings.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! The beauty of poetry lies in its ability to capture the essence of a moment or idea in a unique and creative way.

Sharing and Voting

Once the time limit is up, all the submitted poems will be displayed anonymously. You and your fellow players will have the chance to read and vote on each poem.

Remember, this game is all about fun and creativity, so be sure to support and encourage your fellow poets. You never know, you might discover a new favorite!

Scoring and Awards

After the voting phase, the poems will be ranked based on the number of votes they received. Points will be awarded based on the rankings, and the top-ranked poets will receive special awards.

But the real prize is the joy of creating and sharing beautiful poetry with others. So don’t worry too much about winning or losing. Just enjoy the process and let your creativity soar!


Now that you know the rules, are you ready to become a poet extraordinaire? Dive in, let your imagination run wild, and remember, the only limit is your creativity. Happy writing!

When we play this game, each of us gets a special symbol counter. You put it in front of you where everyone can see it.

We each get a deck of cards with symbols on them. We include our own symbol and the symbols of the other players. If there’s not enough players, we take out the extra symbol cards.

We have 55 cards with rhymes and themes. We put them in a pile in the middle of the table, next to the card tower.

Now, we each get a sheet of paper and a pencil. On the left side of the sheet, we can write our love poems. The right side shows the tower where the person we want to impress is standing.

The point of the game

Imagine yourself as Cyrano, assisting a man desperately besotted with love. He stands at the base of a tower, where his beloved resides, hoping to recite poetry that will persuade her to grant him access to her balcony. The key to his success lies in the originality of the verses he delivers – the more unique, the faster he ascends. Additionally, if his poetry exhibits good taste, it will captivate the woman of his dreams, enticing her to descend the stairs and meet him sooner.

The objective of the game is to be the first player to unite the enamored couple.

Here’s a tip: Don’t fret if writing poetry isn’t your forte – it’s not a requirement to play or win. Employ a combination of clever deception and finesse to achieve victory instead.

Playing the Game

So here’s how the game works. We play it in rounds, and in each round, we get to create a special kind of poem called a quatrain. A quatrain is just a poem with four lines. Our goal is to make our poems really unique and beautiful. If we do a good job, we can mark squares on our tower. And those squares are important because they bring the lovers closer to each other.

Phase 1: Let’s start writing our poems!

So, here’s how it goes. I’m the first one to take a turn, but it doesn’t really matter who starts. I flip over the top card from the deck and carefully place it on the tower of cards. And now, it’s time to reveal the theme. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Next, I flip over two more cards and add them to the tower. These are special cards because they determine the rhymes we have to use in our poems. I announce the two rhymes, and we’re ready to dive into the world of words.

Now it’s your turn. Start crafting your poem using the theme and the rhymes I just revealed. Remember, you have to use one rhyme for two lines and the other rhyme for the other two lines. The tricky part is that the spelling of the words doesn’t matter so much; it’s all about how they sound.

Let’s talk about writing rhyming poems! The aim of the game is to come up with words that rhyme with the given word, like “lemonade” and “maid” for example. Remember, there are no rules about where the rhyming words go in your poem or how many syllables they have.

If you’re struggling to find rhymes, you can use the example words on the cards. But be aware, these won’t earn you any points!

When you first start playing, it’s best to wait for everyone to finish their poem before moving on. No need to rush or stress anyone out. After all, it’s just a game! Plus, writing poetry like this isn’t always easy, so take your time.

Once you’ve played a few rounds, you can decide that when there are only two players left writing their poems, they only have one minute to finish. This adds a bit of excitement to the game!

Phase 2: Making Your Poems Unique

In this game, we take turns reciting poems. Each player starts by sharing the title of their poem. But what really matters is the last word of each line. After finishing the poem, I have to read the last word of each line and see if any other players used the same word.

If I’m the only one who used a particular word (excluding the example words), I can mark a new square on my sheet’s ladder. The goal is to mark as many squares as possible, starting from the bottom of the ladder.

Let me give you an example. If the last words of my lines are “Leave,” “Cleave,” “Beauty,” and “Majesty,” and no one else used “Majesty,” then I can mark one square on my ladder. It’s important to be original and find unique words to use in your poem!

Now it’s your turn to play. Let’s see how many squares you can mark on your ladder!

Let’s talk about what happens after we all recite our poems and mark our squares. It’s time for the game to move on to the next step. When someone puts a ribbon on a ladder square, it means they’ve made it to the corresponding floor.

A False or Incomplete Poem

If you haven’t finished your four lines, don’t worry. You can still mark squares for any original rhymes you find. But be careful! If you make a mistake, like rhyming “-ime” instead of “-ine,” you won’t score for that word. However, you can still earn points for any other correct rhymes you come up with!

Phase 3: The Beauty of the Poem

Before we vote, I’ll remind everyone of each poem’s title. This will help refresh our memory and make sure we’re all on the same page.

So, here’s what you do. You know that game where you have to choose your favorite poet and vote for them? Yeah, that one. Well, first, everyone picks a poem that they really liked. Then, secretly, each player selects the card with the symbol of their favorite poet for that round. And you know what? It’s totally fine to vote for yourself!


Hey there! I’ve got a great tip for you. If you’re enjoying the poems being read, try sorting your cards and setting aside the ones that correspond to the poems you like. That way, when it’s time to vote, you’ll already have your favorites ready.

Now, let’s talk about the vote. This is your chance to bring down the woman with angelic beauty from her tower. Once everyone has made their choice, we all reveal the cards we’ve picked at the same time.

Here’s the fun part. You can mark a square on your tower for each player whose vote matches yours. So, it’s all about showing off your good taste and guessing who’s going to get the most votes. Just remember, you start marking squares from the top of your tower and work your way down each turn.

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