Make your own personal Guess Who? game - The Surznick Common Room

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Make your own personal Guess Who? game

Do you guys remember the game Guess Who? It's that game where each opponent selects a card with a picture of a person on it and you have to ask yes or no questions to determine which person your opponent has selected. It was so much fun to play growing up, but I probably hadn't thought about it in 15 years until I saw this pin where they replaced the stock images with pictures of people they know. How perfect is this idea?!

Nick and I decided that we wanted to make our own version of Guess Who? to play with the family over Thanksgiving, so we started searching high and low at every Goodwill in the Pittsburgh area (and a few others), but we couldn't find this game ANYWHERE! (I actually couldn't believe how impossible it was to find Guess Who? I mean, really?) But finally after weekends of arduous searching, we went to a thrift store that Nick passes to and from work and they had TWO Guess Who?'s! I was so excited, I snatched one up immediately and it was only $1.00!

Just a note, we did search online for Guess Who? but it appears that they don't make the 24-photo version anymore. If you look for it on Amazon, the current version only uses 15 photos and has a different format. The 24-photo versions are on eBay but are more expensive than the new ones! So we decided that thrifting was going to be our best bet.

Once we got home with our purchase, the first thing we had to do was determine who was going to be included in our list of 24 people. After we got our roster ready to go, we went through family wedding photos and of course, Facebook, to get the perfect picture for each person. We tried to find pictures that would offer a lot of variety when asking questions, like some with glasses, hats, beards, etc.

By the way, no one except for Nick and I knows that we did this, so shout out to our family, we hope you guys like this surprise!

Next I measured the little cardboard photo inserts and the deck of cards to determine the correct size and I cropped each photo accordingly. You'll need two copies of each of the inserts (one for the red board and one for the blue), but you'll only need one copy of the card photos (unless you're like me and you want to put everyone's faces on the front of the box also).

We cut everything out and then glued the photos directly on to the existing cardboard inserts and deck of cards. The only thing left to do is put your photo inserts back into the game boards and you're ready to play!

If you saw our last post, we mentioned that we're having the family to our apartment for Christmas this year. Since we didn't get this ready in time for Thanksgiving, we can't wait to play Surznick Family Guess Who? with everyone here over Christmas!

We hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend! I think it's just about time for us to test out this creation...

Sarah & Nick


  1. What program did you use to make the photo template?

  2. How did you make the photo template?

    1. Hi Chris,

      I just used the standard photo editing software that comes on my Mac (iPhoto) to crop the photos as needed. Then I simply pasted the photos into a Word document and resized them to fit the game boards we purchased. It was pretty simple, but I didn't write out detailed instructions in the post since there are many iterations of this game these days and not everyone would need the same template. Hope this helps a little bit!