Ex Libris

The game of first lines and last words

Ex Libris Game

Ex Libris has been a firm favourite & top seller since Oxford Games first devised and published the game in 1991.

A subtle, yet hugely entertaining game, Ex Libris will challenge your literary acumen and test your bluffing and writing skills.

Each card gives you the title, author and plot summary of a 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 authentic sentence.

One hundred authors representing widely different writing styles are featured in the game - from Charles Dickens to Harold Robbins, from Jane Austen to Barbara Cartland.


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Ex Libris AddendumNEW!!!!

Ex Libris - Addendum

Oxford Games proudly presents its first extension pack of cards for Ex Libris, the bookish bluffing game that has been challenging your literary acumen and testing your writing skills since 1991.

Now expanded to include non-fiction as well as works of fiction from 48 authors new to the original Ex Libris collection, Addendum adds an extra dimension and years of play to this perennially popular game.


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Reviews & Comments

'Best non-board game for bored adults that I have come across in a long time and can be played round a table or just lounging around. You don't have to be an avid reader to enjoy the game but some literary knowledge is helpful. Having said that, the last time I played was with a group that included two children of 8 and 11 and four adults so definitely a game for all the family. Would reccommend it for anyone who likes an intelligent laugh.' Andy Mayes


'Have you ever heard of a game called EX LIBRIS? It is a lot like Dictionary, only instead of creating and bluffing the definition of a word you don't know, you are given the title, author, and concise plot summary of a novel, and you need to come up with a plausible first or last line (depending on the flip of a coin). One of them, of course, is the real first or last line. Great game.'  Good Reads