Tournament Location

Tournament Schedule

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
ROUND ROBIN GROUP 1

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
ROUND ROBIN GROUP 2

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
ROUND ROBIN GROUP 3

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
ROUND ROBIN GROUP 4

3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A MULTIMEDIA BREAK (TIME PERMITTING)
A look at some classic photos and videos from game shows past!

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
THE TOURNAMENT FINALS
The eight surviving teams compete in a single elimination tournament to determine the Password champions

What Do I Do When I'm Not Playing?

This is why the Glendale Public Library is such a great location for us. We are located two blocks away from the Glendale Americana and three blocks away from the Glendale Galleria, so if you have shopping to do, the day of the tournament is the day to do it!

And if you're hungry, we're a short walk away from a litany of options:

In-N-Out Burger
Outback Steakhouse
Buffalo Wild Wings
California Pizza Kitchen
Olive Garden
Shake Shack
Yoshinoya
...and many more!

Of course, if you're not eating or shopping or playing, you're more than welcome to stay with us in the auditorium as a member of the audience for the tournament too. We'll also have some albums on display with hundreds of classic photos of vintage game shows.

Official Tournament Rules

Teams will be randomly seeded into one of the Round Robin groups. Each team will have a chance to play three games during the hour. For each Round Robin group, the team with the best win-loss record advances to the final tournament. Of the remaining teams in that group, the team with the best total score over all three games will also advance to the final tournament.

Each game in the Round Robin competition will consist of ten passwords, with the point values doubled for the final two words.

Each game in the final tournament has a goal of 25 points, with the team that reaches that goal first winning and advancing. The finals match will go to a score of 50 points.


Rules of the game:

Password is a game of word communication played between two pairs of players. One member of each team sees the same Password, and they take turns giving clues, one at a time, until one of the partners correctly guesses the Password. Guessing a Password on the first clue is worth 10 points. Guessing on the second clue is worth 9 points. Guessing on the third clue is worth 8 points, etc. For each teams, the roles of clue-giver and guesser change with every Password.


Rules for clues and Passwords:


  • The Password will always be a SINGLE word. It is never hyphenated, and is never a proper noun.

  • The clue given must be a single, non-hyphenated word. For example, words like "mother-in-law" or "well-to-do" are illegal.

  • Proper nouns may be used as clue words, as long as the generally-agreed-on spelling is one word. "Hitchcock" would be a legal clue, but "Spider-Man" would be illegal.

  • The clue may not be any part or form of the word. "Chemist" could not be given for the Password "Chemistry"; "Steal" could not be given for the Password "Stolen"; "Monk" could not be given for the Password "Monkey".

  • Hand gestures ARE NOT ALLOWED; however, using a facial expression or vocal inflection is perfectly legal and even encouraged (so if the Password is "quiet", you could whisper the word "silent").

  • You may repeat clues already given if you feel it's helpful. You may also "link" words together. If the Password is "jockey," you could give the clue "race," and then the clue "horse" on the next turn, and then the clue "rider" on the next turn.

  • NO SPELLING of your clue word.

  • No "editorializing", as Allen Ludden would put it. For example, do not preface a clue by saying "You'll know what this clue means if you're old enough." Just give your clue.

  • If the clue guesser gives a form of the word, that guesser has ONE extra chance to guess the exact Password. For example, if the Password is "muddy" and the guesser says "mud" the guesser is prompted by the host and gets a free chance to say the word "muddy". If the wrong form is given at that point, the word is thrown out and neither team scores.

  • If the password is a homograph or hononym like "tear"--a word that can have different meanings or different pronunciations--clue givers are free to give clues for any meaning, and any pronunciation will be accepted as a correct answer.

Brush Up and Keep Up

Check the official Facebook page for updates as we get closer to the big day!


Wanna binge on some episodes of "Password" or just want to get a feel for how the game is played?
Check out the Password channel on YouTube!