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Merry Dissmas Card Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Merry Dissmas Card Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Objective of Merry Dissmas

The objective of Merry Dissmas is to score the most points by providing answers that the Diss-Master chooses.


  • Each player takes a whiteboard and a marker.
  • Shuffle the cards and place them facedown on the table.
  • The last player to have a holiday drink from Starbucks becomes the first Diss-Master.

Playing Merry Dissmas

Merry Dissmas is played over a number of rounds. Each round begins with the Diss-Master drawing a card. They will read the card out loud to the rest of the players. All of the players should try to keep a straight face so they don’t give away their answer.

Card from Merry Dissmas
For this round all of the players will have to write down the name of the family member that they think could be an alien.

All of the players think of an answer that matches the question written on the card. You can write down whatever answer you want.

Submitting an answer
This player decided to write down “Dad” as the family member most likely to be an alien.

After you have written down your answer, place your board face down on the table to show the other players that you are done writing your answer. Once everyone has written an answer, they will pass their boards to the Diss-Master. The Diss-Master should mix up the boards so they don’t know which player submitted each answer.

Picking a Winning Answer

The Diss-Master then reads each answer out loud. After they have read all of the answers, they will choose which one they think is best. The Diss-Master can use whatever criteria they want to use to pick the best answer. The player that submitted the best answer receives a point. If two players come up with the same answer (that is chosen as the best answer), the Diss-Master decides whether to give both players a point, give neither player a point, or hold some sort of tiebreaker.

Choosing a winning answer
These five answers were submitted this round. The Diss-Master has to pick the answer that they think is the best.
Winning answer in Merry Dissmas
The Diss-Master decided that “Dad” was the best answer. The player that submitted it earns a point. They can keep the round’s card to indicate that they earned a point.

Winning Merry Dissmas

The game can end in one of two ways.

If a player earns ten points, they immediately win the game.

Winning Merry Dissmas
The top player has scored 10 points. They won the game.

Otherwise the game can end when a player is “too fed up with being called out”. In this case the player that has scored the most points wins the game.

If there is a tie, you will play another round until one player ends up with the most points.

Merry Dissmas FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play Merry Dissmas, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Merry Dissmas


  • 250 cards
  • 8 dry-erase boards
  • 8 dry-erase markers
  • Instructions

Year: 2021 | Publisher: What Do You Meme? | Designer: Elliot Tebele

Genres: Party

Ages: 12+ | Number of Players: 3+ | Length of Game: 30-90 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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