Frequently Asked Questions

How do I play?

Simply login and hit Play! You'll either be given a random drawing to describe or a caption to draw. You have the option to skip and get a new one if you'd like. There is no commitment to complete the panel you're given. If you don't complete it (or you skip), it will be released back into the queue for other players.

Do I need to be able to draw well?

Not at all! Simple doodles and stick figures are very welcome. Most players are not artists and in fact the game relies on a mixture of drawing abilities. However, you are encouraged to try your best, and if you continue to play your drawings will improve over time! You can also experiment and practice drawing via the Sandbox.

What are the rules?

It's pretty simple - describe drawings and draw descriptions. Don't be a jerk while doing either of those.

No intentional derails. If you see a drawing of a sun, don't describe it as a candy cane.

Draw pictures, not text. There are a few exceptions to this, but generally don't draw text. The point of the game is to alternate between drawings and captions to see how it transforms over time.

If you don't understand a prompt, skip it.

Also, drawings and captions must be SAFE FOR WORK. No explicit drawings or language. Not following this will quickly result in your account being limited or banned. The only exception is when are you playing in a NSFW designated game (you can opt into these via your Settings).

How come I can only play 8 games at once?

New players are relatively limited in the number of games they can play until their account has some built some history. This helps limit the damage that a troll or griefer can do. Once you have a some games under your belt and have leveled up you'll be able to play more.

How do I increase my level? What does it do?

You increase your level by earning XP, which is awarded based on how many other players like your drawings or captions. Your level determines how many games you can play at once.

How long does it take for a game to complete?

Most games complete within a day, and sometimes in just a couple hours. It varies depending on how many people are playing and how the game may have taken shape. If a game ends up with complicated descriptions then it will take longer to complete since players will skip over it more often.

What does the flag button do on panels?

Drawception is moderated by the community itself (for the most part). The flag button is used to remove inappropriate or invalid panels. When a panel is flagged by a lot of players it is removed from the game. If a player continues to post panels that get removed, then they become limited in the number of games they can play. At a certain point they won't be able to play at all.

How do I play with my friends?

Go to Create and select the Friend game type. You will get a private link that you can share with anyone that you want to play with. When they click the link they will enter the game and can submit their entry.

What are Vet Games?

This is a game mode limited to high level (veteran/vetted) players. This feature is intended to help ensure there is a healthy mix of newbie and veteran players in the lower levels, while also limiting the amount of damage that a troll can do. When you reach level 15 you have the option to either continue playing in ALL games or play only vet games.

What is bonus XP and the bounty system?

When a panel is skipped by many players a bounty is applied to it. If you end up drawing one of these panels a bonus multiplier will be added when the game finishes! Any XP you earn will be multiplied by 2x, 3x or 4x depending on the level of bounty that the panel had. If a panel goes beyond 4x, it becomes a dustcatcher...

What are Dustcatchers?

Dustcatchers are descriptions that many players didn't want to draw and are automatically dropped from the game as a result. This is usually due to the description being too difficult or cryptic. These descriptions are removed in order to help keep the game running smoothly and reduce the amount of skipping that players need to do. There is no penalty if you have descriptions become dustcatchers, but please try to simplify them in the future.

When describing a drawing, focus on the main subject. Don't worry about the details too much. Avoid being too specific and avoid abbreviations. Descriptions that are too specific or detailed tend to get skipped by most players. Think about it from the perspective of the player who will be asked to draw it.

Drawing isn't working, what's up?

Make sure that you have javascript enabled and are using a modern browser. Chrome works the best, but Safari and Firefox are also good choices.

If you run into any bugs or issues, please submit a bug report to the forum (or via the contact email at the bottom of the site) and include your browser/version and any steps to reproduce it.

Is it ok to use 3rd party scripts on the site?

It depends. You cannot use scripts that add/alter colors, have text tools or autodraw. These are forbidden and will result in a ban if used. All players need to have the same basic drawing tools. Most other types of scripts are OK, but if you're unsure, please ask in the forums or email.

Is there a mobile or app version of Drawception?

Not yet, but there really should be! It's by far the most common request. If your company is interested or you're an angel investor, contact me and we'll make it happen. :) In the meantime, this site is (mostly) mobile friendly and you can play via your smartphone (not really recommended) or tablet (better, but still not great) by visiting on your device.