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

Don't be a jerk. If you post comments, be nice, helpful and welcoming.

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, please 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).

When creating games, do not create prompts that encourage rule breaking or top begging. Prompts like these are not allowed: "Report all panels", "Derail this game", "Draw only text", "Make this top", "Like all panels".

How come I can only play 8 games at once?

New players are 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 can do. Once you have a some games under your belt you'll be able to play more! Alternatively, you can upgrade to Drawception Gold to immediately bypass the troll throttle and gates.

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 starts or morphs into 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 number 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!

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.

What are Ducks?

Ducks are Drawception's currency that you can use to get new features, special palettes, different types of game modes and more!

Why ducks? Well, it's quirky and fun! Plus alliteration (Drawception Duck, Drawception 'n Duck). Bucks -> Ducks. Fun puns. Ducks given. And finally, who doesn't love ducks?! :)

How do I get ducks?

Primarily by buying them via the Duck Store, which also upgrades your account to Gold.

You can also get ducks by winning contests, completing your first 32 games and occasionally from players who really liked your drawing, caption, comment or forum post. Asking for ducks is not allowed, but if you consistently create good content and are a friendly helpful player you may be surprised by what happens!

Why is giving a Duck limited to Gold accounts?

It helps limit exploits like creating multiple accounts to get the free ducks and then funneling them all to a single account.

Why do some players have the name OooOOOoOo?

They are the ghosts of players who either deleted their account or were banned. "OooOOOoOo" is a reference to a game called Ultima Online, where dead players could only speak like ghosts!

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 Firefox and Safari are also good choices.

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

Is it ok to use 3rd party scripts?

It depends. You cannot use scripts that add or alter colors, have text tools or autodraw. These are forbidden and will result in an immediate 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.

Why was my account banned?

You likely broke one of the aforementioned rules by:

  • Intentionally derailing games
  • Submitting NSFW content in a Safe for Work game
  • Attacking other players (i.e., being a jerk)
  • Posting garbage in the comments or forums
  • Creating/abusing alt accounts
  • Inappropriate player name or avatar
  • Abusing an exploit
  • Dodging a ban or restriction
  • Being under the age of 13

Is there a mobile or app version of Drawception?

Not yet, but there really should be! It's by far the most common request and would be the ideal platform for the game. 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 relatively mobile friendly and you can play via your smartphone or tablet by visiting on your device.