The game is Telestrations. In simplest terms it the classic game of Telephone meets Pictionary.
Everyone gets a notebook and a dry erase marker. They draw a card and roll the die. Everyone writes the word down that corresponds to the number on the die and passes their books to the right. Then they look at the word on the book that was just passed to them and draw it on the next page and pass the books again. Then they try to guess what the previous player drew and write down their guess and pass the book. The next player draws a picture of their guess.
This continues until the books make their way around the circle. (Although we started playing until we filled the books.)
Then everybody shares the pages of their books and the hilarity ensues.
We laugh so hard playing this game that we have yet to read the rest of the rules where they explain a way to score the game. It’s just more fun to play this way.
I also got a game that is similar in some ways called Scribblish! But Telestrations is just a better design. For one thing, the Telestrations flip notebook trumps long pad that Scribblish requires you to scroll up into the plastic holder. Flipping pages is just easier than pushing paper up the scroll. And the flip book gives you a bigger drawing space.
The premise of Scribblish! is that after a round you try to guess which drawing is your original clue. This can get difficult because the cards in Scribbilish! are more complex making them so much easier to distort. Another interesting feature is instead of passing the scroll in one direction you roll a die that tells you where to pass it, making it more random.
So what I ended up doing was keeping the cards and movement die from the Sribblish! board and putting them in the Telestrations box. As we keep playing Telestrations and want to mix things up we’ll start using them. But the scroll pad we’ll just keep for shopping lists.