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Post by fishandgolf » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:54 pm

During the Holidays we always get together with family and friends...all adults .......usually several different gatherings during that time.

Each year we play a few games....some board type games (Catch Phrase, Pictionary, Scattergories, etc.).....a few trivia type. We're running out of new ideas. Anyone have any fun or entertaining games that you can recommend? We are not into any type of drinking games......too old for that stuff. We usually have anywhere from 4, 6 or 8 players. :P

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Post by happymob » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:04 pm

Cards against humanity might fit your need.

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Post by Ace1 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:09 pm

Fishandgolf
Highly recommend “Mexican Train Dominoes”.
Great for groups of 4 to 8.
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Post by Iorek » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:13 pm

Concept is sort of charades turned into a board game.

Codenames is a pretty good game especially for say 6-8 people-- it's sort of a word association guessing game.

Cover your assets is a pretty simple card game (matching pairs and trying to steal them from other players) but I've found most people enjoy it (but only meant to be played up to 6).

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Post by MP173 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:25 pm

Set up Eucher card game tournament.

Scrabble is a great game.

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Post by tbradnc » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:29 pm

Sequence is great fun. We play it almost every time the family gets together.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequence_(game)

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Post by cherijoh » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:32 pm

fishandgolf wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:54 pm
During the Holidays we always get together with family and friends...all adults .......usually several different gatherings during that time.

Each year we play a few games....some board type games (Catch Phrase, Pictionary, Scattergories, etc.).....a few trivia type. We're running out of new ideas. Anyone have any fun or entertaining games that you can recommend? We are not into any type of drinking games......too old for that stuff. We usually have anywhere from 4, 6 or 8 players. :P
Snippets (2-8 players) - cards have a few letters in sequence (usually 3) - players identify real words that contain that exact letter sequence (it could be at the beginning, middle or end of your word) and write down as many words as possible in the specified time period. At the end of the period, everyone discloses their word lists and you get rid of the words that someone else also listed. Then you determine your score for the round based on # remaining words, bonus for having fewest crossed off words, bonus for having longest word, and special bonus (if the selected card has one). There are 3 decks (easy, medium, and hard) so you can choose a deck based on the skill level of the group.

Five Crowns (1 - 7 players) - Rummy-like card game where 1st round has 3 cards, 2nd round 4 cards, … all the way up to 13 cards. In first round 3's are wild, 2nd round 4's are wild, etc.

Bananagrams (2 - 8 players) - Letters are on tiles (like Scrabble only without points). You create Scrabble/crossword puzzle grid with your initial tiles. Each time someone uses up all their tiles, everyone has to draw a new tile. So speed is of the essence. As you draw new tiles you can modify your grid but it still has to work like Scrabble - you can't butt two words up against each other. You need to have sufficient table space for everyone.
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Post by cherijoh » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:34 pm

Ace1 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:09 pm
Fishandgolf
Highly recommend “Mexican Train Dominoes”.
Great for groups of 4 to 8.
Ace
I like Mexican train - a friend has it and it is fun for a group and flexible (i.e., don't need even numbers).

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Post by cadreamer2015 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:37 pm

We enjoy Splendor (a card game), Agricola, Settlers of Catan and Shogun (which has a very cool random chance factor in battles).
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Post by angler-39 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:40 pm

Jackbox TV party pack.
It's from the folks that created "You don't know Jack".
Crazy fun!

Also, Quirkle and Blokus.

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Post by dunkmachine » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:43 pm

Our family and friends love Bohnanza. Four players is minimum and the more players the better. Instructions can be intimidating but you get the hang of it very quickly.

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Post by rich126 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:48 pm

There was a good review of games at https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/12/ ... 8-edition/

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Post by leeks » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:48 pm

Settlers of Catan
Ticket to Ride

Great games! They offer a good balance of strategy and luck so that it is harder for any one player to always dominate and new players stand a chance against experienced.

Expansion and alternate versions are available when you want more complicated games or more players.

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Post by graeme » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:51 pm

We've had good luck with Dixit and Resistance playing with family from ages 12 to 70.

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Post by VictoriaF » Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:54 pm

Games that were selected in the Mensa annual Mind Games: https://mensamindgames.com/about/winning-games/ . The link shows the 2018 winners, but you can check other years, too. My favorite game is Qwirkle.

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Post by drg02b » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:21 pm

Nerts, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Dominion, Splendor, Pandemic

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Post by gvsucavie03 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:26 pm

Another vote for Settlers of Catan and Jackbox TV. Cards Against Humanity is also pretty fun.

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Post by gvsucavie03 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:31 pm

gvsucavie03 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:26 pm
Another vote for Settlers of Catan and Jackbox TV. Cards Against Humanity is also pretty fun.
Specifically Quiplash mixed with alcohol... that's a fun night!

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Post by curmudgeon » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:41 pm

Code Names is good with moderate size groups; easy to learn and handles various sizes well.

Settlers of Catan is a modern classic, but best with 3-4 players.

Citadels is another that handles various size groups well and is easy to learn.

Dominion is pretty good, but more for those who can take more time to learn.

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Post by MJW » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:44 pm

We like Yahtzee and Apples to Apples.

Oregon Trail has a board game version. Enjoy the fun of breaking a leg or dying of dysentery.

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Post by MJS » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:47 pm

Ace1 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:09 pm
Highly recommend “Mexican Train Dominoes”.
+1
Get the version with sounds.

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Post by fortfun » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:51 pm

MP173 wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:25 pm
Set up Eucher card game tournament.

Scrabble is a great game.

Ed
Banana-gram is a good alternative to Scrabble. Fast paced! (If your scrabble players take 10 minutes per turn).

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Post by DCode » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:11 pm

Relative Insanity

Played it for the first time last night and was laughing till my sides hurt.

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Post by stuper1 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:02 pm

Say Anything

Wits and Wagers

Telestrations

Another vote for Codenames

There's a great website called boardgamegeek.com that is to games what bogleheads.org is to DIY investing. It will tell you great games for different size groups, different age groups, how long of a game you want, etc.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:06 pm

Risk....
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Post by fishandgolf » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:10 pm

Thanks BH's for the great ideas! Many of these I have not heard of and look forward to doing a little research to find out more.

Thanks to those of you for mentioning the "Mexican Train Dominoes".......used to play this with FIL.....haven't played it in a few years since he passed.......but it is a great game.

Victoria........thanks for the link on the Mensa annual Mind Games. DW was looking for something like this for son-in-law........he into the deep thinking stuff........

Some of the games we've really enjoyed in the past were those where you can sit around the fireplace....in comfortable chairs...in a small group and do things; I believe one was called "Scattergories". I'll check out the ones mentioned above but if someone knows of a game like this.....where we can sit around in comfortable chairs.....would like to hear about it.

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Post by tadamsmar » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:18 pm

I just bought a new game called Borel. It’s tests your intuitions about probability experiments.

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Post by tadamsmar » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:23 pm

Secret Hitler is a good game. It somewhat recreates the struggle between Hitler and the opposition during his rise to power.

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Post by HIinvestor » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:32 pm

7 Wonders is an interesting game. It’s hard to know who will ultimately win and involves strategy.

Apples to Apples is a fun game and can have lots of players.

Pandemic is supposed to be a collaborative game. Some folks like it while others find it boring, depending on dynamics.

Someone on another forum suggested Gloomhaven. We looked at it in a toy store—it’s huge and heavy and were intimidated by it but have read it’s great fun and has many layers and can be played by varying numbers of folks.

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Post by mainiac » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:39 pm

Our current favorites:
Good trivia games: Smart Ass, Wits End, Eye Know
Card games: Wizard - spades with the addition of Wizards and Jesters, Anomia

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Post by phantom0308 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:47 pm

Arstechnica reviews games and put out a good guide a week or two ago. Here is the party section.
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/12/ ... edition/8/
I’ve played Resistance Avalon and Codenames. They’re both fun. Telestrations and Secret Hitler are two other party games I’d recommend.

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Post by jayk238 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:09 pm

Ticket to ride

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Post by munemaker » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:41 pm

Twister is an old favorite:

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Post by celia » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:45 pm

Scrabble
Codenames (word associations) need at least 4 people but more is better
jigaw puzzles

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Post by casualflower » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:31 pm

I second Five Crowns and Code Names. I've heard the picture version is more accessible.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is fantastic.

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Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:43 pm

At least one evening or day during the holidays, get out of those comfy chairs. Find a local “escape room” and go play. Great fun for 6-8 people and you’ll be laughing and talking about it for a long time! :happy
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Post by alpine_boglehead » Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:41 am

Here's two frugal/bogleheadish games that are very much fun and have a low expense ratio :D

Who am I - guessing who you are by asking yes/no questions.

Mafia/Werewolves - finding who's the mafia killer/werewolf via group dynamics. You need to be a bigger group though (8 players at least). You can get creative and use a different theme (e.g. it's the great financial crisis 2 and people are getting fired by a secretly appointed advisor :twisted: ).

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Post by PaulBeigh » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:44 am

It sounds as if you are looking for a light, fun game, rather than a strategy board game like Catan, Ticket to Ride etc.

In that case, I would recommend Camel Up - it's a fun game about betting on camel racing!

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Post by fujiters » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:49 am

Another vote for Codenames.

Someone recommended Gloomhaven earlier, and while that's as great game, you really want a group of people interested in long term gaming to play that one. I wouldn't play that at Christmas. Also the set up is pretty intense and may scare casual gamers away.

I've also heard good things about Sushi Go Party. I just ordered it to try out with my family over Christmas.
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Post by SheReadsHere719 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:20 pm

Taboo! (similar to Catch Phrase): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taboo_(game)

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Post by Triple digit golfer » Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:59 pm

The Game of Things is simple and a ton of fun. You can be as filthy or G rated as you want. Good for family or friends.

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Post by Jags4186 » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:01 pm

Secret Hitler for groups 6-10.

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Post by fishandgolf » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:13 pm

Triple digit golfer wrote:
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The Game of Things is simple and a ton of fun. You can be as filthy or G rated as you want. Good for family or friends.
......thanks for the tip...just reviewed it on You Tube .......could be fun..... There is one group in our family (cousins) who like to get a little.....on the "X-Rated" side of things........

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Post by Epsilon Delta » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:15 pm

You might want a mix of physical and mental games. This can help keep everybody interested.

Twister was already mentioned but pool, darts, foosball, skittles, shove ha'penny, Kerplunk, Jenga can be a break from the endless stream of vocabulary games.

But if you want to add to the endless stream of vocabulary games: Boggle, perhaps with a Boglehead as a prize.

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Post by Bongleur » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:15 am

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Post by Slacker » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:37 am

I saw a recommendation for Dominion -> you'll need an expansion plus base Dominion to handle 6 or 8. I really enjoy Dominion and have successfully had 8 player games (I have expansions) with 6 of the 8 never having played this type of game. This is a "deck building" strategy game.

Killer Bunnies is a very fun game for large groups, especially if a little drinking will be involved. Card game where your goal is to find the one winning card (randomly selected), kill your opponents Bunnies and try to prevent your own Bunnies from meeting a gruesome fate.
Munchkin is similar to Killer Bunnies in play and handling large groups. Very dungeons and dragons themed but in a cartoons and goofy way.

Codenames is a fun game and I think it handles up to 8. This is more of a typical party game like apples to apples or scattergories.

Saboteur is another interesting game I enjoy that can handle 8 people. Much like a few of the other mentions, this one is played where a few of the players end up trying to sabotage everyone else but no one knows who is a saboteur or not.

May be easiest to look some of these games up on boardgamegeek or YouTube. Tabletop on YouTube starring Will Wheaton is a great resource for seeing how a few of the more popular strategy games are played (they also have several party to games played through as well).

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Post by Psyayeayeduck » Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:43 am

Codenames
Settlers of Catan
Lords of Waterdeep (for the D&D nerds)
Dominion
Suburbia (one of my favorite games as of late)

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Post by barnaclebob » Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:18 am

happymob wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 6:04 pm
Cards against humanity might fit your need.
This game needs to be euthanized. Its lived a good life but has nothing more to give.

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