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I've always had great success with Werewolf at larger parties. I really like Werewolf because the amount of players is pretty much limitless so you can include everyone if you have enough decks (you can even use regular deck of cards if needed).

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Thamos von Nostria wrote:
If you just want to get the talking started and not really play a game, you can just have a "white elephant lottery" (my dictionary says a white elephant is a present you want to get rid of or an item that no one really needs).

Each guest must bring something they do not want to take back home (though it should be in an acceptable condition, like a plain ugly but not broken vase). When all guests have arrived, pass a die around for about an hour (a strict time limit is needed). Whenever someone rolls a 6, he or she may exchange his or her present with someone else. Believe it or not, someone will really want that Queen Elisabeth II tea cup or the Swiss souvenir cowbell, so people have a topic for conversation.


What a great idea. Then you have something to take along next time too....
 
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Was just about to write this. These games are awesome!
 
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I attended a Thanksgiving day event with a group of people who don't usually game and don't know each other well. We ended up playing several games of Diamant and Villa Paletti. Everyone enjoyed both of them.



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Balderdash and cranium party playoff are always fun. at night after having ate a bunch of suger.
 
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Personally, of all the party games out there, I like Outside the Box...it is brand new, so you probably have not heard of it before.
 
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Apples to Apples
 
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GlennS wrote:
Personally, of all the party games out there, I like Outside the Box...it is brand new, so you probably have not heard of it before.


Do you have any connection with the design or manufacture of this game? I ask because it is the only game you have listed & this tends to indicate that.

fwiw, it is generally considered courteous to disclose such an association when promoting a game. Cheers.
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Re: What is the best party game for people who don't really know each other.
Every group of non-gamers to which I've introduced Fluxx has enjoyed it. Often they want to rush out and buy it after learning it.

Conversely, gamers tend to hate it.

Even though it's actually a (very light) strategy game and not a party game, it seems to fit the bill here.

I do recommend the basic Fluxx, however, from before they complicated it with Keepers that give one player special powers, etc.
 
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The Go Hunt card game is a great ice-breaker game. It is a simple pairs matching game, much like go fish, so it is very easy to play. The images on the cards are really what make the game so fun to play, for example "Fat Weiner" is one of 16 differant game cards, and it is a picture of a over weight weiner dog, simple yet very fun. The Go Hunt game can also be used in variants as a drinking game, this is sure to get the party going! The Go Hunt game can be found at the website www.gohuntcards.com this is where you can look at all 16 images and read game reviews.http://www.gohuntcards.com
 
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These are my go-to games with super easy rules. But I have people playing in groups of 4-5. Hopefully these games act as great ice breakers and the people who play them are social enough to interact with those they are playing with.

Spot it!
Hamsterrolle
Dancing Eggs
Skull
Dungeon Fighter
Ugg-Tect
 
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Moods

An acting emotional version of Wits & Wager. I think it's funnier and a lot more revealing for new people. Tom Vassel has also listed it as a favorite.

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/6229/user-review
 
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Phil Fleischmann wrote:
How about good, old-fashioned Charades? Does everything have to come in a box that you had to pay money for?
Agreed.. Nothing wrong with charades. For those wanting to buy a game... our family recommends Tumbling Towers. We had a blast playing it at a corporate party. http://www.tumblingtowers.com
 
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We played Un-Dumb last night guys vs. girls and the guys crushed them. Great pop-culture trivia game with questions for everyone. Highly recommend.
 
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Hi, just came across your question. There's an indie game about food called Dish It Out Foodie that is about food and drink as the title suggests. Great party game. Played it with a new couple who joined our group and they were very comfortable and had a great time. This game is great to have out when people come over and hang out in the kitchen or play after dinner. If you entertain, this is a cool way to get people to feel right at home. Check out: www.dishitoutfoodie.com
 
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Games that will help people get to know each other:
Apples to Apples - can be a little tame though
Cards Against Humanity - exactly like Apples to Apples, but very crass/dirty/potenially offensive - good for 20-30 somethings who won't mind the pornographic/socially challenging themes. Not a good choice for a work party / family party. Definitely have a look at this and decide if it is appropriate. Put it this way - if you could "moon" (show your ass) to everybody at a party and it go over ok, then this is my personal favorite choice. (personal nudity is not actually part of the game, just a litmus test).
Cranium - requires some performances though (charades, humming/whistling, public drawing)
Telestrations / Eat Poop You Cat - hilarious drawing game
Wits and Wagers but you already know about this
 
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Jude wrote:


LOL! Precisely what I was thinking when I stated scrolling down through this list!
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Hi, I am in the middle of my Kickstarter campaign for Cards of Candor which would be perfect.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/deancox/cards-of-candor...

Take a look here. You can get in on the early bird special.

Thanks,

Dean
 
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I can't believe no one has mentioned The Red Dragon Inn! I've played that with old friends and new to excellent effect many times. It's always fun, and there are 4 sets now, plus some expansion decks, so plenty of decks for a large group. The earlier sets have gotten cheap, too. I saw The Red Dragon Inn 2 or The Red Dragon Inn 3 on Amazon the other day for $16, I think.
 
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