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I do 90% of my gaming with family. One of the things I have come to find is that party games work the best with my in-laws, because we often have a large group and they are usually too distracted to listen to a long list of rules.

So I have gone in search of more good quality party games. Unfortunately when I entered into BGG advanced search to find ranked party games, I found an abundance of games I either already own or have never heard about.

Please educate me...I have included the current Top 50 highest ranked party games (boy do party games ever get the shaft in the rankings!) I will note if I own the games. Any comments you could share whether thumbsup or thumbsdown on the others would be greatly appreciated.
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1. Board Game: Time's Up! [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:245]
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I own this one.

It's one of my Top Ten games, a real blast!
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2. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:367]
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I own this game.

After Time's Up, this is my favorite party game. My family LOVES it.
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3. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:412]
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I own Perudo, one of the many adaptations of this game.

This game of bluff is a real hit with the family.
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4. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:445]
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Huh?

Is this really different enough from Werewolf to get it's own listing?
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5. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:615]
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I own this game.

It's rating has actually gone down for me since the first game. It seems a bit repetetive and the humor can definitely wear off.
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6. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:633]
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I'm really thinking about this one.

It looks like a fun, simple card game. I'm definitely considering this one.
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7. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:720]
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Although I don't "own" this game, I have played a homemade version.

It's interesting, but I find it pointless after awhile.
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8. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:858]
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I own this game

It's fun to start with, but when the creative juices dry up my family is ready to "never play that game again." Although the categories were a nice addition.
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9. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:929]
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I own this game.

This one definitely doesn't feel like a party game to me. I'm not the biggest fan of it, because the rules are a bit vague.
 
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10. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:942] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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This one looks cool. Is it really a party game, though?

I'm thinking about getting this one, because I saw it in my FLGS. I'm interested to hear more about it.
 
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11. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1063]
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Is this a party game?

I don't know much about this one, but it looks more like a puzzle game, not a party game.
 
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12. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1073]
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I own this one.

It's not bad when you want a loud game, but people can be really obnoxious with it.
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13. Board Game: GiftTRAP [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1217]
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I own this game.

It's my favorite new party game. I really enjoy it, and I'm hoping someday they'll do an expansion with some new gifts.
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14. Board Game: Dancing Eggs [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1282]
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I'm not familiar with this one.

Do you really have to dance?
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15. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1317]
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I own this one.

It's just not enjoyable to me anymore. If I have my choice I will always choose something else. The originality usually runs out by round 3 but you still have a lot more game to go.
 
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16. Board Game: Taboo [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1354]
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I own this one.

It is enjoyable for those that are good at it, and excruciating for those that are not. Unfortunately some of my family are not, so it doesn't see much play time.
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17. Board Game: Wise and Otherwise [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1461]
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I own this one.

Probably my favorite of the Balderdash-style games. It's always been really popular (and the game is fast and short.)
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18. Board Game: Catch Phrase! [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1493]
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I own the electronic version of this game.

It's good for the youth at our church, but as a family game with smaller groups, I just don't find it that exciting.
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19. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1538]
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Isn't this a lot like Cluzzle?

I'm not 100% sure, but that's what I've heard.
 
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20. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1631]
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No Thanks

I'm not a big fan of games that have slapping cards on the table. Plus taking the basic concept of Apples to Apples and making it more "game-y" just doesn't appeal to me.
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21. Board Game: Bamboleo [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1656]
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I've heard nothing about this one.

It looks a bit more like a dexterity game, rather than a true party game.
 
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22. Board Game: Smarty Party! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1692]
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I own this one.

It's a bit more organized than the old game Outburst!. I really enjoy it.
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23. Board Game: Kaleidos [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1718]
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Another new one to me.

I've never seen, nor heard of this game.
 
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24. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:1814] [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
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I own this game.

An OK game if you play it occasionally. If it hits the table too regularly it can get a bit tedious.
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25. Board Game: Compatibility [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1930]
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Sounds interesting.

Tell me more, please.
 
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