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Sean Sinderholm
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Hello, I am currently looking for a games that didn't involved any use sounds. I brought a few games in the past and realized it involved the using of sounds. Often the box did not explicit this. Sometime I have to change the rules to make it friendly for the deaf, but it depends on the complexity of the rules. My friends like to get together my place and look around for some games that we all can play. I am looking for games that only last half hour, very very very simple rules that I don't need to explain each person that goes more than 10 min, and of course... fun.
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Ess Why
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Are you including conversation in "sounds"? because I can otherwise think of very few games which utilize some kind of sound effect
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Michał Wieczorek
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7 Wonders - a classic.
Mysterium - if you are fine communicating using sign language.
Flick 'Em Up - simple rules, lots of fun.
Camel Up

Just to name a few.

If you want something longer just go with any eurogame. From my experience, the only sounds uttered are in the vein of 'hmmm', or groans of anger and dissapointment when somebody steals the resources you wanted or gets AP.
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Rebecca Jensen
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Hi, I'm a CODA.

I find that spatial or visual games are easier for me to explain in sign language. For instance, a game like Mexica, which is about creating the right shapes to capture territory. Or, games that require few rules to create an interesting game, such as Splendor (which I think makes for a better game anyway, in my opinion).

Those are both strategy games that I listed. Is that what you're looking for? I find that it's the party games that tend to rely on sound.

A simple game that's good for a laugh is Happy Salmon. I've only played with hearing people (which includes a lot of yelling), but the rules include a silent version with gestures, or you could just sign!

A longer party game that is great is Concept.
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I notice you are a new user here at the geek. Welcome! How experienced are you in gaming? If you have not played that many "hobby" games, the type we usually discuss here on the site, then we probably have a huge amount of suggestions for you. It would be good though to get an idea of how complex games you are used to.

Here follows a few suggestions of games that are simple, most definitely fun, and should be able to play in around 30 mins (that is very short though, easier to recommend games if you can stretch to 1 hour).

Semi-abstracts with simple rules:
Qwirkle
Ingenious
Can't Stop

Some simple, but really fun card games:
Coloretto
No Thanks!

A bit more complex:
Dice City
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Rebecca Jensen
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Also, as for party games, dexterity is a good category. Such as Suspend.
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Sean Sinderholm
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esswhy wrote:
Are you including conversation in "sounds"? because I can otherwise think of very few games which utilize some kind of sound effect


Something like timer beeping, or something similar to DVD game that sounds out the noise. That all of those I can't do and my friends. I am hard of harding but I still unable to identify the sounds. It will not be fair for my friends.

wieczorek wrote:
7 Wonders - a classic.
Mysterium - if you are fine communicating using sign language.
Flick 'Em Up - simple rules, lots of fun.
Camel Up

Just to name a few.

If you want something longer just go with any eurogame. From my experience, the only sounds uttered are in the vein of 'hmmm', or groans of anger and dissapointment when somebody steals the resources you wanted or gets AP.


Good selection, never seen those before. I usually window shopping at Target and Toys R Us. Those game look good. Thanks for the suggestions!

PlayBosco wrote:
Hi, I'm a CODA.

I find that spatial or visual games are easier for me to explain in sign language. For instance, a game like Mexica, which is about creating the right shapes to capture territory. Or, games that require few rules to create an interesting game, such as Splendor (which I think makes for a better game anyway, in my opinion).

Those are both strategy games that I listed. Is that what you're looking for? I find that it's the party games that tend to rely on sound.

A simple game that's good for a laugh is Happy Salmon. I've only played with hearing people (which includes a lot of yelling), but the rules include a silent version with gestures, or you could just sign!

A longer party game that is great is Concept.


Look interesting. I will add them to my wishlist. Thanks for the suggestion

I agree, it is easier to explain the rules in sign language. That is all depends on the complexity of the rules. Or the rules that is not explained in a explicit and detailed way. Sometime some rules have too much ambiguity. Many of my friends rely on me to read the rules because I have good English comprehension. Sometime, the rules use a weird word choice that I am unsure what it entirely meant. And I prefer to keep it low completation time, you know how the deaf community love to chat their hands off. Basically, the half hour game will become 2 hours game because they just want to chat. Often I have to be the person to kindly remind them to play the game.

Bolger wrote:
I notice you are a new user here at the geek. Welcome! How experienced are you in gaming? If you have not played that many "hobby" games, the type we usually discuss here on the site, then we probably have a huge amount of suggestions for you. It would be good though to get an idea of how complex games you are used to.

Here follows a few suggestions of games that are simple, most definitely fun, and should be able to play in around 30 mins (that is very short though, easier to recommend games if you can stretch to 1 hour).

Semi-abstracts with simple rules:
Qwirkle
Ingenious
Can't Stop

Some simple, but really fun card games:
Coloretto
No Thanks!

A bit more complex:
Dice City


Thank for the suggestion, I will take a look into those.

I am good at board game. I enjoy it a lot. I always try to get my friend to play with it to get more bonding time with them. As my response to PlayBosco, it all down to the complexity and the word choice is used in the rules. I want a rules that is easier to understand, I do not want to hire a mathematician to figure out the rules because it have too much ambiguity.

For the hobby, I would like to have a hands in more games as I can. I grew up playing at my aunt house as she have a full linen closet of board games. It is a memorable experience for me. As I discovered four years ago, my roommates and my friends enjoy playing board game and card games. So I just try to buy one new board game a month.

PlayBosco wrote:
Also, as for party games, dexterity is a good category. Such as Suspend.


My friend have that, it is a ok game. It is a niche thing among us. We would play that like once or twice a year. It just the game is short. But thank for the suggestion.
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Ryan Keane
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My recommendations for under 30 min games, easy to teach, with limited conversation required:
Qwixx
Sushi Go!
Can't Stop
Martian Dice
The Grizzled

Slightly longer (30-45 min):
Dominion
Roll for the Galaxy
Roll through the Ages
7 Wonders
 
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Dan Mansfield
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I am completely deaf. Sometimes I will skip out on a game at a meetup just because it involves too much communication, especially when there is no one there who can sign (I do read lips very well, but that is hit-and-miss quite often).

Here are a few games I enjoy that involve very little communication and/or sound:

Parade
Arboretum
Carcassonne
Lords of Waterdeep
Age of War
Isle of Skye
Ticket to Ride
Labyrinth
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My sister in law is deaf.
She's not into boardgames that much but
she has enjoyed in the past:

Love Letter
Concept +1
Compatibility
No Thanks
 
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+1 to Splendor

Carcassonne

Ticket to Ride

All great ganes, and require no sound.
 
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Pit is fun. We played with my deaf in-laws and had a blast. Just use your fingers to indicate how many cards you need instead of shouting.
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Thinking about this some more, these are some games I've played which require an audio cue so may NOT be great for the hearing impaired

One Night Ultimate Werewolf and related
The Resistance
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Pressure Cooker
 
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Chess.

I rarely say a word to my opponent while I play.
 
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Most abstracts work well for this. Chess, checkers, go, hive etc you see your opponent play a move and its done in silence. Silent euros like Splendor are good. Ricochet robots too if you physically flip the hourglass over.
 
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Jason Daly
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volnon wrote:

Chess.

I rarely say a word to my opponent while I play.


Unfortunately, my opponent generally says at least one word to me. It's usually "checkmate."
 
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neoshmengi wrote:
Pit is fun. We played with my deaf in-laws and had a blast. Just use your fingers to indicate how many cards you need instead of shouting.


Plus one for Pit.

Also known as the "Do something quiet, Mom has a headache" version.

Seriously, as my own hearing is rapidly disappearing this list is very helpful.

And plus one for Parade.
 
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