Gaming in the Classroom: Games Suitable for 15-20 Players!
Paul Burkhard
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Fort Collins
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I am a high school Technology Teacher, with classes of 15-20 students. I am doing my best to get kids interested in gaming. So far, Werewolf, Blokus and Crokinole have been big hits, as well as some other games such as Zertz, Dvonn, Presidents and Liar's Dice.

If the kids have been working hard through the week, we spend part of the class period on Fridays playing games. As we alternate our even and odd period classes each day, this means that kids get to play games every other week for about 30-45 minutes.

I usually just split the classroom up into groups to play 3-4 different games at a time, I would like to be able to add some games to the cabinet that all of my students can play simultaneously.

Werewolf, of course, is an obvious game for this situation and has been a big hit.

Please help me find some others....
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1. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
Paul Burkhard
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Werewolf has been a big hit from the first day of school, where I used the game as a "Get to Know You (and Eat You)" Game. To help me learn kids names, everyone had to speak each round and had to start their comments by saying something like:

"I am George and I think we should lynch him because he has long hair!"

To accomodate a class of 20, I purchased two sets of "Werewolves of Miller's Hollow" Games and combined them. I like to use different combinations of cards to add roles to the mix, such as Masons, Trackers, Cultists, etc.

Kids love it and beg for more.
 
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2. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:571] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Paul Burkhard
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Ricochet Robots has been recommended as a good game not only for a Technology Classroom, but as a game that can accomodate any number of players.

It is on my short list.
 
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3. Board Game: Eleusis [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:3841]
Ed Holzman
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Group them into teams of 4-5 players. Eleusis is a fun, educational game that promotes the use of inductive reasoning and teamwork.
 
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4. Board Game: Take it Easy! [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1381]
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I read an article about a teacher that uses this one with her whole class...apparently there's a new edition that is from 1-6 players, so you'd only need three sets to include almost everyone. It's kind of like multiplication bingo, where you are placing tiles and the scoring is multiplying the number on the tile by the number of tiles in a given row and direction. That way they're practicing multiplication while trying to maximize their score. I just checked and they have it in stock at Game Surplus, Boards&Bits, and Funagain...make sure you get the 2005 multilingual edition for 1-6 players. It's normally $20, but online you can get it for as low as $14.50 from GS.
 
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5. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
Matt Sears
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Adrian
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During summer school, over a few days, my class played this and really liked it. Each country was made up of a 3 people team. I tried to upload the pic of my wall sized board, but it was too big.
 
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6. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:949]
Matt Sears
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We did this one another week. Again, 3 people on a team, but his time the map was in the middle of the floor. A couple of teams dominated while the others acted like sheep taking whatever pittance was offered them. Hard for me to watch.
 
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7. Board Game: Executive Decision [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:5064]
Matt Sears
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Finally, this went over pretty well as a week long team game as well. I changed standard, fine and extra fine to plastic, rubber, and leather, and changed the products A, B, and C to various names of tennis shoes.
 
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Tim Korchnoi
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Richmond
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I have used this game both in the classroom and in my strategy club after school.
 
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9. Board Game: Stocks & Bonds [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11006]
Christian Killoran
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We play this game in my high school economics class every semester, just before we begin trading in an online simulation. I just finished a game this week, with 7 teams of 4 students each. I don't know if it would fit your situation...it takes me three class periods to play a game to completion. But the students love it, and frequently beg to play again as the semester winds down.
 
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10. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1353]
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I keep 4 copies of this in my classroom cabinet for those times when a quick silly game is in order. This game is easily found at thrift stores and garage sales (I actually got one copy of the cheesy edition pictured here), is quickly taught, and the students adore it. Play the first game without the bull or bear cards, and rotate the winner to another table after each round. Keep accumulated player scores on the chalkboard and reward the Pit champion of your class with an extra credit point!
 
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11. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1219]
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We played this one all the time in my math classroom. We used to play everybody versues my girlfriend (about 10:1) which would make the odds about even
 
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12. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3152] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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I can't believe that Apples to Apples didn't make the list. I've played it with groups as small as 12 and groups as large as 28 (students). This is one of the easier games to administrate to such a large group, though I do recommend getting the party box so that there are enough cards to go around.

In this one, it is everybody for themselves!
 
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