The best 6-player BOARDgame?
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Now and many times we have two couples visiting us and we would like to play a 6 player game but there is no such a thing existing...

What would be a good six player game?

I would like it to be a boardgame - not a card game. And it should not have too much downtime. It can be heavy, but not too long (read: no more than 4+ hours.) It should not be too wargamey as it should also attract female participants.

Please add more and also comment my desperate additions
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This could be it? Could it? But what about downtime? Is that an issue?
 
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Or is this a better alternative? Downtime? It also seems that the first expansion is OOP(?) which would have been good for six players.
 
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Have read that the expansion does not work very well? Is the downtime bigger issue here or in PG or AoS?
 
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Will we avoid downtime issues with this? Will we also avoid female players? And brains - is it too chaotic?
 
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I'm The Boss plays great to 6 players.
 
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This may be the answer to your prayers.

A fun BOARD game, no downtime (due to some simultaneous play, and a theme to attract the ladies as well ...
 
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Possibly worth checking out. Antike is released this week by the publisher's of last year's Neuland. Stated as 2-6 players, 2 hours.
 
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You can't beat this one in six players games. It is more than 4 hours (count five for one republic), sadly.
But it truly rules as a game, with exactly NO downtime.

If I have six players at hand, I prefer beginning this and if we have to drop it after 4 hours, drop it (but most players can't drop a game of this) insteand of playing an other game. Others are for 5- players games.

greuh.
 
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This rethemed version of Outpost fits the bill as well:
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Well, this is a wargame, but it really isn't that wargamey in my opinion.
 
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This would be my choice - wargamey - but also Euro. Some of the rules are optional and there is a shortened version that plays faster. As a heavier game hoguh, I would suggest one to two of you play through a game so you can explain the rules to others. This game gets better with each playing I have... And if you have poeple that are attracted to the components - these are simply gorgeous!
 
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Six is perfect for this game. It meets all your criteria. It's rich in theme and easy to learn.
 
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Dune is great with six players and is under 4 hours.
 
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I would add this one as a great warm up or final game in a group of 6. Play the basic game, make silly names for the drivers and just have fun with it.

Other such games for a warm up or "cool down" with 6 would be Fearsome Floors or Dragon Delta.
 
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You might give Elfenland a try. It's my favorite game and I like it best with 6. There's usually not much down time and we can usually finish a 6-player game in about an hour-and-a-half to two hours.
 
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Currently my favorite game for 6 players. Amazing cheap too.
 
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I played this with four last night and had a great time in just about 2 hours. I got hit hard with bad events, but I can see how to do a better job limiting the effects of the bad events next time.

I think six wouldn't add much more time, because play is basically simultaneous. There aren't any "turns" so to speak.
 
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Really at its best with six players. Fewer than six makes it less of a game.
 
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Plays fairly quickly with little down time and has worked well with my group of 6.
 
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- Gets better each time I play it and I always want to play more.
 
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This isn't the deepest game, and it can get chaotic from the dice, but I like this one quite a bit. The way the board is laid out alleviates some of the luck of the dice, and allows for each game to develop in its own way. It's replayable, has a nice amount of tension, and requires skill in order to play well. It plays in about 90 minutes, and, to me, is a lot of fun.

I'm not sure if this is the one I would recommend over all other 6-player games, but whenever we have 6, this is the first game that comes to mind.
 
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You will need Mare Nostrum also.
 
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this one is pretty fun with a lot of people. don't know if it's the best but it's a boardgame that can accomodate 6 that dosen't have terrible downtime.
 
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it's got min. downtime, very light, and funny graphcs. also cool since it has real stones as bits.
 
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