Favorite Social and Party Group Games
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I'm quite fussy when choosing the games to add to my collection, so for the most part the games that I own also happen to be my favorites.

So here's the list of my party and social group games, arranged roughly by category. Most of these games are easy to teach, very social, work well for groups, and are ideal for parties. Given the low rules complexity of most games here, and their suitability for social events, I've also included dexterity games at the end of the list.

Other lists of Ender's favorite games: (arranged by BGG weight)
1. Two-Player Games
2. Heavier & Gamers Games
3. Medium & Gateway Games
4. Light & Filler Games
5. Social & Party/Group Games
6. Traditional Card Games


For each game I've included the following key information:
- number of players it is suitable for
- other comments

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1. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
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Social Deduction Games

weight=1.52 | 8-25pl (1hr)

Fantastic interactive and dynamic social game for larger groups, which excels because of role-playing and negotiation (player elimination being one drawback, however). Playable with regular playing cards, also known as "Mafia". Have Lupus in Tabula and Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition editions. See my pictorial review.

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2. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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weight=1.48 | 3-10pl (0.5hr)

This is the essence of Werewolf in a brilliant ten minute package. An outstanding deduction game to play over and over. See my pictorial review. For additional roles see the self-contained expansion One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak.

For a similar game with slightly different theme and mechanics, see One Night Revolution. See my pictorial review.

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3. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
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weight=1.61 | 5-10pl (1hr)

Superb social game, similar to Werewolf but arguably better (no player elimination, more info to use for deduction, and caters for smaller groups). If you enjoy games with hidden roles, this is an essential. See my pictorial review of the original game, and my review of the sequel Resistance Avalon.

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4. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:750]
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weight=1.4 | 6-30pl (0.5hr)

Social deduction game with two teams, secretly assigned. The Red team has bomber, Blue team has president. Players discuss and switch between rooms. At game end Red wins if their bomber is in the same room as the president; otherwise Blue wins. See my pictorial review.

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5. Board Game: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:169]
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weight=1.63 | 4-12pl (0.5hr)

Fun social deduction game that is a breath of fresh air in the genre - can the forensic scientist give you the right clues to help you find the murderer and figure out how it was done? The murderer and accomplice are hidden traitors who will be secretly trying to sow confusion and make this very difficult!

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6. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:386] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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weight=1.3 | 4-8pl (0.5hr)

Social deduction game where everyone knows a secret location except a spy; ask questions to try to uncover who is the spy without giving the location. Fake Artist Goes To New York uses a similar concept but with drawing.

 
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7. Board Game: A Fake Artist Goes to New York [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:862]
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weight=1.2 | 5-10pl (0.5hr)

Social deduction game where everyone knows the object being drawn, except a "fake artist" who must bluff; the group tries to figure out the fake while the fake tries to figure out the object. Somewhat similar concept to Spyfall.

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8. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:500]
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Modern-style Party Games

2005 | 3-7pl

Award winning trivia game, where you try to guess the closest answer, and can also earn points by bidding on which of your opponents' guesses is the closest. You don't need to be good at trivia to win! See my pictorial review.

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9. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Family [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1169]
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2010 | 3-10pl

Family version of the much awarded trivia game. The betting mechanism of the original game has been simplified, and family friendly meeples have been incorporated. See my pictorial review.

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10. Board Game: Wits & Wagers Party [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1318] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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2012 | 4-18pl

A good mix between the original game and the Family edition; this makes a great choice for non-gamers, friends and family. See my pictorial review.

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11. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:807]
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2008 | 3-8pl

Apples to Apples meets Wits & Wagers. One player asks a question, others come up with answers, and then for points try to guess which answer the person asking the question would choose. See my pictorial review.

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12. Board Game: Say Anything Family Edition [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:3719]
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2011 | 3-6pl

Family friendly edition of the classic party game, where players write answers to a question asked by the `judge', and then try to guess which answer he'd pick. See my pictorial review.

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13. Board Game: GiftTRAP [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1720] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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2006 | 3-8pl

You give gifts to your fellow players, trying to guess what they'd like the most, earning points accordingly. A fun, interesting, and interactive party game that's good for getting to know people or playing with people you know well.

 
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14. Board Game: Crappy Birthday [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8288]
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2011 | 4-8pl

From a hand of cards, players choose hilarious gifts that they think the active player will love or hate. See my pictorial review.

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15. Board Game: Happy Birthday! [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:8864]
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2014 | 3-8pl

Choose hilarious gifts that you think the active player will love or hate - a family friendly version of Crappy Birthday. See my pictorial review.

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16. Board Game: Happy Salmon [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1017] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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2016 | 3-6pl

Hilarious warm-up game and ideal ice-breaker that has simple rules, short play time. Reminiscent of Pit, but quicker/easier, and requires people to be doing fun activities together when they get a match.

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17. Board Game: Ranking [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12421]
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2010 | 3-5pl

Dixit-like party game that involves bluffing and creative story-telling. See my pictorial review.

 
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18. Board Game: Democrazy [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:12894]
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2000 | 4-10pl (1hr)

You can VOTE on the rules? Bring it on! A Fluxx/party style game where players get to vote on the rules, and suitable for up to ten players, more craziness and chaos with a larger group, more strategy with a smaller one. A blast with the right crowd, mostly for the fun of the voting and the crazy rules.

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19. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2367]
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2002 | 3-8pl

A very social, creative, and funny game, where you try to guess the opinions of the other players. One player chooses a topic, players then try to play an attribute card that either matches or doesn't (as required by their sheep card), and when simultaneously revealed everyone tries to quickly guess who had a green or red sheep. See my session report.

 
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20. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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weight=1.41 | 4-8+pl (0.25hr)

In two teams, give one word clues, trying to avoid words of your opponents colour and of the assassin.

 
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21. Board Game: A Question of Scruples [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15291]
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Traditional-style Party Games

1986 | 4-12pl

Players are presented with moral dilemmas and have to guess how others would handle them. A discussion type game, most suited for a small and intimate gathering where people know each other well. Almost more an ice-breaker than a game. NB: some of the cards suggest immoral situations.

 
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22. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3858]
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1985 | 3-16pl

Guess-the-word game with pictures: Teams must guess words by drawing pictures. All owned: Pictionary: Bible

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23. Board Game: Conjecture: the Hilarious Sculpting Game [Average Rating:6.04 Unranked]
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2002 | 4-99 pl

Guess-the-word game with models: Like Pictionary, but teams must guess words based on sculptures made from play-doh. See my session report.

 
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24. Board Game: Guesstures [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3905]
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1990 | 4-99pl

Guess-the-word game with acting: Group party game based on Charades. The speed at which the words need to be guessed can detract from the fun (or add to it!); the challenging cards can be fun to play without the timer, non competitively.

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25. Board Game: Reverse Charades Junior Edition [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:8551]
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2011 | 6-24pl

Guess-the-word game with acting: Like Charades, but with one small rule change: only one team member guesses while all other team members act. Faster, funnier, and more friendly for those with inhibitions. See my pictorial review.

 
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