Games that require nothing more than a deck of cards, some D6s, pens and paper, and maybe some tokens.
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I'm trying to compile a list of games that most households could play without having to go and buy anything extra.

Please thumbs up the items based not only on how fun you find the game, but also on how easy it would be to play without any extra items (e.g. Charades is easy, Love Letter might be a little more difficult).
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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With these Ticket To Ride (with a deck of cards) printed pages, and two decks of cards. No need for tokens, just pens of different colors.
 
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2. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:177]
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Can be played entirely with a standard deck of cards (using black/red as your split).
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3. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:215]
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Also requires: Tokens, writing device and paper

Before dealing, write on a piece of paper which card corresponds to which role. Probably helps if you've played the game before.
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4. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:376]
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Can be played with a single deck of cards.
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5. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:395] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Just needs enough deck of cards and agreement beforehand as to which cards represent which locations (aces are the space station, twos are the casino, etc).
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Not easy, but doable.

The cards are numbered 3-35, so you could define the four suits to be in different tens (hearts = 1-10, spades = 11-20, diamonds = 21-30, clubs = 31-39)

Either get 11 tokens per player, or use pen and pencil to track it.
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7. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:493]
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Requires a deck of cards.
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8. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:506]
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This can be played with pens, paper, and an internet connection so long as proposed topics are definitive and googlable (e.g. How much bigger is the earth than the moon in volume?)
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9. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:685]
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You can play Haggis with 2 players using a standard deck of cards. 3 players doesn't work because you need another suit.
 
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10. Board Game: Eat Poop You Cat [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:694]
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Requires a pen per player and players squared index cards.
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11. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:815]
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Requires pens and paper for the players and a few betting tokens.
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12. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:865]
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Requires a deck of cards and reasonably large pile of chips.
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13. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1188]
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All you need is a deck of cards, and it doesn't even have to be complete deck - just one card per player.

Black cards are villagers, Red cards are werewolves.

You can even add in special roles by attaching them to specific cards, like the King is a Sorcerer, Queen is a Seer, Ace is a Martyr, etc.
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14. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1299]
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Requires a deck of cards and some paper to tally the scores.
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15. Board Game: Spades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1328]
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Requires one deck of cards.
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16. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1514]
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* A dictionary (the Reader flips to a random page and picks out any suitably intriguing-looking obscure word)
* Pens/pencils
* Index cards (or post-it notes, paper torn into small rectangles, etc.)
* Paper to draw a scoring track
* Something to serve as player tokens - coins, paper clips, jellybeans, etc.
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17. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1555]
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18. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1808]
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Can accommodate up to four players, using a different suit for each. You'd need tokens as well, but could realistically use anything (wooden cubes, coins, etc.)
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19. Board Game: Raj [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1873]
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Easily played with one deck of cards.
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20. Board Game: 12 Days [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2236]
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Three regular decks of cards needed. You need one ace, two twos, three threes, and so on up to eleven jacks and twelve queens. Plus a couple of jokers or kings. Pencil and paper to keep score.

We tried this over the holiday and it was enough fun that I bought a proper deck.

The same deck can be used for The Great Dalmuti, Pairs and 12 Days of Christmas.
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21. Board Game: Things... [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2999] [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
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Enough paper and pens for each player.
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22. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3072]
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Two decks of cards, tokens and the board (printed sheet of paper).
 
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23. Board Game: Celebrities [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3170]
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Requires pens and paper to write down the subjects.
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24. Board Game: Gin Rummy [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3164]
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Requires one deck of cards.
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25. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:5995]
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A deck of cards.
 
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