7 to 8 players - my group's games
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These are games my weekly group plays when we have 7-8 players, which nowadays is the norm. Hopefully I'll update this list as time goes by.

My group often has newbies, though is predominantly a group of friends who know each other well. We have a pretty relaxed welcoming atmosphere.
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1. Board Game: Dixit: Odyssey [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:171] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
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This version of Dixit plays up to 12 people, and it works great with 7-8 people. Any time we have a new person in the group, we play this because nearly everyone loves this game (the rare person thinks it's merely decent).

We play this a lot. In order to keep it from going stale, we've bought expansions of which there are many (we almost never buy expansions for other games) and are all excellent, and I've also tried to introduce different types of clues, such as musical clues. I've created a thread on the original Dixit's forum to do with types of clues. This game definitely doesn't feel like it's running out of steam after vastly more plays than any other game we have.
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2. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:87]
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I can't handle the tension of being a spy in this game, but everyone else loves this game. It plays quick and so long as you play with stuff like Merlin, it doesn't get old. I actually have the other version of this game, but we just choose what card is the merlin card in advance and it works well that way.

My group plays this so much. Multiple times in a row. It's a quick game (10-15 mins) so it's a good way of rounding off a night if there isn't time for much else.
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3. Board Game: Snake Oil [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1265] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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I wasn't expecting this to be particularly fun but we all love it. What makes this game shine is not what you come up with, but how you pitch it. Seriously, like, I did a pitch once where I was selling someone (possibly a wrestler or boxer or something) a river bridge. Coz that's all I could think of. It the amusing way someone builds up to reveal what their item is and then how they justify it. Sometimes people's imaginations just go hilarious places. I don't think Vasel's review captures this.
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4. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:883]
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Texas hold 'em poker is a lot of fun and works well with a large group. It's always fun to play even if you're out for the round. The only thing is that the bigger your group, the more likely someone is going to go all in when they really shouldn't, and then they end up being eliminated from the game... unless other players take pity on them. We've not had big problems with that, but it is something to watch out for when you have people new to board games... probably the kind of person who doesn't listen to the rules when they're being explained because they're too distracted.
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5. Board Game: Spinergy [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:11008]
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This goes down well with almost all of the group. One person isn't keen on the pressure to be creative, but I think they very much enjoy the rest of the game.

My advice is do the timer, but if people run over, and everyone always does, then that's okay, so long as they're going as fast as they can. After all, the more words they write, the better chance the person whose turn it is has.

The things people write and the clever and silly ways they try to avoid having their words guessed are somehow very very funny a lot of the time. There's really no downtime because you're either writing an answer, or listening to people's answers. I think I've posted a variant somewhere on bgg that explains how we play, coz the original rules are very lacking. Our version realises the full potential of this fantastic game.
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6. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:13057] [Average Rating:5.57 Unranked]
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Alright, so we don't play this in a big group any more because a couple of people dislike it, but it is very fun and very quick. People don't necessarily have to wait ages til their turn because either they make themselves out before their turn or other people who should come before them makes themselves out.
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7. Board Game: Infinity Dungeon: Peril without End [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:9311]
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BGG doesn't show the version of infinity dungeon that i have. You can buy it for something like three quid, and then just print it out. Well worth the money. I don't like the look of the other versions, but I could be wrong. But it from the website as a pdf. Handles many people with ease. Every round is people making loads of suggestions for how to clear the room. Where it gets most fun is the backstabbing as we decide that we'll sacrifice one member for the sake of the group. The tension as you wait to find out if the plan has worked is great. Having someone who can narrate an entertaining story of what happens when you succeed or fail adds a lot.
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8. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:531]
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Okay, I'm not keen on this but everyone else loves it. It plays at quite a clip, which is important for 7-8 player games. I'm going to try and be more in the moment when i play it next and who knows, maybe i'll enjoy it a lot more. I think i tried to play too strategically in the past.
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9. Board Game: Masterpieces [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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This game is phenomenal, but only works if your group is happy to chat away to each other while one person is puzzling over a card which, as time goes on, more and more people get excitedly involved in as they share in the frustration and confusion of other players. A relaxed game, but a challenging game and a very very excellent game, even though there is downtime, it seems to foster a nice atmosphere in the group for talking amongst ourselves.
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10. Board Game: Orient Express [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2743]
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This plays up to 6 but I see no reason it can't be played with more. People really enjoyed it last time we played it. There's no good reason we haven't played it again yet. I can't wait to try it with a big group. Obviously you can't share your thoughts with others, but it's a fun mystery solving game.
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11. Board Game: Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3765] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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It only just occurred to me that this can be played with more than 6 players. Do away with all the non-story cards and go have a blast! Just take it easy on people who aren't as creative as others. Being petty for people not calling you 'your darkness' is a much more fun and fair way of penalising people, tho of course you need to punish people when they start to contradict themselves.
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12. Board Game: Mascarade [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:905]
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A solid game. Not really one I love but it is a solid game and you need to be paying attention at all times. Works well with 7-8.
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13. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1310]
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Very enjoyable with 8. Some people struggle to get any time telling the story, but tend to enjoy just hearing the unfolding story anyway. My group actually made me a special robot themed version of this game because they're lovely and I love robots (i even have a robot band called the attackbots). I prefer Robot Upon A Time, but Once Upon A Time is very fun too.
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14. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:790]
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Quick fun filler. It's pretty different from other games so what it lacks in quality it makes up for in uniqueness. Not my favourite, but a solid game.
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15. Board Game: A Question of Scruples [Average Rating:4.59 Overall Rank:15895]
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I love this game. It's very fun and you learn something about the people you're playing with while you're playing. Don't play with people who take things too personally.
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16. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1341]
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We've only played with 7 but I see no reason why it should be bad with 8. A strong game but not one we want to play all the time, even though some people like it a lot.
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17. Board Game: Say Anything [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:837]
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We've played this with up to 9 people. It worked fine. There is more pressure to be creative than I like, even tho I usually love creative games, but hey. It is a good and fun game. We don't play it much though.
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18. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:379]
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Last time we played this with 7 people, it dragged a bit. I love this game but it's best with 5. Maybe experienced players will have a quicker game with 7 people. There seem to be mixed opinions on bgg as to whether it works with 7.
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19. Board Game: Articulate! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2725]
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Fun team game. Needs an even number. As close to trivia as I like to get. I don't like trivia.
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20. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:878] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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Looking forward to playing this a lot. Many jokes appear as people joke misleadingly about what needed to be invented before whatever it was that someone is trying to place. I suspect it'll play better with less people, but our 8 player game was a fun and educational even tho I did much worse than everyone else.
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21. Board Game: Pictionary Card Game [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12761]
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Surprisingly great game. I dislike pictionary but this was a barrel of fun with a lot of people even more than just two people. I got a lot of flak for my audacious clues.
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22. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1049]
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This is fine. Probably best with 7 players. Doesn't play 8 players. It's a bit of an odd game since the secret roles are often very unsecret very early on. We don't play it much. It seems more of a game that a group fairly unfamiliar with board games would play and have a blast with.
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23. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1593]
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okay so i haven't read all the rules and i've only tried a small two player game, but i hear this is designed ideally for 7 people and i'm really looking forward to doing that it sounds like a huge amount of fun and is a rare long 7 player game. Sadly no more than 7 players.
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24. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2144]
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Fun.
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25. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:632]
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Works well with 8 players so long as you all focus. Should play nice and fast but if anyone's distracted it can bog down wayyyyy more than it needs to. I HIGHLY recommend this game though. It's very good. Personally, i think it works better being played with 7 rounds rather than 5 rounds, but whatever. Get this.
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