Low- to Mid-weight games that support 8 players
Ellen Lloyd
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This is a geeklist curated for my aunt and uncle's family. They have 6 kids and are looking for games their whole family can play! They have both teenagers and school-aged kids who are quite sharp and enjoy games with aspects such as spatial navigation, risk management, and/or a small amount of deception (so not the Resistance, for example).
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1. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:777]
Ellen Lloyd
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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A fantastic and short game combining "take that!" and spatial awareness aspects. I love this game, it should be a hit with my cousins!
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2. Board Game: Tsuro of the Seas [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1142]
Ellen Lloyd
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A great upgrade from basic Tsuro with some additional choices and risks on a slightly larger board. This would also be a great choice!
 
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3. Board Game: Dixit: Odyssey [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:168] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Ellen Lloyd
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I've only played the original Dixit myself. but Odyssey supports up to 12 players and would be a great game that their whole family could enjoy equally.
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4. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:624]
Ellen Lloyd
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FANTASTIC game. Several of the cousins in question have already played it before and loved it. It supports up to 8 players and combines a very simple mechanic (a simultaneous-reveal yes-no decision each turn) with brilliantly devious player interaction effects and risk management. Fun to bluff in this one.
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5. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:343]
Ellen Lloyd
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The very youngest cousin might struggle with this one, but the second-youngest likes it and is rather good! Great, chaotic race game full of unexpected twists. Satisfying to play when you've just executed a great series of moves.
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6. Board Game: Mascarade [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:892]
Ellen Lloyd
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Calgary
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I've only played this once or twice so I'm more reserved in my recommendation of it. However, it supports enough players and the rules are not too complicated. Furthermore, unless you're playing against people with perfect memory it ends up involving a fair amount of guessing rather than deduction anyway.
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7. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:385]
Ellen Lloyd
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Calgary
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I haven't tried this one yet but I'd like to! I hear it's a great family game that involves racing and betting mechanics. As well as cute camel figurines that stack up on top of each other!
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8. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:429]
Ellen Lloyd
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Reallly want to try this one! Along the same aspects of a race game like roborally, this one involves more luck (managing that luck is the trick to the game!)

It is a bit pricey to buy, which is the only downside.
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9. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:872] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
Ellen Lloyd
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Calgary
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A lighter-weight deception and bluffing game that I haven't yet tried myself - but it should be great as a family game!
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10. Board Game: Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Ellen Lloyd
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This has been recommended as another one to try in the Saboteur series. I will have to check it out!
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11. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:868] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
Ellen Lloyd
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This one (or any game in the Timeline series, actually) is an excellent and short little game that you will really get your money's worth from. It also has the added bonus of learning some history and interesting facts as you play! Trivia-based, so those with more history knowledge will have the advantage.

Others in the series include:
Timeline: Discoveries
Timeline: Diversity
Timeline: Historical Events
Timeline: Music & Cinema
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12. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1372]
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Chaos in a box! Very fun chaos! I can see this being enjoyed quite a bit.
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13. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:259]
Ellen Lloyd
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THIS ONE ONLY SUPPORTS 6 PLAYERS.

But I am adding it because it is short (20 mins) simple (auction mechanic) and very fun with deep strategy for those who want it. Could easily play with teams or just rotate players in and out (bottom 2 scorers are eliminated?)
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14. Board Game: Telestrations: 12 Player Party Pack [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:565]
Kris Wiggins
United States
Kingwood
Texas
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Whenever I go to an 6+ gaming event, Telestrations goes with me. This is the best fun-in-a-box game I have. Can't draw? Even better! Seriously hilarious (depending on who you play with I suppose).
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15. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:470]
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I'm still waiting for an expansion for this one, to change it up a bit. However plays 8 wonderfully. It's a quick dice game everyone can enjoy.
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16. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:517]
Chris
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Birmingham
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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars, where you will be forced to drift aimlessly farther into the vast, empty abyss of space until a lack of food, water and oxygen causes you to succumb to Death's cold embrace.
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STOP POINTING THAT GUN AT MY DAD!
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17. Board Game: Spurs and Sprockets [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Bobby Doran
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Simi Valley
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My game Spurs and Sprockets will play with 8 people as long as you have 8 decks. The 3rd edition S and S comes with 3 decks and works with Spurs and Sprockets: Revolutionary Decks which also comes with 3 decks and Spurs and Sprockets: Landships comes with an additional 6 decks. I have a Happy Birthday deck, Christmas deck, Halloween deck and a few promotional decks on the way.
 
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18. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:812]
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Bristol
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Depending on edition, this plays up to eight. Nasty trick-taking game.
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19. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
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Works great with 8. My favourite is still 5-player vanilla, although I like to spice things up with the expansions.
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20. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Ok, I might like social deduction games. This is one of the shortest. I like it better between 4-6. However 8 is perfectly doable.
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21. Board Game: Spyfall [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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This game is an awesome addition to the hidden-roles type games. Great with family!
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22. Board Game: Looney Bin: The North Wing [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
patrick stevens
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Los Angeles
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The Looney Bin supports 7 but with the expansion up to 10.
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23. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1641]
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This one you can play in teams. Each team is 2 players sitting next to each other and allowed to look at each other's cards and discuss strategy, so less experienced players can be paired with more experienced ones (not that it is a difficult game).
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24. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:580]
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Ten players right out of the box.
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25. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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Not a great fan of this one, but with two decks you can tweak the card mix to play up to eight.
 
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