Easy, fast and fun games for 7 players
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Can anyone offer me some suggestions? I'm looking for good 'light' games.
The rules should not be too complicated, the game should be fun and not take too long. And it should be playable for up to (or even more than) 7 players.
You could say it should be games that non-regular players may like.
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1. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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It's not too simple, all right. But together with the expansion, seven can play, and after a few turns everyone knows what's going on and is having pretty much fun.
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza Erweiterungs-Set (Revised Edition) [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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Take it together with Bohnanza, and have fun!
 
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3. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:820]
Eddy Bee
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Everyone can play, even the most ardent of non-gamers. Very cool wooden pieces, too.
 
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4. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:314]
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Fast, fun, flicking game that can accommodate up to 8 players. Another crowd pleaser that non-gamers can enjoy.
 
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5. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1351]
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Raucous fun. This is one of my favorite group games when everyone's too tired to think hard.
 
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6. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1538]
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Not an outstanding game, but its saving grace is that it's very short. 7 is actually not the ideal number of players, but it'll work.
 
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7. Board Game: Frank's Zoo [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1193]
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Lots of fun! Great little card game with lots of appeal. This is a constant favorite with my group - especially when we have 7 players present.
 
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8. Board Game: Expedition [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1588]
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Although designed for 6, it's easy to add a 7th player. Some say it becomes too chaotic, but I've actually found it gets much more intense with 7 players - there are lots of opportunities to negotiate mutual move favors, and boistrous arguments erupt over which is the best move.
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9. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:930]
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Another game designed for 6, but you can easily add a 7th or even 8th player: to compensate the extra players for not starting with an investor card, allow them to start with 3 extra cards in their hand, and $5 million.

If you like free-form negotiation games, they don't get much wilder than this one! Another constant favorite with my group.
 
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10. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:573]
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Can even accommodate more than 7. Very simple to play and lots a fun. As with many games, the more players, the more chaotic it gets. But if you approach it in the spirit of fun, it delivers.
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11. Board Game: Fantasy Business [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12424]
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Try before you buy this one - it doesn't appeal to all tastes. But the rules are quite simple and it can be fun with the right group.
 
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12. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:576]
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Tried with players and non-players. With basic rules, one lap, it suits perfectly in your list. Then you can majke it more complicated thanks to the optional rules. I don't know the light version http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/6539 but it could maybe be even better for your tastes.
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13. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1016]
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I've heard some say they prefer this with 6 better, but that hasn't been my experience. Its remarkably balanced for any number. Certainly fun.
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14. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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I have to admit I haven't played this game with 7 players, but can think of no reason in would lose the charm of the gameplay I've enjoyed with smaller numbers. There are 8 basic roles (with a potential 9th) that players choose secretly. Each role affects others....and this lends to all kinds of bluffing. Definitely a blast, definitely quick.

I'm not sure how much this would appeal to nongamers. It does take a few rounds to start to remember what all the different roles can do, but then you just pop the clutch and the game goes! My other contribution to this list (Bang!) has worked well with nongamers in the past, and is probably a little stronger in that aspect. But Citadels is more actual game (as far as decision-making goes.)
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15. Board Game: Leviathan [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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(Is it asinine of me to keep pushing this silly game of mine? Well, at least I've been keeping on-topic. And it's not like I'm making any money off of it...)

Leviathan works with 8 players (9 even, but then you'd have to cut the deal to 10 cards instead of 11), but to fit the 'fast' requirement I suggest having every other player deal a round, rather than every player as would normally be the case.

The rules are quite easy to explain, since practically everyone in the world is familiar with "Go Fish", and pretty much everything else is explained on the cards themselves.
 
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16. Board Game: Such a Thing? [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:4013]
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I think this one could fit the bill
 
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17. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
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Definitely a nice light push-your-luck-and-boldly-go-where-no-digger-has-gone-before-game. Easily accessable for unexperienced players. Gets a little boring after the second play at an evening. so do not plan to play it mor than twice.
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18. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3144] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Good one. Recommended!
 
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