Games to play with a handicapped friend
- Randall BartUnited States
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Yahtzee (though if Yahtzee had ten dice, segregating dice to reroll from dice to keep would be frustrating), but let's not make this about her specifically. For the purposes of this list, we want to play with someone who can see and hear and speak but cannot manipulate the game pieces at all, and will need assistance from the other players in most game functions. (I recognize that I am restricting the use of "handicapped" here. If someone else wants to start a list of games to play with blind people etc, please do.)
1) The game must support four or more players (the object is to socialize with a group).
2) The game must be ranked in the top 1000 here at BoardGameGeek. In the unlikely event that an expansion is more appropriate than the base game, go by the rating of the base game, and explain this in your description.
3) It must be easy for the player to enunciate their move. We don't this to turn into "No one square over. No the other way. Then turn it." If it will be necessary to number spaces on a normally unnumbered board, please specify that in your description.
4) There can be a bare minimum of secret info, ie, if you need to show the player a secret objective at the beginning of the game, and even if the secret changes occasionally that's okay, but multiple secrets or new secrets each turn are out. Be sure to cover this in your description.
Edit: I violated my own rules and added Ingenious because it comes with a rack for holding the tiles. That opened the floodgate, and someone added Acquire, because the tiles can be stood up in front of the player. That's going to get us into games where you can add a rack for holding the secret stuff (like Tigris & Euphrates). Okay, go for it with small numbers of tiles, but not cards. Apologies to the people whose games I have deleted. Just give me credit for knowing works easily and what is awkward when dealing with handicapped people.
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