Party games for the non-gamers.
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We've all had it happen. We sit down with some friends to play a party game, and you find out that they're skill sets just aren't up to speed. You finish the game awkwardly, put it away, and bring out the coffee.

So, what "safe" games should you have on your shelf?

Here are a list of games that don't require the "guess the word/charades" aspect of Pictionary, Hoopla, Time's Up, etc.

Please feel free to add your own ideas.
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1. Board Game: ThinkBlot [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:19357]
Board Game: ThinkBlot
David G.
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Most people can look at an ink blot and see a shape. There's little that you can do to foster this talent. I also think the game is a lot of fun, in the right group.
 
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2. Board Game: Chronology [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3362]
Board Game: Chronology
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This is a tricky one. It doesn't require the "guess the word" skills that most party games have, but it does require a good knowledge of history. Only play it if you have a certainty your players have some sort of "history smarts". You don't need to know who the vice president was under Garfield, but players should know things like who fought in WWII, and when it was.
 
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3. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:4472] [Average Rating:5.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Apples to Apples
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A fun game, without any real skills needed.
 
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4. Board Game: True Colors [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6146]
Board Game: True Colors
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Another tricky one. Doesn't require any skills, but make sure you know the people awfully well, as feelings can get hurt.
 
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5. Board Game: The Game of Things [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3761] [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Things...
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Ostensibly you're trying to guess which person wrote which answer. In truth it doesn't matter. If the answers are funny, and they usually are, the game is fun. Everyone writes down an answer to a query like, "Things you shouldn't say to your mother." One person reads them out, and then you go around the table and try to match people with answers. Of course, people begin to disguise their answers, writing answers as if they were another player at the table. That just adds to the fun. If you have no short term memory and no sense of humor, the game might be a drag. Otherwise...
 
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:439]
Board Game: No Thanks!
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Highly recommend this one as a party game. Extremely simple to explain and play. Fun.
 
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7. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1539]
Board Game: Lifeboats
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This game is an unltimate party game. Fun excitement as your throwing each other out of the boat. Pure negotiation so the only variable is how other people react to your ideas and getting them onboard with with your ideas on who to throw out. Lasts anywhere from 1-3 hours depending upon how much time you sit around and BS, but I've played it with a group of older people who play games like cribbage and bridge...
 
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8. Board Game: The Poll Game [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:13925]
Board Game: The Poll Game
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Played just once, but it seems like a very nice ice breaker.
 
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9. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1013] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
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Another game where skills in words, history, or conveying ideas doesn't help. This is all about spacial relationship.
 
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