Games with high sociability factor
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I've noticed that when playing some games our game group tends to chat a lot (and not only about the game), while when playing others everybody seems to be very concentrated and focused on the game. I know that a part of this has to do with the game group itself (some people are more social than others), but I think it's obvious it has something to do with the games themselves.

My intention with this geeklist is to find out with the help of my fellow geeks which games you think are more "social".

Please notice that I'm only considering "serious" games (and by serious, I mean games with some strategy and tactical decisions in them). Party games are inherintly more social, but they are out of scope for this geeklist. :-)
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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This is the game that inspired this geeklist. I've played this with 5 and 6 people, and in every ocasion this was a highly sociable gaming event.
 
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2. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
Chris Malme
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The ultimate sociable game.

If you don't talk, you don't stand a chance of winning; and I find the chatter is just as important as the game-related chat in establishing relationships with the other players. People are more likely to work with you if you converse with them, and less likely to expect a stab if you are enjoying a good laugh together.
 
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3. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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I'm not sure if this meets the 'serious' level you were looking for but my group plays 6-Nimmt as a filler game. Being a bunch of software geeks...our minds start to wander off into discussing more 'bull' than watching out for the 'bull' on the table.
 
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4. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Just the right amount of downtime between hands seems to allow for the perfect amount of socializing.
 
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5. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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The continuous auctions keep everybody focused om the game. Not paying attention will cause them to lose. Very sociable game, very accessible, easy rules. When you are auctioneer, spice it up with smooth selling talk etc.
 
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6. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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I love the social aspect of this one.

The rules pretty much insist you're sat round the table, and the banter and Wild West puns make the game for me!
 
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7. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:860]
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This provides a great amount of table talk for my group. Usually trash talk... sometimes modified by cursing.
 
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8. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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One of the cool things about Cosmic Encounter is that you get to play even when it's not your turn. This, plus the myriad of different alient powers, makes the game extremely sociable.

(added by another user in the duplicate list)
 
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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this one is always very social in our group. lots of wheeling and dealing, plus plenty of sarcasm about people's board positions. (very sarcastic gaming group)
 
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10. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:678]
April Bolin Stoner
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How can you not have sociability in a game where everyone is fighting to get their horses to win? Of course, if you're like my friend Ivy, it's not so much sociability as warfare!
 
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11. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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This one is definitely a very social game that gets everyone yapping away about their beans, wheeling and dealing, and cracking jokes.
 
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12. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:950]
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Even more sociable than Diplomacy in my opinion. You have the standard negotiation with El Presidente about your share of the budget, with the Head of Secret Police to pursuade him that somebody else is a better target, the usual coup threats from those not getting their fair share of the spoils and/or has been palmed off with the Navy (always the whipping boy!). Plus the standard jokes in poor Latin American accents about the game in general, what you are doing this turn with your mistress.. etc.

My copy usually played accompanied by beer, with probably also helps.
 
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13. Board Game: Maloney's Inheritance [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:7479]
Skip Maloney
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It's a bidding game and in my experience, it has a tendency to increase the socialization factor of any group that plays it. I've found it to be particularly successful with a generally non-gaming crowd. They acclimate to it very easily and get to enjoying it right away.
 
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14. Board Game: Basari [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1369]
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In Basari, players spend a lot of time bartering for gems. It comes to mind for my more out-going friends. I pulled this game out to show to my extroverted sister-in-law, who I didn't think would be interested in sitting at a the game table. She turned out to be a master negotiator who smoked the rest of us. During gameplay, there is lots of talk among the bartering pairs. The bartering bystanders may also engage in trash-talking and in the "assistance" one of the barterers in the transaction.
 
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