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Matthew Nefstead
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My birthday is coming up soon. I'd like to have a small group of people over to play games. Games! I love games. Anyway, I'm having trouble thinking of the right game to play. I'm torn between light bluffing games (The Resistance, Skull & Roses, Two Rooms and a Boom) and something epic like Twilight Imperium. I think TI would probably be too long and complex for the group of people who are likely to show up, but, well, it's my birthday and I want to play a real game that takes longer than half an hour. So, I'm looking for recommendations.

My criteria:

- can accommodate roughly 6-8 players
- can be taught in less than half an hour
- can be played in 1-3 hours
- involves a fair amount of player interaction
- fun for both serious and casual gamers

What do you think? Thanks in advance!
 
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Daniel B-G
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I think you need RoboRally

It'll be absolute carnage.
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You might check out VivaJava: The Coffee Game. It was designed to be a very interactive eurogame that involves thought and plays very well with a group (6 - 8 people). Seems like it may fit your list, except possibly for being accessible to non-gamers. I haven't played it, so I don't know about that aspect.
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BoardBeard wrote:
fun for both serious and casual gamers


Sorry to be negative, but your criteria are at odds with one another. It is your birthday and you can choose whatever you want but I'd suggest having a heavier game with a smaller group of 'serious' gamers at another time.

But in an effort to be somewhat helpful, how about looking at something you could play in a tournament style? Something like BattleCON: War of Indines is not too complicated to teach and an 8 player tournament could be done in 1-3 hours.
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I was in your same spot recently

Dungeon Fighter was the answer.

The hardcore players can take care of the strategy and item management. The more casual players still participate in a dexterity element that they are capable of beating the hardcore gamers at.

Everyone can contribute!
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Krawhitham wrote:
BoardBeard wrote:
fun for both serious and casual gamers

Sorry to be negative, but your criteria are at odds with one another. It is your birthday and you can choose whatever you want but I'd suggest having a heavier game with a smaller group of 'serious' gamers at another time.

That's a valid opinion, but I disagree. I would consider myself and my girlfriend to be serious gamers, because we play a lot of games and appreciate interesting mechanics and opportunities for strategy. That does mean that there are lighter games that I don't enjoy, such as games revolving almost entirely around luck of the draw/roll. It does not mean, however, that I don't enjoy light games. I've had great fun with the Resistance and Werewolf, for example. The rules are simple and easy to learn and the game doesn't take long to play, but it requires players to use their brains and it involves a lot of meaningful player interaction.

That said, for this particular occasion I want something with a bit more depth. I don't think that means it has to be completely inaccessible to my casual gamer friends, though.

Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone! Keep them coming!
 
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BoardBeard wrote:
My birthday is coming up soon. I'd like to have a small group of people over to play games. Games! I love games. Anyway, I'm having trouble thinking of the right game to play. I'm torn between light bluffing games (The Resistance, Skull & Roses, Two Rooms and a Boom) and something epic like Twilight Imperium. I think TI would probably be too long and complex for the group of people who are likely to show up, but, well, it's my birthday and I want to play a real game that takes longer than half an hour. So, I'm looking for recommendations.

My criteria:

- can accommodate roughly 6-8 players
- can be taught in less than half an hour
- can be played in 1-3 hours
- involves a fair amount of player interaction
- fun for both serious and casual gamers

What do you think? Thanks in advance!


I would go for Space Cadets or Space Cadets: Dice Duel. Both are crazy fun and meet your criteria. Also Panic on Wall Street! is a good one.
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Usually I'll go for Fearsome Floors (7 players) or Revolutions with Palaces Expansion (6 players).

Fearsome Floors offers a feeling of 'fear' during the game and Revolution makes handling of the session a whole lot easier as the game plays simultaneously for all players.

Both also offer some meat in the game.
 
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DAAAN wrote:
I think you need RoboRally


My guess is, is that this is the games that best matches your criteria (6-8 players games that last an hour or three just aren't very common, for a good reason). Of course, it does include player elimination. And the only way you'd finish in three hours with eight people is if you play with a small board.

Formula D is another possibility, but it also includes player elimination.
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I personally like Blades of Legend. It's a hidden role / bluffing game, similar to The Resistance, but, to me, a little meatier.

7 Wonders might also work for you. It plays up to 7 in the base box, one of the expansions takes it up to 8 players if you needed it.

Streams (also called 20 Express) is fairly light, but it's a departure from the bluffing games I keep finding myself having to pull out when there are that many players, so I enjoy it for that.
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A couple days ago I played Shadow Hunters with a group of 8 people. It's yet another hidden role game, but with an element of deduction and a bit of combat. Everyone has a unique special power, which is also cool. Lots of fun.

We also played and enjoyed Mascarade, but that might be too light for what you're hoping for.
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I considered getting Ladies & Gentlemen to fill this sort of niche, but I so rarely have a largish group of people who'd be willing to play a slightly heavier party game that I decided against it.

Still, if I found myself in a situation like yours, I might pick this game up.

(Note: it sounds like it's best with an odd number of players like 7 or 9... since that brings the Courtesan role into play.)
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Time's up or Time's up title recall. Great party game. Gets people interacting and laughing.
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The only potential snafu I see is the contradiction between two of your criteria: the intersection of "casual" gamer, and 1-3 hours playtime! That's like finding a unicorn. By that point, just call it what it is - a "gamer"...(or a horse with a cone taped to it's nose, because the alternative doesn't actually exist.)
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Blood Bound is surprisingly deep for a party game, and it handles up to 12 players (even numbers are better, or else you'll have to use the annoying Inquisitors). It also got a Kennerspiel des Jahres honorary mention, so that has to count for something...
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Skull & Roses and Long shot
Speculation is also not bad.
 
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Another vote for VivaJava. It's perfect at 7,8 people. It's a nice mix of cooperative and competitive play. It's mainly social, but you also have your own player board for upgrades and Euro-style optimization and combos. It takes about an hour and a half to play, and maybe 15 minutes to teach.

Great game!
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+1 for Mascarade. I played this with my family last Thanksgiving and feared no one would get it, but it was the surprise hit of the weekend. Plays up to 13 as well.
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You just described Cosmic Encounter in your OP, albeit with an expansion or two.
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