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Ryan Morency
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We have been asked to bring a game to a family gathering. There won't be any children, but I don't want to bring anything that is too complex or relies too heavily on interpreting symbols. I don't think there is anything in my collection that I have missed that would work.

My first thought was Love Letter Premium, because I kind of wanted it before I was asked to do this. My next thought was Between Two Cities, but I am afraid I will be coaching people half the time. Also, possibly Mysterium.

I've never played Between Two Cities or Mysterium, so I'm not sure how well they will work. Both are games I have considering trying in the past.

Splitting the group won't work since it'll be a family gathering and everyone wants to play a game together.

If you have any suggestions, whether it's something I have already or not, I would appreciate it.

 
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Unnamed Object goes up to 8 players and is fantastic push your luck fun in 30 minutes

Wits & Wagers is a great party trivia game where it doesn't matter if you know the answers. You just bet on whichever answer you think is closest, and if you're right, it pays out at 2:1 or 3:1 or 4:1 etc. The further the answer is from the mean, the more it pays (all players write their guess on a mini whiteboard, and these are put in order from least to greatest).

Oh Hell! is a fun bidding trick taking game for up to 7 players with a normal deck of 52 cards.

Another fantastic party game is Codenames

Finally, if you want a car racing game for up to 10 players, Formula D

And PitchCar is a fun flicking race game that goes up to 8 players.
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I would recommend any of the following: Incan gold, concept, Brick party, 6 nimmt, wink, codenames, saboteur. All are pretty light, but in my opinion 7 or more players calls for lightness.
 
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That's alot of 10s in your collection man!

But i did not find what i would recommend, Dixit Odyssey which is great for up to 12 players. Pretty light but easy, fun and plays fast.
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If it were me...

Codenames
Camel Up
Dixit Odyssey

Would be my choice
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Pberg wrote:
That's alot of 10s in your collection man!

But i did not find what i would recommend, Dixit Odyssey which is great for up to 12 players. Pretty light but easy, fun and plays fast.


I know, I'm pretty generous. I have my own system of rating. I give the game a 10 until I feel that I can objectively rate it lower. A lot of work goes into these games and I feel bad if I rate a game poorly based on a gut feeling from 1 or 2 plays.

Thanks for the recommendations. My girlfriend will all but punch a hole in the wall if someone mentions a party game. If the game looks like it could possibly have sat on a shelf next to a party game she won't play it.
 
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mysterium would work really well if you are up to be the ghost, since for what i've played it i noticed that how nice the game is depends a lot on how fast and creative the ghost is (having some experience in boardgames helps A LOT).

dixit odyssey could work perfectly as well, the concept itself is similar to mysterium i would say, but i find it nice (and now i will sound like a terrible person) only if i play with people with interests and education similar to mine, since it depends entirely on what you see in those images and which references you can make.

Bang! is a game really fast to learn which works really well for a lot of people (i played it before even with 12+ people, but you need at least one expansion to have enough roles)

citadels and 7wonders are other 2 games which work perfectly with 7 players, i think they need a bit more time to understand all the rules, but i would consider them family-friendly anyway
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+1 Codenames

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If you want something light and fun, but for people who don't hate numbers, when I have my non-gaming friends over, we always play 6 nimmt!.
 
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+1 for Codenames

You might also consider Qwixx, though you may need the deluxe version to play the full 8 players. (It's pretty cheap at Target. We just got it for $10.) Fun little dice chucker. Really simple rules. Probably isn't good for a "main course" game, but we get a lot of enjoyment from it.
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Tacic wrote:
You might also consider Qwixx, though you may need the deluxe version to play the full 8 players. (It's pretty cheap at Target. We just got it for $10.) Fun little dice chucker. Really simple rules. Probably isn't good for a "main course" game, but we get a lot of enjoyment from it.


It's one of my favourite filler games while waiting for other players to arrive on game night, along with Qwinto.
 
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I guess The Resistance and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong aren't "light"... and they probably qualify as "party games".... I don't know why 7 Wonders wouldn't work for you, since you rate it so highly and it is very light.
 
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If 7 Wonders is your jam, Sushi Go Party! is a great 7-wonders-lite that plays 8 players.

Second the Dixit recommendation -- it's not a party game at all.
 
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Citadels, Saboteur, Spyfall, Fearsome Floors, or Formula D could work. My personal favorite with 7 is Cosmic Encounter, but that may prove difficult on rules and the required expansions.
 
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Another +1 for Codenames

If you're really worried about complexity, though, you might need to move to something even simpler. My extended family loves Telestrations. It's super easy to explain, there's no downtime, and it's very funny.
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Odinsfury wrote:
We have been asked to bring a game to a family gathering. There won't be any children, but I don't want to bring anything that is too complex or relies too heavily on interpreting symbols. I don't think there is anything in my collection that I have missed that would work.

My first thought was Love Letter Premium, because I kind of wanted it before I was asked to do this. My next thought was Between Two Cities, but I am afraid I will be coaching people half the time. Also, possibly Mysterium.

I've never played Between Two Cities or Mysterium, so I'm not sure how well they will work. Both are games I have considering trying in the past.

Splitting the group won't work since it'll be a family gathering and everyone wants to play a game together.

If you have any suggestions, whether it's something I have already or not, I would appreciate it.



Others have already mentioned, and I highly recommend:

The Resistance
Codenames
Saboteur
Mysterium

I would also add Bohnanza.

While none of them are particularly deep,I find Mysterium and Codenames to be the most interesting from a thinking/discussion perspective.. and would say you'd get more play out of them. (Mysterium is a bit more complex to setup, but is definitely worth it.)

Resistance and Saboteur are quick fun games, with simple rulesets and both involve bluffing / lying, which I'm fine with, but others might not be. They're good for a couple of plays at a time.

Bohnanza is the most like a typical card game, but its fun and does have a lot of interaction from the trading/market mechanic.

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Since you said no party games,

Mysterium
Bohnanza
Camel Up
Sushi Go Party!
Formula D
6 nimmt!
Unnamed Object
Sticheln
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Timeline: Inventions
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Thank you everyone, this has definitely given me a lot to think about. Also, thanks for reminding me that Bohnanza can play 7. I might be able to pull it off. I'm going to read up on the rulebooks and see which one will be the easiest to teach and the most fun for everyone involved.
 
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