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Paolo Maiello
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Hi All,

which game would you recommend if I wanted to play something on Christmas day with the family?

Considering that:

1) the game needs to accomodate eight players at least

2) players' age ranges from 20-something to 70

3) we are a familiy of two nationalities and two languages, so in-game verbal communication would be very challenging, if not impossible.

4) I would like to avoid sci-fi, fantasy or violent themes.

5) Rules should be very simple, and quick to explain.

6) Only two of us plays games regularly, the rest are definitely non-gamers.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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7 Wonders
 
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Codenames pictures would seem to fit the bill, as long as you are able to talk a bit.
Otherwise, something simple like Pictionary.
 
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A very light and fast game:

I got Crossing to play with my family at Thanksgiving, and it provided a lot of laughs; we had a blast. I feel like it would fall flat with serious gamer friends, but it is a hoot for non-gamers.

I have two languages in my family as well (English and American Sign Language), and found the rules easy to explain in ASL.

Crossing only goes up to 6, but I think that at large gatherings, not everyone wants to play a game all the time.

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freduk wrote:
Codenames pictures would seem to fit the bill, as long as you are able to talk a bit.


This game relies on being fluent in English, so only try this if everyone is fluent.

 
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PlayBosco wrote:
freduk wrote:
Codenames pictures would seem to fit the bill, as long as you are able to talk a bit.


This game relies on being fluent in English, so only try this if everyone is fluent.



It does? Maybe the instructions, but the game itself is just pictures. Are you thinking of the original Codenames? (I made the same mistake myself.) The BGG for Codenames: Pictures says there is no language dependence.

There is still an outstanding problem of a common language. If you can understand or translate single word clues and numbers this would be fine.
 
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PlayBosco wrote:
A very light and fast game:

I got Crossing to play with my family at Thanksgiving, and it provided a lot of laughs; we had a blast. I feel like it would fall flat with serious gamer friends, but it is a hoot for non-gamers.

I have two languages in my family as well (English and American Sign Language), and found the rules easy to explain in ASL.

Crossing only goes up to 6, but I think that at large gatherings, not everyone wants to play a game all the time.



Hi Rebecca,

Crossing is very, very close to what I need...if only it could accomodate 8 players...I wonder if buying two copies would help.

We are not planning to play a long time, maybe an hour or a bit more, so it would be nice if everyone could get involved at the same time.
 
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WINK is a totally silly fun in a box, requiring that only that one be able to wink (though if someone struggles with this, even better). We've played it with 8 players, ages from 10 to 87.
 
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Tacic wrote:
PlayBosco wrote:
freduk wrote:
Codenames pictures would seem to fit the bill, as long as you are able to talk a bit.


This game relies on being fluent in English, so only try this if everyone is fluent.



It does? Maybe the instructions, but the game itself is just pictures. Are you thinking of the original Codenames? (I made the same mistake myself.) The BGG for Codenames: Pictures says there is no language dependence.

There is still an outstanding problem of a common language. If you can understand or translate single word clues and numbers this would be fine.


I would probably still avoid it unless the teams are split on language lines. Clues can definitely be in the form of wordplay and homonyms, which wouldn't translate particularly well.
 
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Fuji Flush meets all your requirements, nice and light 8 player game. That requires no in game communication, has a neutral/no theme (cards with numbers). Has been a real hit with my casual gaming friends
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Sushi Go Party! perhaps?
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For something similar to crossing and really simple, Diamant or Diamant would be ideal and plays up to 8. Not sure you could stretch an hour out of it though.

Crossing might work with two packs but again, not sure would go much past half hour as we have this game also.

Saboteur (compilation editions) would also be ideal and plays up to 12 and has no reliance on language past explaining what a few of the cards are and we find it really fun - get the one with version one and two together as adds more variety and is the same price normally.

Sushi Go Party! may also be an option if you can get it in time. I know it was supposed to be restocked in november but it hasn't appeared in this country yet????

If you wanted something a little more gamey and less social, you could get two sets of Karuba but I think I would prefer to play saboteur
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Just thought, if you wanted a really really simple game, then perhaps Snorta! which can be fun with large groups (especially if you've had a couple of glasses of wine. Although prob would prefer incan gold lol.

We'll be playing Ca$h 'n Gun$ but wasn't sure if this would be over or under your violence level - basically you get to point foam guns at each other. Otherwise, another party game might be Dead Last which can be really funny
 
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I agree that incan gold would work well.

You could also try Ugg-Tect - there is certainly verbal communication but it's using a language that is new to everyone (caveman speak)

Another idea: 6 nimmt!
 
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Saboteur with Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) (or the compilation edition which was already mentioned if available) thumbsup no text, no verbal communication needed, it goes up to 12 players, the rules are intuitive and not complicated. I use it 90% of the time when non-gamers are interested in trying something from the wonderful world of boardgaming

p.s. and it's cheap! It's only a deck of cards but it provided us with hours and hours of fun
 
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BGG has a great search feature which would let you explore the database.

One of those is player counts.

7+ is a pretty specific query term since most games typically seat in the 2- range.

Hit "Advanced Search" next to the "Search" box and put "7-10" as the player number, which will catch most of the things you're looking for.

Once you've done that cut you can facet things and search for other parameters as you desire.

Many of the games mentioned already are in the top 100 query results.
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Diamant or Diamant
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Hmmm. December 25th ... December 25th?

Oh yeah! Getting drunk enough to believe Kansas City will beat Denver again.

(American football, NFL, Sunday night game.)
 
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byronczimmer wrote:
BGG has a great search feature which would let you explore the database.

One of those is player counts.

7+ is a pretty specific query term since most games typically seat in the 2- range.

Hit "Advanced Search" next to the "Search" box and put "7-10" as the player number, which will catch most of the things you're looking for.

Once you've done that cut you can facet things and search for other parameters as you desire.

Many of the games mentioned already are in the top 100 query results.


Cool,

never thought of that blush
 
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Camel Up could work - there's nothing to read in the game and the rules are straight forward It went down very well at my last family gathering which was the same age range as your gathering - and it takes up to 8 players!

In fact, they liked it so much I've been requested to bring it to Christmas
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