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Steve L
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Our regular gaming group consists of six pretty experienced boardgamers who like all sorts from strategy, card games, tile placement, worker placement to quick to play games.
I'd like to expand our collection of games which work well with 6 players. We've found that a few games, although are listed as up to 6, don't play well with lots of people.
Please recommend us some games which play well with six people. Bonus points for ones without a 'traitor' mechanic (we've got a lot of these and it isn't always popular). The group like games with low down time between turns, but if there are plenty of things to think about while it's not your turn, that's fine too.

What we own:
Good for 6 Players
Lords of Waterdeep + expansion
Survive + expansion
Flash Point
Dixit
Take It Easy
Colt Express
Codenames
Bohnanza
Tsuro
Mysterium
Carcassonne + Expansions
Dominion + Expansion
Camel Up
Good Cop Bad Cop
Bang!
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
The Resistance
7 Wonders
Cash + Guns
Saboteur

Not so good with 6 players (but awesome with fewer people)
Power Grid
Keyflower
Red November

Ordered by not yet played
Incan Gold
Between Two Cities

We also own Battlestar Galactica but it doesn't appeal to everyone. And we own Cosmic Encounter, which we know can be expanded to accommodate more players. Obviously there is a chance we may have the better selection already and we should just be satisfied! But we welcome any suggestions
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Dominant Species works very well at high player counts and is positively brutal with six players.

Here I Stand and/or Virgin Queen are best with six players. However, they're quite a bit more complex than the games on your list (i.e. not something for board game evening but rather something for board game Sunday).
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Shadows Over Camelot - absolutely!! Great with 6 players and has traitor mechanic too.

These other games have no traitor mechanic but work well with 6:

King of Tokyo works well with six - but it's very light.

Eldritch Horror

If you're ok with splitting into 3 teams of 2 players, then Pandemic + In the Lab accommodates 6.

And, of course, there are war games:

Command & Colors Ancients / Epic Variant
Memoir '44 / Overlord Variant
Axis & Allies (some of the variants - such as Europe + Pacific)
Conquest of the Empire

I'm not 100% sure, but the following accommodate at least 5, possible 6:

Diplomacy
Quartermaster General
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Randombias wrote:

Dominant Species works very well at high player counts and is positively brutal with six players.



I heartily endorse this comment.
 
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Steampunk Rally has drafting plus dice placement all done in a simultaneously played race game. Works well with 6 I think (plays up to 8).
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Cosmic Encounter usually has the entire table involved in a turn unless the active players try to make a deal, which usually only takes a minute.

Libertalia has simultaneous action selection so no downtime unless you have someone that takes long to decide what card to play.

Both are amazing with 6. While Libertalia is also fun with 4 or 5, Cosmic is best with 6 players.
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You do have a lot of my top picks for 6 players already.

For when you want to puzzle things: Gemblo (best with 3, 4 and 6).

Citadels when played with the speedier presets.

King of Tokyo for your occasional need to roll hefty dice and roar to other players.

Room 25 or wait for the upcoming deluxe release for both co-op, team, and suspicion (traitor) modes and adjustable difficulty. Easy game to learn.

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You might like Shadow Hunters. I agree that Citadels is good too. We played Eruption for the first time last night. It's pretty light, and we only played with 4 players, but it accommodates up to 6 and would probably be better with 6.
 
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Empires: Age of Discovery
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I agree with the earlier suggestions of Cosmic Encounter and, if your group is up for it, Here I Stand / Virgin Queen. Bootleggers also shines with six.
 
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+1 Libertalia
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Dominant species sounds like a good choice for our group!
 
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Mission: Red Planet might be worth a look.
 
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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia works extremely well with 6.
 
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Robo Rally
 
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Joakley815 wrote:
Steampunk Rally has drafting plus dice placement all done in a simultaneously played race game. Works well with 6 I think (plays up to 8).


I was also going to recommend Steampunk rally.

Nefarious is also a fun 2-6 player game. Both are simultaneous play, with Steampunk Rally being drafting, and Nefarious being action-selection.

Kill the Overlord is a hot-potato game that plays up to 8.
 
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Wow no votes for Evolution? I'm always stunned this game plays 6 and plays much, much quicker than Dominant Species.

Also +1 for Libertalia and Diamant.
 
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Empires: Age of Discovery. Expensive, but worth every penny.
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Medici (one of my favorite games) is ideal at five but still fantastic at six. An hour or less for a game with a lot of interesting choices and no downtime is a must have for any game group that frequently plays six.

Like Medici, Coup is also best with five but still solid with six. Go with Coup if you prefer bluffing and reading people, Medici if you like auction games and assigning value to lots of goods.

Viticulture plays six and scales well but could be a little long if you have any players that suffer from AP. I am guessing your issues with Power Grid and Keyflower are play time so that might nix Viticulture as an option.
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Empires: Age of Discovery
This game gets tighter and more brutal with more players, which I like.

I like Eclipse with 6, because it is balanced around the central hex.

Robo Rally - more robots means more mayhem!
 
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Medici
Elfenland
Union Pacific
WildLife
Das Amulett
I'm the Boss!
Isla Dorada
Iliad
 
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For a quick filler game Deep Sea Adventure is a fun press your luck game that plays up to 6.
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Quartermaster General is best with exactly six. As I've mentioned elsewhere, I think it's one of the best board game meetup games that I've ever played. Fast setup, easy rules, and lots of fun. Plus, because of how assymetrc the nation decks are, there is plenty of replayability.
 
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Viticulture Essential Edition great WP game, plays well with 6
Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space hidden roles, track movement on your own board
Dark Moon hidden roles, similar to, but plays faster than BSG
Not Alone 1 vs many that plays pretty quickly
 
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sort of in disbelief that nobody has suggested:
Rex: Final Days of an Empire (or Dune)

it is a 6 player game. technically can play 3-6, but flourishes at 6. Fluid alliances, can win as group, deep, interesting plays, although you can pull out a solo win from a team victory with backstabby hidden objectives, it is not a coop with traitors, so is a completely different beast.

Truly the best 6 player game that I know.
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