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Donald M.
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Can anyone suggest games for a meetup group in a pub?

These are mostly casual people and often we get 12-14 people. We usually split into 2 groups of about 6 or 7 each.

In the past we've played 6 Nimmt, Vegas, Fuji Flush, Cockroach Poker, Codenames, Telestrations, Quiddler, Sushi Go, Spyfall. All of which went down well except for Spyfall.

I am thinking for this week, Avenue, Noch Mal, Dead Man's Draw (if I buy another deck), Capital Lux (only plays 4 though), Pictomania, Anomia, Bang Dice game.

I am reluctant to bring board games with lots of bits as drinks and food often get spilled into the playing area. Games with sleeved cards are ok and easy to clean afterwards.

Probably games with 6 or more is better. Any suggestions? Not the greatest place to play but at least I get to play . We meet on Wednesday.
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Rebecca Jensen
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Skull is my go-to pub game. Beer and bluffing seem to pair well.

I also like to bring Ghost Blitz, a great speed game with a small footprint.

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Geoffrey Burrell
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You may like to try Dominion and its expansions.
 
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For the pubs and 6 players, I like to bring Eggs and Empires, Nevermore, Pairs, Parade, Rolling Japan/Rolling America, and Skull. All are great games.

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Tom Shriver
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Captain Sonar is a fun game to play in the pub. Every time I'm the Captain or Radio Operator I want to have a drink anyway, so it's a natural fit. It can get a big rowdy, so maybe not a great idea for a more quiet location. We have played at a local bar a few times and have really liked it. Nothing like drunken sub battles!
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John
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The Resistance (or Avalon) (though I leave the game at home and use playing cards and/or Uno cards + pencil & paper to keep track of mission results if playing in the pub, vote with thumbs up/down)

Indian Chief 2-8p modern playing card game
Sheepshead 5p trick taking game
Bohnanza 2-7p trading game
Clubs 2-6p card game
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Tom
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Split into five or six groups and play the mother of all pub games- Cribbage! Takes five minutes to learn but years to master. Each game can last fifteen to twenty minutes, so it can be played several times in an evening. You only need a deck of cards and a cribbage board, which can easily be purchased for $10 - $15. Cheers.
 
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Joe Salamone
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The Red Dragon Inn
 
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Nick
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Biergarten seems to make a lot of sense.
 
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Drew
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Dutch Blitz with the expansion deck plays 6 nicely.
 
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Sarah
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Games you can play all together:

Mascarade -
Dead Last
Saboteur (compilation editions) - may need table space mind you

For less:
BANG! The Dice Game
Get Bit! with sharkspansion plays 7
GUBS: A Game of Wit and Luck

We like Beasty Bar for a fun game but shame the expansion (new beasts in town) doesn't allow extra players to play but I did see someone mention you can play 6-8 in teams of 2 if you get the expansion?
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Sequence also is a light 6-player game that you could play.
 
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Xanthe
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You may find inspiration on this geeklist
 
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Matthew Mitchell
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I haven't personally played it, but I've seen Drinking Quest at conventions. I believe it is mostly (if not all) cards, so they could be sleeved. The theme is obviously relevant.

EDIT: Just noticed the original game is 2 players. There is a newer game that plays with 4. Drinking Quest: Journey into Draught
 
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Matthew Mitchell
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Dice games might be a good fit since they are very casual and the dice can be washed. Something like Zombie Dice, Le Boomb!, or Fuse.

Fuse plays up to 5, it has cards also but they can be sleeved. Le Boomb probably too simple, just a one dice game. However, it can play groups of infinite size. As for Zombie Dice, there are tons of spin off themes you can choose from. Zombie Dice has expansions to shake things up a bit more.
 
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Kevin Buchanan
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The ones I have that most frequently make it to a pub table are:

Pairs (a great drinking game as well, to be fair)
Sushi Go
Fluxx
Family Business
Sitting Ducks Gallery
Timeline
Red 7
One Night Ultimate Werewolf

The one I *haven't* used yet, but have been told would make a good pub game is Rhino Hero.
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Seung-Bin Bae
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+1 for Skull
You can even just use a standard deck.
 
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Donald M.
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My pub gaming night went so so. They stuck playing with the familiar in in some cases boring in Codenames and Sequence. I did get the group to play Cockroach Poker which is good for generally one play. Everyone still liked 6 Nimmt. Never got a chance to show Skull etc. oh well ..

Next the some of the same people liked Noch Mal and Dead Man's Draw.
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Peter Elsenheimer
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For Sale
The Great Dalmuti
Martian Dice
+1 Zombie Dice
+1 Pairs
Tumblin-Dice
Junk Art
Flick 'em Up!
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James C
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Just stopping to say that I have enjoyed Anomia on the two occasions that I've played it. Certainly not the greatest game in the world but fun for large groups.
 
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Evan G
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When my buddies are in the mood for a light party game that pairs well with drinking we enjoy:

Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) 4-8 player bluffing game. Although public pub setting may bother some people with the foam guns. Still perfectly playable without the guns though.

Secret Hitler 4-10 player bluffing game. Again maybe not the best for a public setting, however it is easy to learn and its a blast. There are different themed Print and Play options online. Such as "secret Palpatine"

Dixit This didnt go over great with us, it was a little bit too light, but its quick to learn and very laid back game.

Munchkin pretty fun game and scales well, great for some laughs.
 
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Mark Raciborski
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Hocus 5 players.
Liar's Dice 6 plus players.
 
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Hard to name any more card games at this point, but... there is one I can think of ..

Vampire Queen.

Up to 12 players, Wolfgang Kramer.
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Sean Monaghan
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I can't say enough good things about Red7, played this at the pub more times that I can remember (thanks, beer!)

Also good options we have had success with:
- Monopoly Deal (surprisingly good despite the Monopoly name)
- Valley of the Kings
- Azul
- Imhotep
- San Juan
- Diamonds
- Rocky Road Ala Mode
- 7 Wonders (reprinted the wonder boards to playing card size for portability)
- Splendor
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