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Eric LotR
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Coup has been wildly successful in our group of 5 players. We went ahead and got the expansion and Coup Rebellion too. We have played so much of it now, we are getting burned out on these 2. We are looking for some other highly social games that play fast like Coup does. We love that even the mechanics of Coup encourage you to look at the other players (you have a hand of 2 cards that are left face down on the table).

Looking for:
Fast turns
Short game length (30 minutes or less)
Highly social
Easy rules (Can be played late at night while drinking)
Must support 3, 4, or 5 players
Bluffing is OK but not required, mandatory lying is not OK (The Resistance)

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The Resistance was a flop with this group. Some of the players enjoyed it, but the mandatory lying was a deal breaker for 2 of the players (anxiety and just bad at lying). Also, the game simply ran too long for the enjoyment we got out of it.

Sheriff of Nottingham has played really well with this group. No Thanks and Sushi Go have played well too, but aren't as social.
The group also likes: King of Tokyo, 7 Wonders, Lords of Waterdeep (these games don't fit the above criteria, but are here for examples). Our group did not like King of New York (too many rules).
 
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Have you looked at Tortuga 1667? Hidden roles, 45 minutes. Fun theme.
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I think these games fit the bill:
Spyfall
The Metagame - Metaquilt, in particular.
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As mentioned above, Skull sounds like a winner for your group.
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Have you tried Bohnanza great classic with lots of interaction.
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Ditto for Skull and Spyfall. I would also add Camel Up and Perudo to the list..
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I love Spyfall, but it has mandatory lying, so I don't think it will be a fit for your group.

You might enjoy Raise Your Goblets.
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Bang! The Dice Game sounds like it might be a good fit. It plays up to 8 players and is light and engaging (way more so than the card based version of the game, which always seems to drag between turns and is more open to analysis paralysis). It has secret roles, but you can play open even if you are an outlaw. It takes the fun parts of social deduction games and adds more of a gaming element to it than something like Resistance or Secret Hitler. Add in the expansion and it's even that much gamey-er. Saboteur is another one I like for that type of game. You have secret roles, but again, the gaming element takes more of a front seat, so lying isn't the mechanic itself. I feel like games such as Codenames or Concept can also fill this niche. Overall, though, my primary recommendation for what you describe would be Bang! The Dice Game.

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Escape: The Curse of the Temple might be another one that you could throw into the mix. It's just a frantic, cooperative dice rolling game that breaks up the normal flow of game nights. I wouldn't want to play it all of the time, but everyone always enjoys it when it hits the table. It's similar to Rhino Hero Super Battle in that regard--just something different.
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Give the Chameleon a try.
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Thanks all! I have some reviews and "how to plays" to look at now.
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I'd add Love Letter Premium to the list-- supports up to 8 players (rather than the 2-4 of the original game).
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+1 Spyfall (or Spyfall 2)
+1 Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Other games my group plays that fits the OP requirements:
- Ninja Dice
- Inn-Fighting
- Lovecraft Letter
- Codenames (and any of the variants)
- Telestrations (after we complete a round we share our books for the lols)

Telestrations doesn't have as much 'face time' but it still feels really social to us because of the book sharing and the side comments going on while we play. We're also interacting with people's drawings and guesses.
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World Championship Russian Roulette

Simultaneous play, simple and intuitive rules, bluffing, randomness, and lots of "stand up and shout" moments!

No lying necessary. Always ends with a bang.

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Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Highly social game, lots of interaction, although no set turn structure, it's just open forum discussion (don't know if that's good or bad for your group). Rules are super simple to learn, it's more of a 5+ player game, although 4 could work, it's really best with 5-7. Really fun deduction element and clue giving.
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TomAquin wrote:
Have you looked at Tortuga 1667? Hidden roles, 45 minutes. Fun theme.


Salem 1692, from the same company is much better.
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heroesbane wrote:
TomAquin wrote:
Have you looked at Tortuga 1667? Hidden roles, 45 minutes. Fun theme.


Salem 1692, from the same company is much better.


This game tempts me but I have too many unplayed games and two Salem-themed games already (Affliction 1697, New Salem) so I am hesitant to buy this one. Feel free to convince me, though. I am always ready to buy more games.

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heroesbane wrote:
TomAquin wrote:
Have you looked at Tortuga 1667? Hidden roles, 45 minutes. Fun theme.


Salem 1692, from the same company is much better.


That depends on how much you like open "take that" mechanisms.

I own them both, but shooting some skalawag off the deck to be marooned on Tortuga raises the pirate theme for me. Plus there isn't room in the Salem box for upgrading the components unless I sold mi first edition and bought a second print run copy.
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Masquerade is very similar to coup, but might be worth checking out if you want something slightly different.
It's the only social deduction game I like, because sometimes you don't know if you are lying or not.
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Last Call: The Bartender Game has slightly more game than socializing but might be worth to have a look at.
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And another +1 for Spyfall. Such a great game full of funny moments.

Ryalyn wrote:
+1 Spyfall (or Spyfall 2)
+1 Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Other games my group plays that fits the OP requirements:
- Ninja Dice
- Inn-Fighting
- Lovecraft Letter
- Codenames (and any of the variants)
- Telestrations (after we complete a round we share our books for the lols)

Telestrations doesn't have as much 'face time' but it still feels really social to us because of the book sharing and the side comments going on while we play. We're also interacting with people's drawings and guesses.
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+1 for Skull! Just recommended it in another thread.
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Try:
Super Mario: Level Up! Board Game
Celestia
Saboteur
Dixit
Hanabi

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