Recommend
6 
 Thumb up
 Hide
35 Posts
1 , 2  Next »   | 

BoardGameGeek» Forums » Gaming Related » Recommendations

Subject: 7-8 players, serious games rss

Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
Ken Kao
United States
San Jose
California
flag msg tools
Hi all,

I have a group of anywhere from 7-8 gamers. Sadly, most games that all can play at the same time are card games and lighter games.

Are there any serious games (1-2 hours) that are strategically in depth games that people could recommend? We do not enjoy miniatures or rpg or co-op games. We have the game bang--the bullet which has done well in the group, but we are looking for more. The more Player Player interaction the better.

Thanks for any suggestions!
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ben .
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Surrey
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Diplomacy! Might be a bit long, tho
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
KEITH DINKLAGE
United States
NEW CASTLE
Indiana
flag msg tools
Avatar
mb
CASH & GUNS WITH THE YAKUZA EXPANSION.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS.
GUNSLINGER.
ILLUMINATI.
ROBORALLY.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Kevin Youells
United States
Camp Hill
Pennsylvania
flag msg tools
badge
I paid 100 geek gold, and all I got was this lousy overtext
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Junta plays with up to seven.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
Oregon
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I can happily recommend Pow Wow but it's not deep. There's not much out there though that's readily available, in print, handles seven well, and is good and fun. With eight players, split up into smaller groups.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Richard Diosi
Canada
Newcastle
Ontario
flag msg tools
publisher
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Junta
The Great Space Race
Arkham Horror
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ralph T
United States
Signal Hill
California
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Shadow Hunters
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Andy Van Zandt
United States
South Ogden
Utah
flag msg tools
designer
badge
PlayTMG.com
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
8 players, no "light" games, but you want it to be under 2 hours, and you eliminated not only the best fits (cards, miniatures) but also some other genres just to make it more challenging, lol.

in MOST (but not all) cases, you're going to have to choose 2 of the 3: 8 players; not light; under 2 hours.

not being light usually means the game will take longer, and so does that quantity of players, particularly if there are that many players who have to make strategic decisions based on 7 other players' strategic decisions. without removing any one of the qualifiers makes it very hard, barring some re-hashes of the werewolf mechanic (bang, cash and guns, shadow hunters etc.). most of the suggestions above that don't use that mechanic don't actually make it in under the 2 hour mark... by a long shot (or are light, or don't accomodate 8 players... see above...)
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Gareth Cooper
United Kingdom
Gateshead
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb

Pacific Typhoon.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Josh P.
United States
Tucson
Arizona
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Just start your own Magic: The Gathering tournament.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Hugh G. Rection
United States
La Mesa
California
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) with the Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shattered Empire expansion scales up to 8.

You will, however, have to give up on that 1 - 2 hour time limit.

...and a GIANT table.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Jonathan Franklin
United States
Seattle
Washington
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
RoboRally
Ricochet Robots
Formula De/D
Clue Master Detective
Breaking Away
Big Boggle

Honestly, once you knock out co-op and rpgish (A Touch of Evil), I think you should look at race games.

2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
T. Nomad
Netherlands
Den Bosch
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I know this isn't what you were after, but split into two sets of 4, have both play a high-interaction game like Catan, and then reshuffle the tables (winners and losers) after game 1. Play again and crown a champ for the evening.

Lots of interaction, some depth, and trash talk/bragging rights. Sounds like a pretty good night of gaming to me.
6 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mark Buetow
United States
McHenry
Illinois
flag msg tools
Combat Commander Archivist
badge
Move! Advance! Fire! Rout! Recover! Artillery Denied! Artillery Request! Command Confusion...say what?!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Viktory II will play 8 and you can vary the victory conditions to moderate the length of the game.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ian Klinck
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
There's a Geeklist I started here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33175 for games that work with 7 players. Some of those work with 8, but the weights vary.

I've never had 8 players at my games night, but if I did, I'd probably split into two groups of 4 - there are so many more options that way.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
flag msg tools
badge
Right now I am feeling very: turbed, pirited, heveled, combobulated, and not tinguished, so don't you dare "dis" me!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
If you are willing to purchase different color meeples, you could easily play Carcassonne, with the a couple of the expansions, such as: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals and Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders. Hence you have a serious game, under two hours, that will easily accommodate 8 players.

You can find extra meeples at various websites.
Meeple People is one such site.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Donald Dimitroff
United States
Beltsville
Maryland
flag msg tools
badge
Right now I am feeling very: turbed, pirited, heveled, combobulated, and not tinguished, so don't you dare "dis" me!
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
A lot of the racing games accommodate 8 players:
Leader 1
RoboRally
Formula D
to name a few.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Eric Jome
United States
Franklin
Wisconsin
flag msg tools
designer
badge
Avatar
mb
Wings of War: Famous Aces

Play Allies versus Central powers teams, say 1 plane each, as teams.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
John Bobek
United States
Chicago
Illinois
flag msg tools
designer
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Quote:
We do not enjoy miniatures

Huh? How is that possible?shake







 












OK, you get the picture?
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Game Heretics
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I think you're looking for The Castle of the Devil. Plays awesome with 6, 8 or 10 players. Very easy, tons of player interaction, and quite a bit of brain noodling. And it plays well within the time that you're looking for. Recommended.
3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Stew Woods
Australia
Cygnet
Tasmania
flag msg tools
badge
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
You could try picking up two copies of Fische Fluppen Frikadellen.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
James Webb
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
flag msg tools
Avatar
mb
Is there any reason why you can't have two four-player games on the go at once? That's what we used to do, and a good time was had by all.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Craig Somerton
Australia
North Ryde - Sydney
NSW
flag msg tools
designer
Duplicitous!
badge
I don't play to win - I play for enjoyment and social interaction.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
How "serious" do you wan the game to be?

I find Saboteur has a hell of a lot of player interaction, and is superb with 7 players.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ron D
United States
Davis
California
flag msg tools
Mercury is my dog's name.
badge
I like hats.
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Two ideas mentioned earlier in this thread are too good to pass up:

RoboRally


An old favorite of mine and absolutely a blast. It plays eight people out of the box, but is still great with fewer.


Formula D


Plays up to 10 and gets better as the board gets more crowded. The new edition is really nice.


Those are the two games in my collection that come out a lot with 7 or 8 players. (We also will play Shadows over Camelot or PitchCar when we have 7 or 8, but I don't think they fit in your criteria)


3 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Andy Van Zandt
United States
South Ogden
Utah
flag msg tools
designer
badge
PlayTMG.com
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
i also agree that roborally is a great game, i'm very doubtful you could keep it under 3 hours with 8 players. too much thinking and too many deaths, even with only a couple of flags.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
1 , 2  Next »   | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.