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Justun Chan
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This is the criteria:
-potentially lots of players (minimum 4)
-no longer than 45 minutes (max an hour)
-relatively appropriate theme (las vegas/horse betting not good)
-not necessarily 'party' games


So far in the church we have:
-scattergories
-say anything
-taboo
-monopoly
-clue
-risk 2210

Go!
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These are some games that my church plays. Hope this helps.
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Bohnanza fits all of your criteria. I have one for trade.
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The Resistance 5-10 player
Saboteur 3-10 player
Cosmic Encounter 3-5 Base 3-8 with all expansions
+1 Bohnanza 2-7 player
Dixit: Odyssey 3-12 player
 
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Great keep them coming.

And as for the trade.. I'l let you know
 
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I recommend Pandemic and Forbidden Island I have played them both with people at my church and they really enjoyed them. Castle Panic and Flash Point: Fire Rescue would be great as well I own both but have not played them with any of my church people the play times for all of those should be about right for what you want. +1 for Risk 2210 A.D. I played this with my youth group and they loved it even though it went way beyond the 45 minutes I recommend getting some of the custom expansions for it though like zombies and the tech commander. I would also recommend Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) the play time is much higher than what you want but when you get into it you're into it I have only owned this game a month and have played it with my family 3 times and I have a church group that I am getting together this Saturday with some guys to play. Finally Apples to Apples is always a great game but don't get the Bible edition it makes it not funny because it seems almost sacrilegious but it almost always gets a play or two whenever we have a youth group function. Hope this helps, good luck looking for suitable games.
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7 Wonders has gone over really well with my church group. It's impossible to get bored when someone is handing you a set of cards every 2 minutes.

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More card games ideas please. Little setup time is very appealing.
 
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At our Family Game Night, I have slowly been working "real" games into the mix.

The game's that seem to be sticking are:

Carcassonne (up to 5 Players)
Alhambra (up to 6 Players)
7 Wonders (up to 7 players)

 
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I know several campus students at our church play Dominion. There is also a Biblical version of Carcassonne called Ark of the Covenant. Ticket to Ride is a fun alternative to something like monopoly.
 
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acedaryl1 wrote:
7 Wonders has gone over really well with my church group. It's impossible to get bored when someone is handing you a set of cards every 2 minutes.
7 Wonders is highly dependent on your folks being capable of playing it on their own. In my group we have several who need a bit of guidance (Can I do this? What does this do?) so we play sequentially. 7 player games take over 2 hours this way. It's still a lot of fun but it's something the OP has to consider. Also they might object to some cards like the bath or altar...

+1 for Bohnanza (2-7)
+1 for The Resistance (5-10)
+1 for Alhambra (2-6)
(+1) for King of Tokyo (2-6) - Don't know how well they would receive a game about monsters battling each other. But the game is fun.

Both Citadels and Lost Temple play 2-8 players take around 60 minutes. Haven't played the former (yet) but the later has some characters that might be offensive to them such as a shaman that puts a curse on another character. Hoity Toity has a similar mechanic where you need to predict your opponent's actions but should be very non-offensive. It is however rather old and probably not widely available anymore.

6 nimmt! (2-10) or Take 5! (2-6)
Pickomino (2-7)
Liar's Dice (2-6)
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What's the public opinion on Cardcassonne? Church setting yay or nay?
 
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Yay but have a good sized table.
 
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There's a few good Bible/church themed and/or re-themed games out there I'd highly recommend:

Genesis
Ark of the Covenant
Nuns on the Run

plus I hear Kingdom of Solomon and Two by Two are great. Also a little more abstract are Biblios and Livingstone in related theme but still good games.
 
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Someone in the past asked this, their criteria was:
i) easy to teach/easy to understand and fairly quick.
ii) not going to offend any of the more conservative members of the congregation.

I kid you not they decided on:
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Dixit

For a fun church-esq theme:
Fresco
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Yay on carcassone, but have a good sized table to play on. I wouldn't recommend playing with more than 4 though.
 
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Yea, the games you've listed don't really work. I will say though that half of it is actually the players you are with. If the people there just do not really game... well, it's not going to work either way.

You either have party games or games that take far too long such as Risk and monopoly.

I find that a lot of churches that I go to have people who prefer more social games. If this is the case, then I'd vouch for the Resistance. It's easy to learn, quick to play and fits a flexible 5-10.

Fairy Tale is a fun drafting game and should be perfect is you have people who do not like conflict; it's 2-5 players. If you have competitive players, Tichu is a fun one to play as it requires partners. It is however only 4 players period. FT only takes about 15 minutes for me and Tichu can take an hour, or less if you want to change your score limit.

Good luck.
 
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d3sp41r wrote:
Yay but have a good sized table.


A REALLY BIG TABLE!!!
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i am a youth pastor and gotten my kids to play lots of different games.

there have been some really good suggestions here. some i have had great success with are: (that play more than four)
resistance
saboteur
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wits and wagers
diamant
citadels
pandemic

i have also had good success with (but dont specifically meet your criteria)
settlers of catan
ticket to ride
chinatown
arkham horror
twilight imperium
 
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Chaos in the Old World
Kittens in the Blender and
Dark Minions

Just kidding! What about Biblios, Wits and Wagers, Reverse Charades, or Dixit?

 
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d3sp41r wrote:
Yay but have a good sized table.


A REALLY BIG TABLE!!!

Whoah!!
Thats huge!
 
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Military Muskrat wrote:
texasgeoker wrote:
d3sp41r wrote:
Yay but have a good sized table.


A REALLY BIG TABLE!!!

Whoah!!
Thats huge!


Wondering if they played with the catapult expansion!

Or did they have to upgrade to the much anticipated trebuchet expansion???
 
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