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Martin Law
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Hi everyone,

I did a search of this forum recently and couldn't find a thread covering this kind of situation, so I've made this one.

I'm spending Christmas in a remote cottage with my immediate family and my new brother-in-law's immediate family: 12 adults -- eight in their 20's and 30's, four aged around 60.

Of course, I'm looking for suitable games to play! Not everyone will want to play all the time, so I think I'd be happy with recommendations for games which accommodate as little as, say, 8 players.

Both families mostly only have experience of more typical board games, but do still occasionally play them. I've played TtR:Europe and Survive! with my family with great success.

So, geniuses of BGG, what do you recommend?



PS: In terms of high-number games, I have The Resistance and Roborally. Also, I have Dominions Intrigue and Prosperity, so I could maybe buy that new "base game" to make it 8-play playable?

PPS: I don't like Dixit

 
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A shame you don't like Dixit.

But anyway, The Resistance is probably the best game for your situation - so you're set with that.

Ca$h 'n Gun$ may be worth a look - it plays up to 6 only though. Great party game.

7 Wonders is great for up to 6 players.

I'm not sure I would want to play 8 player Dominion, that would be very slow.

Wits and Wagers would accomodate everyone. Have never played it myself but have heard great things. We're also big fans of Catch Phrase at family get togethers.
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A negative recommendation:

Beware of Roborally with large groups, especially if they aren't really into gaming. I adore the game, but even I have had to quit a six-player game that dragged on and on and on.
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I would still recommend Dixit, and I couldn't care less if YOU don't like it, because for a group of 12 Dixit: Odyssey could be the one that the MOST people enjoy. The theme is a lot more approachable for a lot of non-gamers, especially over a game like the Resistance, which, by its theme alone, may put some people off.

I had 12 people at a remote cottage for my honeymoon, with a mixture of ages from 20s to 80s, and we played a lot of Dixit Odyssey and also a lot of The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow, though just using scraps of paper could always do the trick for Werewolf!

Also, quick dexterity games/stacking games could be successful, because people could join in/opt out as they like.

Enjoy yourself!
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Seconded (thirded?) Wits & Wagers and adding 6 nimmt!
 
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Crokinole and bourbon.

That's pretty much the holiday standard around here.
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pictionary, we use a white board and it is lots of fun
say anything! this is the favorite. only enough boards for 9, though you could get 2 sets or use paper for a few players
telestrations 12 player party pack. ton of fun
plucking pairs, works well with lots of people


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word on the street. this one will get people interested and arguing if that answer is legal, fun if that is your thing. don't get it if you like confrontation in a group that is confrontationa
 
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Get twelve notebooks and pens and play Telestrations
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Bohnanza works well with large groups, and non-gamers seem to like it.
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Thanks everyone! I will definitely look into all these recommendations. I do have Telestrations -- don't know how I managed to miss that! I have Bohnanza too, but only the "up to 5 players" version -- though I enjoy it enough to perhaps get the version with more cards.

Regarding Roborally, I agree completely: I have fun with it, but I don't see it being fun with 8.
 
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I recommend 7 Wonders: an instant hit with 'non-gamers' in my family. Plays with large groups (up to 8 with expansion) (as charlest stated previous: most feel that 7 or 8 players in this game is too many because the cards don't come around anymore).

Have fun!
 
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The Resistance is a very good opcion

I'm thinking too in Saboteur 1+2 and in Black Stories.

Maybe Zombie dice or The castle of the devil, and same others with expansions (Battlestar Galáctica or Shadows over Camelot)

But the most important... is the people! Have fun!
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For public domain party games you can always play Celebrities, Charades, Dictionary (Balderdash), etc.

You might also want to break up into two groups so you can play games that max out at four or five players. I imagine the usual suspects like Settlers, Small World, Stone Age, etc. would go over well if they liked TTR and Survive.
 
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My best recommendation is another cottage.

I agree that 7 Wonders is a good game for non-gamers as is Bohnanza. One thing you may want to do is get one of those Ravensburger puzzles (1000 or 2000 pieces). This provides a good sanity option for people who don't want to play any games and it can be a good group activity. I tried this last year and it worked great.

If nonne of this works, just break out Cards Against Humanity and let hell break loose...
 
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If, by chance you want a much longer game, bring Long Live the King which comes in a small box.
 
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Crokinole, Tumblin-Dice, Pitch Car
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RedV wrote:
Get twelve notebooks and pens and play Telestrations


I think Telestrations has a new 12 player set out. Search Telestrations 12 player party pack.

Yup, you can play with pen and paper, but the little flip books are very nice.
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I'd also recommend Werewolves as someone else did. It's not complex at all, plus someone narrates the game to keep things running smooth. The best part is it can include your entire group and actually plays better with that many people. If you do this one I'd recommend playing once through without all the extra cards if it's a really non-gamer group so everyone gets the feel for the base idea of it.

Another fun one with larger groups is Apples to Apples. It's great over a few drinks and leads to some fun conversation. Everyone seems to give the judge a hard time for not choosing their answers. It's good for a non-thinking game.
 
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Formula D

Also +1 for The Resistance and 7 Wonders.
 
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take a look at The Last Banquet otherwise, +1 for The Resistance/The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow
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The other thing to consider is that the general happiness quotient may go up if you bring 3 different half-hour games for 4 people, and split into groups rather than trying to find something for 12 people. 'Games for all of us together' work fine with people who like socialising in large groups, but they are hell on those introverts who are way out of their comfort zone and deep into the 'stressful experience' range.
 
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Tumblin-Dice

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Telestrations

Saboteur

 
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Long Shot plays up to eight and is a fun horse racing game.
 
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+1 for Bohnanza
+1 for Slide 5
+1 for The Resistance
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