When you have too many people show up for a game night, or if you don’t have an even number of players to do teams, try out some of these favorites:
Scribblish – Cranium, Hasbro – 2009
4-6 Players, 20 minutes playtime
This game never fails to entertain. The basic premise is you take a phrase, draw it, and pass it. The next person writes what they think you drew and pass it. The next person draws what the last person wrote. You can only see what the previous person did, so it’s like a game of telephone, but with drawing. We’ve played this with kids and adults, and it’s always fun. There are ways to keep points, but this is one we just play for fun.
Ultimate Werewolf – Bezier Games
5-75 Players, 30 minutes playtime
I first played this game at an engagement party. Weird, yes, but it was fun because it got everyone, young and old, involved in a game together. In Werewolf, people are secretly determined to be werewolves and villagers. The werewolves decide on people to kill every night, and the next day the villagers decide who they think is the werewolf who they want to kill. There are different ways to play with characters who have other skills, like a seer or doctor, so that you can change up the game and keep it fresh the more you play it.
Dixit – Asmodee
3-6 Players, 30 Minute Playtime
Pick a card, and tell a beautiful story that somehow relates to that card. Everyone else will play a card they think fits in the story. Points are rewarded if you guess the correct card or if someone guesses your card. This one is fun and fast-moving for all ages.
Smart Ass – University Games
2-8 Players, 30 Minute Playtime
Smart Ass is a trivia game with questions about who, what, and where. The reader will start at the top, and you have ten clues to guess the answer. You advance around the board until you get to the middle and are declared the Smart Ass. Be careful to avoid dumb ass spaces along the way!
Quelf – Spin Master Games
3-8 Players, 30 Minute Playtime
Oh boy. This game can get intense. It seems innocent enough: roll the dice, move around the board, follow the directions on the corresponding card. Easy, right? One time Ninja ended up with ice down his pants, I had to write an epic poem, and my friend had to lock herself in the bathroom until we asked her to come out… which we didn’t know we had to do. This game is a ton of fun and even has a smaller card only version we’ve played.
We also have some classic favorites, like Scattergories, Say Anything, Cards Against Humanity, Cranium, etc. What are some of your favorite big group games?