Seeking games for seven people with poor attention spans
February 26, 2014 3:17 PM Subscribe
A group of friends and I get together every couple of weeks to eat dinner, hang out, and play games. We're looking for some new and fun games, with some... let's not say requirements, but instead desirable qualities.
posted by buxtonbluecat to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (42 answers total) 67 users marked this as a favorite
In no particular order:
- There are seven of us, so games need to be viable and fun with that many people, without having to form teams.
- All players remaining in the game is highly desirable. It's no fun for someone who gets kicked out early on and then sits and watches.
- Minimal setup. No Mousetrap!
- Short learning curve - we should be able to pick up and play without having to peruse a rulebook for more than a few minutes
- Relatively short play time - maybe an hour, tops. (Games where one can play multiple rounds or that have other natural stopping points are good for tuning the duration.)
- Games that encourage interaction and drive conversation and/or trash talking are good (but that doesn't have to be explicitly part of the game. We can manage to insult each other in an unstructured manner.)
- The game shouldn't require too much attention. Thought provoking and engaging - good. Constant, intense concentration - less good. The game is important, but we're there to yap and hang out.
- There should be an element of skill - entirely random or subjective games aren't optimal.
Games that worked well in the past:
- Cards Against Humanity (although that's kind of offensive sometimes.)
- The Resistance - this was fun. Easy to pick up. "You're a liar!" "No, you're a liar!"
- Mexican Train - this is a perennial favourite
- Yahtzee - who doesn't like Yahtzee?
- Trivial Pursuit
Games that have not worked well:
- Anything involving drawing, e.g. pictionary.
- Risk - waaay to much hassle.
- Bang! - people get kicked out.
I realize this is somewhat vague, but any/all ideas are welcome. Thanks in advance!