Games for large groups of people?
September 1, 2008 6:40 PM   Subscribe

So, I've got a small group of young college friends, about 10-15 people. I'm looking for fun running out door games with lots of competition. And when the winter hits some fun competitive indoor games. Any ideas for both indoor and outdoor games?
posted by BoldStepDesign to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Ultimate frisbee? Softball?
posted by rossination at 7:07 PM on September 1, 2008

Capture The Flag. Preferably on a large course with varied and difficult terrain.
posted by contraption at 7:17 PM on September 1, 2008

Floor hockey is a good time in the winter, if you can find a space.
posted by huxley at 7:44 PM on September 1, 2008

Ultimate frisbee. If you don't have a whole field or enough people you can play keep away or hot box.
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 7:56 PM on September 1, 2008

capture the flag or touch football, both of which require little equipment. volleyball, in/out.
posted by docmccoy at 8:19 PM on September 1, 2008

The New Games Book, if you can spare 4 cents.
posted by neuron at 8:28 PM on September 1, 2008

For indoor games, Diplomacy will keep you obsessed for hours or for weeks, depending on how you want to play it. With 10-15 people, play it in teams of two.
posted by Caduceus at 9:11 PM on September 1, 2008

IN-DOOR: Wits and Wagers - it is a party trivia game, but not anything like what you think. It is similar to poker since there is bluffing and (non monitary) betting involved. Specifically made to accommodate large groups of people (says up to about 30 or so).

Also, from what I have heard, I would hesitate to recommend Diplomacy assuming you ever want to talk to the people you play against again, the backstabbing nature of the game is apparantly brutal. I have not played but heard that unanimously from people I know who have, YMMV.
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:18 PM on September 1, 2008

Out-Door: Paint-ball (if you have the money). I have not tried it but hear that air-soft is also quite fun (and I believe less expensive).
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:21 PM on September 1, 2008

Ultimate frisbee . As mentioned above, hot box or hit the bottle can be played almost anywhere, and it has a very short learning curve. Literally anyone can be useful on a team after maybe 30 minutes of pass & catch practice, and you don't even have to be that athletic if not everyone else is.

If its a bunch of tough guys (or girls who don't mind getting banged around a lot), broom ball is a massive amount of fun (and the kind of fun you feel absolutely justified getting hammered afterwards), and fairly cheap if you get enough people.

As a more mellow but demanding activity, slacklining is picking up around here. I'm rubbish at it, but some people have quite a bit of fun with it, and its very portable as well.

Another indoor one that is slightly damaging but lots of fun is chair jousting. Get a bunch of bendy foam rods & office chairs with rollers, make sure you're wearing close toed shoes, find an area with a lot of things to push off of, and have at it.
posted by devilsbrigade at 9:33 PM on September 1, 2008

Volleyball? Both indoor and outdoor viable, but requires possibly harder-to-find equipment. Our school gym had the equipment available for indoors play.
posted by that girl at 5:23 AM on September 2, 2008

My college has a club that meets up and just plays games like this.

With little equipment:

Duck, duck goose
red rover
zombie tag [pretty popular]
capture the flag [this worked very well if you're looking to fill a longer period of time, say 2 hours ish].
ultimate frisbee

Assassin: This was hella fun at my campus [my favorite]. It's a real life/24x7/in-life game and worked very well because we, nearly all lived on campus (and go to a school of 1500). One person [who doesn't play] matches up each of the participants to another one. The player has to 'assassinate' (i.e. hit the person with a wad of paper, or simply tap them on the shoulder) their designated person before someone else assassinates them. The person can be assassinated in any place, 24/7: except during class. The assassin then is told their victim's target, who has to 'assassinate' their new target, etc. All of it was coordinated via a facebook group.

(had about 35 people, ended up with about 5 left at the end of the game, because the remaining ones were spending time too much off campus).

with equipment (have $ to spend):
laser tag [buy a couple of those laser guns that you buy at a toy store, not sure if they still make them anymore].
posted by fizzix at 10:37 AM on September 2, 2008

Caduceus spake:

For indoor games, Diplomacy will keep you obsessed for hours or for weeks, depending on how you want to play it. With 10-15 people, play it in teams of two.

Or play simultaneous games of Diplomacy and is offshoot Colonial Diplomacy . You could accommodate up to 14 people this way.

Tribes, from Steve Jackson games, is loose and flexible, and I have played with 12-14 players betimes. It legendarily has no upper limit of players, and I think it would work with 30 as well as it does with six.

(Sorry, my links are failing me here).
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:33 PM on September 2, 2008

« Older word of.. oh look a shiney thing   |   Where to go to do research on a specific soldier... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.