Yesterday, I mentioned that I was invited to play Cards Against Humanity with co-workers.
Personally, I don’t particularly like Cards Against Humanity. It’s a game for people who want to pretend to make the jokes that horrible people would make without actually making the jokes that horrible people would make. But everybody else can still laugh at the horrible jokes. On top of that, if someone in the group gets their feelings scratched by one of the jokes, they’re in the middle of a group of people who are all laughing at the joke that just hurt their feelings.
AND THEN YOU HAVE TO STILL SEE EACH OTHER ON MONDAY
Who thought this was a good idea? I mean, other than the co-workers who invited me to play Cards Against Humanity.
SO! I’m going to bring a handful of games that are also good games for large groups of people (like, more than 4 or 6) because one of the reasons that Cards Against Humanity works as a game is because it’s sometimes fun and you can play it with 7 or more people and it feels like there just aren’t that many games made for 7 or more people.
So here are some good games for largish groups of strangers/co-workers:
Each person gets dealt an identity, and one of the identities is that of werewolf. Then everybody puts their cards in front of them and closes their eyes… then you press play on the free app and the game starts in earnest. Maybe your card gets switched. Maybe it doesn’t. The app will tell you what to do based on what your identity was and then after going through all of the identities in front of everyone, it says “open your eyes” and you have to figure out who the werewolf is. Well, except for the werewolf, whose job it is to get you to choose someone else. It’s a fun bluffing game. Takes 10 minutes but you’ll play it 3 or 4 times in a row.
Citadels is an awesome game for up to 8 people.
The deck is shuffled and passed around. Each person picks a role from the deck and passes it on. The goal is to build districts with the money you have in front of you but, man, that can be a pain with other people going out of their way to prevent you from doing so. When it comes to the other players, the only thing you know about other people’s roles is what you saw of the deck by the time that you got it. Then, your role allows you to do various things… the assassin can make another player lose his/her turn, the thief can steal from anybody but the assassin/assassin’s target, the merchant gets gold every turn, so on and so forth. After everybody plays, the deck of characters is reshuffled and passed around again. If it doesn’t get bogged down by the guy who yells “I’m thinking!” and taking 5 minutes for his turn, this is an *AWESOME* game.
Morat also pointed out Bang! and that’s also a great one. Bang! is another game where you are assigned a role and then have a set of goals based on what your role is. The Sheriff wants to shoot the outlaws, the outlaw wants to shoot the sheriff, the deputies want to protect the sheriff… but you don’t know who’s who. Well, at first, anyway. By the time the bullets start flying, it’s pretty obvious.
Those are the ones off the top of my head.
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is HG Wells playing a war game from Illustrated London News (25 January 1913))