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(I looked and didn't see this thread, so, well, delete if needed)

I got a chance to play a party game named Mafia last night. The game has a narrator, and everyone is either the Mafia (we played with 3), a Constable and a Nurse, as well as townspeople.

Everyone closes their eyes and the narrator wakes the mafia up, who decide to put the hit on one person. Then she puts them to sleep and wakes the nurse up, who can save anyone she wants (including him or herself), but doesn't know who was hit. Then the cop is woken and gets to find out about a person (ie: are they a mafia or townsperson). Then the narrator wakes everyone up and tells the story, including if anyone is killed. If the narrator can tell a great story, it's a fun game. During the awake time, people can accuse the Mafia and vote people dead.



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In order of complexity, and excluding drinking games:
Cranium
Apples to Apples
Charades



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    Originally posted by AWArulz
    (I looked and didn't see this thread, so, well, delete if needed)

    I got a chance to play a party game named Mafia last night. The game has a narrator, and everyone is either the Mafia (we played with 3), a Constable and a Nurse, as well as townspeople.

    Everyone closes their eyes and the narrator wakes the mafia up, who decide to put the hit on one person. Then she puts them to sleep and wakes the nurse up, who can save anyone she wants (including him or herself), but doesn't know who was hit. Then the cop is woken and gets to find out about a person (ie: are they a mafia or townsperson). Then the narrator wakes everyone up and tells the story, including if anyone is killed. If the narrator can tell a great story, it's a fun game. During the awake time, people can accuse the Mafia and vote people dead.


That's a variation of a game that I believe was originally called Werewolf. That is what my gaming group knows it as. It can be played in almost any number of players. And incidentally, I hate it :-). I never have any idea who the werewolves are, and I don't want to accuse someone wrongly. So I am in a no win situation. If I want to play a voting game, I'll play Lifeboats.

A boat sinks and all the sailors head to the 6 lifeboats available. You are in charge of 5 sailors who are probably spread out among all the lifeboats. The person who gets the most of their own sailors to shore wins. Each turn, everyone votes on (1) which boat is going to move forward, and (2) which boat is going to get a hole in it. If the boat that gets a hole in it is full, the people in the boat decide to who to kick off (that sailor immediately dies). Then each player needs to pick one of his/her sailors to switch boats, and then they all get in on reverse order (possibly stranding more sailors to death). A boat that gets more holes than it has people sinks (and all the sailors on it die).

The winning player is usually the one who can form an alliance and then break it to his/her own benefit at the appropriate time. The majority of all "Lifeboats" games end with at least one player hating another player for screwing them over.
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Playing Mafia online is really fun, although I've never tried it the way AWArulz did.

The party games I enjoy are stuff like Scene-It or any other DVD-type game, Compatibility and of course MARIO PARTY.



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Geography: it's a travel game, but still fun.

The general idea: a random letter is chosen, and the person who starts has to name a place, body of water, or anything of the like that starts with that letter. The end letter of that name is the first letter of the next player's choice.

Let's say...Mr. Boffo and I were playing. His letter is W, and he chooses Wisconsin. I'd think...the last letter of that is N, so I pick Newark. He could pick Kansas, or Kansas City.

NOW...Kansas could be the city or the state or river...so in actuality, it could be used three times, but it has to me mentioned in what basis its use is.

My old group of friends were old geography buffs, so our games would go on for ages. We added a step to the game: they'd have to explain WHERE the town or place is, if we doubted it.

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I know it as werewolf too. Almost always, I'd end up as the little girl. Once I was the little girl and cupid hit me and a werewolf, so I had to help them slaughter all the villagers.

I've played it with two different groups and I will say that the people you play with will make or break the game. The group that taught it to me had some awesome storytellers and were alot of fun. The 2nd group, not so much.

My GF thinks I'm crazy that I've never head of Apples to Apples, but she thinks it's the funnest party game ever made.

Just to add some new ones, (and another shout out for Mario Party), Wii sports (especially bowling) and Rock Band have proved loads of fun for small (eight or less) groups.



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I am a huge fan of Balderdash (or Beyond Balderdash), and have found that with the right mix of people, as well as a decent number, it can be hysterically funny hearing what people come up with.
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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    My GF thinks I'm crazy that I've never head of Apples to Apples, but she thinks it's the funnest party game ever made.

    Just to add some new ones, (and another shout out for Mario Party), Wii sports (especially bowling) and Rock Band have proved loads of fun for small (eight or less) groups.


I've noticed people talking about Apples to Apples but I too have zero clue what it is.

As for Wii, Boom Blox. The Jenga type minigame is fun for hours if you've got a group.
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Apples to Apples is very simple and very fun. Alcohol is recommended, but not required. It's best with 6 or more people. It can be played with 4 or 5, but it gets a little boring.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apples_to_Apples#Rules



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Apples to Apples is probably my favorite. It takes about 30 seconds to teach it to someone, which is a big advantage for "party" situations. Also, you don't need an even number of players, which is helpful.

My other favorites are Catchphrase, No Thanks, and -- in the running for new favorite -- Time's Up.

Zendo is another fun one for a non-even number of players; more low key than most of the others. You'll need a set (or two) of Treehouse pieces.

I also enjoyed my first play of Pandemic recently. I don't know if it really qualifies as a "party" game. It's co-op, so either everybody wins or everybody loses. Very suspenseful with some interesting mechanics.

(Here is my game collection and a few reviews. Anyone else here have a Board Game Geek account?)

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.02
    Originally posted by samoflange
    Apples to Apples is very simple and very fun. Alcohol is recommended, but not required. It's best with 6 or more people. It can be played with 4 or 5, but it gets a little boring.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apples_to_Apples#Rules


I think it's kinda sad that someone would need alcohol to enjoy playing Apples.

In a nutshell, Apples is a game with two decks, one big one with nouns and a smaller one with adjectives. The player who is "judge" turns over an adjective--let's say, "delicious". Each player looks down at his hand of noun cards and decides which one the judge will think is "delicious". (Hmmm...do I use "apple pie" or "Angelina Jolie"?) The players throw out noun cards face down, and the judge decides which one he likes best. The person whose card is chosen gets a point, and also becomes judge for the next round. Great game.

I also like Munchkin (a card game spoofing role playing games, with various versions available) and Palabra (Scrabble-meets-poker). There's also a very funny board game called "Run For Your Life, Candy Man", which basically spoofs Candy Land, bringing in the cold, harsh reality that your character in the game is in constant danger of being eaten!
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