One of the benefits of having such a vast knowledge of games is that people come to us for advice. We’re cool with that because it means people are interested in playing games! A few weeks back, a neighbor and friend asked us for game suggestions to support their family of seven during an end-of-summer family bonding getaway. They had rented a vacation home and planned to spend several days hanging out, playing games and just enjoying each others’ company. The oldest already graduated from high school and the youngest is firmly in the middle of elementary school. Not only did they need games that supported a high player count, but the games also needed to accommodate a sizable age difference. We had several suggestions, but decided to find ones they likely hadn’t heard of and simply lent them our copies. Here’s what we came up with for games that support seven players ranging in age from 8 to 40+.
Dead last is a ‘social collusion’ game of shifting alliances, betrayals and murder for profit. Each round, you will conspire and then vote upon whom to kill, in an effort to be the last player standing and collect gold. You must vote with the larger Group, just to stay alive, so alliances and gaining agreement on who will die is critical. Subtle communication, a glance, a nod, pointing a finger, flashing their targeting card, anything at all is completely legal. But don’t tip off your target – or they will ambush you instead.
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Happy Salmon is the simple, fast-paced card game packed to the gills with high-fivin’, fin-flappin’ fun. Actions including the classic “High 5”, the unifying “Pound It”, the frantic “Switcheroo”, and the delightful “Happy Salmon” will leave players doubled over in laughter. With so many mini-celebrations built into the play, it’s the happiest game ever! Combine the green and blue versions to accommodate more people!
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Wonky is the fun-filled card game of building wobbly towers with odd-shaped blocks. Trip up your opponents as you stack a large block on a small one and make the tower wobble! Then watch your friends & family squirm as they place the next block. When it’s your turn – reverse play for payback! Be the first player to get rid of all your cards without toppling the tower and you win! Wonky: The Crazy Cubes Card Game makes a lot of family fun!
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Blank Slate is the clever party game from The OP where you try to predict what others are thinking. Everyone secretly writes a word that completes a phrase on the cue card, but choose your word carefully, you score the most points for matching words with only one other person. In this fun, easy to learn board game you get to think outside the box, but not too far or you won’t match words with anyone. Player with the most points wins! Who knows – if you get good enough at it, soon you might be finishing OTHER’S ______.
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Feelinks is a game of matching emotions for 3 to 8 players. Each round, the master of emotions reads a situation card and players choose how they react to it. Then, teams are randomly assigned. Guessing what your partner picked earns both of you points. The game comes with three decks…. One to play at school, one to play with family and one to play with friends.
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That’s a Question
Players take turns asking questions. You build a question from the cards in your hand and choose a player to answer. Everyone else tries to guess what the answer will be. They get points for guessing right, and you get points when they guess wrong, so you want to ask tough questions. You will get to think about interesting stuff, and you’ll also learn new things about your friends — deep, important things like how much they love pizza. And you get to keep score by moving little wooden squirrels up a mountain. Why squirrels? that’s a question!.
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Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
When they returned the games to us, we asked how it all went and she said that everyone had a blast. She told us some of the stories and interactions they had and we couldn’t help but laugh along with her. Regardless of the size or age ranges of your family or game group, there are games that will fit your needs. It’s just a matter of finding which ones.
Which of these games would you want to play first?