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Re: Board games: What and where?

Triominoes are great, so is Backgamon.
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By the way, there is a Ludothek in Freienbach:
https://ludothek-hoefe.ch/#contact
Thats brilliant Meloncollie! Thanks.
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Re: Board games: What and where?

If you want something edgy/black humour for the adults for when the kids have gone to bed then it has to be Cards Against Humanity.

https://cardsagainsthumanity.com

Warning - it's not for everyone! This is a good review FWIW
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Looks like we need a board game event, so many experts here. Throw one together and we are there. Complete noobs in board games really, I stick to boring chess (and I did D&D in uni) but my kid plays Go, Pentago and Carcassone..
Come on up and visit us in Adliswil! We've had a few so far, next one is on soon (Saturday the 13th).
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Go here in the Niederdorf in Zurich: http://riennevaplus.ch/

The bloke in there is a complete board-game nerd and will be delighted to advise you. They also stock English-language games.

It's like an old-fashioned shop with all sorts of nick-nacks and games, as well as wall-to-wall board-games.

It was a perfect recommendation. I went there and the chap explained and recommended games very enthusiastically. He has a very good collection of games, a lot in English as well. Other browsing customers also chipped in with their suggestions. I picked up a selection.



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Re: Board games: What and where?

Preface: I've been into modern board gaming for ~6 years, but don't claim to be an "expert", so take my advice with a grain of salt.
I'm probably late to the party, but I'll still note my recommendations for reference.


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So, for an upcoming 9 days holiday with another family (total 8 people, youngest is 12 yr), our evenings will be free with not much else to do around. I am now told to organize board games to bring along.
So, 8 people, youngest 12 years old. All modern games that have been previously proposed are excellent and would definitely recommend them; nevertheless, I am assuming that everyone is new to board gaming in the group and that, since it's a family gathering, there will be seniors in the group.


From my experience, non-gamers tend to have a shorter attention span, when explaining a game to them, and need really simple mechanics and not many options to choose from.
E.g., Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne, which have been previously proposed, are solid games and you can't possibly go wrong with them. Still, I would personally recommend to get something simpler.
The following games are all "party games", designed for larger groups of people and emphasize on social interaction and creativity, instead of tactics and strategy. All can accommodate 8 people and can be essentially explained in 5-10 minutes, which is great if a group has a short attention span. All games are language independent and family-friendly, with no "take that" mechanisms (e.g., attacking, stealing).

The following games have no text to read, but you have to speak and interact during the game (in any language). No problem if you all speak a common language.

  • When I Dream
    One player, the "dreamer", wears a blindfold and the other players describe a dream, indicated by a card. Some players, however, are "traitors", so they'll try to confuse the dreamer. The dreamer has to deduce who is on his side and describe their dream as accurately as possible!
  • Concept
    This will remind you of the classic "Taboo". You are trying to make people guess a word or a phrase by pointing to pictures, but cannot talk (e.g., "Flag", "Blue", "White", "Red"... it has to be France!). Your goal is to guess the word/phrase, before the others.
  • The Resistance / Avalon
    The "ultimate werewolf killer". In Avalon, players are divided into two teams; the majority are loyal knights of the round table (e.g., 5 out of 8) and the minority are minions of Mordred (e.g., 3 out of 8). The minions of Mordred know exactly who each other is, but the knights do not have any clue.
    There are 5 missions in the game, each team's purpose is to win 3 out of 5. During the game, teams to conduct the mission are proposed (e.g., 2 or 3 people teams). The mission will succeed, unless there's a minion in the team, who chooses to fail the mission...
    "The Resistance" is the same game as "Avalon", but has another theme and no special powers. No moderator is needed in either game.
    Note: in this game, you have to lie to the other people's face until the end of the game, so it may raise some tensions of people don't take things lightly...
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf
    The other "werewolf killer". That is essentially Werewolf, but only plays through one night: players activate their powers (e.g., the Seer sees 1 or 2 roles), then discuss and vote to kill somebody. If a werewolf has been killed, the villagers win!
    No moderator is needed! The game plays via an app.
    Note: This is much easier to understand and play than Avalon.
The following games can even be played if there is no common language in the group (as long as you explain the rules).

  • Diamant / Incan Gold
    A push-your-luck game, where you are exploring a cave with diamonds. You have to decide on your turn whether to proceed deeper in the cave or exit and save your loot. If you proceed, there's the reward to finding even more diamonds, but risk losing everything if the cave collapses! Very fun to play, can be literally explained in 4 minutes.
  • Magic Maze
    This is a cooperative game, i.e., you play together against the game. You explore a dungeon, collect loot and escape, however each player may move characters in a given direction (e.g., to the right). You play against the clock, but you cannot talk during the game! (except during a "break")
  • 6 nimmt
    Another classic card game. Your goal is to play cards on rows, while avoiding collecting (negative) points.
  • Mascarade
    A quick bluffing game, that does not take more than 20 minutes. You need an opaque table to gather around, as during the game you will exchange your role with another player under the table (or not)!

Notes: In "Concept", the player who is describing the concept chooses a word/phrase from a card, so there is a slight language dependency. However, if they use Google Translate, problem solved, they just need to translate one word. The game can be entirely played in English. "When I Dream" also has some words on the cards, but the cards are public information (except to the dreamer) and they basically describe what is depicted on the card.

I'd suggest you to take a look at BoardGameGeek, which is the IMDb of board games. You can get even more recommendations, and read reviews before buying a game or watch video reviews.

For reference, Monopoly has been rated by 23.7 thousand people so far and its "board game rank" as of today is 17,293, i.e., there are 17,292 games better than Monopoly.

From the aforementioned games the really simplest one is Diamant; you can explain it in under 5 minutes and you literally have to take one binary decision on your turn (stay/leave), so it doesn't get simpler than that. 6 nimmt is equally easy. The most fun one, I'd say When I Dream.

Happy gaming!
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