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Fun Party Board Games

Updated on April 30, 2016

Party Board Games That Are Fun For Everyone

There are lots of board games out there but which are the best and most fun for a group or party? Well, everyone may have different ideas of fun. Some like to show off their knowledge of trivial facts, some like to test their skill and win all the money in a game of poker or monopoly. But if you have a group or a party, than I suggest that the best games are the ones that get everyone involved & interacting with one another, that promote communication, laughter and friendship. Team games are great for this, and the louder or more rambunctious the better!

Charades

Charades is an acting game in which one player acts out a word or phrase and the other players on the team guess & shout out what they think it is. The idea is to use physical rather than verbal language to convey the meaning. The thing you act out could be a movie or character or book, etc.. You can play with two teams or you can play as one big group and give points to the actor and the correct guesser. This is a timeless classic and you don't really need to buy anything to play.

There are even websites where you can get your things to act out for free: Charades Ideas. There are now also apps which you can install to give you the charade ideas: Charades - Shiny Development

All you need to do is pass the iphone, smart phone, tablet or laptop to the actor and you are ready to play.

How To Play Charades

Pictionary

I like Pictionary because I love communicating by drawing. But you don't need to be an artist to play this game. It is similar to charades except you draw pictures rather than act in order to make your team guess the right thing. If you have a large group, it's fun to play this with a white board or a large pad of newsprint paper (set on an easel).

Partini

I've played this one several times and my sister-in-law has even borrowed it to play with her girlfriends. There'll be plenty of laughing out loud, and silliness which also makes it a good ice-breaker game. It's a fun mix of team guessing games - charades, humming/whistling, fast drawing, clay modelling, word games, simple ball games, and talk-about-the-players games.

Cranium - Smash-hit, award-winning board game brings friends together through a variety of activities that provide something for everyone.

I own this one as well. This is very similar to Partini, it's just as fun and it is probably more popular. It has sketching, clay modelling, humming, acting, word games and multiple choice trivia.

The Game of Things

This game can get quite hilarious. A card is read out with a category of things like "Things you shouldn't throw out the window". Players write down on a slip of paper anything they want. Then the answers are read out loud and players must guess who wrote what. It's fun to try to figure out who said what and it's also fun to try to trick people by writing something that another player might say. Often what starts to happen is, people start to go for the laughs in their answers instead of the score. With a group of adults, the answers can often become very silly or dirty.

An example of one round might go as follows:

The designated reader for the round reads out the description:

"Things you shouldn't throw out the window."

After everyone gives him their written & folded answer, he reads them out in random order:

... "My grandmother"

... "A severed penis"

... "The baby with the bathwater"

... "A big rock"

... "A bag of poo"

... "F**k if I know" (written by the smart & strategic girl that never swears)

When the laughter subsides, each person has a turn at guessing who wrote what.

Taboo

In this game you try to get your teammates to say the phrase on the card without using any of the Taboo words. But you have to watch out what you say because there is a list of "taboo" words that you cannot say -- if you do, you get buzzed and the other team gets the point. You may have seen this on a game show before. People get tongue tied and come up with imaginative and funny ways to describe something.

Scattegories

Scattegories is not such a loud game but it's still fun. A twenty-sided die is rolled to determine a letter. Then you basically have a time limit to write down things that start with that letter that also fit into each of the ten established categories. At the end of the round, everyone compares answers. Since you only get points if no one else wrote the same answer, the object is to think of things that are uncommon or that you think the others won't think of. Sometimes you get some funny or clever answers. The time limit puts on the pressure and keeps the game moving quickly.

If you find yourself with a group of people and nothing to do to pass the time, you can play this game without the actual board game. All you do is give everyone a piece of paper and each person makes a table of columns on it. The first column can be labeled "Categories". Agree on the twelve categories yourselves (e.g. Cars, Countries, Things in a Kitchen, Movies, etc.) and write these in each row of the first column. The remaining columns are for the players to write in their answers for each round so they can be labeled by number at the top (i.e., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.). You can pick the letter for each round by closing your eyes and pointing a pen down on a newspaper and taking whatever letter it lands on. Then the round starts and everyone writes in their answers. The first one to complete all twelve blanks yells out "Time" and then counts down ten seconds before everyone else must stop.

Karaoke & Rock Band

Yeah, not all video games are anti-social! Just kidding, I like video games but many of them are not for groups.

These games are not technically "board games" but it's the group involvement that counts.

"Rock Band" is a great one for a group of people. If you have more than four people, you can alternate on the instruments and microphone. You have a singer, two guitars and drums. I think keyboard is now available too. I once played this with my family and we got them to dress up and wear Halloween wigs, It was great fun and we got lots of funny photos and video too.

I recently tried "Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore" and this would also be great for a party. You don't have to be a good singer on easy mode. Personally, I never participate in karaoke but I can play this game for the fun of it. Pretending to go through the competition, setting up your player's rock star look and listening to Randy, Paula and Simon critique you is hilarious. You can even do duets.

What do you think? Tell us if you have a favorite game and a bit about it. Maybe we'll try it out!

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    • NibsyNell profile image

      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I love charades. That's always guaranteed to make you laugh.

    • pinkrenegade lm profile image

      pinkrenegade lm 4 years ago

      Some great games that we would try the next time the girls get together.

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      I agree with others, the game of things sounds really fun. Otherwise thanks for sharing those games, they look really entertaining and not only for hardcore gamers. I have reviewed Ticket to Ride in one of my article and I really like the game but it is a bit more serious (more thinking and strategy and less "just for fun" part).

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      dwdblogger 5 years ago

      nice! games that add that social element to it are always fun. Board games, group video games like rockband, and you could include dance central for xbox kinect. They can all be classified as Social Games? *shrug* There's an idea for another article topic!

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      Motionmaker 5 years ago

      @dannystaple: Hi Danny,

      Yeah good suggestion on using asterisks! Thanks. I haven't tried Lego Creationary but it sounds like a winner (who didn't love Lego?). I'll definitely look out for it!

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      Motionmaker 5 years ago

      @RonandKaren: Haha, thanks for the comment! "RonandKaren", you are funny! Hope you have fun with the games! ;)

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      This sounds like huge fun - especially the game of things. I might suggest toning down the language (f word) in that one bit - although perhaps appropriate to that section, don't forget that squidoo is a family friendly site, and this is in the hobbies, games and toys area. Perhaps a couple of asterisks would be enough to get the message? Anyway - I love cranium - have you come across Lego Creationary yet? Building Lego models so other player can guess what they are supposed to be.

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      RonandKaren 5 years ago

      I think you would be the life of the party! :) When's the next party?!! :)

      Thanx for some great party ideas for my next party...I am sure my friends will be a little surprised at the prospect of playing a game because typically they do not play games, but I really think once they "let go" of their inhibitions, they'll have a blast! :)