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Family Games Suggestions

Discussion in 'Personal' started by JTL, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    In an effort to create family harmony this Christmas I am asking for suggestions for good family games to play. Us plus three ‘children’ and two partners, all in their 30s. Don’t want to splash out on Trivial Pursuit and don’t like Monoplopy. Tried Triominoes with friends and we all hated it. Would appreciate your ideas please.
  2. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

  3. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Articulate is good fun!
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  4. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    Sorry - meant to add the picture!
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  5. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    You might do well to browse in charity shops for board games.
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  6. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Are you only willing to consider modern proprietary board games? They're the only ones you mention

    Much more fun IMO are traditional Victorian parlour games. There's a sample of them here, but search 'Victorian parlour games' and the choice is endless.


    In case you think the first named, Snapdragon, is something no-one would play nowadays how wrong you would be! I discovered it when my kids were about 8 or 9 and they loved it! And their friends (teachers' children all!) Even when they did burn their fingers a bit (alcohol burns at quite a low temperature :)). They insisted on playing it every year until they went to uni and then introduced their fellow students to it.
  7. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I go with Articulate.

    I don't understand how it works, but it does!
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  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    It depends on ages. Jenga is accessible to all. I love Balderdash, especially the word version.
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  9. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    I love yahtzee too.
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  10. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    My Mum used to drag Tell me out every Christmas. I mean EVERY Christmas. Original 1940s vintage game.

    Great fun watching our kids trying to say what their favourite Wireless Programme, Steam Locomotive, and Virtue was. "What's virtue Mum?" "I wouldn't know dear, ask your Dad." :eek:

    I've actually got a 9 hole miniature Crazy Golf set from the 1930s, complete in the box. We must give it a go.

    Alternatively there's Targette, the fun game of strategic nuclear bombing for all the family, complete with little plastic Vulcan bombers:

  11. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Another vote for Articulate!
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  12. JTL

    JTL Occasional commenter

    Thanks for suggestions so far. I have been browsing charity shops but found nothing yet. I think we ought to get Articulate and I will look at the parlour games. We used to play them when I was a child and had lots of fun. Haven’t heard of Balderdash and Yahtzee.
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  13. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Why not get a good old fashioned 'Compendium of games'? I love Risk but if this is a combative, competitive family.... that might not be a good idea.

    I have the GoT Monopoly and we like it :)
  14. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Oh and I forgot to mention card games.... used to play Pontoon a lot with mine (Vingt-et-un ) couple of boxes of matches give matchsticks for betting.... great fun :) (as long as no-one is 'sniffy' about "gambling") I like whist too, rummy.....
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  15. MAGAorMIGA

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    Category Game - Each person has a piece of paper, and each player in turns suggests a category, which are written across the top of the piece of paper. We typically use nine or ten categories (my suggestion of twelve is roundly ignored) such as "Rivers", "Disney Movie Character", "Vehicle Make" etc etc. Then you pick a letter using a random letter selector and the timer is set at 3 minutes (or whatever). Let's say "P" is chosen Getting a valid answer which someone else also gets = 5 points (two people get the River Plate). Getting one where everyone else's answer is different (Someone gets Pluto while others got Pocahontas). If you were the only person to get an answer in a category (e.g. Peugeot and inexplicably no one else thought of one) = 20 points. Play 8-10 rounds. Highest scorer wins.
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  16. RepelloInimicum

    RepelloInimicum Lead commenter

    This one is a bit different - you all play as a team rather than against each other
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  17. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Spot The Imposter!
  18. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter


    Edit - just spotted Maga's description. The boxed game is Scattergories. You could prob play it with no special equipment but the game comes with a 26 sided die, a timer, a pad of answer sheets and a list of categories.
    You could use Scrabble pieces in a bag instead of the die and print your own answer sheets and categories.
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  19. RepelloInimicum

    RepelloInimicum Lead commenter

    We played this last year - it was highly amusing
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  20. May2

    May2 Established commenter

    Linkee or Listography .
    Listography is a bit like Scattergories but we found it more fun as there is the extra twist of scoring a different number of points depending on whether your answer matches other people's or if you have an individual answer. You have question cards and it tells you the points that can be scored on each question (or something like that, I haven't played since last Christmas!)
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