You’re at a party, and someone suggests a game. That person brings out…Trivial Pursuit, an occasion that might merit the “Nooooooooooo!” edited into the Star Wars Blu-ray. (Too soon?) This, or similar situations, sparks today’s FDQ: what is a good alternate party game suggestion? Or, really, what is the best party game? Answer in the comments!
Call me old-fashioned, but I might suggest a game of Pit. Pit is riotous fun for players, is easy to learn, and even though players typically start out underwhelmed, by the end of the night they are laughing hysterically. Another good option is Wits & Wagers, the trivia game for people who don’t know anything. I love bidding/betting games, and playing with whiteboards, so this is another favorite. I also enjoy The Game of Things, though I’ve never played the official version. More recently, The Resistance has gone to the top of my go-to list as well. There are plenty of other options. All this to say: friends don’t let friends play Apples to Apples.
I haven’t played a lot of party games recently. I enjoy Apples to Apples, but it can be pretty exclusionary. I’ve never played Wits & Wagers (I know, a travesty!). Of games I’ve played, The Resistance is pretty high on the list but has a limited number of players (ten sounds high…until you’re actually at an actual party…). Catch Phrase usually works well with all ages and skill levels (I have some great memories of my 85-year-old grandma). The Great Dalmuti is a pretty enjoyable card game with large groups, and you can play a variant of it (President or Scum, anyone?) with a normal deck of playing cards. Pit is good if your people don’t mind a lot of yelling…at least where my family comes from. I can’t imagine a quiet game of Pit, anyways.