A List of Party Games for your Next Gathering!


Disclosure:   A few months ago I threw out this question on facebook, “What is your Favorite Adult Party Games to play?”  Many responses came in.  Along with doing research on various board games, the answers from said questions, these are my thoughts on the Top 10 “Party” Board Games for Adults. Post may include affiliate links.  It help keeps the site running, and its the holidays, anything helps! 

Lets be honest!  Parties, sometimes, can be a little lame.  We get to the house, we stand around, we talk, then we leave.  We drink beer, we drink wine, we laugh hard, but sometimes, some parties need a little push, and that’s when the “Party” games are thrown out there.  Everyone has an opinion as to what are the best… this just happens to be mine after delving through answers on Reddit, my own Question, and searching the internet for hours on end.

And lucky for me, this list comes out a few days before Thanksgiving.  Enough time to grab a new game and let the laughs begin at your next “family” gathering.  Gawd knows we all need it:

1) Cards Against Humanity

Cards-Against-HumanityIf you haven’t played this game yet, you may just have been living under a rock, or like me, just hadn’t had the right opportunity.  I busted my Cards Against Humanity Cherry this past summer, and once it was popped, I couldn’t stop playing.

This game is designed for the sick minded, for the immature kid in all of us.  Just be forewarned: some things may offend you.  The Game has come out with MANY MANY expansion packs.  The expansion packs cost 10 dollars each, and they even have holiday versions.

2)Apples to Apples Party Box – The Game of Crazy Combinations (Family Edition)

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This was ALWAYS a favorite during any family gathering.  And it brought our family together every time we played it.  The object of the game is to win the most rounds by playing a “red apple” card (which generally features a noun) from one’s hand to best “match” that round’s communal “green apple” card (which contains an adjective) as chosen by that round’s judging player. The game is designed for four to ten players and played for 30–75 minutes.

3) Loaded Questions

loaded-questionsI LOVED this game when I first played it, but, the only way to play is with a huge group gathering.  So the upcoming holidays is the perfect occasion, and it’s a great way to get to know other family members and friends.

Poses said his game is “very simple” compared to strategy games, as in Loaded Questions “you get through the instructions in about three minutes.”[1] He said the game “tests players on how well they know each other.”[1]

Players try to be the first person to move from the “START” square to the “WIN!” square. Players traverse the board with dice rolls, and each turn, they have the opportunity to win bonus moves.[2]

Once a player has moved the number of spaces indicated by the dice roll, the player draws a card and asks the question corresponding to the color that the player landed on. The board is made up of spaces of four colors: orange, purple, blue, and yellow, which correspond to questions of the categories “Hypotheticals,” “Anything Goes,” “No-Brainers,” and “Personals,” respectively.[2]

Once the roller has read the appropriate question, all other players write their answers on a piece of paper, and one player reads the answers to the roller, who assigns answer writers for each response. For each correct assignment, the roller moves an additional space along the game board, and rolling commences in clockwise fashion.  ~Wikipedia

It sounds complicated, but once you get started, the fun part begins, matching the answers with the person that wrote them down.

4)Hasbro Electronic Catch Phrase

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What’s GREAT about Electronic Catchphrase is that in a big group setting, it is much easier to play.  You can easily pass it around as the time runs down, the whole purpose of the game.

And some games are just true classics, this being one of them.

The premise is really simple: Do your best to come up with words and clues to help your teammates guess the secret phrase. No rhyming words allowed or the other team scores. Once your team guesses correctly, pass it on to the other team. But you have to move fast because the team holding the unit when the buzzer goes off loses.

And with the Electronic version even easier to keep the game going fast and on track.

5) Adult HedBanz Game

adult-hedbanz-gameSo, the first time I played this game, I was in a room filled with a ton of people I had not met before.  I was at a housewarming party for a friend in Los Angeles, and I was surrounded by many of her friends and family.  But SOON, I joined in on this game, and by the end of the night, I was laughing with everyone.

Everyone has a hedbanz that they wear during the game, and they’re given a card, and you begin asking a variety of questions to figure out what your card is.  Is is a food, animal, etc?  The goal is to get as many cards correct as you can.   The fun part is that you can see exactly what their card says but they have no idea as they’re asking the questions.

6) Munchkin Deluxe

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So, of course, I had to throw in a few games meant for some “geeks” in our lives.  It’s okay, I love this GAME, surprisingly.  Really, any game by Steve Jackson will have your geek at heart loving you.

There are a VARIETY of rules when it comes to the Munckin Games and expansion packs, but trust me, it will have you laughing with a geeky group of friends and sometimes family members if you can convince them to join in.

7)Telestrations 8 Player – The Original

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Here’s the basic game play. Each player starts with their own erasable sketch book, dry-erase marker and word card. A roll of the die determines each player’s unique secret starting word. The timer gets turned and everyone draws their word. After 60 seconds, everyone passes their book to the player on their left. Then each player takes a few seconds to guess in words(s) what they see, and passes again. The timer is turned and everyone draws what they see. ~Telestrations

I have not played this game, but I’ve heard good things about it, and it does look fun.  Have you played it before?

8) Lunch Money

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Lunch Money is a game I haven’t played but it was well recommended by a family member.  This game is based off the name, “Lunch Money,” in which in an elimination style card game you begin stealing each other’s lunch money with sneak attack cards and much more.  This game is not designed for the faint of heart because it may get vile the more competitive it gets.

9) The Game of Things

game-of-thingsThis game people either love or they hate, but I had to put it on the list because it’s a little different.

The Game of THINGS…… is the hilarious party game that presents players with provocative topics like “THINGS… people do when no one is looking”, “THINGS… you wouldn’t do for a million dollars” or “THINGS… your parents forgot to tell you”… and allows each player to say whatever comes to mind. Pick a topic, get everyone to write a response, read them out loud and then guess who said what. ~The Game of Things

And of course, it allows you to GUESS how well you truly know a person, and they may surprise you!

10)Balderdash

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And another classic party game is none other than “Balderdash.”  Why did I put it on the list?  Because with every SEARCH result, Balderdash was ALWAYS, ALWAYS at the top.

The classic game of “Bluffing” too.

The rules:

The game begins by all players rolling a die, with the high roll chosen to be the first “dasher”. The dasher draws a “definition card” from the supplied box, and rolls the dice to decide which of the words listed there is to be used. Then the dasher writes the definition of the word (as supplied on the card) on a piece of paper. All other players then write down a definition, which may be an honest attempt to supply the correct definition, or, if they do not know or for tactical reasons decide not to, a fictitious definition for the word designed to sound convincing.

The players hand their definitions to the dasher. Players submitting the correct definition are immediately awarded three points, and, if there is more than one, the round is abandoned (though the points are retained). The definitions, including the real definition, are then read out in random order. Players record which answer they believe is correct. Players are awarded two points if they guess the correct definition. Players are awarded one point for each other player who incorrectly chooses the fake definition they wrote. The dasher is awarded three points if no one guesses the correct definition. Players move their tokens around the game board one square for each point awarded. The role of dasher then passes to another player. The winner is the individual whose token reaches the end square first. ~Wikipedia

Needless to say, there are a LOT of options when it comes to picking out the perfect Party game for your next Gathering.  Have you played any of the games above, have I introduced you to some new ones?  Tell me some of your favorite party game stories.

 

  • Have each person roll the dice. The person who gets the highest number is the Dasher and must go first. The Dasher chooses a category for the round-Weird Words, Peculiar People, Incredible Initials, Marvelous Movies or Laughable Laws. He then reads a word, person, set of initials, movie title or name of a law aloud.

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    Write down what you think the answer is on a sheet of paper. If you do not know the correct answer, make one up. You can make your answers as outlandish or deceptively simple as you like. For example, if the category is Weird Words, and the Dasher calls out “shuttlecock,” you should write down what you think is a convincing definition of the word (or the real definition if you know it). All other players do the same thing.

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    Pass your written answers to the Dasher. He reads them over to himself first. If a player has written the correct definition, the Dasher rewards that person three points and he or she cannot play for the remainder of the round. The Dasher reads aloud all the definitions, mixing in the real definition from the game card. Each player guesses the real answer, and the Dasher notes how many votes each answer receives. Each person who correctly guesses the real answer gets two points. For every false answer, the player who submitted the answer gets one point. If no one guesses the real answer, the Dasher gets three points.

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    Tally the points. Decide in advance how many rounds to play. The player with the most points at the end wins.

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    Use the provided game board if you desire. Instead of tallying up individual players’ points, the players can move their game pieces forward on the game board as many points awarded in each round. Use the Double Bluff spaces on the game board to receive double the points for that round if you land there. The player to reach the Finish line first wins.

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  • Have each person roll the dice. The person who gets the highest number is the Dasher and must go first. The Dasher chooses a category for the round-Weird Words, Peculiar People, Incredible Initials, Marvelous Movies or Laughable Laws. He then reads a word, person, set of initials, movie title or name of a law aloud.

  • 2

    Write down what you think the answer is on a sheet of paper. If you do not know the correct answer, make one up. You can make your answers as outlandish or deceptively simple as you like. For example, if the category is Weird Words, and the Dasher calls out “shuttlecock,” you should write down what you think is a convincing definition of the word (or the real definition if you know it). All other players do the same thing.

  • 3

    Pass your written answers to the Dasher. He reads them over to himself first. If a player has written the correct definition, the Dasher rewards that person three points and he or she cannot play for the remainder of the round. The Dasher reads aloud all the definitions, mixing in the real definition from the game card. Each player guesses the real answer, and the Dasher notes how many votes each answer receives. Each person who correctly guesses the real answer gets two points. For every false answer, the player who submitted the answer gets one point. If no one guesses the real answer, the Dasher gets three points.

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    Tally the points. Decide in advance how many rounds to play. The player with the most points at the end wins.

  • 5

    Use the provided game board if you desire. Instead of tallying up individual players’ points, the players can move their game pieces forward on the game board as many points awarded in each round. Use the Double Bluff spaces on the game board to receive double the points for that round if you land there. The player to reach the Finish line first wins.

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/how_2085125_play-balderdash.html

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Ghirardelli Square’s 50th Anniversary Tree Lighting: Friday, November 28th


Disclosure: I will be attending this year’s tree lighting at Ghirardelli Square. Post may include affiliate links that help keep the site running. 

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Ghirardelli Square has held a special place in San Francisco for well over 50 years.  Next Friday, November 28th from 5 to 8pm, the Square will be transformed into a winter wonderland during their official tree lighting.

A little history about the historic square: Domingo Ghirardelli purchased the entire city block in 1893 to headquarter the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. The 15-foot-high illuminated Ghirardelli mega-sign was added in 1923. In the early 60s the company was bought by the Golden Macaroni Company which moved the headquarters to San Leandro and put the Square up for sale. In order to prevent the land from becoming apartments, the Roth family bought the Square and converted the historic brick spaces to an integrated retail and restaurant complex in what would be the first successful, major adaptive re-use project in the U.S. It opened in 1964. In 1982, the Square was added to the National Historic Register. 

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I know I will be attending and enjoying this festive time of the year in the week’s ahead.  Ghirardelli Square, being one of my favorite places to visit in San Francisco.

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Filmmakers, Celebrities, and Film Lovers come together! Napa Valley Film Festival


Disclosure: I covered the 2014 Napa Valley Film Festival as Media, but treated my experience as an actual festival goer.  Story unfolds below. Post may include affiliate links that help keep the site running. 

Last night capped off the end to the 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival.  This year bringing 22 feature films into competition with one another in over 125 screenings throughout the 5 day festival.

Yountville-Community-CenterYountville Community Center Festival Village

No matter who came to the festival, how they would make the festival theirs was completely up to them.  Whether they chose to stay in Napa or ventured forth into other festival village communities.  Whether they would dive into films left and right, or stop to enjoy the views and meals along the way or perhaps make it all about the late night parties from the opening Festival Gala Thursday evening all the way to the ending Wrap party on Sunday evening.

But one thing that Napa truly has against many other film festivals is the unique ability of bringing the wine community and film community together in one place so easily.

This year the festival brought out some pretty great storytellers in their Narrative Feature categories with three that really touched the mark, and was even showcased during the rewards ceremony Sunday evening:

Amira & Sam: Winning Best Narrative Feature and 10K from Meadowood News.  The story here: Sam is an army veteran struggling to assimilate into normal life stateside.  He works a variety of odd jobs, tries his hand at stand-up comedy, and is recruited by his cousin into some shady investment dealings.  Sam’s already complicated life is made more so by Amira, an Iraqi woman dealing with her own issues who is the daughter of an old army colleague. 

Throughout the festival, while talking with other festival goers, this movie kept coming up.  Unfortunately, I did not get to see this one, but can’t wait to see it for myself.

Another star of the festival in the Narrative Feature category was:

East-Side-Sushi-Napa-Film-FestivalThe Cast and Crew of East Side Sushi

East Side Sushi: Winning the Best Screenplay category of the Festival.  The story: Juana’s Work-preparing fruit for the family’s sidewalk cart—is steady but hardly her life’s calling.  Despite the objections and concerns of her family, Juana decides to pursue her dream of becoming an expert sushi chef, to go where her heart tells her, not where she is expected to be.

Where is that exactly?  Eyes on a local sushi restaurant within her neighborhood.  This story brought out the heart, the passion of finding something you love along with blending two beautiful cultures together in a well written script that had you laughing at parts along with tears at others.  And to think the filmmaker, Anthony Lucero, wrote his script at the Napa Beazley House so this film truly has gone full circle.  I will be writing more about this film down the road.

One other Story that happened to be the Audience Favorite at The Lounge at the Napa River Inn was Bar America. The story: Hank, an animal-loving Bukowski-type, and Charlie, a hollowed-out yet charming war vet, host a webcast with a mission to capture the truth–the rawness of America–through interviews with real people.  Things get interesting when a couple of shady characters take an unhealthy interest in commercializing the show.  This was the perfect film to end the night on Friday evening, a film with lots of laughs while bringing up a very real social issue, when War Veteran’s acclimate to life after being in the military.  The story, based on a real life war veteran and friend of Director: Matthew Jacobs.

Other Narrative Features I saw throughout the festival that really touched me included: Wildlike, Song One, and many, many recommended Sun Belt Express to me.

And on the other side of the spectrum that Napa is known for: The Documentaries.  Unfortunately, this year I didn’t see as many as last year, but the ones I did take the time to see, I thoroughly enjoyed. (Underwater Dreams and American Native.)

The Documentary Feature winner of the festival was: An Honest Liar.  For as long as there have been magicians and illusionists, there have been doubters and debunkers making sure that the general public doesn’t get taken for a ride.  One of the greatest illusionists of his era was “The Amazing Randi,” who made the shift from magic and escape acts to exposing the frauds who prey on unsuspecting victims.

And the Audience Favorite Awards:

.Audience Award for Favorite Actor presented by Rutherford Hill goes to Dev Patel from The Road Within.
• Audience Award for Favorite Actress presented by O’Brien Estate goes to Zoe Kravitz from The Road Within.
• Audience Award for Favorite Animated Short presented by Hess Collection goes to The Missing Scarf.
• Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Feature presented by Priest Ranch goes to States of Grace.
• Audience Award for Favorite Documentary Short presented by Luna Vineyards goes to Slomo.
• Audience Award for Favorite Lounge Feature presented by Hill Family Estates goes to Bar America.
• Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Feature presented by Rutherford Ranch Winery goes to Amira & Sam.
• Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Short presented by Clos Pegase goes to The Gunfighter.
• The runner-up for Narrative Shorts presented by Cairdean Vineyards goes to Selling Rosario.

This year’s festival also welcomed two new venues to the scene.  The Domaine Group, an event focus group surrounding wine offering unique, elevated experiences, and their screening venue was no different:

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The venue offered couches, comfy chairs, and yes, even inflatable couches.  During morning screenings even offering glasses of mimosas for purchase.

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The second new screening venue is none other than City Winery, taking over the former Napa Opera House, an iconic town center for so many Napa locals.  This screening venue offering a completely new twist to the festival with meal service provided during your screenings.  The only odd thing is that if you attend a screening by yourself, it might make things a little awkward, but they did offer seats at the bar area.

City Winery was host to many of the Red Carpet Screenings where Celebrities would come live for the Q&A’s after the movies which was also the venue that saw a ton of big lines.  Unfortunately, for many, this was one of the most frustrating parts of this years Napa Valley Film Festival, and for some, waiting even an hour, didn’t gain them access into the screening of the film.  More and more, the Red Carpet Screenings are always the place with the biggest turn outs at the Napa Valley Film Festivals, but of all the years of the festivals, it was the most noticeable at the 4th annual event.

But, one thing is for sure, Napa Valley truly knows how to put on an event, and the film festival is no different.  I truly can’t wait to see what 2015 will have to offer especially when it comes to the films.  Stay tune for some feature film reviews from the 2014 festival.

 

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