A good party game has to fulfill certain criteria. It must very easy to teach and play, and support a large number of players. Party games don’t need to be limited to thinly-veiled icebreakers, however. And they should definitely be (mostly) playable while drinking.
The modern board gaming scene is full of a diverse collection of games. Many of them are specifically suited for casual groups and parties, and most you can grab for less than $20.
If you’ve graduated from the days of beer pong into the wonderful world of tabletop gaming, here are some suggestions for your next favorite party game.
I wrote about my experiences at the Let’s Play Gaming Expo, and interviewed one of the board members about running a retro gaming convention
There’s an old joke about kids sticking a comic book between the pages of their text books at school. “I was always reading Nintendo Power,” says Christian Deitering, board member of the Let’s Play Gaming Expo. Together, he and a group of retro game enthusiasts have built a successful annual gaming convention located in the Plano Centre.
The Let’s Play Gaming Expo wrapped up its sophomore year in June with double attendance the attendance of its first outing — 2,400 eager gamers and families. That number doesn’t include the kids under the age of 12 that got in for free.
I attended on Saturday, June 18 with friends and family. My young daughter enjoyed grabbing controllers and playing pixelated games on old Cathode Ray Tube Televisions in the Console FreePlay area. There were systems from Atari, Nintendo, Sega … someone even built a fully-functioning table-sized NES controller.
We watched some ridiculously good players compete at the Super Smash Bros. Tournament, browsed rare ’90s Japanese video games at the vendor hall, and delighted in showing off my nostalgic love for the old X-Men arcade game among the nearly 100 arcades and pinball machines that were there.