Krumbach: “Spielzialist” presents playing board games in large groups

Krumbach “Spielzialist” Marc Hettich presents four board games suitable for large groups of friends or family.

Finally, it is possible to meet again in larger groups. Games for one or two games flourished during the pandemic, today we are taking a look at board games for the big crowd.

Just One is a multiplayer guessing game

A simple, fun game that anyone can start playing right away: only one meets all Game of the Year criteria. No wonder she was honored with this title in 2019. The rule is very simple: one of the players has to guess the date. Every other player secretly spells the word as guesswork on a wipeable rack. The main thing: identical tips are removed. The guessing player only sees the remaining conditions. Example: the term “chicken” must be guessed. Player 1 notes “egg” as tip, player 2 “rooster”, player 3 “farm”, player 4 “bird” and player 5 “rooster”. The term “rooster” has been removed from both players as it reappears repeatedly. The guesser then sees all the other words. Of course, the likelihood of a double increases with the number of players – which is why Just One is especially fun with six or seven players.

A poker face is required in Temple of Terror

A completely different rule of the game is found in Temple of Terror. Before the game begins, each player is randomly assigned a role: adventurer or ranger. Nobody knows the role of their teammates. A poker face is required to play the game: those who bluff the best and leave other players ignorant of their role stand a good chance of winning. There are five cards facedown in front of each player, the backs of which are equally cheerfully lying. Depending on the role, players try to discover treasures or traps. This causes wild discussions at the table, which makes this game a very fun game for up to ten players.

Cartographer is like Tetris as a board game

“1-100 players” – it says on the box with the game Cartographer. In fact, theoretically, an infinite number of players can engage simultaneously. The attached block contains 100 maps that can also be downloaded from the Internet. Each player draws geometric shapes on their map – comparable to the classic video game “Tetris”. Here, too, shapes can be freely rotated and reflected in a mirror. Each shape must then be colored with the appropriate landscape type symbol, for example, with three wavy lines representing a body of water. Based on randomly selected scoring cards at the start of the game, players collect points for certain requirements over several rounds. For example, at the edge of the map there are points for whole rows or for each forest area. The Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020 nominated cartographer is an exciting challenge for puzzle fans.

Captain Sonar plays the submarine

A very unique game is this Captain Sonar. You can only play this really well with exactly eight people. Basically, it is a more complex variation of the classic “battleship”. Each of the two teams forms a science fiction submarine crew. Each player takes on the role of: captain, radio operator, engineer and first officer. Each role has specific responsibilities. Both teams move the boat around the board behind a screen. For example, the radio operator notes the movements of the other team, the engineer informs the captain about the damage to his own submarine. The game is most fun in the real-time mode where the communication skills of the players are put to the max.

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The 7 Wonders and Codenames are also suitable for big rounds

Finally, we recommend two games that we have already presented here in a different context, but which are also suitable for larger groups. Up to 7 players wanting an easy-to-learn game with plenty of depth and an attractive design are welcome 7 wonders perfectly tidy. The perfect word guessing game can be played with two teams of theoretically arbitrary size code names play.

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