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Actually Curious Card Game: Happy Hour Edition
This conversation starter card game is empathy-focused to bring you closer to your fellow players. This special edition includes questions that “explore dreams, ambitions and cherished memories with friends, family and loved ones.”
Truth or Drink: The Game by The Cut
If you’ve ever watched Cut’s YouTube channel, you know that this drinking game is hilarious. You simply either answer the juicy question on the card or take a drink (and while not in the official rules, non-alcoholic drinks totally count here, too). This game comes with five different decks, based on the kind of company you have over.
If you have enough people and the time to play, Werewolf will quickly become a favorite amongst your friends — especially if you have a charismatic and animated moderator to keep things original and move things along. It consists of a cast of (shifting) characters and involved rules, making this a game that could be the focus of your entire get-together if you want it to be.
Buy: Amazon Werewolf,
Perfect for people who can’t stay off their phones, this game involves both physical cards and an app. The premise is simple: Everyone grabs their smartphones, while one player picks a card and gets to judge that round. The rest of the players have 60 seconds to respond to the card’s prompt with the funniest/weirdest thing they can come up with on their phones.
Buy: Uncommon Goods Game of Phones, $20
This electronic game involves splitting up into two teams and trying to get your teammates to guess the word on the screen by describing it in any way possible. Keep guessing new words until the buzzer goes off — if your team is still guessing, then the other team scores a point. This upgraded version has over 5,000 words and phrases so you won’t get bored any time soon!
You’ll want to keep the kids away from this one—it’s strictly adults-only, and gets hilariously inappropriate fast. Each player is dealt a set of caption cards, and then a photo card is placed down. Each player chooses a caption to correspond to the photo, with a judge choosing the funniest “meme” created. There’s also an expansion pack if you want to switch things up.
Buy: What Do You Meme?, $29.99
After setting your camera’s self-timer, each player holds the camera at arm’s length and points it at themselves very briefly, as if they were taking a selfie, before passing it to the next person. Keep going until the camera goes off. This is a fun and quick around-the-table game that provides you with some hilarious pictures your friends will be begging you not to tag.
Pick one name for each person playing and stick that name on each person’s back or forehead. Each person gets 20 “yes or no” questions to find out who they are. This game is really funny as each person starts recounting what they know about themselves before asking their next question.
For something a bit more old-fashioned, this popular dice game is a reliable classic. Each game includes three specially-marked dice and 24 chips, with players rolling the dice to determine where to pass their chips. The last player with chips is the winner. It’s fast-paced, easy to pick up and a definite crowd-pleaser.
Buy: LCR Dice Game,
Sit in a circle and give everyone a notepad and a pen. Instruct players to write down a funny phrase,notable person, or anything else at all on the second sheet of their notepad, close it, and pass over to the person on their right. Now everyone picks up the new pad, reads the phrase on page two, and draws it as best they can on page three. Pass the notepads again, only this time, you can only look at the illustration and try to guess the phrase on the next page. Keep passing and drawing or guessing until you have your original pad in front of you. Flip through the pages in front of the group for mega laughs as your phrase gets distorted, telephone-style, through the drawings and guesses.
Telephone Pictionary, via Great Group Games
Arrange chairs in a circle, using one fewer chair than the number of players (like musical chairs). Have someone start the game by standing in the center of the circle and saying, “Mail Call for everyone who is wearing red” (or “…has a cat,” or “…has been to Europe,” or “…has kids,” get creative!). Then everyone in a chair who is wearing something red must get up and switch chairs with someone else wearing red, with a few caveats: Players can’t sit back down in their own chair, or the chairs directly next to it. The object of the game is for the person in the middle to get a chair before someone else can. Whoever is left standing delivers the next mail call.
Mail Call, via Let’s Party
Nicole Lund and Carolin Lehmann also contributed to reporting.