New Year’s Eve parties are a fantastic time to get together with friends and play some board games. With so many people, it can often be challenging to find a game that everyone in your group will enjoy or that can support a larger number of players. Never fear! We have some suggestions that are sure to be a hit at your party!
Codenames is one of this year’s best new games for a large group. The premise is that there are two rival leaders who are each in charge of a group of spies. The leaders are each trying to contact all of their agents before their nemesis by dropping hints to their team so that they can find each other without accidentally making contact with a member of the opposing team or, even worse, an assassin. To accomplish this, the spymasters give one word hints related to words on the board that represent the names of their spies; the team that unlocks the names of all of their spies first wins. Codenames is easy to learn, supports lots of players, and keeps everyone actively engaged in gameplay making it the perfect game for any party!
If you’re looking for a way to introduce comedy to your party, consider Telestrations. In Telestrations, each player has a small dry erase notebook and a marker and is given a secret prompt which they must attempt to illustrate in their notebook. Players then pass their notebooks to the right where the next player must guess what the prompt was, players will pass the notebooks to the right again and the next player will try to illustrate the second player’s guess. This cycle continues until the notebooks have been passed all the way around the circle and returned to the original players. Get ready to laugh as you see how far the final guess is from the original prompt! Telestrations is a hilarious, lively game that will brighten your party! It is even available in an adult “After Dark” version or a deluxe version that accommodates up to twelve players.
Do you and your friends love a great debate? Then Superfight is the game for you! Superfight presents players with a character, a super power, and a weakness and then players decide who they believe would win in a fight and vote on their choices. Superfight sparks conversation between party guests and is sure to entertain. Try Superfight if you want to ensure the conversation at your party stays animated and spirited.
Wits and Wagers
Wits and Wagers is a trivia game like no other. Players are given a question and place bets on the answer using the betting mat. Not a trivia buff? Think someone else might be? You can bet on another player’s bet! The closest answer pays out and the winning players receive victory points. With a variety of strategies for placing bets by basing them on your own knowledge, the specialties of your friends, or even following a hunch, a game of Wits and Wagers will make your party exciting and enjoyable.
If you love games of deception and deduction, The Resistance is the perfect game for your party. In The Resistance players are divided into two factions, Resistance Operatives and Imperial Spies. The identities of the spies are known to each other but the Resistance Operatives are left to deduce the identities of other players. Players vote on which people to send on a mission, debate with other players about their choices, and then vote on the success or failure or a mission. The Resistance creates heated discussions as players try to discover the identities of others and bring their team to success by winning three missions.
Any one of these games would make a wonderful addition to your New Year’s Eve party. Games make meeting new people easier, facilitate conversation, and provide entertainment. Bring one home and make your party a real hit!