How do we have fun at …UK Games Expo???
Games Quest along with thousands of board gamers and their families will be attending UK Games Expo held at the NEC Birmingham from the 2nd to 4th of June this year. The UK’s biggest board gaming event has seen its attendance grow each year, with visitors having fun playing some of the latest games on offer, entering competitions (including our very own Doctor Who Skirmish competition) and special events, meeting celebrities of the genre and catching up on new and old friends.
Games Quest will be attending as usual with all the latest and greatest board games at stand C22. If you want to buy any games prior to the event and collect them on the day, then drop us a line. We are looking forward to meeting old and new acquaintances alike and sharing our views on what we think are fun games for the discerning board gamer, as well as advising newer gamers on games that could add fun to their gaming group.
Five of the Best Party Games …you could be playing at UK Games Expo 2017!!!
To help prepare readers that are attending the event, Games Quest are doing a small series of articles showcasing highlights from the various board gaming genres. This second article is looking at the top five party games. These are light games that are a barrel of laughs to play and great gateway games to introduce casual gamers into the hobby.
5. Cock-Roach Poker
Cockroach Poker is a reverse set collection game that has nothing to do with poker – except that the game is all about bluffing, but with cards that show cockroaches, rats and stink bugs instead of queens, 10s and aces. The goal of the game is to force another player to collect 4 of any one type of critter.
Although recommended for up to 6 players, we have played Cock-Roach Poker and its counterpart Cock-Roach Poker Royal with 8 players and it still plays well. Once a player has 3 of same set in front of them, it is like watching a pack of hyena hunting a wounded wildebeest, and children are no exception to this (in fact, they are the worst culprits for it!).
Coyote is a simple bluffing game in a western setting. Every player gets a card (bound on his forehead by a fabric tape) showing a number of “hidden” Indians or a special value. You don’t know the value of your card, but you can see all the others. The object of the game is to guess how many Indians are shown on the cards, declaring an increasing number every turn. If you are caught over declaring, you lose. Many special cards make every game turn a surprise, and don’t forget you never know the card you are showing on your forehead.
An often-overlooked party game, but once played never forgotten. I don’t think I can remember one game of Coyote where I haven’t laughed at players looking up at that out of sight card on their headband, only to do it myself on my turn.
3. Good Cop Bad Cop
Good Cop Bad Cop is a 52-card, hidden identity, deduction game where each player takes on the role of a law enforcement officer in a corrupt district. Players must investigate others to figure out who is on their side, grab one of the 2-3 guns on the table, and shoot the opposing leader to win the game.
There are a lot of hidden identity games out there such as Avalon or Resistance. However, with alliances constantly changing, Good Cop Bad Cop is much more fun to play and the expansions do add to the gameplay.
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right colour while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
We have been playing Codenames since its release at Essen in 2015, a great party game that is fun for all in involved. Best played when the opposing side discusses unhelpful clues for the other team. One play is usually not enough, you could be playing Codenames all night, especially with the casual gamer.
1. Hive Mind
Up in the hive, the bees are trying to prove to the Queen Bee that they deserve to stay! During the game, the players must be harmonious in answering intriguing questions based on their experience and opinions. The more answers they have in common with other players, the more points they get! Represented by bee pawns called Beeples, players move through the hive; those who score the fewest points each round must move closer to the hive exit. As soon as one or more bees exit the hive, the game ends. All the remaining bees win and survive the winter!
Hive Mind can be played with or without the board (recommended without for parties of 12 and over), it is such a fun game with hilarious moments that will have you laughing out loud for days. It stomps over the legendary Wits and Wagers and it will be a hit with whoever plays it.
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Paul Matthews is a Sales Manager for Gamesquest Ltd, as well as a part-time Board game Demonstrator and Blogger. After several years playing Yu-gi-oh at Tournament level, his latest passion is all things board gaming. Besides playing board games, Paul is a part time author and enjoys reading and archery. Paul has a Degree in Humanities Psychology/Counselling and several Life-skill Degrees in Parenting, Horse Management and Ecommerce.