Sounds a bit like Avalon - which is basically the 'sit in a circle and close your eyes' Mafia game.
(I'm a big fan of 'Family Business' - which has nearly caused fights before)
El Reg contributor Adam Fowler brings to these pages the first in what may become a series of board game reviews. Here, Adam dices with furry beasts in One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Watch out! I've always loved card and board games. Growing up, when I wasn't glued to a computer of some sort, I'd play for hours with my …
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Certainly for the first bit, "The Resistance" fits, see Wil Wheaton's TableTop on youtube. He's joined by some actresses (no idea what they've been in ) so perhaps that helped make it interesting.
The Resistance needs players to have more of an understanding of what's going on, or the bad guys seem to win. ONUW has each round as a standalone game and there's only a single decision at the end, so is less harsh on a group.
The Tanner role which I didn't mention, is it's own 1 man team as the goal is to be killed, or you lose. Lots of nice variations are possible.
I have a copy of that exact one. That's a different reprint of the more original Werewolf game, which was just based on a free Mafia game I believe.
Sadly I'd have to recommend avoiding Werewolves at Millers Hollow - the game itself is good if you have a larger group, but the cards are of poor quality and don't actually have your role written on. Unless you know exactly what the picture on the card means, which is often very difficult to tell, it's a confusing game. There's several other prints of Werewolf out there, check any other one out that says the roles on the cards (ideally with a description on what it does).
ONUW is better for a smaller group, and has no player elimination (other people don't stand around most of the game just watching because they died in the first round).
On a similar note, check out the Battlestar Galactica boardgame.
The game has a very good mechanic that lets the bad guys sabotage the game, whilst giving the good guys a way to work out who the bad guy(s) are.
Also, it can get to the point where you know exactly who the bad guys are, but doing something about it becomes a race against time.
Me, the missus and some of her friends regularly get together for the likes of suburbia, flash point (if we're in a more co-op mood) or puzzle strike, I can't wait to see more of these
Less on the "party games" like cards against humanity though i think, there are 3 or 4 girls that usually play the games with us and if someone tried to bring out some laddish game it'd just be cringeworthy, every time people hear i play board games they always ask if it's either monopoly or card against humanity, it's like there's nothing at all in between
Try Elder Sign - it's a lot simpler than Arkham Horror (fluid dynamics as applied to fusion reactions is simpler than Arkham Horror!) but still pretty much a Co-op game, it was featured on one othe TableTop YouTube videos.
Or if you want something a little more cutthroat there is always the old classic Talisman?
Hoping so, we'll see how this goes - for my reviews, they won't be deep 3-4 hour games that require hours of reading rules, but they will be more complex than One Night Ultimate Werewolf. I thought it was a good starter and was hoping to see some reactions on what people wanted.
I'm also not planning to do any plain technical reviews - there's plenty of sites out there that can tell you the basics of a game. I'll tell you why I like a game, and what's good or bad about it.
yeah that's pretty sweet. i always make sure i own a few easy to explain games for casual mates who want to turn up anytime, most of my wife's friend's never even considered themselves board gamers before and would've flaked out at difficult things
so games like love letter, king of tokyo, carcassonne and robo rally are always good intro games
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