Botticelli

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Botticelli is a strategic question game similar to other guessing games like 20 Questions. One player takes on the role of a famous person whom all players know reasonably well (when this game was conceived Sandro Botticelli, the Italian renaissance painter of The Birth of Venus, must have satisfied this requirements, hence the name of the game). Questions are asked to work out who this celebrity is, but with some quick thinking and general knowledge the choosing player can avoid answering the questions directly. This makes the game a little more tactical and complex than other guessing games, and great for long car journeys. Botticelli can be played with only two players, or as many as you can fit in a minivan on a road trip. Set-Up One player, the chooser, privately chooses…
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The Energy Game (Hands of Power)

Active, Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
The Energy Game is a drama class warm-up exercise. One player starts by making a sound and a motion, such as a raising fist and growling, or spreading out their arms and roaring. In turn, each player amplifies the energy of this action, as it gets louder and louder around the group. Play the Energy Game Everyone stands in a circle. The first player makes a sound and a motion. For example, they might put their hand up and say "Umm", or wrap their arms around themselves and shiver, or hide their head and whimper, or shake their finger and sigh. Everyone should be at ease doing whatever action and sound they feel like. This is an opportunity to be creative, but part of the beauty of the game is that…
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Word Association

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games
Thinking is all about making connections in the brain. Reveal something about how you and your friends think using this simple game of making connections between words. Play Work Association with two to eight players. It works nicely as a conversation starter, a car game, or as a drinking game. How to Play Word Association Everyone sits in a circle.  The first player, chosen randomly, says one word out loud.  The next player, in clockwise order, has to quickly say a word that has some connection with the previous word. What counts a connection is down to the parliament of players to determine: if somebody doesn’t like a connection, they can challenge it, and everyone votes on whether or not to allow it. In the event of a tie, the…
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Bango Card Game

Active, Card Game, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Bango brings some of the atmosphere of the Bingo Hall to the family table. It is a very simple card game that can be played with children of almost any age. Play for counters, coins, or candy in a game of pure luck, where the toddlers can have the thrill of claiming victory over their elder siblings and parents. This game should be played with between three and ten players using two decks of cards, and more decks of cards can be added for even more players to join in (the more players, the better) until you’ll need a hire a hall and an announcer of your own. Set Up Two packs of cards are used, but are not mixed together (therefore to avoid confusion it is better to choose…
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Fake Artist

Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Can you work out what is going on in another person's mind just from a single line they have drawn? All players in this game are handed the same piece of secret information on slips of paper: a codeword. All players... except one. One player is given a blank slip of paper, and they are the spy. Everyone trying to work out who the spy is, while the spy tries to stay hidden. One problem: everyone can only communicate by drawing a single line on a shared sheet of paper. RULES An organizer, who is not playing, takes a number of slips of paper equal to the number of players. On all but one of these slips, they write the same word. This word is the codeword. The codeword could be an…
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Spoons

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Spoons is a game of speed, silliness, and having a sharp eye. It's engaging, fast paced, and intense! The first thing you need to play Spoons is a pack of playing cards. The second thing you need is… spoons. To be precise, you will need one less spoon than the number of players who will play.  In other words, for seven players, you will need six spoons. Plastic spoons are totally fine. In the absence of spoons, please don’t attempt this game with knives or forks. Other than being inconsistent with the title of the game, it could actually cause injury. Still, if the scoopers cannot be acquired, play Spoons with sticks, beer mats, pens, or coins. The ideal number of players is the number that will fit comfortably in…
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1000 Blank White Cards

Active, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
1000 Blank White Cards is a unique and hilarious game that involves zaniness and creativity.  Each person is handed ten blank white cards. These are the cards this game will be played with — but first, you have to write something on them to create interesting rules.  In other words, you have to decide the effect of the cards, how points are scored, what people do on their turn, and even how the game is won. Being presented with a blank canvas like this might be intimidating at first, but after you see how it works, everybody will be brimming with crazy new ideas. This is a game that takes on the personality of you and your friends -- because it is created by you and your friends!  It can…
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Sticker Ninja

Active, Extra Large Group, Large Group, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group
What is Sticker Ninja?  Well, it's a game that requires stealth, agility, deception and the use of a hidden weapon to stick your opponents. Sticker Stalker makes for a nice, casual side-game at walk-around events where all guests are standing up and moving from group to group. Play it with any number of players — even as few as two, for a slightly absurd but intense competition. Stick another couple of tens of players in and that works well, too. Set-Up You will need to purchase a set of sticker sheets -- ten stickers per sheet is a quantity that works well. As guests enter the event, give them each a sheet of stickers.  For “Pro” Sticker Ninja, give each player a different color or design of sticker, so you…
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Hot Potato Camera

Active, Medium Group, Party Games, Small Group, Stationary
Hot Potato Camera is like Russian roulette with selfies.  Not as fatal as the original game -- but still pretty embarrassing -- the loser will end up getting a naturally terrible photo that will have everyone laughing. This game will work with a regular camera as well. You just need to know how to use the timer function. You can play with two players up to many, but have a second camera sent around the circle if playing with more than ten. Set Up: Grab a smartphone and open the camera app, or grab a dedicated camera. All players sit in a circle, or around a table. They just need to be sat close enough together to pass the camera to their neighbor quickly. Rules: The player who starts with the camera…
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Sequence

Classroom Icebreaker, Medium Group, Small Group, Stationary, Talking Games, Team building
This is a team-building game of communication and pictures. Every member of the group will need to describe the picture they are given, and then as a group they must put the pictures in the correct order. The pictures for this game could come from children's books, or comic books, and you can pick the source to fit the group. For groups of teenagers and young adults, a game involving a Batman or Spider Man story is bound to get an enthusiastic response. Children’s books, like The Tiger Who Came to Tea or Where The Wild Things Are, work well for nostalgic adults, and those who have children of their own. In everyday life we rarely describe pictures -- we just show them! This game will warm up thinking muscles…
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