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Texas hold'em is good, thats the only card game that Ive ever played at a get together..no board games but we did to alot of bible based pictionary and charades. We did pictionary and that was fun..try to draw Symposium..I got that one LOL

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There is a party game we play and you can buy it at Walmart/Target. It's called Qwelf, it's so funny. It's suppose to be I think 8-10 players, but you skip the board pieces and have a bunch of people just pick up the cards. Basically, you pick up the card and do what it says. One sister had a card, and she had to bark every time it was her turn. Another friend had to imitate a fly chasing her, it was so funny, she's running around the room swatting at the air, and we have to guess. I one time had to tell my son at every turn "You are the greatest" , he liked that.

It's a real funny game, lots of laugh, and it's clean. We play it at parties all the time, and I can't tell you how loud we get with laughing.

You can google Qwelf, and you will find lots on it.

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Guess it depends on where you are from Rick. Me strictly a chess man. I think Jerry likes the craps tables and the one armed bandits.:secret:

Mike - I am a chess man too. Although, it is tough to play at a get together.

side note - your odds are better at Blackjack ;)

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I like to play Mah-jong. But you can only play it with 4. I used to play Ulti. A Hungarian card game but I don't know how to play it anymore and I don't have friends who know it.

Maybe you can play various games so everyone is playing something.

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Years ago, on cold winter evenings, the young ones, over 18 years, in our congregation would go out for a meal together to a quiet country pub that had a nice log fire going and a pool table for the boys ( and some of the girls). The girls would pack 2 packs of cards to play Canasta - rules:

http://www.canasta.net/canasta_rules.php

To warm up we would play Hearts/Black Maria or rummy with a single pack - rules:

http://boardgames.about.com/od/hearts/a/hearts_rules.htm

http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/how-to-play-rummy.htm

For 'at home' entertainment we used to love drawing up sheets for a Beetle Drive:

http://www.charnwood-catalogue.co.uk/fundraising.php?info_id=138

printable beetle drive blank title perfect for fundraisers

Ready made Boardgames we enjoyed were Pictionary or Outburst (though we vetted the answer sheets in case some were unsuitable topics) 'Blockbusters' old TV quiz game and even older TV game: It's a Knockout/Jeux sans Frontiers. We did used to play Trivial Pursuit, but as time goes on people are no longer readers or have much General Knowledge and we did not want to embarras them. A ready made noisy card game we enjoyed at parties was 'Pit'. As children we knew nothing about the 'stock exchange' that this game was based on, but enjoyed noisily collecting the different commodoties and avoiding or using the bull and bear market cards.

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Rick, I don't know how many you will have at your get together, but I have a game for you. Not many people know of it, so I will tell y'all. I have a huge family, about 80-90 at last count, all worldly 'cept for my sister's family and me, but that's okay. The game is called simply "Matthew, Mark, Luke, John". Everyone sits in a circle and someone is chosen to be "Matthew". The guy/girl sitting to his left would be Mark, to his left is Luke, and to his left is John. If you have more than that (we have had up to 45 playing at once) then you just start numbering them, so to Johns' left would be "1", then "2" and so on. You have to remember who you are according to which seat you are sitting in because you will be moving so your corresponding number changes constantly. Sometimes, when there is a lot of us it helps to count off before we start each round. Now...here is how the game is played...you slap both your hands on your lap, then clap, then snap your fingers, so slap, clap, snap, slap, clap, snap and so on. When Matthew is ready, on a "snap" of the fingers, he calls someone else's position, anyone, that is why you have to remember who you are at that time. Then slap, clap, snap...on the very next snap of the fingers, whoever Matthew had called has to call on someone else or call back on Matthew, and so on. The object of the game is to get to the position of Matthew and stay there as long as possible, so most often, when someone is called, they almost always, on the next snap, call Matthew, or Mark, Luke, or John. This can go on and on and on until someone finally messes up, i.e. calling Marthew, Lack, June, or 14 when there is only 10 playing, or we have even had Matthew call his own name before. (My cousin, Les, who spends a lot of time in the Matthew chair, still kicks himself for doing that). When someone messes up, he goes to the end of the line and everyone moves up, closer to the position of "Matthew".

This is a time honored tradition in my family. Whenever there is a family gathering, we all look forward to it. The last time we all played was 2 years ago and before that was 1998, the camp out we had a month before my grandma died. We are having a family camp out next week, and already on line on the family blog everyone is calling dibs on the "Matthew" chair. It's hilarious, the friendly joking about who is going to get it. My 24 year old son who lives 2 hours away, missed the one 2 years ago, so it has been 13 years since he got to play. I hope your family has as much fun with this game as mine always has. Enjoy.

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I like Guesstures. It's another one of those games where you draw several cards, start the timer, and act out what is on the cards while your team tries to guess the word by what you are doing. The cards are placed in a device that is on a time. After a certain point, the card collapses into the machine. If they guess, you have to reach down and snag the card up before it falls to get a point for it. It can be so funny and so much fun watching what we do to act out these things.

Lately, Apples to Apples has been being played alot around here too.

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Poker Hold'em

and for the board game, my favourite has always been the "Monopoly"... i have so many good memories about playing this game with my family

I haven't played Monopoly for years. We used to play with my children when they were young. So many good memories.>:D<

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Monopoly and Texas Hold 'Em we play in the house, but for get togethers, we play other games, and it depends on the venue. Is it indoors or outdoors? For boardgames, I like Monopoly or Taboo (is that considered a board game?); We play all sorts of card games in the house, too, other than poker. But they are all Filipino games. There's Tong-Its, Pequa, Pares-Pares, Ungoy-Unguyan, and NakRami. We also have our version of Poker called Pusoy, it has the same basic principles as Poker, but played very differently.

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Thanks for all the responses, it's been interesting. What a variety!

One that we do around here sometimes is pictionary with a Bible/Witness slant. Like, all the words that we need to draw are Bible or organization terms. Such as, "New World", "Territory" (that's a hard one! They only got it when I used a red pen with the black one), "King David", and so forth.

Another one I once did is like the game "telephone", except with pictures instead of sentences. You need a lot of small pieces of paper (perhaps by cutting larger ones). Each person draws a simple drawing, then hands it in front of the person to the right, face down. Then each person looks at what they received for a short time (10 seconds), then puts it face down again and has to copy it from memory. At the end you can see how it evolved from start to finish. It would look nothing like what it started out as. Seeing how it changed was fun and humorous. (I hope I described everything right.)

I also like to play chess, but that can be hard with groups of multiple people.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Any further comments are also welcome.

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We sat up tables with notepads and pens and asked ones in the congregation to bring games. We played uno and skip-bo also scrabble and scattegories were huge successes. There is also a game where you pass this ball around and answer the question on it before time runs out (forgot what it is called) Most really enjoyed it. You want games that don't take a long time to explain how to play or take a long time to play. You also may want some easy games so the children can play..

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:laugh:A very funny party game for mixed ages - if you can't draw it doesn't matter and can be funnier. Host gave out A4 papers cut into 2 lengthways, a piece of paper and pencil to each guest, who are sat in a near enough circle depending on the space.They had to draw a hat and fold it over so only the very bottom line showed and pass it on to his/her neighbour on the right and they had one passed to them from the left. They drew a head under the unseen hat and folded it and passed it on with only the neck showing and the next did the neck to waist and folded it and the next part was to draw the waist and legs to the ankles and the last part to draw was the feet. Then the full figures were unfurled and the cartoony mixed results from funny hats to silly feet or boots were hilarious!!(tu)(<img src=)'>

Years ago some friends brought Rummikub back from America and we enjoyed playing it with them. It wasn't available here for ages, so Dad drew out a grid of 1inch by 2 inch oblong spaces on a piece of offcut floor linoleum/vinyl. Like the Wikipedia picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rummikub.

With a mixture of acrylic model paints and nail varnish/polish of mother's, that she didn't like, he made different colour sets of 13 tiles and 2 rummy tiles and some little wooden stands from an old picture frame and Mother made a drawstring bag for the tiles and we used to play it very regularly.

We also liked Boggle boxed game http://www.boardgamecapital.com/boggle-rules.htm.

At parties for mixed ages we enjoyed playing the memory game where everyone had a paper and pencil and Mother came in with a tray covered with a cloth and removed it for a minute and your had to remember the 15 small everyday things on the tray and write them down in 5 minutes after she covered it over again.

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