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Awesome Team Games for Large Groups on International Tabletop Day

Awesome Team Games for Large Groups on International Tabletop Day

One of the best aspects of International Tabletop Day is that so many people take the time to engage in the great hobby of board gaming. The downside is that it can also create some logistical complexities. If you have seven people at your table and want to play together, Catan is out. As are many other titles that top out at five or fewer. So if you have a big group and want to team up, here are the best games that accommodate (very) large teams.

Two Rooms and a Boom

PresidentThe premise of this is simple. The players secretly are assigned to either the Red or the Blue team. One member of the Blue team is the president. One member of team Red is the mad bomber. That’s the eponymous Boom. The Two Rooms part is because the players will separate into two groups out of ear-shot of one another.

Each round, you discuss whatever you want in your own room. But at the conclusion of the round, each room has to exchange a couple of people with the other. For the Red team, they want to get the bomber and the president in the same room at the end. For the blue team, they want them in separate rooms.

Two Rooms and a Boom is a fantastic team game for large groups. And large groups are needed. Because of the way it plays, you probably want 12 at an absolute minimum. And, as players get more comfortable with the format, the box comes with a huge number of special roles and abilities – including the introduction of players on other teams or with their own unique agenda.

For your tabletop needs, Two Rooms can fit up to thirty(!) players.

Codenames

CodenamesCodenames, and its pictorial sister, can theoretically accommodate any number of players. Like, any number. You separate out into two teams of whatever size. Each team selects one codemaster. You then put out a number of cards, each of which has a single word (or picture). Some of those words are designated to red team, some to blue.

From there, the codemaster can say only a single word. And with that word, tries to reference as many of the words/pictures designated to their team as possible. The rest of the team has to interpret that word and correctly guess. If they pick right, then there are celebrations and high-fives. If they pick wrong, they may inadvertently reveal a word for the other team. Or, worse yet, find the secret assassin who makes them lose immediately.

While often called a “party game,” Codenames isn’t quite in the usual mode. You may not see as much constant hooting and raucousness. Instead, you’ll see a lot of players lost in thought. It’s almost like a strategy party game – a strange hybrid but one worth experiencing on Tabletop Day. And certainly one that can accommodate the whole group.

Time’s Up: Title Recall

Time's UpHowever big your group is, Time’s Up can handle it. You break down into two teams (or more if you fancy) and grab a handful of cards. Forty is the suggested number, but you can do more or fewer as you desire. Each has the title of a movie, a song, or book. In the first round, you go through the cards and the clue-giver tries to get his team to say the title. You can say anything except the title itself. Once you go through them all, you do it all again. But this time around, you can only say one word. In the third and final round, you go through the same cards again using only charades.

If you want something filled with laughter and hilarity, then Time’s Up fits the bill nicely.  What’s great is that people sometimes make odd references. Someone might describe Die Hard as a Christmas movie. Then, in the next round, you can say “Christmas” because the first round made that link explicit. It’s great as you not only try to come up with words that work for your title, but also that exploit the answers and clues from previous rounds.

And bigger groups actually improve the Time’s Up experience. You get more interaction, and often you get a couple of bizarre, off the wall answers. But those answers are what make the game so memorable and generate more mirth that conventional guesses.

Are you planning on playing some big team games on ITTD?  Tell us about it in the comments.

Image Credits: Tuesday Knight Games, Czech Games Edition, and R&R Games

Featured Image Credit: Tuesday Knight Games

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