1. Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre
You tell me that this doesn't sound like a bunch of fun: You play as a goofy yet powerful wizard of your choice and fight your friends with three part spells until you are the last wizard standing. However, there is a little bit more to it. What do you think this guy sounds like...
Well, when you cast a spell, you need to say your spell as the wizard you are playing as, no matter how silly it may sound. There are Source, Quality and Delivery spell cards that you put together to make one large that could either attack your enemies, heal you or grant to a special treasure that can help you further hurt your enemies.
When a player knocks out all the other wizards in the game, that player receives a "Last Wizard Standing" token. After that, the cards are reshuffled and another round starts. The first player to win two Last Wizard Standing tokens wins the duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. This game is completely random, insane and a bunch of fun for you and your friends.
2. Geek Out!
On the outside, this might just look like some average trivia game for a group of people but it's much more than that. One a single card, there are five different categories including TableTop/Video Games, Comic Books, Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Miscellaneous. Players or teams take turns rolling a six-sided die with colors instead of numbers and then they roll the die, they draw a card and read the question associated with the color.
Examples of these questions include:
- Name 2 sci-fi characters with beards
- Name 6 movies starring Bruce Willis
- Name 4 video games with aliens
When a player/team reads the question, they say "Yes, of course I can name 2 sci-fi characters with beards". Then the player/team on the right will start a bid and say "Well, I can name 3 sci-fi characters with beards" and this keeps going until the other players/teams yield and the player/team who bid last names the number of sci-fi characters with beard they last bid.
If the player/team is unable to complete the question, they receive a shame token of -2 points. If they complete the question, they receive the question card as single point. The first player/team to reach 5 points wins the game.
3. Cards against Humanity
Who hasn't heard of how fun this game can be with a group of friends or a party. The game is also easy to understand and learn to play for a party or game night. There are two types of cards, black cards and white cards. The black cards have certain phrases, sentences or sayings that also include blanks on them. A player draws a black card and reads it out loud. The other players use the white cards to fill in the blanks and give them, faced down, to the first player.
The combination that makes the card reader laugh the most is the winner and receives the black card as point and that player than reads a black card. The person with the most black cards at the end of the game is the winner. The idea of the game is not to win but try to make the funniest, grossest and most offensive and inappropriate combinations and make each other laugh their asses off.
Consider Munchkin that tabletop game about awesome dungeon adventure but without that pesky role-playing to get in the way. Friends compete to kill monsters and collect magic items including Boots of Butt-Kicking, Staff of Napalm and Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. You use these items to become more powerful and slaughter stronger enemies like the Plutonium Dragon.
Set in the Marvel Universe, players can take control of their favorite Marvel heroes such as Spider-Man, Deadpool, Gambit, Wolverine and many others to work together and take down an evil mastermind from completing their evil scheme. The object of the game is to build up your deck and recruit powerful heroes to take down such villains like Venom, HYDRA, Enchantress and others, protect innocent bystanders and eventually take down the mastermind. The mastermind can either be Red Skull, Magneto, Dr. Doom, and Loki and the players must work together to make sure that the mastermind must not complete their scheme such as unleashing the cosmic cube or something else as evil and deadly.
While the learning curve for the game might be a little steep but once you get the hang of it, you and your friends won't be able to get enough of this tabletop game.
6. Love Letter
Love Letter is what Gamers are called a "Micro tabletop" game where the game doesn't take more than about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The idea of the game is that a few eligible men want to woo the Princess of Tempest with a love letter but want to get it to her first. Each player must use deduction and risky moves to get their letter to the princess first. Each player starts with one card faced-down and when their turn comes up, they draw a single card from the deck of 16 cards.
They, then, play one of their cards and follow the instructions on the card. The instructions could include guessing a card in an opponent's hand, looking at another player's card, trading hands with another player and so forth. The last player to get knocked out by another players card is the winner of the round. It's fast, it's easy and so much fun to play while waiting for dinner, drinks or anything else.
7. Dead of Winter
Dead of Winter is a special kind of zombie style board game that takes the genre into a sort of new direction that keeps the idea fresh and new. You and your friends play survivors in a colony after a zombie apocalypse has take over the population. Each player is given a couple of character cards as their own search party and they go to different areas on the board to look for supplies like food, medicine and gas to complete different crises that plague the colony. On top of that, each player is given their own secret objective to complete by the end of the game and they cannot reveal their objective to anyone... But here's the catch. Each has an equal chance to get an objective that could make them a traitor to the group.
The traitor's objective could be something either from being a cult leader or some lone wolf who wants to steal supplies for themselves. This way, players don't know if they can trust each other or not. Dead of Winter is one of the many games that is featured on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop series on Geek and Sundry. In fact, all the games on this list are featured on Tabletop, so if you want to see these games in action just check them out on the show.