Happy (Nerdy) New Year!

One of the greatest things about being a card-carrying, flag-waving, totally geeked out nerd is that your friends tend to be card-carrying, flag-waving, totally geeked out nerds as well. This makes for fantastic holiday parties, such as New Years Eve parties (how timely…).

One of the things I love about our geeky gatherings is the games. While my collection of games is mostly digital, some of my friends have entire walls dedicated to board and card games. And during special celebrations, we try to play them all.

If you’ll be around a group of people tonight and looking for some entertainment, give gaming a go. Here are some of my favorite party games. Totally fun with or without spiced egg nog.

Fibbage


Fibbage is an exercise in creativity and deception. A question is posed to the group and each group member has to answer. The catch is that the answers are all lies. These untrue responses are then combined with the one true response, and players are then forced to pick which of the available answers is true. If you get it right, you get a point. But for every wrong answer picked, the author of that lie gets a point.

Spot It


This was a game I played while in line for a panel at PAX East. Each player is given some discs that all have images on them. You have to match the images to get rid of your disks. The last player left standing is out. Repeat until there is only one left. Do not be fooled by the spokesperson’s rather dull explanation, this game is fast-paced, intense, and lots of fun. Kid friendly, too!

Werewolf


This is a classic game of deduction. Players are assigned roles – a witch, a healer, werewolves, townsfolk, etc. The job of the wolves is to be the last people alive. The other players’ job is to find out the identity of the werewolves before it’s too late.

Mario Kart 8


Mario Party 8 might be the ultimate party game. It can support 5 players at a time on the Wii U and is a great activity for the competitive types in your group. Also kid friendly.

Heads Up


Heads Up is an mobile app that has become a staple for me when passing time in queues or being silly with friends. You place your smart phone on your forehead, screen out, and the players have to get you to guess what is on the screen. There are different categories – animals, celebrities, accents, etc. There are also expansion packs for $1 which include categories like video games and “that’s so 80’s.”

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

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