10 Outstanding Board Games for Large Groups

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When I was in college almost all of the big group board game session consisted of either One Night Ultimate Werewolf or Cards Against Humanity

Great games but at some point you start to dread when someone picks them since it feels like you have played them a countless amount of times. Pulling out a few separate games was always an option but almost never happened since it kills one of the main points of playing board games, the interaction of everyone in the group.

Having at least a few good board games on the shelf that cater to a large group is essential for anyone in this hobby. This list will give you some options of games for large groups, with a little more depth than the ones I listed above, to put on your shelf for those parties.

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10: Citadels

2-8 Players

Play Time: 20-60 Minutes

Complexity: Medium

What would building a city be like if it were a one man job? Hold on to your hats for this explanation:

Citadels will have you managing the people you hire to build your buildings, while also playing those people you manage that build your buildings. You hire yourself to manage yourself building your buildings. Did you get that? Just in case, this is the roles you’ll play:

  • Hire and Manage People to Build Buildings
  • Play the People You Hire

It’s as straightforward as that, just build the buildings and win the game. This game is old compared to most of this list, coming out originally in 2000, but it holds its own and deserves to be looked into if you have a large group that doesn’t want the same old party games during their game nights.


9: Camel Up

2-8 Players

Play Time: 20-30 Minutes

Complexity: Low

What if I told you there was a game mechanic so captivating all of Wall Street was enamored by it? The thrill of it allures the masses to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the lottery.

Camel Up draws its charm from the same feeling of placing a bet and watching fortune unfold.

This game will have a group of up to 8 people huddles around a board throwing down bets like vagrants in a back alley dice game. Not convinced? This game has an app on iOS and android for $4, so you don’t have to sink much cash into the game to get a feel for it.


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8: Codenames

2-8 Players

Play Time: 15 Minutes

Complexity: Low

What if I told you there was a game mechanic so captivating all of Wall Street was enamored by it? The thrill of it allures the masses to Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and the lottery.

Camel Up draws its charm from the same feeling of placing a bet and watching fortune unfold.

This game will have a group of up to 8 people huddles around a board throwing down bets like vagrants in a back alley dice game. Not convinced? This game has an app on iOS and android for $4, so you don’t have to sink much cash into the game to get a feel for it.


7: Mysterium

2-7 Players

Play Time: 40 Minutes

Complexity: Low

A game good enough to be on the ID network, Mysterium is about psychics getting tips from a ghost about a murder. These dreams, represented by a stack of cards, are weird and you can’t really tell what they mean. That goes for both the psychics and the ghost and therein lies the magic of this game.

All of the psychic players cooperate to figure out what their obscure dreams mean and give their best guess of murder weapon, location, and suspect. All the while, the ghost is puzzling how to use these weird dreams to send their message.

After seven nights of pure confusion from everyone at the table the game will end so you better figure out what this phantom trying to tell you pretty quick.


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6: 7 Wonders

2-7 Players

Play Time: 30 Minutes

Complexity: Low/Medium

Have you ever wanted to be a city? Like a nice one with nice stuff? Enter 7 Wonders. Your a city, building stuff, making discoveries, and raising an army.

This game relies on a booster draft system to distribute cards representing resources, science, and military strength. As you advance through the ages you engulf victory points and at the end the one with the most wins.

The base game plays 7 so you’ll have to buy the Cities expansion if you don’t want that 8th person in the group to get lonely. So put on that Civ 6 soundtrack on Spotify and start building your empires.


5: Decrypto

3-8 Players

Play Time: 15 – 45 Minutes

Complexity: Low

Is the spy genre of board game saturated? What about a spy trying to crack a coded message? If you said yes, you’re not entirely wrong. It is saturated to the point that I can’t write this list without including two of them apparently.

Yet, this game is different. Decrypto pit’s two teams of spies against each other trying to guess the order of their own and each others code words. The main difference to Codenames is the interaction between the two teams. In a game of Codenames you are essentially just playing for your team whereas Decrypto gives you the ability to play against the other team by guessing their words, which makes this great for big groups.

Think you how your fellow spies think? This game will prove you have no idea what is going on in their cryptic minds.


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4: Sushi Go Party!

2-8 Players

Play Time: 20 Minutes

Complexity: Low

If you haven’t saved any of the games on the list to buy later, you’ll want to save this one. There are two things that make Sushi Go Party! one of my own go-to’s for bigger groups:

  • It is quick to set up
  • It is simple to understand

Plus, l really enjoy the game which makes it a favorite in my own board game arsenal.

This game will place you and 7 other people at a Japanese conveyor sushi bar. Your desire is to grab the best possible combination of sushi and sides, while competing against the other customers trying to do the same.

You pass hands of cards around the table that act as the “conveyor” and draft the most adorable version of sushi possible. Put on your favorite Studio Ghibli flick, stock up on some Pocky, and gather your crew for this modern classic. 


3: Flamme Rouge

2-12 Players

Play Time: 30 – 45 Minutes

Complexity: Low

Grab your sports bottle and one of those sporty cycling outfits. Flamme Rouge has you racing other cyclist using all of the provocative tactics of real cycling. What provocative tactics?

This game will have you slip streaming, biding your time at the back of the pack, and bursting out of the pack to the finish line in a dramatic fashion only the Tour de France would surpass.

“I’ve heard these board game salesman tactics before, what’s the catch?” Well, my savvy board game connoisseur, you aren’t wrong. The catch is the base game only allows for 2-4 players with 2 cyclist each.

However, the Flamme Rouge: Pelaton expansion will allow for 12 people with 1 cyclist each and the maximum amount of chaos you could expect in a bicycle race. Even though this one requires an expansion to play with a large group, it is worth looking into since it is such an excellent game.


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2: Formula D

2-10 Players

Play Time: 60 Minutes

Complexity: Low/Medium

Bicycle races aren’t high intensity enough? Formula D will give you the heart palpitating, high voltage thrill you desire.

This game is based on the formula 1 races and just as in Flamme Rouge it holds true to all of the nuances of actual races by introducing mechanics for gear shifting, slipstreaming, cornering, car and character modification, weather effects, and, for the more risqué, illegal street racing.

This 2008 game has a ton of variants due to its popularity and the reason for its popularity is because it is just that good.


1: Welcome To…

Unlimited Players

Play Time: 25 Minutes

Complexity: Low

Do you love both rolling dice and writing stuff? Well hopefully your not that into rolling dice because this one doesn’t do that.

In Welcome To… you are an architect trying to build the most new age, sought after suburb in the country. Like my introduction implied, it is a roll and write game that changes out the dice for three piles of cards.

It’s a sleek game with great game play and you can play with as many people as you’d like. So gather up your family, invite your buddies, get your buddies families in on this architectural action because they’ll love this great game.


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