Hello Gaming Library Family!
We’re getting into the thick of the second half of 2023 now—rains are getting harder, traffic is heavier, work is intensifying… Now feels as good a time as ever to escape reality. My usual escape is to attend a party and let loose, but even that is proving to be taxing, so I’ve had to pivot.
That’s where party games come in. They’re great icebreakers, plenty of fun, and full of opportunities for inside jokes with friends, new and longtime alike. What makes party games party games is the simplicity of their gameplay, the flexibility of the experience, and the social dynamics of parties mixed with the lightly competitive spirit of board games.
In my experience, my friends now look forward to whatever new titles I have to share with them, and well, ika nga ni Ate niyo Kesha, “the party don’t start ‘til I walk in.”
Speaking of parties, All aBOARD XP is the perfect place to try out new party games with friends! Drop by our branches at SM North EDSA The Block, Greenbelt 5, Uptown BGC, and Shangri La!
Calling all friends, family, and cow rustlers! This game is for you (Don’t worry, we guarantee it’s vegan-friendly). Herd Mentality is the name, and the aim of this kooky party game? Think like the herd and write down the same answers as your friends.
If your answer is the same as the majority, you all win cows. However, If everyone else writes an answer that is matched by at least one other person, and yours is the lone answer, then you get the angry Pink Cow, and your herd of cows is worthless until you can offload it onto someone else. The first player to collect eight cows wins.
The key to this party game then is to harness perceptiveness: how do your fellow players think collectively? What sets them apart individually? How would they approach you and their fellow players? How well will you truly fare as one with the herd?
In this game of bluffing and deduction, players try to weed out who amongst them is the Chameleon. The Chameleon in turn must blend in with the crowd and work out the Secret Word.
Each game begins with a card draw that assigns players their roles. Those who are hunting the Chameleon are given coordinates to a specific word on their Topic Card. This word is the Secret Word that the player assigned the Chameleon must now determine. With roles now assigned and the Secret Word set, hunters must give words associated with the Secret Word, while the Chameleon can only make an educated guess based on the words other players have given.
Will you successfully hunt the Chameleon in your midst? Or will you blend in with your fellow players and emerge undetected and victorious?
Gather ‘round, folks, because Block Party will have you build your blocks or take wild guesses at some cube-tastic creations. On each round one player will be the Guesser and the rest will be Builders. Builders pick a secret item from their card and using their colorful blocks, gets building before the timer runs out.
Additionally, players can turn over the card for a Challenge: 'Build the tallest object' or 'Use the fewest colors'. All the builders then secretly pick an object to build on their card.
Once time is up, the Guesser goes around the table interpreting each of what the Builders have to offer. Points are awarded for correct guesses (and sneaky steals!). The Guesser token then moves to the next player and the rounds continue.
This alternative to Piktionary also offers a co-operative two-player version of the game.
Are you ready for the Block Party? If so, then ready, set, BUILD!
Sometimes it isn't about always knowing the right answer—it's about being able to spot the fake ones.
Like a hybrid between The Chameleon and Balderdash, Sounds Fishy is the party game full of strange questions and even stranger answers. Players gain points by eliminating the fake answers that have been invented by the other players. Careful though! One of them has given you the real answer, and choosing it will make you lose all points and your turn.
Can your intuition and logic determine the fishy answers from the truth? Think on your feet, get creative and push your luck to win the game where everything can sound fishy.
KLASK is a board game where players compete for points on a board shaped like a sports field with two deep holes functioning as goals on each end of the field.
In the middle of the field, three white magnetic pieces serve as "obstacles" – NOT to be attracted to your own gaming piece! Your gaming piece is a black magnet. Players control it by holding a large magnet under the board. This magnet is connected to a small magnet placed on the field. Players push the small, red ball on the field, using their assigned magnet and game piece to shoot the ball past the obstacles and into their opponent’s goal hole (or Klask).
It’s plenty of chaotic, yet precarious fun when an opponent suddenly is covered in white obstacles or you drop your gaming piece into the goal – something which is known to happen, so don’t get too eager!
We’ve got plenty more drops that you might want to know about, so head now to your nearest Gaming Library branch, or visit the Gaming Library website!
About Gaming Library
Gaming Library aims to be the go-to resource for board games, providing not only titles that can be enjoyed by families, but also to be enjoyed by friends both newcomers and veterans alike. By pulling from different resources from all over the world, we at Gaming Library curate an impressive collection of games for consumers to choose from, suitable for anybody from casual players to hardcore hobbyists. In doing so, we hope to provide the best means to foster activities that strengthen family ties and friendships, while teaching relevant skills and practical critical thinking that can be applied to your everyday life.