A couple of my best friends held their house warming the other night, and while it was hot as fuck it was also a good opportunity to break out a few video and board games to fill in the time.
Party games are always good to break the ice, but you quickly discover that certain types of games work for various personalities better than others. Mario Kart for instance, can either be a winner or a surefire way to get people to start yelling at each other.
I mean, it's Mario Kart. You know you're going to get blue shelled at some point. Don't blame me for sending one your way. It's your fault you were leading the pack.
Something else I discovered: there are certain types of people who get really abusive over Codenames. I still think that's one of the best party games ever designed, but then again people really don't like losing.
Curiously, Guesspionage from the third Jackbox Party Pack is a good icebreaker: it's straightforward, easy to understand, and everyone can get behind how annoying it is having to deal with facts pulled from random surveys in the United States.
What party games do you whip out whenever friends, family or strangers are other?