Which games need the "right" group of people?

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What are the games that you've found are a bit fragile and need the "right" group of people to buy into the game and make it fun? 

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Supporter13 months ago

I've got a shelf full of games that need the right people. It's typically heavier or more fiddly games like Pipeline and Teotihuacan: City of Gods. I've gotten to play with my wife, but I can't imagine a Tuesday night with 4 people for one of those. We'd but up past Midnight, haha.

13 months ago

That is exactly why I play on Friday nights mostly lol

Supporter13 months ago

I agree!

13 months ago

Anything heavy. I could not imagine playing a heavier game like Agricola or Gaia Project with someone who just was not interested or invested. 

Legacy games too, you really need to like the people cause you’ll see a lot of them lol

Supporter13 months ago

Definitely! Makes sense

Supporter13 months ago

A lot of cooperative games need the right group to function properly. If a group member doesn't buy into the theme or work along with the group, then the entire group doesn't have fun. I'm thinking especially of FFG's XCOM board game.

Supporter13 months ago

Yes the heavier, more punishing coops need more buy in. I've had this experience with Eldritch Horror and Robinson Crusoe.

Supporter13 months ago

I mention Root way too often but... Root. I love it, but it seems like groups tend to take the extremes of either being in love with the game or hating it/disappointed by it after the first play. Based on what I've seen it usually seems to stem from bad explanation/direction by the person hosting. Also, I think it's a game that needs at least two people who have a competitive vein in them or those who like to engage in battles--otherwise, a passive play of Root becomes a bit dry and loses tension of the warfare. The players need to enjoy the fun of thwarting one another's plans and bring out their Dark Side (I'm really enjoying the Dark Mode by the way lol)

Supporter13 months ago

gah! I need to play Root!

13 months ago

Real-time games, for sure. Some people hate them; I love them.

Dexterity games, for sure. Some people hate them; I love them.

Games like Munchkin. My sister-in-law puts her nose up at that game, but it's actually not bad if your get the right group. I'd prefer not to play it, but having played it recently with family (not my sister-in-law haha), it was a lot of fun.

I'm just going to throw out Captain Sonar, even though I already said real-time games, because this is doubly appropriate.

Cooperative games. Some people just don't get along.

Social deduction games. If people can't lie very well, it really puts a damper on things haha

Supporter13 months ago

Yep. Different games require different buy in. I'm always torn between introducing a new type or style of game to the group I'm playing with, knowing that they might love it or hate it, or go with the safe bet and pick a game that won't be that way. 

13 months ago

I think most games need the right group.  That's why I enjoy having a collection, it allows me to be prepared for any group.

13 months ago

I'm really excited to try the new version of Dune when it arrives, but I understand it will greatly depend on the group to make a good game.

13 months ago

You will need people with thick skin to have success in Dune

Supporter13 months ago

Lots of good responses already. 

Really heavy games.  Check.  (You can't just whip out Arkwright at any time.)

Co-op games.  Check.  Maybe not as dependent as heavy games.  You can get them off the ground with pretty much any group but they aren't enjoyable if someone isn't in to it.  

The big one missing is social deduction style games.  I think this type of game has the greatest dependency on the group you are playing with.  If no one is in to getting boisterous and bluffing or whatnot I think they would just fall completely flat and be a waste of time.

Supporter13 months ago

Yep. Out of all the games mentioned, social deduction might be the type of game that I wouldn't add to the group by being a part of. 

Supporter13 months ago

Good points about social deduction. I’m the wrong type of person for those games. I’m not good at lying. 

13 months ago

Great point! You need a good mix of conflict and fun! Not just conflict...