Good games to play over Zoom?

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Because of recent events, we just played a game (Pandemic) over Facebook messaging video with a few others. What other games would be a good ones to play this way (assuming everyone in the video has a copy)

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Owner8 months ago

I thought of two more:

1. #Just One. It's a co-op word game where the aim is to guess the most number of words out of 13 cards chosen for the game. Each person takes a turn being the guesser, and everyone else needs to write down a unique one word clue to help the person guess the word. Once everyone's done writing the clue, you reveal to each other and have to throw out identical clues. The guesser needs to try and get the word correct based off of whatever clues are leftover.

2. #Skull. It's a simple bluffing game where all you need is two coasters, or even just two pieces of paper with two unique sides, or you could just use a coin too. It's a little harder to explain this in a quick sentence but it's simple fun that gets people riled up easily. No one even needs to have a copy of this game for it to work.

Edit: Will keep adding onto this.

3. #Codenames. Self-explanatory. It'll require a bit of extra coordination with the hidden info that only the spymasters can look at though. In general, easiest games for zoom would be ones with zero hidden info or the need for a shared deck or a pool of resources.

4. #Clans of Caledonia. Great euro, but an ambitious choice for a game over zoom. Technically, the owner of the game will be able to run everything without trouble. Just requires a lot of upkeep and a way to easily display the state of the board and the player boards on multiple screens.

5. #Santorini. It might take a bit of getting used to but it's basically a 3D chess/tic-tac-toe. Should be manageable but require players to communicate which piece they want to move and to where by having some sort of grid pattern assigned for each tile space.

6. #Camel Up 2nd Edition. Another game that would only require one player having a copy. Think horse racing betting game except with camels where the players are spectators trying to speculate the winner and loser while also influencing the race. These camels also like to carry each other on their backs when they land on the same space. And there are two crazy camels running around backwards and adding to the chaos. @nealkfrank asked if it this is like Mario Kart of board gaming world, and to an extent, I'd say he hit the nail on the head in describing its unpredictability of the outcome. The players will certainly lose out on the tactile experience of grabbing for the betting tickets or moving the chunky camels around, but playing over zoom probably heightens the experience of being the spectator.

7. #Tiny Towns. This would work well quite smoothly but it would need players to have their own copy.

8. #Onitama. 2p Chess-like game. Should work pretty well if both players have a copy.

9. #Forbidden Island - Co-op game of survival. There isn't a whole lot to manage in this game so it should be easy to run with one player coordinating all of the moves. If other players have a copy, they could also follow along and coordinate the movements on their own copy just for the sake of adding the tactile experience.

Edit #2: We ran a giveaway and polled people to get their suggestions for games to play over Zoom. Here are the top games suggested: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/XGu5a9gjta/top-board-games-to-play-over-zoom-or-video-chat

Edit #3: I put together an article with the most popular choices: https://www.boardgameatlas.com/forum/JHYUEr7Nmy/top-board-games-to-play-over-zoom--part-2

Supporter8 months ago

Great suggestions! I'm might try Just One or Codenames (I don't own any of the others)

7 months ago

I played virtual bingo with family at the weekend. Found a good guide online (https://onlinebingo.co.uk/news/organise-a-virtual-bingo-night) - only problem was that you need a printer to use the cards and grandparents can just about use a computer! The night was on the whole a success and we made it unique by coming up with bingo calls related to each other.

Supporter7 months ago

Great idea!

7 months ago

I recently built my first web game....CodeMemez! It's like Codenames, but with GIFs and built-in video chat! Would love for y'all to check it out and give me any feedback :)

Supporter7 months ago

Very cool!

7 months ago

@JamesReid860 thanks! it's a work in progress but has been really fun to play with friends/family so far. let me know if you have any feedback!

Supporter7 months ago

Sounds Good!

Supporter7 months ago

We also recently played both Clank! and Arctic Scavengers over Zoom. Just had one group control the cards and the other one follow along. 

Owner8 months ago

After having a giveaway with people polling and suggesting games we made a video with the top 4 recommended games! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-SdsDPXMBQ

Supporter8 months ago

That's awesome! I thought it was a really great idea when I saw the survey go out. 

Supporter8 months ago

Has anyone checked out the Vorpal board kickstarter? It would probably be great for times like this

8 months ago

I started a premium Tabletopia account and a Discord server and played last night with a few guys and everything went fairly well.  We had some sound hiccups at first but ironed them out as play went along. 

Supporter8 months ago

Awesome!  I just posted something about this.  I want to at least try to get in for some free games on Tabletopia.  Is Discord the way to be able to chat during it?

8 months ago

Yep, I think it could be used along side other games as well but seemed to be pretty smooth with Tabletopia.  My buddies used there phones.  I had Discord running in the background on my laptop.

Supporter8 months ago

That’s a perfect way to do it.

Supporter8 months ago

Also I think with some maneuvering party games could work ... I'm thinking codenames or Just one

Supporter8 months ago

I think that roll and write games could work well with this system. Even if only one person owns the game and sends a score sheet to everyone else playing it could work well. 

Owner8 months ago

Definitely, #Welcome to... would be very simple to do if the owner scans the sheet and sends it to everyone to print out ahead of time.

Supporter8 months ago

Right? That’s what I’m thinking

Owner8 months ago

How does playing over Zoom work? Just trying to imagine how you and your friends Pandemic that way haha

8 months ago

Just randomly came across this thread.  We play "Pandemic" a lot with my wife's uncle.  We're social distancing, because of coronavirus and couldn't visit him this weekend.  We found a pretty cool work-around though.  One way you could potentially do this is just using a couple devices (laptop/phones, etc) ... one set up so the webcam is pointed at the board game and the other set up so that the camera is pointed at this person.  Just make sure one of the devices is muted and not connected to the audio otherwise you're going to have a weird feedback loop where it's echoing audio from both devices.

However, because we love Pandemic so much, we found an even better way of doing this using the Pandemic iOS app.

Just a note on the ipad/iphone app.  It works pretty well, but it's designed to be played locally where you pass the device to each person on their turn.  

Here's what we did:

- On my laptop I hosted a meeting via Zoom with my camera/sound enabled (I use Zoom through work, so that part was easy)
- I also joined the meeting using my ipad.  
- I set up the ipad running the Pandemic mobile app
- On the ipad, I enabled screen sharing so that people connected to the zoom call could see my ipad screen (here's some instructions:  https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115005890803-iOS-Screen-Sharing )
- Just a note that on the zoom call on the ipad, I disconnected audio to prevent that weird echo thing where it was picking up audio from both my laptop and ipad... that said, I did enable the setting to enable device audio sharing (see that same support article) so that people connected to the zoom call could hear the sounds effects/music from the mobile game.
- We invited my uncle-in-law to the zoom call.

It worked out really well.  We set up 3 players on the ipad app... he was able to see everything we were doing.  On this turn, he just gave us instructions on what we should do... "move me to Atlanta... Ok... let me see my cards again... ok... I think I should work on collecting yellows", etc.  



First game was a big success.  We won on Introductory difficulty, but we'll probably ramp it up for the next round.  

Supporter7 months ago

Nice!

Supporter8 months ago

I guess we started trying to use zoom and then found out that the free version of zoom only allowed us to have a 40 minute conversation. 

Supporter8 months ago

We did end up using Facebook messenger. One of us started the message and called the others. We had 3 couples playing so it was a split screen 3 ways. We all had a copy of pandemic and picked one of us to actually run the game, draw cards, play diseases etc. The other two mimicked what happened on the boards in front of us. We also set out the cards the other players had as the game went on. It actually worked really well. 

Partner8 months ago

I like this idea.... awesome....

Supporter8 months ago

Thanks! We just are having a hard time figuring out other games to play. This one worked because each of us owned a copy of the game and expansions we were playing with. 

Supporter8 months ago

Curious about this also. 

Supporter8 months ago

It worked really well but mainly because we each had a copy of the game to look at and plan with. I think if we were all just watching one of us playing and making decisions it wouldn’t be as fun.