Skull board game
Skull board game

Skull

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An ancient game of ornate skulls and dangerous roses, Skull is simple to learn but dangerously difficult to win. You must bluff, lie and pierce through the deceptions to expose the roses. Be wary, though - if you happen across a skull, the consequences are dire!

Players will hold three rose cards and one skull. Add a card to the pile in front of you, and when you feel lucky, announce your challenge and declare how many cards you will flip. Cards that show a rose are safe, but if you expose your opponent's hidden skull, you lose one of your own cards. Keep your cards to the bitter end to win this clever game of deception and perception!


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  • A really nice bluffing game that I really enjoy. I've had some great moments playing with family at gatherings. Its simple to teach, easy to play and allows you to feel smart when you out guess/think your opponents. Highly recommend.
  • Loads of potential cloaked in its simplicity. It got more fun after repeated plays which bodes well for long term enjoyment. Still, it wasn’t as riotously hilarious as I was expecting. Could just be the 4 players, we’re not overly loud or boisterous and the game needs a few of that type of personalities to work at its best. Think it might be better at higher player counts as well.
  • Simple, fun, but bluffing, which isn't my fave
  • Great, easy to teach party game.
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I think this shows that so much people are really down for the experience and may not know the similar fun board games have to offer. 

I also have many around me (gf for one) that can't do with the stress of straight lying to someone next to them. Because of this games like #Skull and #A Fake Artist Goes to New York have been easier to get to the table. Another one I enjoy is #Deception: Murder in Hong Kong as it gives players clues to go off rather than constructing a lie from the ground up. 

A lot of similar Among Us feels can be found in #Secret Hitler , #Hail Hydra and #The Resistance: Avalon among many others too. 

Some of the games that aren't necessarily about a hidden traitor but at least give me the same feeling of trying to decieve are #Coup, #Poker, #Skull, and #Sheriff of Nottingham. They each give me that same adrenaline when I'm trying to make something work and need others to be convinced of it too!

So much fun.

There are three games in my owned/played list that are in the 60's but I think it should be pushed up into the 70's: #Hive, #Friday, #Skull. This usually occurs with abstracts, "smaller" games, games with luck, or family games.

I'll probably be trying #Secret Hitler and #The Resistance: Avalon soon (new to the hobby) and feel I'd enjoy them. But I also know many who are not fond of those types of games off the bat. There are simpler alternatives such as #Skull and #A Fake Artist Goes to New York that I found take a simpler approach to the bluffing aspect and are more approachable for everyone, requiring small lies and mindgames rather than outwardly lying to someone. 

Who do you typically play with? By gateway games, if you're looking for games that are very easy to introduce to non-gamers, then here are some that come to mind:

  • #Century: Golem Edition - Great art, fun crystal-like components, and teaches the concept of engine-building
  • #Azul - Another very attractive game for newcomers because of the awesome tiles. Great tile laying/pattern building game
  • #Just One - Co-op word based game that gets people laughing easily
  • #Skull - Simple bluffing game that's easy to teach and doesn't put a lot of pressure on new gamers
  • #Santorini - Abstract strategy game that plays like an expanded 3d tic-tac-toe, best for 2p
  • #Welcome to... - If you want to try roll and writes and want a theme that's relatable and plays at near limitless player counts
  • #Pandemic - Staple co-op game

Here are some games that I consider a slight step-up in terms of complexity, but still very approachable:

  • #Wingspan - "Tableau-building" game with the theme of birds. You place cards in three different rows that give you different benefits such as gathering resources, laying eggs, or getting you more bird cards that have different powers. You can pull off satisfying chain reactions of combos that build off of the different bird powers. It's an attractive looking game so it's easy to wow a wider audience
  • #The Quacks of Quedlinburg - "Bag-building" game where you're creating a potion by randomly pulling out various ingredients from your bag and placing them into your cauldron. Some ingredients will help you create a higher quality potion while having too many of the white ingredients will make your cauldron burst. By creating and selling high quality potions, you'll be able to purchase better ingredients that will help your future rounds. Nice mix of long term strategy with an element of pushing your luck just before the point of bursting your pot
  • #Viticulture: Essential Edition - Good "intro+" for worker placement games. Players manage a handle of workers to accomplish various tasks to tend to their vineyard, produce grapes, and sell wine to your visitors
  • #Tiny Towns - Great spatial management and pattern building game where you're working with a highly limited grid space to build a town by making polyomino shapes

Not much for me this week except for 2 sessions of #Skull with my wife and my parents! I really like this game because:

  1. Easy to teach, quick rounds, and most groups ask for one more game. Even for those who don't get the rules quickly, they'll understand after the first round.
  2. It's a simple bluffing game that doesn't put as much pressure on people who aren't experienced with or those who don't like this genre.
  3. It's fun to see unexpected sides come out of people when it comes to taking major gambles!

I'm looking for a game to play with my wife and my parents!

  • Player count: 4
  • Time limit: Under 1.5 hours
  • Games that we like: #Camel Up (second edition), #Skull, #Just One
  • We don't like: My dad isn't too interested in thinky/puzzly games.
  • We like: Games with good amount of luck, risk-taking, and relying on intuition.
  • Other requirements: It should be preferably language independent since my parents are only good with conversational English. Dexterity games could be an option as well and that is why I've been thinking about #Flip Ships. The overall mood of the game should be lighthearted and get us laughing!

Thanks in advance :)

I'm stuck. I haven't played any truly heavy games yet but I do really enjoy medium-ish games I've played so far. I'll just give a list of light games I've enjoyed that come to mind at the moment: