I like to get a game for the family for Christmas that we can play that evening (and beyond, games aren’t just for Christmas you know!).
Stuff that we own and love range from Crokinole and Carrom to Happy Salmon and That’s not a Hat.
I also have Doodle Dash (which is ace, but generally I don’t like drawing games), Anomia, Just One, *So Clover, Monikers/ Times Up and the usual Decrypto and Codenames (maybe I have too many party games). Skull King and Mino Dice also fit. I also own Pitch Car
Any recommendations please? Is Table is Lava any good? Should I just buy Pictomania or Lama Dice?
Something that’s easy to learn, fast to play and will end up with us shouting and laughing.
So I already mentioned dexterity games, let’s look at party games, something I haven’t done in a long while!
I’ll +1 some previously mentioned games: Telestrations and Wavelength
Bring Your Own Book: this is best played with A) a specifically selected set of prompt cards and, most importantly B) a collection of specific, short books; kids books work best because of general familiarity, family-friendliness, and they are short and easy to skim to find a good match. Get a collection of kids’ Christmas books and cherry-pick some prompts and it’ll be a riot. I also recommend this, specifically, for baby showers.
Wits & Wagers: good-ish party game that combines trivia and wagering. Can be played as teams, as well, for very high player counts.
and, of course 18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express plays up to 8 and a game can be knocked out in 12 hours or less (with experienced players). Sure to delight all those 19th century european business moguls in your family.