Big Bang Theory Trivia

Use your knowledge of trivia from the TV series to earn character cards for each of the five original characters. Or steal someone else’s cards in a head on challenge of Rock/Paper/Scissors/Lizard/Spock. It’s that simple — and you don’t have to be a genius! Host: Ed You

Carnelli

Carnelli is the classic Mensa word-association game consisting of movies, music, books, and whatever else the capricious and arbitrary host will allow. More details are on Wikipedia’s Carnelli page. Host: Jay Friedlander

Colander

Colander is the basis for the popular party game Time’s Up. We write a bunch of names on cards and toss them into a colander. First round you can say or do virtually anything to clue the popular figure on the card. Second round is one word plus gestures and humming. Final round is strictly humming and pantomime. Host: Jay Friedlander

Encore

Your team will get an ordinary word, and you’ve got to help them out by thinking of a song that has that word in the lyrics. Any song will do, even old commercial jingles or TV theme songs. Actually, you’ll have to sing at least eight words of the song, but no one cares how badly you sing or if you’re off-key — just sing it! Host: Jay Friedlander

Family Feud

Teams of four Mensans will play StaRGazing 2017’s own version of the perennial hit TV game show. Questions were posed to Mensans about subjects near and dear to their hearts. Form your own team prior to the show or find teammates in the audience. Teams will rotate often so teams will have more than one chance to win the tournament. If you don’t want to play, enjoy the fun and games from the audience. Host: Ed You

Karnak, An Original Interactive Word Game

Alan Stillson is author or co-author of ten puzzle books, including seven official American Mensa titles. Here’s a chance to enjoy an original interactive word game by finding three rhyming words from Karnak-style clues. For example, if the clues are requiem, Spanish and nitrogen, the answer is a mass, a class and a gas. It’s fast moving and easy to play — no tiles, no boards.

Kids Werewolves and Villagers

By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, angry villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But oops; sometimes they just kill off “innocent villagers.”) “Werewolf” requires observation, some deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? Since an average game takes 15-20 minutes, new players can join quickly. (This game is similar to, but better than, “Mafia.”) Host: Aaron Mertzel

Lawyer Games

Myron Faverman used to run this game of questions and deductions and StaRGazing 2017 will run it again in his memory. Sample: “The music stopped. The woman died. How?” Ask a series of “Yes” and “No” questions to deduce the events of her death. Then start another riddle. Host: Teodora Chrystie

Lyric Snippets, a variation of Name That Tune

This long-standing RG tradition will be tweaked this year. Instead of hearing the notes, you will hear a snippet of lyrics. All songs will be from well-known musicals or movies. For example, the snippet, “sometimes the ace, sometimes the deuces” is from “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles. The host is Alan Stillson, leader of the GLAAM Folksong SIG.

Not So Trivial Trivia by Joyce Francisco

Teams of 3 will match wits to answer trivia questions that range from the sublime to the ridiculous to the arcane. Winning team gets a gift to share. The trivia master has the final word on correct answers. Host: Jana Bickel

Palabra

Cards with color-coded letters create crafty new ways to score. Make words from cards — all the same color scores double. Make “straights” of three or more consecutive letters. Starred cards double or triple the value. Make “flushes” (five or more cards all the same color, no word necessary). And other shrewd and wily ways to score. Host: Jay Friedlander

The 2nd Semi-Annual Stratton Lindenmeyer Memorial Spelling Bee

Stratton was one of the Los Angeles chapter’s most colorful characters (as well as one of its smartest) for some 50 years until his passing in early 2016. Among his many special quirks, he would administer Spelling Bees in which he would sometimes “accidentally” mispronounce the word to be spelled, which of course made things more challenging for us. This year’s Spelling Bee will pay homage to this tradition, so make sure not to rely completely on the administrator’s pronunciation, because it is not always going to be completely correct! Host: Jonathan Elliott

Taboo

Some things are better left unsaid. How do you get your team to say “diamond” if you can’t say baseball, ring, carat, jewel, or engagement. Each time your team shouts out the secret word, you get a point, but be careful, your opponents will be looking over your shoulder making sure you don’t say any of the Taboo words. Host: Jay Friedlander

Werewolves and Villagers

By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, angry villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But oops; sometimes they just kill off “innocent villagers.”) “Werewolf” requires observation, some deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? Since an average game takes 15-20 minutes, new players can join quickly. (This game is similar to, but better than, “Mafia.”) Host: Ed You