Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive, risque or politically incorrect printed on playing cards. The person who most recently "pooped" goes first is the reader, and plays a black card, face up. The other players answer the question or fill in the blanks by each passing white cards to the reader. The reader shuffles all of the answers and shares each card combination with the group. The reader then picks the funniest play, and whoever submitted it gets one "Awesome Point". Note: Adult language, offensive and scatological humor. We are not imposing an age limit, so it is the parent's full and complete responsibility to restrict their children from playing if they do not wish them to participate. Host: Jay Friedlander

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: Roy Ball and Jay Friedlander

Code Names

Codenames is a game of guessing which code names (words) in a set are related to a hint-word given by another player. Players split into two teams: red and blue. One player of each team is selected as the team's spymaster; the others are field operatives. Twenty-five code name cards, each bearing a word, are laid out in a 5 by 5 rectangular grid, in random order. The teams' spymaster gives verbal hints about the words on the respective cards. Each hint may only consist of one single word and a number (the number of cards related to the hint). The spymaster should give a hint that is related to as many of the words on his/her own agents' cards as possible, but not to any others -- lest they accidentally lead their team to choose a card representing an innocent bystander, an opposing agent, or the assassin (ends game immediately). 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

Jonathan's Killer Spelling Bee

Watch out ...the leader might sometimes “accidentally” mispronounce the word to be spelled. Make sure not to rely completely on the administrator’s pronunciation, because it is not always going to be completely correct ...but it does make things more challenging for us! This game was brought to StaRGazing by our friend, Stratton Lindenmeyer. Host: Jonathan Elliott

Lawyer Games

Also called Minute Mysteries, a short mystery is stated, and the audience ask questions that the leader can answer either "Yes" or "No" until the mystery is solved. Sample: “The music stopped. The woman died. How?” Once solved, we start another riddle. This game was brought to StaRGazing by our friend, Myron Faverman. Host: TBD

Not So Trivial Trivia

Small teams 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.This game was brought to StaRGazing by our friend, Joyce Francisco. Host: Jana Bickel

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: TBD