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: 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

Homophonia

Homophonia is an interactive word game that involves quick identification of two consecutive homophones (words that sound alike) that are missing from a sentence An example is “She saw a man with a wooden BLANK away a mosquito.” The answer is shoe and shoo. Host: Alan Stillson

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: Ed You

Oh Hell!

A strategy card game where sticking it to your opponents is half the fun! Very easy to learn, 3 to 20 players can participate. Play it for a while, and when the cards don't go your way, you'll find yourself saying "Oh Hell!" Host: Nikki Frey

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: Ed You

Pictorial Trivia

Here’s a new twist on an old favorite. Get together in teams of six and identify photographs of famous people, places and things and the facts behind them. The famous people may include scientists, world leaders, authors, artists, musicians. Places may include iconic buildings and other structures in the U.S. and around the world. Jana Bickel will be the host and Craig Lancaster will facilitate the computer graphics. Come and test your visual knowledge. Trivia was last hosted at StaRGazing by our friend, Joyce Francisco. Host: Jana Bickel

Popular Music ID Quiz

If you can identify song titles and the artists who recorded them from hearing short segments of them, you’ll do well on this quiz. Hints and trivia about the songs will be provided. There will be three sections: (a) Top 10 hits from the 1960's (b) Holiday songs & (c) Popular folk songs. Host: Robert Savenye

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