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When you want to have fun with friends without leaving the comfort of your student apartments in Arlington, hosting a game night is the perfect way to do it! We love a good game night here at 848 Mitchell, which is why we’re rounding up some of our favorite tabletop games for groups large and small.

Do you know a friend or neighbor who loves game nights? Be sure to share this post with them and pass along the inspiration! Now without further ado, let’s jump right into our game recommendations, shall we?

Exploding Kittens

A party classic, this quick, irreverent, and dynamic card game pits 2-5 players against each other in a battle to see who can survive the longest without getting “exploded” with a—you guessed it—exploding kitten. The game is easy to learn and doesn’t take long to play, so it’s perfect for smaller groups of any skill level and just about any age. Play as many rounds as your group has the appetite for, and stop whenever you like. The flexibility and silliness of this game are two of its main draws.

Codenames

Codenames is the perfect game for groups with an even number of players who want to challenge their minds. Codenames require players to make associations between several words that may have only tenuous connections between them in order to guess all their team’s words before the opposing team guesses theirs. This game can be played with anyone, but is especially fun for groups with a lot of shared experiences and interests—groups that share a wavelength, as it were. That’s because clue-givers and guessers will be attempting to read each other’s minds and guess how the other thinks about a variety of concepts.

Catch Phrase

If your group enjoys games of speed and quick thinking, Catch Phrase is a great option. Competitive but team-based, this game has a nice balance of camaraderie and cut-throat energies, so it can suit a variety of player types. Part hot potato, part guessing game, Catch Phrase rewards those who are invigorated by thinking on their feet and outside of the box. Plus, it can support any even number of players. Odd-numbered groups can still play as long as one person is willing to only be a guesser and never a clue-giver, playing for both teams.

Telestrations

Nobody wins or loses in this drawing game. In fact, the game is most fun when things go awry, making it an excellent game for groups that aren’t necessarily in it for a competitive atmosphere. Telestrations is like having several games of telephone going at once, only instead of whispering to your teammates, you’re transmitting the clue by quickly attempting to draw it. This game is easy to find online or in stores and comes in a regular set accommodating up to 8 players, or a party pack that up to 12 players can enjoy.

President

Sometimes called Scum (or other, less repeatable names), President is played with a regular deck of cards and can accommodate 3-8 players, or more if you use multiple card decks. This is one of those card games with a lot of rules variations that you can pick and choose to suit the preferences of your group, and it evokes a spirit of friendly competition as players vie for the most desirable positions. Plus, you can play for just a few quick rounds or as long as you like, depending on how much fun folks are having.

A word of warning, though: sore losers may hate this game, as they will not only suffer defeat, but will also be forced to don a title that adds insult to injury, suffer in-game disadvantages, and, depending on your particular cocktail of variant rules, potentially be forced to perform unpleasant duties due to their position at the bottom of the game’s hierarchy. They’ll have a chance to raise their station every round, and the rankings do frequently change, but be aware that President may not bring out the best in folks who already have a tough time seeing the fun in a game they are losing.

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