Favorite Games in your Collection by Number of Players
What are your favorite games for each player range level. Try to only include games in your personal collection only. A single game may fill multiple player number slots. Out of all of the games you've listed, pick the single game out of your collection that you enjoy playing the most. When making a game selection at each player number, assume you have the right game group to play the game with (i.e. One that enjoys the game as much as you therefore providing maximum enjoyment of the given game at that player number).
Feel free to comment on why you've selected the games for each player number. Commenting is not required.
Here is my list:
Currently I do not have any games that fit under 1 player; at least none that I enjoy playing single player. Games that I've tried single player that just didn't quite work out are : Thunderstone, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game, Pandemic, and Window. Up to this point I have to say that the social experience plays a big role in board gaming for me. Single player games that I may try in the future: Onirim and Friday
Summoner Wars is by far my favorite two player game. I just love every aspect of this game. I do not get to play it near enough since my game group usually ranges from 5 to 8. This is one game I wish I could play a lot more, as such I'm eagerly awaiting the IOS implementation by Playdek.
Pandemic fills the 3 player slot for me. As it is I don't get to play this game as much as I'd like to. But I think that is my story with a lot of games. Pandemic used to be my favorite 4 player game in my collection until just recently. Power Grid usurped that position.
Power Grid is a new favorite of mine. I have only played it a couple of times, but man is it fun. Even though I haven't played it very much, I believe Power Grid will fill this spot for a long time to come.
I don't think there are enough good things I can say about Cosmic Encounter. I have yet to have a dull moment while playing it. I love the craziness and chaos generated by this game. The interactions between the aliens go a long way in keeping this game interesting. I think I have to attribute having a really backstabbity game group to making this game so much fun. My group is hyper-competitive, and rarely do we let a game go by with a shared victory. A relatively recent addition to my collection (El Grande) may soon fill the 5 player slot. I haven't had a chance to play it yet but hear great things about it. Time will tell.
The Resistance fills this spot hands down. This game is always a lot of fun. Playing this game multiple times in a single session just adds to the enjoyment. I enjoy the aspect of how everyone takes into account previous games played and towards the end of the night nobody trusts anyone.
I don't have any games that support more than 10 at the moment.
I think out of all the games in my collection right now. I enjoy playing Cosmic Encounter the most. I think a big part of this has to do with having a game group that fits in perfectly with the spirit of Cosmic Encounter.
[Edited] Added links to BGG game entries instead of just the game name
[Edited] Changed the format. Thanks goes out to PrivateMeggido for the format.
Board Game: Memoir '44
[Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:106]
[Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
1 Player - Nemo's War by Victory Point Games (I travel a lot for work and it is handy to have a solitaire game)
2 Player - Memoir 44
3 Player - hmmmm....Shipyard
4 Player - Vikings - hands down
5 Player - another tough one, so many....Ticket to Ride Europe
6 Player - Power Grid in every form
7 Player - 7 Wonders
8 Player - Memoir 44 Overlord
9 Player - 2 copies of Memoir 44 Overlord
10 Player - 5 copies of Memoir 44
I wonder if you can figure what my favourite game is?
County of Essex
1 Player Mosby's Raiders
2 players Nato(VG), or Third World war.
3 - 4 players Fury Of Dracula or Thunder road.
5-6 players Merchant of Venus, or
History of the World
7 players Civilisation
I havem o games for more then 7 players (well maybe Kingmaker, so that gets the 8+ vote..
1 player: None
2 player: Blue Moon City
3 player: Tigris & Euphrates
4 player: Louis XIV
5 player: Princes of the Renaissance
6 player: Medici
7 player: None
I wanted to get Vikings on this list, but it just missed at each of the 2, 3, and 4 player slots.
Property of LunaClara
Board games rule my life, and my wife's. That is a good thing, believe it or not ;)
EDIT: Elaborated a bit and improved the layout.
This little game has a good length for a one player game. You could spend about 20 minutes or so. Part of the game is learning to optimize your deck of cards, part of it is luck. You can increase the difficulty of the game in several ways.
I am generally not a big fan of solitaire games, but this one was fun. Runner ups: Onirim and Le Havre.
War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age
Bar none, the best game I want to play when I have a willing opponent. The theme and the mechanics blend really well on this one, and even in situations where you know you are doomed, is still very entertaining to continue the fight to see how far could you go. I have not played this one enough times.
Runner ups: Jaipur and Carcassonne: The Castle.
Turn the Tide
Found this amazing little game not long ago. With three players, there are a lot of things to calculate for such a simple set of mechanics. I ended up liking this a whole lot more than I did For Sale which is by the same designer.
Runner ups: Troyes and Agricola
Defenders of the Realm.
This coop works great with a full compliment of four. The cooperative nature of it fits most situations, as this is relatively easy to explain even to relative new players, yet it is challenging enough for seasoned ones. For your average four player sit down, this one can go anything from one hour up to two, depending on the players, so it is really good as an overall fit for this size.
Runner ups: Manhattan, Thurn and Taxis and Ghost Stories.
Probably my favorite game of all time. Action selection and area control, combined with simple mechanics for order and bidding. This game has a good balance of complexity vs. length, and it allows for competitive play where catching the leader as a group is a good part of the interaction. If you have the Decennial edition, judicious mix of expansions will make your experience last you a long time.
Runner ups: A Game of Thrones (first edition), Cyclades and Kingsburg.
Revolution! works really well for six players. There is a little downtime when people are making their decisions, and the resolution is always interesting. Attempting to outwit-outthink-outbid your opponents is everthing here. The only drawback of the game is that a runaway leader is really tough to catch up with, but by the time you figure that one out, the game is probably close to over and the experience is fun. Note Revolution! The Palace is required for 6 players.
Runner Ups: Dice Town with Dice Town Extension, Warrior Knights and Mall of Horror.
The Resistance can't be beaten as the best game for this range of players. Really easy to explain and play, it will allow for multiple plays and a mix of players of different backgrounds, ages and play styles. I had shy players, kids, moms and dads, teenagers all together in one group, accusing each other and having a blast discovering they were tricked by the person they though would never be able to do so. Hint: Do not use the expansion cards. In my opinion, the game is a whole lot more interesting when the spies have the upper hand, and the expansion cards can turn the game into pure deduction vs. social interaction.
Runner Ups: Nanuk, Long Shot and Arkham Horror.
More than 10:
Werewolf is definitely the go to game for this. I own the version pictured, which is pretty, but you can play this with pieces of paper or a regular deck of cards. For whatever reason, people enjoy playing this for hours (and days, or months by forum) on end. All you need is a decent moderator or someone that can stick to a script pretty well. With expanding powers and other additions this game can become pretty exciting for repeat plays.
Runner ups: Dixit Odyssey, Telestrations and Wits & Wagers.
Stone is the name and Art is my game!
What number are we thinking of? 69!
1 player chainsaw warrior
2 Warhammer Fantasy Battles
3 Power Grid
4 Tigris and Euphrates
5 Puerto Rico
6 Battlestar Galactica
Honorable mentions for
Battle Cry- 2 player
Call for your partner Pitch- 5 Player
Tellestrations- 8 -12 player
Melting souls with cuteness since 2007
1 player: Ghost Stories
2 players: Dust Tactics
3 players: StarCraft: tbg
4 players: Twilight Imperium 3
5 players: Puerto Rico: Anniversary
6 players: Twilight Imperium 3
7 players: Twilight Imperium 3
8 players: Twilight Imperium 3
I came. I saw.
I lost miserably.
One Player: None. Without a social interaction it is a puzzle, not a game.
Two Player: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912, more variety than the original.
Three Player: Catan: Cities & Knights, which plays better with 4, but there are better games at 4.
Four Player: Caylus, but I have to find people to play with me.
Five Player: Robo Rally, the best number for one of my favorites. Just edging out Amun-Re
Six Player: Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company, we only play with the expansion now.
Seven Player: BANG!, still great with 7.
Eight Player: Tripoley, an old calssic that plays best with 8 and still allows for socialization.
Nine Player: Cranium Hoopla, but they don't make it anymore and it seriously needs a card expansion.
Ten Player: See all those better games in the 3-5 player range, consider playing those. Otherwise you are stuck with party games, preferrably in teams.
Board Game: Cuba
[Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:320]
Oi! Hands off...
1 Player - Pocket Pro Golf. I tend to do the commentary by David Feherty and Peter Alliss, which draws me some pretty strange looks in the pub.
2 Player - Mr Jack in New York. We play a lot of 2P games, as do most husband-and-wife gamers, I guess. At the minute, though, this tension-packed deduction game is my favourite.
3 Player - Agricola. 'Gric is one of my favourite games, full stop. I think it's best with 3, even if that does mean sacrificing some of the Occupations.
4 Player - Cuba. Lots of competition for the 4-5 player spots. I'm on a big Cuba high at the minute, spurred on by last year's Santiago de Cuba, and 4 really does seem to be a sweet spot.
5 Player - Modern Art. Twenty years on, and it's still awesome. I can't get enough Modern Art!
6 Player - Warrior Knights. The simultaneous-action selection prevents downtime once everyone knows what they're doing. Generally, though, I'd go with two tables of 3.
7 Player - Citadels. Might be a bit draggy with 7, but I've had enough of 7 Wonders by now.
8 Player - PitchCar. I do like a good dexterity game.
9 Player - The Resistance. I'm baffled as to why it's so highly rated, but a large group seems like the best place to get some good play out of it.
10 Player - Pit - One hundred and ten years on, and it's still pretty good.
1 Player: Friday - a fairly new game to me, that I enjoy so far.
2 Player: Summoner Wars - There's a lot of 2 player games I like, but the elegance and theme of this one keeps bringing me back.
3 Player: Sentinels of the Multiverse - I find that 3 players is the right amount for this game, even though it's optimized for 4.
4 Player: Ghost Stories w/White Moon - Not too many games I like better.
5 Player: Kingsburg w/Forge a Realm - Love the chaos of 5 players.
6 Player: Gunslinger - an oldie but goodie.
7 Player: Shadow Hunters - Fun quick game for 7 or 8.
8 Player: Red Dragon Inn 1/2/3 - A near perfect game for a bunch of old time Roleplayers like us.
9-10 Player: The Resistance - Haven't even played it yet, but this would be my choice if 9 or 10 players were in the room.
11-15 Player: Ultimate Werewolf - Played it a few times with smaller groups, but it needs this many to shine.
16+ Players: Break into smaller groups...
My favourite is Gunslinger.
1 Player: None
2 Player: Lost Cities - About the only 2 player games I play are fillers.
3 Player: Race for the Galaxy - My favorite game
4 Player: Primordial Soup - Works best with 4 players
5 Player: Battlestar Galactica - Works best with 5 players
6 Player: Cosmic Encounter - Sweet spot between not enough players and too many players
7 Player: Shadows over Camelot - The more the merrier
8 Player: Shadows over Camelot: Merlins Company
9 Player: The Resistance - Only a few games to choose from above 8
10 Player: Werewolf
Another Lions season...
I was going to write this list off and just say "Well, for 1 to 5 players the answer will be the same because my favorite game is great for 1 to 5." However, I thought I'd make it a little more interesting and force myself to pick a different game for each play count. This makes it a much more interesting challenge.
1 Player: Pandemic = While I never really want to play alone, occasionally it becomes unavoidable. In that scenario Pandemic is a great game (especially with the On the Brink expansion.) I love "solving the puzzle" as most people describe cooperative games. While I'd rather play Pandemic with more players, it does translate pretty seamlessly into a solo game. Plus, once you've set it up, resetting the board and card decks is fairly simple, so multiple games in one sitting are feasible.
2 Players: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit = I can't wait until I can play this game again. It has rules for 4 players, but really it is intended as a 2-player, and it is one of the few that I keep in my collection. While I basically have to make an appointment with a friend in order to play, it is totally worth the effort. Even as someone who has learned to revile the movie that this game is based on, I find that this game brings the good parts of Star Wars to life in an amazing way.
3 Players: Dominion = I'm not even sure I've even played this game with 3 players, however I think this might be the perfect number. With 4 it can sometimes drag (depending on who's playing.) With 2 it almost feels too fast. So 3 should work great. I love everything about the game, actually the whole family of games and expansions. Any time I can get 2 other players who already know this game I'll absolutely suggest it.
4 Players: Vegas Showdown = On the flipside I almost always play Vegas Showdown with exactly 4 players. It is perfect with either 4 or 5, I don't care which. The competition in the auctions is awesome, and makes for some tough decisions. I also love the tile-laying and that feeling at the end that you built something cool (even if you didn't win.) Vegas Showdown and Dominion are in tight competition for my favorite competitive game of all time.
5 Players: Lord of the Rings = My favorite game wins this position. If I have willing players I would pick this with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 players! It is amazing no matter how many are at the table. I picked the 5 player slot simply because the more players cooperating makes the game that much more enjoyable. I wish we still had teens in our youth group who were interested in this game. It was a tradition several years ago, but now all the teens I played with have graduated and moved away.
6 Players: Say Anything = Slowly we will start walking into the party games now. This is my favorite of the Apples-to-Apples mechanism games. The freedom to answer the questions however you like adds so much to the game. I also find 6 players ideal because, when played by the rules, each player gets 2 chances to be the judge. Extending it out to a full 12 rounds is pretty much the best way to play.
7 Players: Shadows over Camelot = I believe I mentioned earlier that the more players cooperating makes the game more enjoyable, well then this is an awesome combo. Maxing out the player count for this game allows you to play a strategic cooperative game, and it has the intrigue of the potential traitor. This is another on the list of games that I wish I could find the right group to play more frequently. It is amazingly fun, and I am lucky to have a wife who calls this her favorite game.
8 Players: Time's Up! Title Recall! = Best party game ever made, and it is best when played in 2-player teams. Four teams total is about right to make this a delightful experience. In fact I have had some of my most hilariously memorable experiences when playing this game with a few other couples. I absolutely love it, and can't wait until we get the right group together again to play.
9 Players: We Didn't Playtest This At All = Without question the most insanely silly game I've ever played. It's tough to pick a game that fits 9 players, but this one fits just about any number and still doesn't take more than 10 minutes. I love every goofy moment playing this game, and once is never enough. This is one that the teens do love, and I can easily pull together 9 people to play and it is a blast. Absolutely hilarious inanity.
10 or More Players: Things... = Playing games with groups this large is always a challenge. You really have 2 options, split into big teams and play something like Wits & Wagers (which is spectacular,) or play a game like this that could conceivably play 30 people. I'm going to pick this one, because I think identifying a team game for big groups is less challenging. This game is hilarious and it always ends up traveling down an unexpected (often dirty) path. So funny, especially with church groups.
D a v i d B u r k e y
A mole a day keeps the chemist away...
One Player: Friday
My current favorite solitaire game; I have enjoyed this more than I anticipated. The game really does reward skillful play, and the different levels and pirate cards have kept it fresh after several plays.
Honorable Mention: Ottoman Sunset, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Two Players: Commands & Colors: Ancients
A game that captures the spirit of ancient warfare and takes only about an hour to play. Lots of scenarios. Lots of blocks. And Rampaging Elephants! Now I just need to find another opponent (I moved away from my initial one).
Honorable Mention: Pinochle, San Juan, Macao
Three Players: San Marco
The card distribution mechanism in this game really shines with three players.
Honorable Mention: Yspahan, Catan
Four Players: Stone Age
I love the dice-based resource acquisition in this game. The competition for resources, cards and huts seems more engaging with a full compliment of four players.
Honorable Mention: Egizia, The Downfall of Pompeii
Five Players: El Grande
This is still my all-time favorite game to play, and it is always best when there are five players to fight for control of the provinces. Pure gaming heaven.
Honorable Mention: Age of Renaissance, No Thanks!
Six Players: Illuminati: Deluxe Edition
An evil, nasty game that is delicious fun with six players. Alliances can develop and change over the course of the game with this number of players.
Honorable Mention: Winner's Circle, TransAmerica/Trans Europa
Seven Players: Wits & Wagers
I still like trivia games, and none is better with a large group than this game. And there is betting!
Honorable Mention: Advanced Civilization, BANG!
Eight Players (or more): Poker
Shuffle up and deal!
Honorable Mention: Tsuro, Balderdash
Board Game: Caylus
[Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:29]
1 Player: Le Havre
2 Player: Twilight Struggle
3 Player: Caylus
4 Player: Dungeon Petz
5 Player: Chicago Express
6 Player: Imperial
7 Player: Wits & Wagers
Vanuatu and Container get very honorable mentions for barely being beaten at 4 and 5 players, respectively. (I've yet to try Vanuatu at 5.)
1P: Video games
2P: Cave Evil
3P: Reef Encounter
4P: Dominant Species
5P: El Grande
6P: What do you guys think, two groups of 3?
Jorge Antonio Sánchez Sánchez
3: Maria (the joke doesn´t continue, but it may)
6: Here I Stand
7: Struggle of Empires
8: Don´t know... musical chairs?
10: Formula D
11: too many people... The beer game
Great idea for a list.
For one player gaming, I don't do much. But I bet I will once I get my hands on Cuba Libre.
2P: There are a goozillion Best-Games-for-Couples geeklists on BGG. They should all have Jambo in first place.
3P: Maria. Easiest choice on this list.
4P: Friedrich. Another thing of beauty. Best way to spend 4 hours at a game table.
5P: Power Grid. This was one of my first Euros, and has remained a favourite.
6P: Quelf, duh.
7P: It feels like Struggle of Empires was designed for exactly 7 players. And it's a bloody good design.
8P: Eat Poop You Cat. Love this game with almost any number, but it fits this list at 8P, so thta's where I'm putting it.
More than 8P: I love playing Wits & Wagers with teams of 2 - 3 people per colour. It really ramps up the tension of tryin to get answers & bets in on time.
Fave game off the list is probably Eat Poop You Cat. Plays with any number, guaranteed laughs, and costs nothing more than scrap paper and writing utensils!