Best game for novices?

by Zae
(Cambridgeshire)

I am organising a game for New Year's. We are a bunch of good friends who often get together and know each other pretty well. We have met for new year on several occasions but fancied something a bit different.

I think we are generally familiar with the boxed mystery games and have played a few in the past (although not together) but we fancy having a go at the interactive type you seem to recommend.

There will probably be about 12-15 adults (currently confirming numbers) many of whom have a theatrical side and like dressing up but there are also some who may find it more of a challenge.

I don't think we want anything too conservative but there might be some children bumbling about in the background which is probably worth a mention. Anyway, I was hoping you could suggest a/some games which are good for beginners to this type of game. There was mention of a 20/30s theme but really I think we are open to suggestions.

My response:

Thanks for your question. While all of the games on my site have been played numerous times by beginners, it's true that some games are easier for novices than others.

The key element when it comes to choosing a game is the number of guests that you are expecting, so it helps a lot that you've stated the number. That kids may be present is also useful, as that means you won't want a game with lots of adult themes (none of the games are rude or explicit, but some do contain adult themes).

So the games you might want to consider are The Final Curtain, Way out West or A Dead Man's Chest.

The Final Curtain is perhaps the easiest to run, but isn't particularly kid friendly and allows for a maximum of 14 people.

Way out West and A Dead Man's Chest are both slightly more advanced than The Final Curtain (but only a bit more) but are much more kid-friendly.

Click here to learn more about The Final Curtain.

Click here to learn more about Way Out West.

Click here to learn more about A Dead Man's Chest.

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