When I die, I would like the person who’s giving my eulogy to mention that I loved hosting game night with friends. I told Tyler that I would like all my funeral guests to play one last game. It will be a game that I’m going to develop and similar to Mafia, Werewolf, Secret Hilter, etc.
If you’ve played those games, then you know what I’m talking about! Basically, everyone will be assigned a character/role. We all close our eyes and do our actions one at a time. Once everyone has done their actions, we all “wake up” and try to figure out who to kill off or who’s the “bad guy“. “Bad guy” is in quotations because it depends on which team you’re on.
I hope my explanation made sense. In my funeral game, everyone will assume a character/role that’s a real person in my life. There will be one card “Demi” which is the person who has to die because it’s my funeral… Maybe this is not a good idea because people might be sad at my funeral and wouldn’t want to play a game where you have to kill “Demi”.
Oh well. Hopefully, I will come up with a better game idea for my funeral later down the road, but that is my last wish!
Hosting Game Night for My Birthday During a Pandemic
I did not mean to start this blog post talking about my funeral, haha. Anyway, for my 24th birthday, I decided to host a game night! I used to host game nights monthly but because of the coronavirus, we had to put it on hold. My last game night was back in early February and I’ve been itching to play board games with friends again. I was hesitant to have friends over because I wanted to make sure everyone was comfortable.
After talking to several friends, I decided to proceed with hosting a game night. I made sure that everyone who was coming has been responsible and not out partying or anything crazy. Hosting during a pandemic was a bit stressful since I wanted everyone to feel safe and comfortable.
I invited my friends Ethan, Frankie, Jasmine, Kyle, Lydia, and Varun. Tyler also invited his friends that live on the same floor of the apartment complex with us, Mark and his girlfriend Lauren. Usually, for game night, I invite ALL of my friends and whoever can come, will come. Since we can only have a limited number of people to be compliant with the CDC, I couldn’t invite everyone.
I always invite different groups of friends.
There are always two or three new people at my game night. I try to mix up the group by never inviting the same group of people – Tyler thinks it’s a bit weird, but I’m secretly trying to be a matchmaker.
I hope one day I can say “this couple met at my game night and if it weren’t for me, they would’ve never gotten to know each other“, haha. I’m mostly kidding, I want it to be a way to meet new friends and hope we can all be good friends.
Gift Bags for My Friends
Because of how excited I was about hosting game night again, I wanted to make my friends little gift bags. I ordered 12 assorted colorful gift bags. The gift bag turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought, but it was fine! It came with 6 different colors and I handpick a color for each person.
Everyone’s gift was different and they were curated with love and a lot of thought! All my friends were told not to open their gifts in front of me because I don’t want to see a face of disappointment if they don’t like it, haha!
I wish I took a photo of the gift bags, but I always get too excited and forget to. Here’s a screenshot from my Instagram story of the gift bags!
I felt so bad that I didn’t make a gift bag for Mark and Lauren. We weren’t sure if they were coming, so I didn’t make a gift bag for them – eek! But they had a great time and I’m glad that they decided to show up! The more the merrier – they also brought over their dog Cruiser and he was so cute.
Food for Game Night
Because I don’t know how to cook, we got some pizza for game night! I ordered pizza from Costco and got a lot of beverages so my friends can have different options. We had soda, kombucha, alcohol, and of course, water! I love being able to provide many options for my guests.
My Favorite Games for Game Night
After we ate and mingle, it was time to play games! I’ve accumulated so many different types of board and card games. I don’t care what games we play, but I always ask everyone to play One Night Ultimate Werewolf at least once! That’s my only request, haha. It’s my favorite game.
Here are some of my other favorite games to play with friends!
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Werewolf is the reason why I even started having game nights! I can never have a dull moment playing this game – it’s not Tyler’s favorite, but it’s mine! When it comes to this game, I can get really intense.
I don’t have much else to say besides you HAVE to play it! I’m always happy to have friends come over to just play this game, haha.
AZN Flush is a drinking game geared towards Asian Americans. There are cards like, “If you’ve yelled at your friends for wearing shoes in the house, take 5 sips.” It’s pretty fun and contains a lot of Asian stereotypes. All of my friends that came were Asians or half Asians. Tyler was the only non-Asian until Mark and Lauren showed up, haha.
It’s a hilarious drinking game relating to Asian stereotypes.
I first heard about Sequence through Thanksgiving dinner with my cousins. I loved the game so much that I bought it the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday, haha. Sequence is one of Tyler’s favorite games. It requires a lot of strategy and concentration – it’s a bit more serious. You’re broken up into teams and you want to create a sequence of 5 on the board.
Unfortunately for my teammate, I’m not the best at this game and we did not win a point during the two rounds. Oops! Sorry, Mark…
Code Names requires a lot of thinking! Everyone is split into two teams – red and blue. Each team will have a code master where you have access to a map with 25 agents – each agent has a codename. The Codemasters has to say a word that the agents are associated with. The team that finds out all their agents wins! It’s a word association game and is quite fun.
I love playing Code Names with friends!
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid has 250 cards that you have to decide who in the group is most likely to… (insert funny things)! Cards like, “wake up with half a burrito in bed” or “have a 20-minute conversation with Siri”. These are so funny. I tried playing with a group of friends that barely knew each other, so everyone kept pointing at me, oops.
I recommend playing this with people who already know each other! Haha.
Hasty Baker is a great family card game! I played it with my three younger brothers and they were really competitive. Everyone gets a recipe card and you have to complete it by using ingredients. You’re dealt with 7 cards in your hand and it contains ingredient and action cards. The more recipe you complete, the more points you earn. When you get 5 points, you win!
It’s a fun card game to play with kids of all ages!
Extreme Personal Questions
Extreme Personal Questions is for mature adults – it’s a card game that gets you to know your friends! Each player takes a turn asking the group a question. Two people have to share their answers and the group votes for their favorite response. The person who the group chooses gets a point. The first person to get 5 points, wins!
Some of the questions are pretty risque!
What If…? has 200 cards with two “What If” scenarios. These scenarios include, “A player on your team trips you on purpose during roller derby” and you have to come up with answers on what you should NOT do!
You’ll quickly realize which one of your friends is very boring, haha.
The Rest of My Game Collection
I have many more games and if I go through each of them individually, this blog post will be over 10,000 words! Here’s a list of ALL the games I have.
- One Night Ultimate Werewolf
- AZN Flush
- AZN Flush Fire Chicken Noodle Expansion – they also have an Anime version!
- Code Names
- Drunk Stoned or Stupid
- Drunk Stoned or Stupid Extreme Expansion
- Hasty Baker
- Extreme Personal Question
- What If?
- Coup Reformation
- What Do You Meme?
- Think Fast
- Most Likely To – they have a family version as well!
- Cards Against Humanity: Red Box
- Escape Room
I don’t have these following games, but I’ve heard nothing but great things. I’ll be expanding my collection with these.
- One Night Ultimate Vampire
- One Night Ultimate Alien
- Bad People
- Explosive Cats
- These Cards Will Get You Drunk
- Secret Hilter
I hope you find this blog post useful if you’re planning on hosting game night. Let me know – do you like to play games? It’s one of my favorite things to do with friends.