Many years ago I found a game that I purchased with the intent to gift to someone and ended up keeping for myself. It’s called “Loaded Questions” and it’s a blast.
The official game play says it’s suitable for 3 to 6 players and that would be true if you play the game as intended with the board and pieces. With over 500 questions in four different “fun” categories, Loaded Questions tests how well you know your fellow players or how well you can figure them out. There are no right or wrong questions. The object is to move along the board, correctly guessing who gave which answers to questions and being the first to answer the final question at the end of the board track. Fairly standard game fare. And definitely fun all by iself. But we have modified it for a bigger crowd that is so much fun and unintimidating to people who don’t often play board games.
First of all, we eliminate the board, using only the questions (and the answer sheets provided with the game). Each person puts their name on their answer sheet. Whoever’s turn it is to guess who gave which answers pulls a card, picks which of the four questions on the card they want to use and reads that question aloud. Everyone else writes down an answer and passes their sheet to someone generally away from the person reading the question (so the names on the sheets can’t be read). The one rule is your answers have to be truthful; you can’t out and out lie. But you should be clever or sly with your answers so that it’s not obvious the answer is yours. The person receiving the answer sheets shuffles them up somewhat and then reads off the answers. The person who read the question card then guesses who gave which answers. Score is not really kept so there is no real winner, just lots of laughter and conversation. It can be a real ice breaker for those who don’t know each other very well and some answers can really be thought provoking.
Here are some sample questions:
What is the grossest thing you have ever done in public?
How many times do you normally hit the snooze button after your alarm goes off?
What is the worst piece of clothing someone can wear?
If you were to wipe one country off the map, which would you choose?
What do you consider the worst household chore?
What is your favorite kind of candy?
Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
What is one thing you always wanted as a kid but never got?
What do you consider to be the most dangerous creature on Earth?
What celebrity do you resemble most?
What is the saddest movie you’ve ever seen?
What is your favorite time of the day?
If you owned an enormous yacht, what would you name it?
If you were invisible, where would you go?
What one object in your home are you most embarrassed about owning?
As you can see, the questions really run the gamut of silly to serious. We have never had anyone not enjoy this game. Even the crabbiest person in the room gets pulled into it. Occasionally you'll get someone who doesn't want to actually play but they will enjoy listening to the questions and answers, and participating in the conversation.