I’ve been organising weekly Zoom Game Parties during self-isolation

I have been in self-isolation for 19 days now. Before the university cancelled face-to-face classes, I was a mentor for our Mates program (it’s more of a social thing, for new students starting university and arriving in Melbourne). It’s tough, starting university for the first time, arriving in a new city, new country, and then a few weeks in, everyone is forced to stay indoors, all our classes shifted online.

So my fellow mentors and I decided to organise weekly Zoom Game Parties (I originally called it Dinner Party after “Mythic Quest”, but we really play games more than just virtually eat with each other), and we try to see each other, even it’s just through our webcams.

Here are some of the games we played:

  1. Pictionary via Skribbl.io

Everyone knows pictionary, right? Each of you take turns to draw, and other people guess that it is.

You can create a Private Room, which will generate a link that you can use to invite your friends. And the good thing about this game is people can dip in and out. So even if you already have a game started, people (up to 12 people only, we discovered) can still join in.

Here are some drawings we drew:

2. Houseparty

We also played Houseparty, which is an app on iOS and Android, and it features games like Pictionary, Heads Up, Trivias.

3. Werewolf on Telegram

The game is simple, everyone is assigned a role, one or two of you may be the werewolf. The goal of the game is to figure out who the werewolf is.

We tried to play werewolf through a couple of platforms (werewolves.io and One Night Ultimate Werewolf), but in the end (even though our group chat is normally on Whatsapp), we settled on playing Werewolf on Telegram.

You basically add a bot to your chat, and you can start a game. Then, the game takes place in the main chat and a private message with the bot. The bot will assign your role, and you can perform your actions in the private message. On the main chat, you can psych each other and try to figure out who the werewolf is. We are also playing while on our Zoom chat, and so we get to discuss among ourselves who the werewolf might me. It’s easier to spot a shifty one on video then just text based chat.

While with my board game friends, who I can no longer meet in person, we have been playing board games on Tabletopia and some downloaded games, such as Ticket to Ride, Carcassone and Risk.

What other games should we play? You have any more suggestions, please let me know!

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