StaRGazing 2013 Games

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Apples to Apples is a party game designed for four to ten players and played for 30-60 minutes. Each player is dealt seven red apple cards; on each card is printed a noun or noun phrase, or possibly a gerund. The judge (a chosen player) draws a green apple card on which is printed an adjective (scary, frivolous, patriotic, etc.), and places it face-up on the table for everybody to see. Then each player (except the judge) chooses a card that they think is the best match for the green apple card, and places it face-down. The judge shuffles the red apple cards, reads them (often aloud), and decides which noun is the best match for the adjective. This decision is subjective; the official rules encourage the judge to pick the match that is most creative, humorous or interesting. Host: Jay Friedlander, Fri 7:00pm

The Big Bang Theory Trivia Game: Use your knowledge of trivia from the TV series to earn character cards for each of the five original characters. Or steal someone else's cards in a head on challenge of Rock/Paper/Scizzors/Lizard/Spock. It's that simple — and you don't have to be a genius! Host: Brian Madsen, Fri 8:00pm.

What Were You Thinking? challenges you to deduce the most common answer at the table, not to remember obscure facts. You don't have to be a great artist or a method actor. During each round, players secretly write down their answers to a given question. The best answer won't necessarily be the one you would find in an encyclopedia. Instead, it's whatever most players say is right! Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 10:30AM

Taboo is a word guessing party game in which a player tries to get his or her teammates to guess words without using the word itself or five additional words listed on the card. The object of the game is for a player to have his/her partner(s) guess the word on his/her card without using gestures and verbal cues. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 1:00pm

Carnelli: The classic Mensa word-association game consisting of movies, music, books, and whatever else the capricious and arbitrary host will allow. More details are on Wikipedia's Carnelli page. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 2:15pm & Sun 6:30pm

Werewolves of the L.A. RG: By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, angry villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But oops; sometimes they just kill off innocent villagers.) Werewolf requires observation, some deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? Since an average game take 15-20 minutes, new players can join quickly. (This game is similar to, but better than, Mafia.) Host: Ed You, Sat 3:15pm.

Pub Trivia: Enjoy a competitive round of trivia, just as played in pubs from England to San Francisco. Your team will compete for victory by answering a variety of challenging and eclectic questions in the categories History, Literature, Movies and Television, Science and Miscellaneous. Host: Doug Ecks, Sat 3:30pm

Kids' Werewolves and Villagers: See description above. Open to adults, and children age 9 and up. Host: Vicki Lovett, Sun 3:45pm

Encore: Quick, think of a song with the word magic in it and sing at least six words in the song. Do you believe in magic in a young girl's heart… OK! It's the other team's turn. Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea… Uh-oh, back to you. The timer's running. Can you think of one? This team game doesn't judge your singing voice, just your memory. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 9:00pm

Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information; things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc. Sure, under normal circumstances, it's easy enough to give an example of a frozen food, or a dog breed, but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure! The directions are simple. Draw a card from the center pile and flip it over. Does the symbol on your card match one on another player's card? If so, you must quickly face-off with the other player by giving an example of the person, place, or thing on their card before they can do the same for yours. Host: Jonathan Elliott, Sat 10:45pm

Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square-checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world's most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments. Each player begins the game with sixteen pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns, each of these types of pieces moving differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent's pieces. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent's king by placing it under threat of capture (check) which cannot be avoided. Host: Jonathan Elliott, Sun 9:30am

Scattergories is a creative-thinking category-based party game. The objective is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit. Any number of words in the answer is allowed, as long as the first word starts with the correct letter. For example, with a category of vegetable and a letter of C, words such as cauliflower, carrot and collard greens are acceptable, but broccoli is not (wrong initial letter), nor is citrus (wrong category). Alliteration is encouraged; chinese cabbage is worth 2 points. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sun 10:30am

Original Interactive Word Games: Here's a chance to enjoy some original interactive word games and bring out your inner word geek. These word games are fast moving and easy to play — no tiles, no boards. Host: Alan Stillson, Sun 11:30am

Monopoly is a board game named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single entity. The Monopoly game board consists of forty spaces containing twenty-eight properties (twenty-two colored streets, four railroads and two utilities), three Chance spaces, three Community Chest spaces, a Luxury Tax space, an Income Tax space, and the four corner squares: GO, (In) Jail/Just Visiting, Free Parking, and Go to Jail. Players take turns in order, with the initial player determined by chance before the game. A typical turn begins with the rolling of the dice and advancing their piece clockwise around the board the corresponding number of squares. Host: Jonathan Elliott, Sun 12:45pm

Lawyer Games: Myron Faverman used to run this game of questions and deductions and now Ed You will run it in his memory. Sample: The music stopped. The woman died. How? Ask a series of Yes and No questions to deduce the events of her death. Then start another riddle. Host: Ed You, Sun 1:00pm

Liar's Club: Our panel of experts will present objects and photos for the perusal of the audience. Each panel member gives a different description of the object or photo. It's a shoemaker's tool! No, it's a motor part! Is it a childhood photo of Elvis or Charles Manson? The audience decides who is telling the truth. Prizes for those who guess correctly. Host: Nikki Frey, Sun 6:30pm

Name That Tune: This long-standing RG tradition will be played once more. How quickly can you associate a few notes with the title of a song you haven't heard in xxx years? Host: Alan Stillson, Mon 10:30am