StaRGazing 2014 Games

Friday

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 5:00pm, Beverly Hills Room

Saturday

Beyond Balderdash is a board game of bluffing and trivia. The dasher writes the definition of the word (as supplied on the card) on a piece of paper. All other players then write down a definition, which may be an honest attempt to supply the correct definition, or, if they do not know or for tactical reasons decide not to, a fictitious definition for the word, designed to sound convincing. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 10:30-11:30am, Beverly Hills Room.

Werewolves and Villagers: 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: David Fenig, Sat 11:30am, Woodland Hills Room.

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 2:00pm, Beverly Hills Room.

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? The host is Alan Stillson, leader of the GLAAM Folksong SIG. Host: Alan Stillson, Sat 3:30pm, Woodland Hills Room.

Cranium: Be a Star Performer (acting, humming, pantomime), Word Worm (word puzzles, spelling), Creative Cat (drawing, sculpting), or Data Head (factual trivia) as you attempt to work your way around the brain ahead of the other teams to win this always enjoyable team party game. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sat 4:30-6:00pm, Beverly Hills Room.

Carnelli is 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 9:30pm, Woodland Hills Room. Note: A pickup game of Encore, the game where two teams take turns singing six-word song fragments until somebody cracks, may immediately follow Carnelli if there is sufficient interest.

Sunday

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 10:45am-Noon, Beverly Hills Room.

Typomania, An Original Interactive Word Game: Alan Stillson is author or co-author of ten puzzle books, including seven official American Mensa titles. Here's a chance to enjoy an original interactive word games by finding phrases where each word contains one typo. It's fast moving and easy to play — no tiles, no boards. You can find Mr. Stillson's puzzle books and many sample puzzles by clicking onto Stillsonworks.com. Host: Alan Stillson, Sun 12:15pm, Warner Center Room.

Who Am I? for Kids (and their Parents): Players will have twenty yes or no questions to deduce the identity of the famous persona hidden on each card. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sun 12:30pm, Beverly Hills Room.

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. Host: Jonathan Elliott, Sun 2:15pm, Beverly Hills Room.

Lawyer Games: Myron Faverman used to run this game of questions and deductions and now Joyce Hamilton 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: Joyce Hamilton, Sun 3:00pm, Ventura III Room.

Kids' Werewolves and Villagers: 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.) For kids ages 9 and up. Host: Aaron Mertzel, Sun 4:30pm, Ventura III Room.

Colander is the basis for the popular party game Time's Up. We write a bunch of names on cards and toss them into a colander. First round you can say or do virtually anything to clue the popular figure on the card. Second round is one word plus gestures and humming. Final round is strictly humming and pantomime. Host: Jay Friedlander, Sun 4:15-5:30pm, Beverly Hills Room.

So You Want to Be a Mensa Millionaire: Do you want to have fun and show off your smarts by competing in a contest of trivia and not-so-trivial knowledge? Of course you do! (Is that your final answer?) Based on the popular TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, each contestant will answer multiple choice questions of increasing difficulty. Come and watch even if you're too shy to compete on your own — you can participate when a contestant decides to Ask the Audience for help with an answer. Hosts: Art and Angie Mattson, Sun 7:00pm, Warner Center Room.