StaRGazing 2015 Games

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. Hosts: Roy Ball and Jay Friedlander.

David and Goliath: A simple card game, until you try to come up with a strategy that works. Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

Encore: Your team will get an ordinary word, and you've got to help them out by thinking of a song that has that word in the lyrics. Any song will do, even old commercial jingles or TV theme songs. Actually, you'll have to sing at least eight words of the song, but no one cares how badly you sing or if you're off-key — just sing it! Hosts: Gloria and Nate Greengard

Ending Letters - 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 words from their ending letters. 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.

Family Feud: Teams of Mensans will play StaRGazing 2015's own version of the perennial hit TV game show. More details TBA. Host: Ed You.

Improv and Theater Games: RG Co-Chair and veteran improvisation student Jay Friedlander leads a series of fun exercises from Viola Spolin's Theater Games, which formed the basis for Improv groups like the Compass Players, The Second City, Improv Olympic and the Groundlings. Host: Jay Friedlander.

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.

Lawyer Games: Myron Faverman used to run this game of questions and deductions and now Roy Ball 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: Roy Ball.

Mexican Train dominoes: A version of dominoes worthy of Mensans. Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

Monopoly: the classic American board game. Buy properties, trade with other players to create complete color groups, then build houses and hotels to try to bankrupt your opponents. Past winners of GLAAM's annual Big Game have been Ron Siskind in 2012, Nate Greengard in 2013, and Charles Lindenblatt in 2014. Will you make history this year? Entry to the Big Game is limited to the first eight people who show up. Host: Jonathan Elliott.

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.

Oh Hell!: A strategy card game where sticking it to your opponents is half the fun! Very easy to learn, 3 to 20 players can participate. Play it for a while, and when the cards don't go your way, you'll find yourself saying "Oh Hell!" Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

ShowDown (A Word Game): Compete or be part of the audience for this fun and exciting one-on-one word game. Two players receive clues for each of five words. The players take turns asking that a letter in a specific position be revealed. The first to guess three of the five words advances to the next round, and the loser is eliminated. But, be forewarned! The clues are cleverly cryptic and an incorrect guess gives the point to the opponent. Not sure you want to compete? Then come and share in the fun as a member of the audience — you'll be able to view everything the contestants see. Hosts: Art and Angie Mattson.

Taboo: Some things are better left unsaid. How do you get your team to said "diamond" if you can't say baseball, ring, carat, jewel, or engagement. Each time your team shouts out the secret word, you get a point, but be careful, your opponents will be looking over your shoulder making sure you don't say any of the Taboo words. Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

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 takes 15-20 minutes, new players can join quickly. (This game is similar to, but better than, Mafia.) Host: David Fenig.

Didn't get enough Werewolf this afternoon? Well, we don't have a formal moderator, but we do have a free room and if there is enough demand, Werewolf players are welcome to use it to kill villagers and cry out for justice for a couple of hours.

What's Yours Like: A player in the hot seat must deduce a word that everyone else knows. Players will describe what "theirs" is like, with truthful but clever answers. Any number can play, people can drop-in or drop-out at will. Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

Wise and Otherwise: Given a funny and unusual old saying from around the world, and with a little wit and imagination each player write your own ending to go with the beginning. The made-up sayings are read aloud along with the actual old sayings, and everyone tries to guess the real one. You'll get points when other players think your ending is the real one, and points for guessing the real old saying. Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle

Word on the Street: Players form two teams, and have 30 seconds to name, and spell, something from a given category (as determined by a drawn card) Hosts: Jim Lewis/Barbara Lytle