Virtual Game Night Ideas At Home
Three great ideas that will last beyond pandemic times
In the era of “social distancing” and “self isolation,” two very necessary steps as we collectively try to curb the spread of COVID-19, it’s easy to find yourself idle… very, very idle. The good news: In today’s technologically savvy world, there’s plenty of things you can do to connect with friends, even when you can’t actually get together.
This includes having a game night.There are still many people spending more time at home than ever with the kids home-schooling, and work-from-home is probably a permanent reality. Slowly but surely, we are approaching the light at the end of the tunnel with meaningful human connection, and therefore, it is time to add some fun to the mix with virtual game night ideas.Good virtual game nights keep guests engaged with the game and socializing with friends and loved ones.
The ideas below will help you host a game night that goes off without a hitch or hiccup.
For a virtual game night, send your friends with anticipation a box of your favorite local cupcake shop and a pack of Côtier Brand’s conversation starter napkins Convokins. Before you start the game, you tell everyone to place one of those yummy cupcakes onto a Convokin, and come back to the screen to start. The challenge is who can finish their cupcake in one minute. The winner(s) then has to read the question(s) on the Convokin, and everyone has to answer.
This game is a fun way to spend virtual time with friends and could even learn something new about them by starting a different conversation. The best part of purchasing packs of Convokins is that the host will be able to use them for fantastic parties post-pandemic.
- Never Have I Ever
Another easy game to play through any video chatting service. Each player simply holds up 10 fingers and, one at a time, each person recites something they’ve never done (i.e. “Never have I ever lied to any of you” or “Never have I ever eaten food off the floor.”). If you have done the thing in question, you put a finger down. Once you’ve put down all of your fingers, you’re out of the game. The last person with fingers still up wins.
One of the best-kept secrets of virtual game night is the benefit of investing in games that you can use long after social distancing has ended. This naturally makes the Never Have I Ever game worthwhile. Here are some tips on how to play virtually:
- Ensure that you have a Never Have I Ever game set or download the questionnaire online.
- Use a blank sheet of paper to create a scoreboard.
- Ask each player to get two blank sheets of paper. The words “I have” should be written on one, and “I haven’t” should be written on the other.
- Draw a red card to get the instructions for playing that round.
- You won’t be able to give each player the ten playing cards required for regular Instead, you draw a blue card and read what it says.
- Those who have experienced that embarrassing situation put up the “I have,” and those who haven’t put up “I haven’t.” The people who have experienced the situation get one point. The first person to reach ten points wins the game. Maybe the rest can buy a fantastic prize and send it to the winner’s home!
- House Party
House Party is one of the best video calling app that has a few games perfect for virtual game night, and there can be up to eight persons at a time. One of the games is an adaptation of the popular Heads Up game.
You can find the Heads Up game by clicking the dice icon in the upper right-hand corner when you have an active House Party open. Other fun virtual games are available that never get old, such as trivia, chips and guac, and quick draw. Virtual apps like this make the video calling and virtual game night process seamless.
Social distancing doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have fun. Plan a fun virtual game night with your closest friends, and let the shenanigans begin!
4.Would you Rather
My kids play this one on Roblox all of the time. It’s pretty simple and ideal for more intimate games. Each person takes turns posing the question of “Would you Rather A or B?” and each person makes their selection. Depending on how outlandish the question is, the game can get pretty funny.
5.Read my Lips
This is actually an ideal game for a virtual party. The idea is just like it sounds. One person mouths a phrase and the other players have to guess what they said.
This game often goes awry when playing in person, but for a virtual party, it’s easy for that person to just mute their screens and say the phrase. Have each person write down their answer rather than say it aloud for the most fun guesses!