FTW Staff Picks - The Voting Game

For The Win Board Game Cafe's Staff Picks is a weekly series where we take a quick look at some of the staff's favourite games, old and new. 

The Voting Game

Genre: Party

Designer: Tom Rohlf

Player Size: 5 to 10 Players

Game Length: 30 minutes

For fans of: Would You Rather…?, Never Have I Ever, True Colors

In many modern party games, friends are put to the test to see how well they know each other. It usually comes with hilarious results. But equally as funny and telling, is what your friend’s actually think of you. The Voting Game provides hypothetical situations that players can vote on who they think is most suitable to the card. But be careful who you play with, because it can reveal some interesting truths!

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In The Voting Game, players reveal questions and vote anonymously for who among them fits the question best. To begin the game, each player is assigned a number as their Player ID and given voting cards equalling the number of players in the game. Each round, one player draws a question card and reads it aloud. Each player then secretly votes on one of the other players in the game. Once all the votes are in, they are revealed. The player who receives the most votes wins the round and keeps the question card. Play continues until one player has collected 6 cards, and they are declared the “winner”!

I put winner in quotations, because it’s entirely possible to be the “winner” and feel more like a loser. The questions have a pretty wide range of themes, but there are a quite a few embarrassing ones. It may not necessarily be a true reflection of character, but it’s a hilarious projection of it for sure. The Voting Game has a few methods of scoring, but at the end of the day the game is all about the conversation it spurs.

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As much as I once enjoyed playing games like Cards Against Humanity, the novelty wears off pretty quickly. And humour can be a subjective thing, so there’s no telling how it will play with everyone. But what The Voting Game succeeds at is bringing that style of game, and putting it in a more personal context. Having a laugh at the expense of your friends is a timed tradition and The Voting Game delivers a strong dose of it.

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