Just because we are stuck at home doesn't mean game night has to be cancelled. With so many video chat options available - services like Zoom and FaceTime - there are many opportunities to stay connected to your game night crew. Zoom has become the app of choice for playing games because of it's ease of use and high quality. Slowly things will change and we will be back to our crazy, hectic schedules. Until then, enjoy some competitive fun with family and friends via video chat.
The classic dice game is easy to teach and suitable for any number of players. Whoever is hosting begins playing their turn by rolling the dice on camera. The next player can then choose if they want to roll their dice on camera or have the host roll for them. Each player will need five dice and sheets to keep track of their game.
My personal all time favorite which will easily transpose on Zoom. Draw a clue card, sketch it out and get your teammate to guess it. Each player will need a timer, a drawing board like Zoom's Whiteboard or Photoshop, or the most simple, a pen and paper. You will also need your own Pictionary for the category cards or a random word generator. In order to replace having to move around the board, base it off a points system - first one to 5 points wins. If each video screen is an individual, try using the screen-sharing feature of Zoom, and do the drawing on the whiteboard feature, this way everyone is seeing it directly. To start, the first player selects the category by either asking the host to select a card and show the camera or by using the random word generator. From there, the game proceed as normal.
With tools like Zoom individuals can play and socialize in real-time. Chess translates rather well to Zoom compared to some other classic board games and there are many options online for head to head chess play.
One of the easiest games to play virtually. Shake the grid to mix up the letter cubes. Then lift the lid and flip the timer. Players have 90 seconds to write down as many words as they can find on the grid before time is up. The host, who must own a copy of Boggle, shakes the Boggle dice, shows the other players, and sets the timer. Each player writes their words down, as normal, until the timer is up. If two or more players find the same word, that word doesn't count. The player with the highest score wins.
This one might make you blush. The R-rated, adult only version of Pictionary. Not for the weak of heart and is for grown-ups only (not ok for work, not family-friendly.) If some of the adults don't approve there is a PG version called Artsy-Fartsy where you might be called upon to draw everything from dragons to dog farts. Again, try using the screen-sharing feature of Zoom, and do the drawing on the whiteboard feature.
Heads Up is a classic word game where players have to describe the word on the screen to the person holding the screen to their head. You can choose from a range of categories and play with as many people as you want.