Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Covid-19 has dramatically affected the way we play board games. I live alone and in a different city 50 miles away from my gaming group, this makes playing games during lockdown a tricky prospect. So, what games have I been playing and how am I still playing games with the people who matter most, that’s the topic for this week's Top 3 List.
First up is Just One. Just One is a party game I had heard of but hadn’t played before we went into lockdown. However as I began to research games that would work well over digital platforms, like Tabletop Simulator, Just One was a title that came up over and over again.
In Just One you are collectively attempting to guess 13 hidden words. Each round one player closes their eyes and calls out a number between 1 and 5 selecting a word from a card they haven't seen. The other players then secretly write down a word relating to the chosen word and then reveal them to each other. Duplicate words are removed from the game so that only unique clues remain. The blindfolded player now opens their eyes and tries to work out the hidden word from the clues the players have written.
The game is deceptively simple but every time we play it brings both tension and hilarity. As you write your word you are trying not to cross over with the other players around the table, which generates a tension as you reveal and discover you all wrote the same thing. But the game also generates laughs, certainly among our group, as we look around our clues and see the thought process that leads one player to write “Primary” or “Caucuses” as a clue for Election (they watch too much american tv) or to write “Peach” or “Turnpike” for the answer Toad.
Just One is a brilliant game to play remotely over a digital platform, there are only a few moving parts and everyone is involved all the time and it’s short. Often playing a game over Tabletop Simulator will inflate t