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What are some good party games that can be easily played via video chat?

My in-laws are wanting to do a distance game night soon where we meet up and play some party games together while on video chat from our separate locations. I think it's a wonderful idea, but I'm also not sure what games we can play? Anyone have any ideas for some good, casual fun (think stuff like Pictionary/Charades) to be had via video chat, and how we can best set things up? Are there any good tools/websites that will help us out?

Also feel free to make suggestions that aren't necessarily applicable to my situation but still work for the question as a whole (e.g. a D&D campaign). I want this to be a resource for everyone, not just me.

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  1. moocow1452
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    You can never go wrong with Jackbox Party Pack. 2 is the one that's most often on sale, and while 2 is not supposed to be everyone's favorite, it covers all the baselines really, really well and...

    You can never go wrong with Jackbox Party Pack. 2 is the one that's most often on sale, and while 2 is not supposed to be everyone's favorite, it covers all the baselines really, really well and it has a version of Quiplash. 3 is on Gamepass though, and is a pretty strong offering, and Drawful 2 is on Steam for free right now.

    11 votes
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    deciduous
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    Secret Hitler is the game I've been playing a ton of over video chat. secrethitler.io lets you play for free, though the website ui is not the best.

    Secret Hitler is the game I've been playing a ton of over video chat. secrethitler.io lets you play for free, though the website ui is not the best.

    6 votes
    1. bilbodwyer
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      Can't speak to the online version, but Secret Hitler is the game my friends and I play the most lately (before this pandemic at least). It's great fun, especially if you're all happy to yell at...

      Can't speak to the online version, but Secret Hitler is the game my friends and I play the most lately (before this pandemic at least). It's great fun, especially if you're all happy to yell at each other for backstabbing, betrayal, and all around sneakiness. We once played it with someone who is very socially anxious, and she had a very bad time.

      3 votes
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    ThatFanficGuy
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    There appear to be several Cards Against Humanity clones or ports that you can play online. I can vouch for none of those, but this sounds like quite a game if you can make it work.

    There appear to be several Cards Against Humanity clones or ports that you can play online. I can vouch for none of those, but this sounds like quite a game if you can make it work.

    3 votes
    1. what
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      I've played Pretend You're Xyzzy over voice chat, it can be a bit janky at times, but it gets the job done.

      I've played Pretend You're Xyzzy over voice chat, it can be a bit janky at times, but it gets the job done.

      2 votes
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    mwatson
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    I played Scattergories with a bunch of people. You can find lists online and pretty easily play it even if no one has the game.

    I played Scattergories with a bunch of people. You can find lists online and pretty easily play it even if no one has the game.

    3 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Scattergories! That's perfect! I searched around and found this tool which would work great with screen-sharing, with no printing or anything needed. Thanks for the idea!

      Scattergories! That's perfect!

      I searched around and found this tool which would work great with screen-sharing, with no printing or anything needed. Thanks for the idea!

      1 vote
  5. asep
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    Pictionary on skribbl.io I've never gone wrong with that

    Pictionary on skribbl.io I've never gone wrong with that

    2 votes