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Welcome to the lynch mob -- a riotous place where your own survival rests entirely on the good graces (or bad!) of your fellow man. Whether you are the marshal, a criminal, or just an honest citizen, your ability to convince others of your innocence is the only means to avoid the dreaded lynch mob.
If you've ever been stumped when trying to come up with a game to play with a large group that will appeal to all and keep everyone's interest, you'll understand why I like Lynch Mob. As a member of a large, loud, game-playing family, and as a youth leader, I've often found it difficult to find a game to play with everyone that won't require 30 minutes of preliminary instruction first. Lynch Mob is great because people pick it up very quickly, with minimal instruction, so you can start playing right away.
It also provides a different experience every time you play, unlike many board games. Because the game is essentially role-playing, each player brings their own personality to the game, allowing for plenty of (often energetic!) interaction.
It also can take as long or as short as you want it to, so it's great for in-between times, or while you're waiting everyone to sit down to play another game. You can pick it up and start right away, with hardly any setup, and pack it in again just as quickly when you need to move on.
Good as an ice-breaker, warm-up activity, or anytime you need a fast, simple and fun game, you'll definitely want to pick up Lynch Mob.
Lynch Mob is terrific entertainment. I’ve had the game for several months and it’s been a smash hit time and time again. There are several distinct reasons why it has been so enjoyable.
The game caters to all personality types. When you have the ceaselessly lecturing uncle, the perpetually bored sister, your “know it all” competitive cousin, and your slightly intoxicated father-in-law all over at the same time, choosing entertainment is usually a challenge. But Lynch Mob has something for everyone. Players can take on the role of the arguer, the silent and suspicious, the competitive, or even the comedian, and it works! Players can choose how they interface with the group, and everyone plays off one another. It doesn’t matter who participates. Any group of people is the right group.
Secondly, there’s no hassle. No board, no restrictions on group size, the game can be stored anywhere and nobody has to clean up fake money when it’s over. Instructions are easy to follow and the easiest way to learn is to play. Thus you don’t have to explain it over and over to your slightly intoxicated father-in-law. If you pride yourself as an entertainer, think about what you enjoy yourself. It’s the little things that make or break the evening. Lynch Mob entertains but doesn’t overwhelm.
It’s been my experience that the game is the most useful as an ice breaker. I work with high school and junior high age children at my church, and Lynch Mob is a crowd favorite. We wanted the kids to get to know each other but didn’t want to make anyone bored, or uncomfortable. The game provided a reason for interaction and conversation while encouraging creativity. Furthermore, games of lynch mob are short. Nobody has to be “out” for 2 hours while everyone else finishes. Most games take 5 to 15 minutes tops. They fit well between other activities.
If you’re looking for a game that will keep a few hard-core gamers who like using high tech game equipment up all hours… If you want to be caught up in strategy, rarely saying a word for hours at a time… Or if you want nothing more than to make your slightly intoxicated father-in-law pay rent for a hotel on boardwalk, you’re going to need a different game. But if you’re like me, you like to enjoy company and you consider the game simply a medium for conversation and expression, Lynch Mob is a great buy.