Top 10 Games for 5 Players

Tom, Zee, and Sam share their ten games that they would pull out in a 5-player situation!!

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50 Comments

  1. Ian McNear on February 10, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    I think I actually love Blood Rage best at 5. I’ve done it twice and it was amazing both times.



  2. The Warmup Lap on February 10, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Millennium Blades!



  3. Kindlesmith80 on February 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    3 player games are nice and generally the staple for many 4 player limit games – many get bogged down with too many players, and sometimes the games also become too restricted in possibilities.
    Examples:
    Settlers of Catan (4P) – it becomes stupid difficult to move around the board with 3 competitors blocking you off every possible way. 2P feels too empty.
    The 7th Continent (4P) – each player is super restricted in their inventory and cards they can hold that some cards cripple players if they chose to hold onto them.
    1 player is fine I guess, but 3 gives you the optimal card in hand and inventory.
    Gloom (4) – takes too long to get back to your turn, and you have 6 actions of which can be turned against you (3 other players). 2 is too much back and forth.

    Some games require maximum number of players for balance.
    Examples:
    Shadowrun: Crossfire (4P) – you get shafted easily if you are missing any one class.
    Chaos In The Old World (4P) – for balance placement / play styles.
    Folklore: the Affliction (4P) – game balance.
    Kingdom: Death Monster (4P) – any less and you make it even more harder on yourself.

    Some games are better with more players,
    Examples:
    Dead of Winter: The Long Night (5P) – we only play this co-op as the additional win/loss conditions really don’t add to the game for us except frustration.
    Battlestar Galactica (core game only 6P) – the Cylon Supporter loyalty card is utter rubbish. 2 Cylons makes the game a real challenge for the human team.
    Pathfinder: the Adventure Card Game (any 6P) – the more diverse the group the more each card will be of use to someone.
    Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game (5P) – where players can be a parasite or real, the uncertainty is nice.
    Mansions of Madness (5P) – more players can split up to cover more ground providing better exploration during the limited time.



  4. KuantumSuicide on February 10, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    “You put me in a corner I’mma scratch you, meooow”
    – Zee Garcia



  5. Ryan Bull on February 10, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    The Others for the win!



  6. vanyaserra1 on February 10, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    1 should be Pillars of the Earth



  7. Budget Media on February 10, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    I dont understand el grande and rising sun why have both when you can play the one you like more



  8. Scott See on February 10, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Power Grid.



  9. Budget Media on February 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Need 3 player list



  10. Willbeplayin on February 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Pax Pamir, Sidereal Confluence, Concordia, Flamme Rouge, Medici, Yedo, Acquire.



  11. Jules Tewa on February 10, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    We want to see the games



  12. Patrick Darling on February 10, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Zee really sold Sub Terra to me because of his description of the ending!



  13. Jason Newell on February 10, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Cyclades. Cyclades is best with 5.



  14. Houdinika on February 10, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    Watching this today (October 2020) with Tom kind of sick :), joking about Lysol, telling people he’s fine 😀 Who would’ve thought 2020 would happen



  15. Kindlesmith80 on February 10, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Cylon sympathizer is trash. You do less than a cylon when you change sides (IF you change sides at all), and if you get the card halfway on the journey and one stat is in the red (which happens most of the games played) you immediately go into the Brig without changing sides at all.
    Cylon sympathizer is in a 4 player game. 5 players and 6 players has 2 cylons. Played it last night.
    No expansions as they all add garbage to the core game.



  16. Jason Westmas on February 10, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Jeezes, you guys have very diverse taste compared to me. I could never play most of these games.



  17. wattsoever on February 10, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Some other 5 player games my family has enjoyed are: Sagrada (with expansion), Tokaido, Meeple Circus, Camel Up, Sleeping Queens, Survive: Escape from Atlantis (with all expansions), Sushi Go!, Ticket to Ride. I think Bang the Dice and Jamaica are great @ 5 too.



  18. dorpth on February 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Pretty much any hidden traitor game. Any more or less and it starts favoring one side over the other, or it just gets too unwieldy.



  19. Dave on February 10, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    It should be top games that allow at least 5 players, ranked for how good the individual games are with 5 players !!



  20. Pantheon on February 10, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Interesting…

    My Top 10 5-Player Games
    1. Blood Rage
    2. Mansions of Madness 2e
    3. Scythe
    4. Terraforming Mars
    5. Rising Sun
    6. The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire
    7. Lords of Waterdeep
    8. Coup/The Resistance
    9. Century: Golem Edition
    10. Ethnos



  21. Bruce Schwering on February 10, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Really wish the volume was higher on these videos



  22. EviLNox8 on February 10, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Why spyfall 2 over spyfall 1? I thought they were exactly the same game.?



  23. Jarl Greedo on February 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    “I’m not here.” Broski just high as fuck off the cough syrup.



  24. checkrazor76 on February 10, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Just staying up late night watching old top tens and every damn one reminds me that Sam’s opinions are always WRONG.



  25. TheMrE on February 10, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    In Specter Ops with 3 players each hunter player controls a SINGLE hunter. Either Tom plays it wrong or misremembered. Only at 2 players does the hunter control 2 figures.



  26. Kindlesmith80 on February 10, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I don’t agree on opinions all the time, but the casual chatter between you three is nice to listen in on.
    Loving the "top" videos.
    Would be nice if you maybe made a top 30 and have it in 3 parts, each part showcasing 10 of each of your "top" games of whatever topic it is. there are a lot of games, and I know all 3 of you have played a fair few. I’ve noticed on a number of occasions someone saying it was in their top 20, or such.



  27. John Allen II on February 10, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Why don’t they ever mention Secret Hitler on this channel? The game is amazing and is a significant improvement on The Resistance/Avalon, etc. It scales extremely well and with 5-9 players it is a blast.



  28. Kimch87 on February 10, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    I’m sorry, but I really need to ask: Did you guys just steal the Swedish Kanal 5 logo for your thumbnail?
    https://sv.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanal_5



  29. MediocreGatsby webber on February 10, 2021 at 5:55 pm

    King of Tokyo and Dixit are good at 5



  30. Brice Lory on February 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    I don’t see the added value of playing Time Line with more players – 5 seems like you’re just sitting around longer without, again, any added play benefit for having more players.



  31. Eric Link on February 10, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    10) Western Legends
    9) Mistborn: House War
    8) Cthulhu Wars
    7) Ethnos
    6) Fire and Axe
    5) Vindication
    4) Evil High Priest
    3) Godfather
    2) Mare Nostrum
    1) Battle for Rokugan

    Special mentions
    Age of war
    Patriots and Redcoats
    Heimlich and Co
    High Society



  32. Scott Sweat on February 10, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Kemet? BSG?



  33. Jacob Engelbrecht on February 10, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Stockpile should have been on there somewhere😊



  34. JT on February 10, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Yep not enough games go to 5 players!



  35. paul roberts on February 10, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    Ticket to Ride, or Space Base are fantastic with 5. I wish Arcadia Quest had a 5 or 6 player expansion/rule set.



  36. The Shamy on February 10, 2021 at 6:01 pm

    This episode somehow foreshadows the current pandemic haha



  37. Caleb Barton on February 10, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Live streamed just before COVID….lots of talk about CDC, plastic tents, patient zero and pandemic. Me thinks, with The Dice Tower, there is more than meets the eye…



  38. Patrik Brodén on February 10, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Wow that 5 in the Thumbnail looks just like the symbol for the tv channel channel 5 here in Sweden



  39. theautumntree1 on February 10, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Root?



  40. Evan Watson on February 10, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Caylus and Istanbul are good options, too.



  41. John Maloy on February 10, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    I disagree with Tom here on catacombs. It has player elimination and it happened to us where 1 player was eliminated early and sat around watching for the next hour or so. I think 3 players is best where each non overlord has 2 characters.



  42. HypnoticSorin on February 10, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Ethnos, 7 Wonders, Dixit, Cosmic Encounter, Lords of Waterdeep with expansion would make my list. As well as Blood Rage with the expansion.

    Not sure why they hate on Blood Rage with 5 so much. It works quite well and its tied with 4 players for me.



  43. Andrew Jacobs on February 10, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Patriots and Redcoats is just a reskinned version of Secret Hitler



  44. Daniel Holding on February 10, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Yuss! I play Games with my Sister, Girlfriend and her two sisters, I’m always struggling to find good 5 player games.



  45. keerthan on February 10, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    Foolish fellow



  46. Gordon Neuls on February 10, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Our group, aged 72 to 13 in age love to play downforce,small world,camel up ,now into version 2, if we have 5 or 6 playing.



  47. Doc Graves on February 10, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    3- player next, please



  48. Paladin91 on February 10, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    Not mentioned Kemet … big mistake



  49. Patrick Valo on February 10, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    They forseen the pandemic here one year before



  50. Informal_Geek on February 10, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    I know Sam gets flak for putting a particular game in every Top Ten…but I actually think his entire list is in every Top Ten, but sorted differently based on the list category.