We live in a fairly social neighborhood that gets together on a regular basis to play games… During these times, I knew that folks needed a distraction that would conform to social distancing, so I went looking for computer-based games that people with minimal technology (and technical skills) can play.
I landed upon a game called Drawful2. I sent a note out to our local Euchre group to see how many were interested. We ended up with 6 individuals or couples and played for about an hour. Everyone laughed and had a good time – while not getting within the blast zone of any sneezes… There are some other games that are similar that can be played by multiple people in the safety of their fortress of (now not so) solitude.
All that was required was someone to start up a group conferencing application, that can share a screen. In this case, I used Zoom since I knew that Zoom was currently relaxing their time limits on the free accounts. Once that meeting was defined, I shared the meeting request with the group via email. At the start time, I opened up the meeting and started the game. One person needs to be the host for the game, since the shared screen facilitates the process. I then shared that screen in the group conference. The screen stated the site everyone would need to go to in their browser as well as the password for the game room. Once everyone had their browser and the conference screens displayed, they will either need to switch between web screens (if they are on an ipad) or have both application screens up simultaneously if they are on a computer. Another technique that can be used is to bring up the meeting on the computer and have the game running on their phone (or vice versa).
All the drawing is done and guessing about what was drawn is shown in the Drawful2 web screen. All the data about guesses and scoring is shown in the shared zoom window. It sounds a bit complicated but in reality, was fairly straight forward after the first couple of rounds. Each game is made up of two rounds of guessing and voting on everyone’s drawing.
Next, I am going to have another party with my family spread across the country.