So, you’re throwing a simple house party to celebrate with your family and friends. Are you prepared with everything you need to make sure they’re thoroughly entertained all throughout the event? Aside from the food and the decor, it’s important that you provide your guests some form of activity so they don’t end up feeling bored and walking out while the night is young.
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If you’re not quite sure how to keep your guests entertained, there are lots of simple, low-effort solutions out there. For instance, something as simple as a dart board can provide tons of hours of fun and games, keeping your evening fun and festive well into the wee hours of morning. Of course, that still depends on the kinds of dart games you’ve prepared for your guests.
Learn more about the different fun dart games you can try at your party and how to play them right here.
If you were hoping to kick off the festivities with one of the many dart drinking games, then here’s a great one. Beer darts calls for nothing more than a dart board, a few drinks, and the company of good pals. Get ready with a scorecard too to make sure that you keep a proper tally. And finally, expect to get a little tipsy – this one’s not for the weak drinker!
How to Play:
- For groups of three players or more, this game starts off with each player holding one dart each. Players take turns throwing their dart on the board. They get assigned numbers based on the number that they hit.
- If a player hits the same number as a previous player, they must try again to get a unique number.
- The player with the lowest assigned number gets to throw the first play dart. Turns are decided based on assigned numbers – lowest to greatest.
- The group designates their chosen winning score. If you’re playing with experienced drinkers, you can designate a higher score to make it more fun. The first player to reach the designated winning score is crowned the winner.
- Players take turns throwing darts. The objective is to land within the area of your own number.
- If you fall within your own number, you take a drink and score one point.
- The number of drinks you take will depend on how close you are to the bull’s eye.
- Single area = 4 drinks; double area = 3 drinks; triple area = 2 drinks; outer bull’s eye = 1 drink; inner bull’s eye = no drink
- Landing on the bull’s eye spares the player from taking a drink, and buys them the opportunity to choose another player who will take a drink.
- If a player throws a dart and it lands on an opponent’s area, then the opponent scores a point, and the player who threw the dart must take one drink.
- The play continues like this, with players taking turns until one person reaches the designated winning score. If for instance, the score designated by the group is 20 points, the first player to reach 20 points either by landing on their own number or by having other players land on their number is crowned the winner.
- The game becomes more and more hilarious as time wears on since the drinks can take effect and mess with players’ balance and motor skills. Make sure you’re playing with heavyweights when you pull this game out!
Round the Clock
Here’s a fun game to test your players precision and accuracy. The game is about as simple as the name implies, but there are big challenges along the way especially if you’re playing with people who have yet to discover the wonderful world of darts.
How to Play:
- The game starts off with each player holding one dart. Players throw darts on the board to determine who takes the first turn, the second, and so on. The player who hits the lowest number plays first, and the one who scores the biggest number plays the last turn.
- The objective of the game is to work as a team in order to hit all of the 20 numbers on the board from lowest to greatest.
- The first player takes the initial shot, aiming for the number 1. If they hit it, then they get the next turn to try to aim for number 2.
- If they’re able to hit the next number in the sequence, they get another throw to aim for the next number. If not, then player 2 is given the chance to take a shot.
- Every time a player is able to hit the right number in the sequence, they also get to execute the first attempt to hit the next. If not, then the next player is given an opportunity to throw.
- The area where the dart falls does not matter, except when hitting both inner and outer bull’s eyes.
- If a player is able to hit an outer bull’s eye, then the next number in the sequence can be skipped.
- If an inner bull’s eye is hit, then the next two numbers in the sequence can be skipped.
- The game proceeds until the team is able to hit all numbers in ascending sequence from 1 to 20.
True or False?
If you were looking for dart games for kids, then True or False? makes an excellent game format. The game can be customized in more ways than one, giving you an endless list of opportunities to create the ideal game for your players. Plus, because the mechanics are so easy, this game can be the ideal way to give younger players a piece of the fun.
How to Play:
- Write ‘true’ and ‘false’ on two separate slips of paper and tack them to your dart board as far apart as possible. It’s ideal to place them at opposite ends, like 20 & 3 or 11 & 6.
- Designate two teams, each team consisting of one or more members.
- Prepare a list of trivia statements to ask your players. Make sure the they’re challenging, yet age appropriate. For instance, you could state something like ‘The capybara is the largest existing species of rodent.’
- Your players will then decide whether your statement is true or false. Teams can talk among themselves to determine the right answer. Allow enough time for teams to discuss their decision.
- One member from each team will then be tasked to throw the dart to land on either true or false.
- If a team decides to answer ‘true’ but their dart lands closer to ‘false’, then their answer is automatically read as false.
- It doesn’t count what the team claims their answer was – answers will be designated based on where their dart falls.
- If only one team gets the right answer, that team scores one point.
- If both teams land on the same correct answer, the team with the closer dart gets two points, and the other team gets one point.
- The game can be customized by changing the ‘true or false’ answers, by choosing a different set of questions, or by moving the options closer together on the board.
Shanghai is a great dart game for pals just hanging out and looking for something to pass the time. This low effort, slow paced game gives just the right amount of competition to keep you interested. In between shots, players can talk, laugh, and share stories, making it a great, laid-back game for those slow times that you just want to do something.
How to Play:
- Players throw one dart each to decide who gets the first turn. The player who throws closest to the bull’s eye gets to throw the first shot. The farthest from the bull’s eye takes the last turn.
- Players work around the dart board, hitting each number on the board.
- Each player gets three chances per number.
- Starting at the first number at the top of the board (20), the first player throws three darts.
- The objective is to land all three shots under the number currently being played.
- So if for example, while playing the number 20, the first player throws their three darts landing two on 20, and then the last on any other number, only the first two shots get scored.
- Points are as follows:
Single area = 5
Double area = 4
Triple area = 3
Outer bull’s eye = 2
Inner bull’s eye = No points
- The points are tallied and the next player gets to take their three shots for the number currently being played.
- All players get their chance to shoot three darts on the current number.
- The game moves on to the next number when all players exhaust their chances in the round.
- Players who score the least points at the end of the game wins.
- If a player can land one dart in the single, one in the double, and one in the triple area of the number being played, they are instantly crowned the winner of the game.
If you have a lot of people at your party and everyone wants to take their turn playing darts, then Killer Darts can be a great starter game. Allowing up to 20 different players at the same time, Killer Darts is easy, fast-paced, and loads of great fun especially if you’re playing with others who have had experience with dart boards before.
How to Play:
- Each player gets designated a number on the board. This can be done by drawing lots or simply by picking the number that you want to play.
- On a scorecard or board, each player is given a tally of 3 or 5, depending on the standards decided on by the game master. This number represents the number of lives that each player has.
- The first objective of the game is to become a ‘killer.’ This can be done by hitting your number’s double three times.
- The shots are cumulative – which means that you can land one dart on your double this turn, and then the other two darts during other turns. You don’t need to land all three darts in a single turn to claim the role of killer.
- Each player takes turns throwing three darts at a time. The first player to land three darts on their double gets to play killer.
- The killer can go around the board ‘killing’ other players to eliminate them from the game.
- Killers need to land three darts on their opponents’ double to take their life.
- Each player has a limited number of lives, tallied during the beginning of the game. If all tallies are used up, then that player is disqualified from playing.
- There can be more than one killer per game.
- The last player with lives left at the end of the entire game is crowned the winner.
- To adapt the game for less experienced players, you can move the scope of the area to be hit. For instance, you can qualify shots that land on any area on the board – not just the doubles – as long as they fall under the right number.
- For more experienced players, you can move the area closer to the bull’s eye.
- Giving players more or less lives can also change the climate of the game. If you want a shorter play, you can reduce the number of lives that each player gets at the beginning. For more experienced players, it can be more of a challenge to give each one more lives.
- There are other variations of Killer, such as blind killer. To play, you don’t know anyone’s number but your own.