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(DAY 285) Outwitting Friends - Psych

· 4 min read
Gaurav Parashar

Last weekend, I stumbled upon a gem of an online game that made a casual evening with friends into a riot of laughter and strategy. As we gathered around, smartphones in hand, we delved into the world of Psych! Outwit Your Friends. Little did I know that this delightful game would be the catalyst for discovering a whole new dimension of fun, strategy, and connection in the realm of board games.

How I Discovered Psych

It all started when my friends and I decided to meet up for a casual evening. As we caught up on each other's lives, a friend suggested playing a game that some of us had tried before – Psych! Outwit Your Friends. Intrigued, we decided to give it a shot, and what followed was an evening filled with uncontrollable laughter, clever bluffs, and a whole lot of friendly banter.

The Experience

Psych is a game that seamlessly blends technology with traditional board game elements. Played on smartphones, it offers a variety of decks on different topics, allowing players to choose the theme that suits their interests. Despite the virtual setting, the competitiveness of the players made it feel like a classic board game night, just with a modern twist. The cleverly crafted questions and the hilariously creative answers kept us engaged throughout, making it an instant favorite among our group.

Other Fun Games for Meetups


This espionage-themed word game is a true test of communication and strategy. Split into two teams, players try to uncover their team's secret agents while avoiding the opposing team's agents and the dreaded assassin. It's a fast-paced and intellectually stimulating game that guarantees hours of fun and friendly rivalry.


Imagine the classic game of telephone, but with drawings! Telestrations is a hilarious drawing and guessing game where players illustrate a word or phrase and pass it on. The resulting chain of drawings and guesses is a recipe for side-splitting laughter as the original prompt evolves into something entirely unexpected.

Exploding Kittens

For those who enjoy a dash of unpredictability, Exploding Kittens is a card game that combines strategy and sheer luck. The goal is to avoid drawing the explosive kitten cards while strategically using other cards to outsmart opponents. With quirky illustrations and unexpected twists, it's a purr-fectly entertaining game.

Ticket to Ride

Embark on a cross-country adventure with Ticket to Ride, a railway-themed board game. Players collect train cards to claim railway routes, completing destination tickets for points. It's a fantastic balance of strategy and luck, making it accessible for both casual players and seasoned board game enthusiasts.


Dixit is an enchanting and visually stunning game that sparks creativity and imagination. Players take turns being the storyteller, describing a card from their hand with a word or phrase. The other players then choose cards from their own hands that best match the description. It's a game that encourages storytelling and interpretation, leading to whimsical and unexpected connections.

Board Games in India

In recent years, the board gaming culture in India has witnessed steep growth. With the emergence of board game cafes and dedicated spaces, enthusiasts now have the opportunity to explore a vast array of games beyond the conventional classics. These cafes not only provide access to an extensive collection of board games but also foster a sense of community, allowing people to come together, forge new connections, and rekindle old friendships over a shared love for games.

Whether it's the digital charm of Psych! or the classic appeal of games like Codenames, Telestrations, Exploding Kittens, Ticket to Ride, and Dixit, the world of board games has something to offer for everyone. So, the next time you plan a meetup or party, consider ditching the usual routine and dive into the exciting world of board games. You might just discover a new favorite pastime that brings joy, laughter, and a whole lot of witty banter into your gatherings.