I've got a large collection of games, and several sets of friends who don't own (m)any but love to play them. Despite loads of online implementations of games existing we set ourselves the challenge of combining a video call catch-up on Zoom with a few game sessions. We've sorted out a nice setup with a camera tripod holding a phone (logged in as "GameCam" looking straight down at the board, with a foldable laptop sitting just behind the board looking at my wife and me, which lets us see our friends while also being able to look down at the board in front of us, and our friends can see us on one feed and the board on another.
It's turned out pretty well so far!
Codenames works basically flawlessly, particularly with our friends using an app to generate a board colour layout, and keeping each pair of cluers or pair of guessers together at one end of the call. Without the app you could probably draw a card and copy out the grid with a bit of discretion.
Burgle Bros is also entirely doable, and great fun. I Whatsapped pics of the character cards and turn order crib sheet over, and since it's co-op and everything else is open it was perfect. Oh, apart from when we spilt coffee over a good proportion of the layout We got out with the loot though!
Other things we're considering:
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective - very word-based, could work well with most stuff being read out at my end. Thinking about sending over pics of the newspaper and map so that the far end don't have to spend the entire time listening to us talk.
Pandemic - too soon? Maybe beating several global diseases would put us in good spirits. I think this would be very doable, it's only really each player's hand of cards that isn't shared, and you can have those open as a varianty anyway.
Skull - so easy to knock up some cards at the far end (indeed, that's one of the USPs of the game, with bikers only needing a marker pen to create a set from beer mats in a bar); will the intense psychological nature of it work through a screen?
King of Tokyo - nothing secret, relatively simple structure; would admittedly lose the pleasing tactility of those big dice!
What other games do you think would suit this format?
Everything physical only at one end of the teleconference (pretty much)
Minimal pics of important info, or PDFs of the rules, can be made available to others
Not too sprawling a layout, has to fit on one screen and be readable (about 1x2 feet on the table, I'd guess)
Entirely shared info, or restricted to minimal notes at the far end