We’re a camping and picnicking family, and we like to pack a game or two in case things slow down. We’d much rather play a game when waiting in an unexpected line or at a restaurant; it keeps the noses out of the phones.
How do we pick a portable game? First, it needs to have a small footprint. After taking away the box and rulebooks, the remaining pieces need to fit neatly into a small space. This is especially important in the camper, where space is at a premium. Second, it needs to to play on almost any surface. We may find ourselves on a picnic table, but we’re also likely to be sitting on a beach blanket or around a neat sheet near the Washington Monument. Minatures and counter cubes are not right for that environment. Finally, it needs replay value. Games that can be played repeatedly and still be entertaining are key.
Here are some of our favorite traveling games:
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Have you ever opened a game box to find it looking like this?
Me, too. Maybe it dropped on the floor, maybe it got shuffled a bit in the car, or maybe it always looks like that. Cards and dice and parts – everywhere. The bottom line is, you have to clean up the game before you can even begin setting up for your fun. And that puts a damper on the party.
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From the box: “Take a card or say “No Thanks.” It’s easy to say no if you have a chip to add to the prize pool. Be aware that your chips won’t last forever and when you take a card it can score against you if it isn’t a part of a run. A quick, fun, fast-paced game of extortion for all ages.”
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Loy says “If you like the idea of Cards Against Humanity, but it’s a bit raunchy for you, then you’re going to love this game. Love 2 Hate works on the same premise of Apples to Apples or CAH, but splits the difference between the two. It’s more risque for the teen / young adult crowd, but not anything beyond rated R. This is a great bridge game for that teen who wants to play a mature title but isn’t quite ready.”
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From the box: “In this highly-strategic, kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette, players draw cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches. All of the other cards in the deck are used to move, mitigate, or avoid the Exploding Kittens.”
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From the box: “Zombie Dice is a quick game for any zombie fan (or the whole zombie family). The 13 custom dice are your victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop before the shotgun blasts end your turn! Includes 13 custom dice and dice cup, to carry the game in. Fast to learn, games are 15 minutes or less to play.”
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From the box: “Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends. The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card. ” Continue reading “Cards Against Humanity”
From the box: “Apples to Apples are the game of hilarious comparisons. It’s as easy as comparing apples to apples just open the box, deal the cards, and you’re ready to play. Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge.”
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Loy says: “Looking for something unique and creative? Boy-howdy, have you found it in Rory’s Story Cubes. The box includes a couple of ways to play, but here’s our go-to: roll the dice and start to tell the story. You can tell the whole thing, or players can grab dice and jump in when they want. Or, you can have each person tell a sentence in a round-robin until the story comes to life. It’s not as easy as it sounds – be the one at the table with the best contribution and exercise your vocabulary, your imagination, and your thinking cap! This is a lot of fun as a game, and also works as an ice-breaker, a teaching manipulative, or a tool for overcoming writer’s block. Get your creative on!”
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