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Poll: The 192nd TGIF Poll
If you or your significant other was laid up with an injury or illness for an extended amount of time would you still try to play games?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Absolutely
59.3% 181
Probably
24.9% 76
Maybe
10.5% 32
Doubtful
4.9% 15
No Way
0.3% 1
Voters 305
Have you ever played a game in a hospital?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Yes
34.4% 104
No
65.6% 198
Voters 302
This poll is now closed.   306 answers
Poll created by Blott
Closes: Thu May 17, 2012 6:00 am


3. What game would be the best to play with someone sitting in a bed?

Any discussion is encouraged.
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Re: The 192nd Edition of the TGIF Poll
The first question requires a clarification in my opinion between injury and illness.

I wouldnt try to play a game with someone who was bed ridden with fever, but if they only had a broken leg than ya why not?

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When my partner was in hospital after an appendix operation, we played Odin's Ravens and Ticket to Ride: The Card Game during visiting hours. Both of those games fitted on the over-bed table the hospital provided. She couldn't do much moving about, even when sitting up in bed, so games which involved frequently moving pieces were ruled out.
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Yes for me, no for her, haven't played in the hospital but if I did I think something simple like Jaipur would hit the spot(I'm pretty sure I could play that laying down)
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If I were sick, and were able to play something, I probably would try to play a solitaire game like Friday or something bigger if the space were available. If an iPad were permitted, there would be gaming.

If my wife were sick and in the hospital, I would likely not be playing a game with her, since she is really not a gamer.

When she was in the hospital for an extended stay, her parents and I played some card games while we were taking our turns visiting. The same was true the many times when my dad was in the hospital.

Playing a game with another person in the hospital, I think that something small and that can be easily stashed away is probably best. Hospitals seem to be placed designed for frequently interrupting the patients. Some of the Adlung games, some of the Kosmos 2 player games, some of the Schmidt Spiele Easy Play games, etc. would be good choices.
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Blott wrote:
3. What game would be the best to play with someone sitting in a bed?


Hmmm... probably something on an iPad with pass-and-play or multiple local devices. Carcassonne, for instance.
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If my significant other was in a hospital bed, she'd want to play Chinese Checkers.

If I was in a hospital bed, I'd want to play... cribbage.
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d10-1 Absolutely, excluding some sort of massive brain injury that resulted in the loss of communication abilities, but then again something like that goes well above just being "laid up".

d10-2 No, but not for lack of trying. We took several games along when both of our daughters were born, but because we didn't go to the hospital until the labor was well underway, by the time we got there both times there really wasn't much time to play games.

d10-3 It would depend on the extent and nature of the injury, but as long as the person had the use of their mental functions and at least one arm/hand most games would still be playable without too much trouble. Being confined to a bed would of course rule out almost all dexterity games and most games that required a lot of table space, since you'd be limited to what would fit on whatever tray was available and/or could be held.
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Well I know why this poll is coming up.

I'd say absolutely - the patient is going to eventually be bored out of his or her skull, and a game is a good distraction. The whole Kosmos 2-player series is a good option, because they are small, portable, and play fast.

Qwirkle is good if you have a decent-sized playing surface (just carry the bag), as would be Forbidden Island. Also you can look for any card game that doesn't require a lot of playing surface - you can get pretty creative with limited space for games like Fairy Tale and Guillotine.

And when in doubt - Mad Libs.
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I have played lots of games in hospitals. Chess, Gin Rummy and Cribbage while I was in hospital when I was a kid. A group of us also got into trouble for flying dozens of paper planes out the window of the asthma ward, littering the staff carpark... I also played AD&D while recovering from surgery as a teenager. And although it may not count, I played chess in a psych hospital with a fellow suffering bipolar disorder.

It seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to me, so long as you don't get in the way or tire the patient.
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Well, Twister's probably out....

Dancing Eggs will put you in hospital.
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Question # 1 assumes your significant other plays games with you when not laid up. Since my wife only plays games with me sporadically when healthy, I don't see how the odds would improve when she is laid up - hence, doubtful.

Otherwise, if a gamer friend was laid up, we'd be playing games for sure.

Best games = Kosmos series (as mentioned), Hive, Battle Line.
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Both What's My Word? and 2-player Boggle/Big Boggle work quite well. You need minimal table space, you just hold your papers and write.
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I use my iPad for games whenever I'm on the move or in a "waiting" situation and I don't really see the difference between that and being laid up at the hospital.

The other option would be any travel games like Ingenious: Travel Edition, magnetic Chess or whatever.
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My wife was in the hospital for 4 days due to a surprise visit from Dr. Diverticulitis and although she's post hospital stay by about 10 weeks she had an extreme, auto-immune style response to the two kinds of antibiotics and has what basically amounts to whole-body tendinitis (weird...never knew it was officially spelled that way). On the down-side, she could be months from recovery. But, on the up-side she's wanted to play games every single night for the past couple of months to keep her mind off of being depressed about the slow recovery.

I've played lots of games in the hospital when my father had surgery, mostly card games like No Thanks!, Haggis, Coloretto, ...
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Most card games wrok very well in the hospital. They are easy to set up and transport.

On the other hand, you have to be flexible to interuptions, either by hospital staff, anxious visitors, or contractions (if you or your gaming partner are preparing to give birth).
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1 - Absolutely. In fact I plan on playing some games with my wife tonight while she rests her injured feet.

2 - Nope, but I've tried. No one ever seems to want to join in with me when I bring them.

3 - FITS is nearly perfect. A small lap desk holds all the pieces the player needs.
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Sadly I have recent experience with this having just been released from the hospital two days ago after an unexpected visit. My wife brought Dominion: Intrigue, San Juan, and Great Wall of China. I was out of bed by the time we played, but on a previous visit when labor was induced and we were waiting for our twin's births San Juan fit on the table by the bed nicely.
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1 Assuming that the person that was bedridden, or otherwise incapacitated, was concious and able, of course we would be playing games - certainly if it was me. Anything to distract me from my troubles and pass the time.

2 Especially in a hospital: at home you may have access to other entertainment possibilities, but there isn't $#!t to do in a hospital. I would be so desperate for a game that you could bring in most anything.

3. What game would be the best to play with someone sitting in a bed?

Assuming that the game table space would be limited, card games would be the easiest, maybe a small chess/checkers set, travel scrabble. A larger game would require a small table at least, and the laid up player may have to have their moves made for them. But there are plenty of possibilities. RPGs wouldn't be impossible, as long as the healthy party was Mastering the game.
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First off, this is the way to play in the hospital, great story in the Wings of War: Famous Aces section:

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I have played Lost Cities when I was in the hospital for a few hours...I lost and I blame the drugs!
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We had our new baby 2 weeks ago. The time healing up was spent playing games. I made sure my emergency luggage was filled with games (i forgot the toothpaste.)

We played Lost Cities, Cthulu Gloom, Odin's Ravens and Condiettere.

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My wife and I played San Juan very successfully in the hospital after my daughter was born.
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I played many games with my daughter when she was in a children's hospital for 2 weeks last year with a stroke, once she was out of ICU. We were able to play games of varying sizes, but the ones that worked the best were smaller ones like Burger Joint, or anything in the Kosmos 2-player series.

These are very special memories that I'll never forget.

If it weren't for the near-constant stream of doctors and nurses interrupting us, it would be a perfect spot for gaming.

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