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She's Asleep! - Games for time poor couples with infant(s)
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As my profile and a previous geeklist attest to, I consider myself very lucky to have met and married my wife Nicole, who, despite not being a boardgamegeek like myself, has jumped into playing various games with gusto both when we were dating and now that we are married.

I have previously submitted a list of my top 3 games I play with Nicole, but I have realised a new list is required. Since our daughter Mackenzie was born in 2008, we have found ourselves with less and less time as parents of a toddler to fit in a board game here and there. This issue has only been exacerbated since our son Frazer was born in October 2011!

Consequently, we have found ourselves coming back to the same four games time and time again, as they are engaging games that can be played in minimal time. When your children only sleep for a few hours during the day (and you are too tired to play at night) it is critical to select games that will stand a chance of getting played and ones that you will still actually enjoy playing, so here they are:
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26. Board Game: Archaeology: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:822]
Marc Boulet
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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We have one child born in 2008 and one in 2009, so my recent game collection has been tailored mostly to be playable around their schedules.

This is one of our favourites - quick (20min), fun, some strategy and some luck. Oh, and cheap, too, since my little ones have impacted our games budget as well as our schedule.
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27. Board Game: Utopian Rummy [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3928]
Albert Hernandez
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Greenville
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My oldest kid is now 4. My son doesn't care for napping much anymore so there's less and less time to play games together. It basically happens after the kids go to bed. At that time, only a short game will do. This one is quick to pull out and plays pretty fast. More importantly.. it's fun!
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28. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:97]
Ryan Sturm
United States
Lancaster
New York
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My favorite of the gipf series. Thought I hated abstracts until I gave this a shot. What fun, elegant, quick, great fun for two.

Blokus with 2 is pretty good to. I prefer the play with 2 colors variant rather than the smaller board.

And Uptown, dont forget Uptown

We used to play a LOT of crayon rails, but now less so with the baby. Though Empire Builder Pronto (the computer version) with one of us playing both as the other entertains/feeds the baby seems to work.

As a fellow new parent, let me say congratulations on your new addition, and happy gaming and parenting!
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29. Board Game: Martian Coasters [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4318]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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We've had a lot of fun with short 3House pyramid games. This and Zark City get the most play.
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30. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:787]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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Although we usually only play to 50 instead of 100 points, this is a fun game of a series of micro-rounds that are a game in itself, leaving you interruptible and unconcerned if a game isn't finished.
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31. Board Game: Pick & Pack [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1790]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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Fun light game that has hidden complexities but we didn't find any inclination towards AP.

I'm tempted to add Samurai and Oceania, but as we've only played those once and don't own them just mention. And, for whatever reason, we've found Fluxx and Hive to be the funnest while waiting for Dr. appts.
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32. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1687]
Mary Weisbeck
United States
Black Hawk
South Dakota
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If you don't mind a little print-n-play work, Flowerpower is an excellent 2-player game and is also a lot of fun to play solitaire.

The tiles in the picture are in the files section. The board is up to you. This one is my handiwork, for what it's worth.
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33. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:671]
Mark Paul
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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Small board, easy set up. A lot of fun.
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34. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:808]
michael casey
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Blue Mountains
NSW
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Fast and easy and if babies wake up just finish at the roll you are on. This will add more excitement!
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35. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:641]
Brian Cherry
Canada
North Bay
Ontario
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Plays well with 2 players. Doesn't take too long to set up. You can usually play several rounds while the little one is napping.

My new "go-to-quick" game
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36. Board Game: Rat Hot [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1937]
Laura
United States
Arlington
Texas
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Rat Hot is very good. Quick play, and lots of variety in how the game plays out.
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37. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:70]
Marcus Lau
Malaysia
Petaling jaya
Selangor
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Great quick game for time-poor couples. Comes in a really small and compact box about the size of your baby's playpen.
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38. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:523]
Emperors Grace
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Rexford
New York
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Great for passing naptime anywhere or when.
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39. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:261]
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New York
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This one is currently out of print, but a reprint is planned by another publisher. This auction game plays fast and we can usually get two games in. Some don't care for the artwork, but I love it.
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40. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:90]
 
Fabricio Bandeira
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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This is a beautiful, fun and fast two-player card game that theme wise resembles Jambo, but it is way more elegant in my view. Have a try.
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41. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:877]
Greg Forster
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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Blokus (above) is one of our big reliables for the "she's asleep!" moment. This is another. As with Blokus, a big advantage is that it isn't a brain burner, so you can play it when you're well and truly frazzled after a long struggle to get the kid to go to sleep!
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42. Board Game: Pecking Order [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1847]
Greg Forster
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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Another excellent quick, two-player non-brain-burner.
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43. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1227]
Greg Forster
United States
Oconomowoc
Wisconsin
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Ditto.
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44. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1394]
Wolfgang Zelller
Germany
Schramberg
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My wife loves playing this classic... With two players and the aid of a chess clock to keep our AP limited one round usually takes around 30 minutes.
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45. Board Game: Go Stop [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:4819]
Wolfgang Zelller
Germany
Schramberg
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It may take some time getting to know the rules and the cards, but then it is a good game for two if you don't mind the amount of luck that can be involved. A single round takes less than 10 minutes.
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46. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:264]
Matt Olson
Australia
Darlington
WA
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My wife loves playing this. Usually 20-30 minutes playing time, lots of replay-ability.
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47. Board Game: Richelieu [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1397]
Paul Kemp
New Zealand
Auckland
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Nice and quick, easy to learn...but hard to master.

An oldie but a goodie.
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48. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
J Mathews
United States
Renton
Washington
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Shocked that this one isn't on the list yet. The potential for a nap game was what spurred the initial purchase of this game. It has lived up to our hopes and more. We can get in one or two games after the kids have gone to bed or during naps. And if the naps end early, we give the kids the white cards and let them "play" with us. By far the best filler I've played.
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49. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
J Mathews
United States
Renton
Washington
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This one had its run as go-to nap/after bedtime game. It plays ok with two but we have found that with an explanation of her choices, our 4-yr old can play this with us. So we now play this with three.
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50. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:86]
J Mathews
United States
Renton
Washington
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This one had a very short run as our nap game. Ultimately, we decided that we preferred it with more than two people and have moved it to a non-nap category.
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