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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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51. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
J Mathews
United States
Renton
Washington
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Besides Dominion, this is our current go-to nap game. One way or another, it will be over in 30-40 minutes or so. We both control 2 monks because we prefer that to the real 2-player rules. We have played this probably 20-30 times in the past 6 months and have gone from winning 1 of our first 10 games to winning around 3 of 4 recently. We just tried Nightmare level and won that the first time we tried (I know, small sample size). This is a really fun game that we have fun talking through and working together to beat.
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52. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:253]
Sara
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We also like this one! It doesn't take long, so it's an ideal game to play in the evening after we put our little girl to bed.

Our absolute favorite is Race for the Galaxy and we also like Neuroshima Hex! and other games already mentioned here like: Roma, Battle Line etc.

If we have a bit more time Agricola is ideal. The two-player version doesn't take long at all.
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53. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:554]
Charley Eastman
United States
Franklin
Massachusetts
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Our favorite "Just the Two of Us" card game. We've played this hundreds of times. Love it. In fact, I'm wishing I was playing it right now. This one is CANONICAL for couples. Get it. Get it!
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54. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:476]
De Waey Joeri
Belgium
Oostende
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My girl is now 14 weeks, since the birth we hadn't any time to play a game but I'm sure we'll get to it and Can't Stop is one of these games that plays very fast and its certainly lots of fun ...
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55. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:553]
Jim Wilde
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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My wife and I have been playing this lately. It's quick to setup, has a number of paths to victory, and is simply a fine all 'round game.
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56. Board Game: En Garde [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1368]
Jim Wilde
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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Just picked up this one very recently. This game has been highly rated for a long time, and is fast and deep enough to engage a couple of analyzers like us for a few battles...
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57. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:864]
Dean Ackles
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APO
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We have not played a lot but the theme is nice and the time required is just right. It also plays well with more folks as well. Might be worth a shot.
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58. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:237]
Stefan Daniels
Canada
Surrey
British Columbia
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My personal favorite of the GIPF series. It can take a few games to really start to see available strategies but it's worth it.
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59. Board Game: Rosenkönig [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:807]
Stefan Daniels
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Surrey
British Columbia
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OOP but fairly easy to find on The GEEK here. Play with closed hands and it makes this game a very quick, non-brainy game. Play with open hands and it kicks the game up to a whole new level of AP and tactical prowess.
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60. Board Game: Shazamm! [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2493]
Stefan Daniels
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Surrey
British Columbia
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Wonderful 2-player from Z-Man. Not complex, easy to grasp and a ton of fun!
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61. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:808]
Stefan Daniels
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Surrey
British Columbia
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This game is better than 1960: The Making of the President simply because it only takes 30+ minutes to play.

I mean, if time WERE NOT an issue then the only real choice is Twilight Struggle as I have yet to meet a person who hasn't really liked it once I've played a game with them.
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62. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:321] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
My Baloney
United States
hamburg
New York
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What??!! no Jambo ?!!
One of my favorite two player games !!
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63. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:778]
Laura
United States
Arlington
Texas
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A very good two player game with just enough depth for a baby nap.snore
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64. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:678]
Kevin Garnica
United States
Buena Park
California
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15-20 minutes a game. Light, asymmetrical "war"-game disguised as a cube-pushing, area control game. Super fun. Gotta try it. And best of all, it hardly takes up any space at all; small box = small game = small time frame to play it.
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65. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:215]
Jonathan Kandell
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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With a 1 year old, we face same problem.... Have to add in that brain is tired when baby goes to sleep and it has to be a game you can set up quickly.

Ingenius is quick and doesn't take much brain power.

We also like Dvonn, it's already on list.
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66. Board Game: Pico 2 [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4699]
Jonathan Kandell
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Very very quick, can be played with ordinary deck. Works well with the brainpower left after tending to children.
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67. Board Game: Xe Queo! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3075]
Jonathan Kandell
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Looks abstract but not heavy at all, really a game of bluff, and very very shot. Perfect for little brainpower left after baby takes a nap.
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68. Board Game: Zheng Fen [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
Jonathan Kandell
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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played 2 player or 2p Big Two. Goes quickly, and takes skill but not the total focus you don't have when a baby has exhausted you.
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69. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Duel [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3050]
Dave Shull
United States
San Francisco
California
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I know some don't like this, but we have a lot of fun with it. Do you play your powerful cards now, or save it until the last round? Very cool card mechanic.

Also play this with my oldest son (9) when little sister goes to bed.
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70. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:335] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Harry-Pekka Kuusela
Finland
Espoo
Finland
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We have been playng this in the month since our sons birth. You can walk around with Your handcards and plan Your turn ahead with the baby in a carrying cloth.
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71. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:1863]
Cody Walker
United States
Bastrop
Texas
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We like this one. We find that when our one year old son finally falls asleep, we aren't really in the mood for a game that requires deep thought. Just something quick and fun!
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72. Board Game: What's My Word? [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1971]
Jonathan Kandell
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Tucson
Arizona
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Very quiet game.
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73. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:398]
George Buss
United States
Muncie
Indiana
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Just picked up this one and it seems to fit our criteria... Quick to play, good aesthetics, interruptible... And best of all, it's a co-op so it really fits in on those nights we don't want to play against each other but would rather cuddle on the couch while getting a game in...
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74. Board Game: Queen's Ransom [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:5664]
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Sydney
New South Wales
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A new 2-5 player Z-Man game that definitely makes the cut for my list. Similar in complexity to Court of the Medici but less mathematical and more of a quick 'whodunnit' with a few special cards to add a twist to the tale...my review on this once recently published here - Queen's Ransom - A Simple Review
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75. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:721]
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Sydney
New South Wales
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A recent addition to the collection, this has yet to be played as a couples game, but hey a time-poor parent could easily fit in a few solo games of this during a snooze - my review on this one recently published here - Onirim - A [Not So] Simple Review GM.
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