Beyond UNO: Quick and easy games for non-gamers at the office
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I'm not trying to convert anyone. TtR, Settlers and Carc are way beyond what I am looking for.

I'd just love a few suggestions for games that meet most of the following criteria:

1. Play in 15-30 minutes. Easy to replay if it ends quickly.
2. Have very few rules and almost no setup.
3. A game you can play while talking about other things.
4. Fairly inexpensive and portable.
5. Playable by 3 - 4 (ideally 2 -5)
6. A better game than UNO. Not based on BGG, based on your opinion.
7. Gamer does not beat non-gamers regularly.
8. Fun to play with lots o' luck (see #7)
9. Does not overstay its welcome (Pickomino)

Thanks for any comments or new thoughts.
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Definite possibility. Strangely, this one has not gotten much love from non-gamers for me.
 
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Not enough interaction to keep folks interested.
 
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Probably both too short and requires a bit too much thought.
 
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Memory aspect probably knocks this out.
 
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Negotiation interferes with non-game chatter.
 
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Good call, but probably too "noisy"
 
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Now for the games I am curious about:

Worthwhile for fewer than 5? Able to talk while playing?

 
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Could this work? We are a wordy group, but introverted, so no Charades or Time's Up.
 
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Knizia, so I worry about interaction/fun factor.
 
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Could this work?
 
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Or some other Oh Hell variant?
 
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I was misled by a review that said 45 minutes. Subsequent corrections suggest is is in the range. Seems easier to explain than Exxtra and shorter than Pickomino.
 
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On the edge of too many rules, but a definite possibility.
 
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Too Many Cooks probably has too many rules. Could this work?
 
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Never played this, but I see it in thrifts pretty regularly.
 
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Only marginally better than UNO to me, but in the right vein.
 
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Could this work? Never played it, so I'm not sure how engaging it is.
 
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Quick 'n easy to explain and set up.
Enjoyable and no more repetitive than Uno. Basically a collecting game at heart while the concept of the game (French Revolution, all beng rival Executioners) works nicely while tactics can evolve and grudges formed in groups.
 
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Works for 3-5 so doesn't work for 2. Plays very light and you can talk over playing. I played during a 'happy hour' after work just last Friday.

I've played it with lots of non-gamers and they usually ask where they can get a copy so it must be going over pretty well.

 
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Works for 2-6
Very easy to play.
Good for kids and adults.
Little setup.
 
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Geschenkt is a nice light-weight game. The game tends to generate its own chatter, I've found.
 
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This was such a hit in the math office at the school in which I teach that my copy lived there for several months until they bought several dedicated office copies. We have literally played hundreds of games both casually and in $ tournaments that I had no hand in organizing. I have never had such success introducing a game to non-gamers and expect I never will.
Downside from your perspective is that it is only two players (although it has been known to draw a crowd of kibbitzers at my work).
 
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