Games You Can Play in the Car
Chris Tappan
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Sarasota
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I'm always looking for ultra-portable games you can take and play in the car as I take a fair share of road trips. My road trip friends and family are tired of the more-traditional car games, such as the "alphabet game" or the like.

We are looking for more complex games, where three to five people can play, including the driver (so nothing so crazy where our lives would be put in jeopardy)

Any and all suggestions are welcome as I am looking to make a coupple purchases before another big road trip in July.
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Chris Tappan
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I will get the list started by naming a couple of the games we play...

Our go-to bread and butter game. Omaha and Texas Hold 'Em where we place the community cards up on the dashboard.

Simple enough where everyone, including the driver, can check their cards, view the community cards, and make betting decisions without becoming too preoccupied from the road.
 
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Chris Tappan
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Another card game with "community cards" that can be placed on the dash. Little trickier to play for the driver as it requires switching out cards from your hand regularly, but definitely still do-able and a lot of fun.
 
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You never said anything about the car having to actually be moving...
Back in the day, "Parking" was a common teen pasttime

IIRC, Busen Memo would qualify as "Second Base"
 
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http://www.mentalchess.com.au/

doesn't require the use of actual board/pieces and thus the hands are free to drive and the eyes are on the road. And of course, passengers can focus entirely on the game. My brother and I attempted this a few times on longer trips.
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Alex N
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I would stay away from ANY game that requires the driver to either take his hand off the wheel or divert his attention more than he does anyway.

Point of Law is a great game that doesn't require anything but listening to the case study and then guessing if the defendant wins or lose.

Don't bother with the box or score sheets. Just take the Case Book only to the car trip which is a pamphlet covering about 100 true cases and read each case out loud. Then everyone debates on the likely verdict and then finding out if they are right or wrong!

You can easily find a used copy for around $5 on BGG or eBay. I'm taking my copy next month on a 12-hour road trip to North Carolina.
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Here's another game where you don't need to bother with the box or the game board for long trips!

Just take the cards and read off the questions one by one. You keep track of the score by keeping a card if you guess right!

What's great about this game is that

A) the driver doesn't have to take his eyes off the road. When it's his turn he can have someone else read the question for him.

B) it's still very competitive.

C) you can customize the deck by mixing cards from other versions like Star Trek or Lord of the Rings.

D) best of all, you will all get into some interesting arguments/discussions that will eat up the minutes as naysayers look up the facts on Wikipedia on their phones.

Both Point of Law and Trivial Pursuit where ideas I picked up from Dave Coleman of "The Spiel" game podcast from 4 years ago!
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Kids game.
 
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We greatly enjoy playing this one in the car, just toss your cups and look down in. It does, of course, require honesty, as do most games where a player can't actually turn around to check what's going on.
 
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Haven't tested it. Seems doable event for the driver.
 
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The driver only guesses. You can have one person giving clues and the driver and other passengers try to get the clue first.
 
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The passenger reads the invention and the driver has three guesses to correctly find the date. The passenger tells them "earlier"/ "later" hints after each wrong answer.

With more than one passenger you can have the driver and passenger both take one guess and the person whose answer is closest gets a point.
 
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