New Year's Eve Cruise Ship Packing (7 Games in One Smallish Box)
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When: December 31st, 2012
Departure Port: Tampa, Florida
Duration: 5 nights
Ship: Royal Caribbean "Jewel of the Seas"

My fantastic wife, our two kids (10 & 14) and I were heading on a cruise and I was hoping to save room by packing a number of games inside one game's (The Speicherstadt) smallish box. Here's what fit and why I took it.

What would you have packed?
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1. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:608]
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I'd just gotten it as a Christmas gift from my sister and I was really pumped to play it on the ship. But I knew my family wouldn't be too keen on trying it. I had the expansion, which is terrific, but planned on just using the base game with my wife and son.

Because I was saving space, I left the heavy metal coins from the expansion at home.

Did it get played? Yes, on multiple occasions. We played it twice the first day (actually in the hotel in Tampa the day before the cruise) and then a few times on the ship. My wife doesn't usually like auction games other than Ra, but she did enjoy it and actually requested it once or twice. I never tried the expansion because I thought some of the "screwage" cards wouldn't have worked well with her.

It's not Stephan Feld's most well-known game, but it's a terrific one.
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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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Definitely the hit of the trip. Terrific little (16 cards) game that was constantly being requested by both my son and wife. It scales well from 2-4 players, provides some decent logic with enough luck to make my wife want to keep playing. Only takes one play to get the characters down and soon you're bluffing/guessing like a champ! I HIGHLY recommend this one.
 
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3. Board Game: Onirim [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:947]
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My go-to solitaire game since the summer (when it took over the also fun solo game "Friday"). My son enjoys playing the 2-player co-op version of Onirim, but we didn't play it that way during the cruise.

Did it get played? Yes, quite a few times when nobody else was interested in playing. Couldn't play it outside with the wind, of course, but I did get to play it with some awesome views of the ocean from a few bars.
 
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4. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:594]
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A favorite of my wife's the past few months. It's right up there with Castles of Burgundy for her. 20-minute 2-player set-collection game that moves very, very quickly. Easy to set up and knock a game out.

Did it get played? Yes, but not nearly as much since my wife was enjoying Speicherstadt more than I had anticipated.
 
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5. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2536]
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Continued props to BGGer "Indy BC" for suggesting this one at GenCon. I picked it up a couple months later and it's been a hit with buddies, my kids at school, family in restaurants as we wait for food, etc. It's cheap (around $15 on Amazon) and I highly suggest it.

Did it get played? Yes, multiple times during the trip.
 
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6. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
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I really loved playing this one during the summer, but when I picked up Onirim at GenCon Friday went on the shelf. I thought it deserved to get on a cruise ship with the potential of becoming ship-wreaked.

Did it get played? No, sadly it never made it to the table. Certainly, it would have become the go-to game if we'd become stranded on an island. Ha, ha.
 
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7. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1445]
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OK, so I made a bad call bringing this one. I was thinking about card games to play with my wife, but we already had plenty packed. It didn't take up much room, but it's reasonably heavy. Decent game that we liked a while back and I'd always be up for playing it again sometime, but I should have left it at home.

Did it get played? Nope, had a cold, dark vacation inside the box. Oh well.....
 
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8. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:637]
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My wife, son and I definitely had a blast with Can't Stop on our iPad (we're a three iPad family now that my son picked up a mini with his Christmas/birthday money). It's a great app and we enjoyed a bunch of tight games of it.
 
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9. Board Game: Qin [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1274]
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****** iPad Only *******

Been loving this one since the day it was released on the iPad. Fantastic little tile-layer. And I just ordered a "real" copy on Amazon the other day. Played the "real" version at a EuroQuest in Maryland back in November and the production value is wonderful.
 
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