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Packed this up for a trip last week; twenty-plus games in a single grocery bag. I think I covered my bases pretty well...

 
 


I'm not saying I played all of these in a week, but I was ready for anything! ninja

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1. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:661]
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I love packing this in place of Scrabble. Everyone gets into Qwirkle and there's just enough cutthroat opportunities to keep it interesting if you want to.
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2. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:204]
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Indestructible 2p gem that the kids play themselves on the floor or wherever. Great "if I go here, and she goes there, then I can go there..." training.
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3. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:880] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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Another floor game that the kids often pull out themselves. Even the baby carries this around searching for apples and ladybugs.
 
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4. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1718]
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Vacations are all about grabbing quick plays whenever and wherever you can.
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5. Board Game: Martian Dice [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1858]
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A nice change of pace from Zombie Dice with perhaps even a touch of strategic choice.
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6. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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We play this 2p but its always ready for more!
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7. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:651]
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Catan tableau builder for 2 with expansions!
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8. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:184]
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Does a wedge beat a phalanx? Or is it the other way around? Not the friendliest game for n00bs, but there's calculable depth here and its certainly a battle.
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9. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:230]
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A family favorite - just easy enough for the kids, but deep enough for all of us to throw some fun combos together.
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10. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
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Fun at 2 and 3p, great depth in not too much time. Might even squeeze in two plays in an evening!
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11. Board Game: Puerto Rico Deluxe [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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I'd be lying if I claimed to play this very often on vacation ... but just in case!
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12. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:605]
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Faster-than-you-think bidding/auction with a twist.
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13. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:683]
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I don't love this game but the kids like moving the penguins around and there are some decisions to be made ... and its tiny, so what the heck!
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14. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1052]
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Would love to get more plays in on this one. The imbalance and card play require a little deeper understanding than casual play allows, but its very compact and travels well.
 
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15. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:426]
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Takes place of Dominion for a traveling deck builder.
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16. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:217]
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Easily the easiest to pack of all the games on this list. High bang-for-buck and bang-for-size so a no brainer for the vacation set.
 
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17. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:374]
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Nice trading mechanic for the whole family. Play as friendly or as cutthroat as you want.
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18. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:872] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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I usually pack The Resistance, but I'm trying to get this on the table more in its place.
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19. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:107]
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Great, fast, and fun 2p. This one earns its spot in the pack for sure.
 
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20. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:324]
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Plays well from 2 to 7p and has shorter playtime than you'd think.
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