Games to take Camping
Brian Lucid
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Just got back from a trip to Sequoia and Kings Canyon in CA with a few buddies from High School. We're all (much) older now and it was funny to watch us get up off the ground after playing a game out in the wilderness.

Got me thinking about what games are good to take camping. Now there's car camping and there's backpacking. A backpacking game must be portable and light. Car camping games must withstand a minimal amount of wind and the elements.

What do you think? What's your pick?
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1. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1165]
Brian Lucid
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There are all sorts of variations of Werewolf. Every time I pull this out around the campfire we have a great time. It also appeals to a wide range of gamers, kids and adults. This is the best camping game ever! You need enough people (6 or more I'd say). A campfire is a bonus and you can't beat it for packability and weight.
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2. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2062]
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Got to love Cheapass Games. this one is light and packable but the board sections are tricky if there's wind. I'm talking about the version prior to the box set. We used parts of our trail mix as the tokens.
 
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3. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3266]
Brian Lucid
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light, packable, we had a great time with this in the woods. There is a small board and pieces so you have to watch the wind but it can be played by 4 old men in a 2 person tent. You'll need to visit a Chiropractor afterward though.
 
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4. Board Game Publisher: Chaosium
Brian Lucid
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Call of cthulhu the RPG is fun and portable. Played that out in the Marble mountains with buddies when I was in college. I remember having a great time with it. Nothing like a mystery/horror game to add to the suspense in the dark woods.
 
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5. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10881] [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
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Seems like this one would be a no brainer. It is goofy enough that it plays fast and you won't mind a card getting dirty anyway.
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6. Board Game: Rory's Story Cubes [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1835] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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One of a small handful of games on our standard camping list. It doesn't appeal to everyone here in BGG, and some don't even consider it a game. With the right group though, this one is a great evening campfire activity. It's weatherproof and would probably survive anything a typical camping trip is likely to dish out.
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7. Board Game: Traditional Card Games [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2538]
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I love card games, but a standard deck is not the best camping choice. Small and light for sure, but even a mild wind makes them unplayable and a rainstorm can make them unplayable for good. Our packing list includes a set of Cardominoes. They're waterproof, windproof, and probably as close to bear proof as a thing can be. Though not huge, their heft is not insignificant for backpacking.
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8. Board Game: Pit [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1352]
Brian Lucid
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Thanks Alyssa, after looking at your list I forgot Pit. I usually bring this one car camping, always a hit!
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9. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
Shawn T
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I know it's been said often, but Hive's got chunky, heavy, durable components. (See the fun photos of people playing underwater.)

It's only for two players at a time, but it's a very clever abstract that requires no board, can be played on dirt, and comes in a handy zip-bag. Go with Hive Carbon or Hive Pocket (even more portable!) for free expansion critters.
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10. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1068]
Jeff Binning
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The miniature version of Pickomino works well for camping or motorcycle trips.
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11. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14953]
Bill Eldard
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I always recommend taking a set of Douible-Nine dominoes for camping. Here's why . . .

1) They're durable and washable, and they won't blow away.

2) You can play any number of games with them. We prefer Chicken Foot.

3) The games are scalable. Chicken Foot, for instance, can be played with 2 to 7 players.

4) Games play quickly, they're easy to set up and finish between other activities.

I brought my Double-Nine set to our son's Boy Scout troop summer camp, and it was a big hit with the boys and adults. It was so popular that after the first two evenings of after-dinner games, the Scouts set up a Chicken Foot tournament.
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12. Board Game: Babylon [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11727]
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