Lunch Hour Games
Herbert Griffin
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My little lunch game group demands satisfaction. More games please! Suggestions and feedback are welcome.

Criteria:
15-45 minutes (still need time to order and eat too)
Plays awesome with 3-4 people (no 1v1 TCGs)
Small footprint (playing on a table with dishes and glasses all around)
Not too many moving parts
No board required or small like King of Tokyo's
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1. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:434]
Herbert Griffin
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Latest addition to the rotation. It's so much fun deceiving lunch mates and also calling their bluffs. Makes each bite of my meal that much more tastier. I usually don't like games with elimination, but it plays so fast like Love Letter that it's a small hindrance at best.
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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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Fits all criteria. Goes will with Thai food or frozen yogurt runs.

Game is double-sleeved because it's seen some action. We remember the score so no need for tokens of affection.

Too embarrassed to carry this game around so I ask my female coworker to. I eventually bought the Japanese version to house both versions of the game as well as Loot. If it weren't for the Minister card, we'd play the Kanai version a lot more.
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3. Board Game: Inn-Fighting [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:4890]
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Punching faces and throwing chairs. What's not to like? Semi small footprint--having a foldable felt dice tray helps a lot with the noise and space. The reaction when one of us rolls a 20 will get us some stares.

This game should be ranked higher. Love the mechanic and theme. In between turns, I day dream about how I can implement this game's mechanic into King of Tokyo. This one gets neighboring patrons inquiring what we are playing.
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4. Board Game: Unexploded Cow [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3392]
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Game of choice while we eat pho (vietnamese soup with beef and rice noodles). Art is hilarious...and artful. Rolling a 6 always gets a bellowing laugh from another player. One of my best impulse buys. The help staff always chuckle when playing this one.
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5. Board Game: Dragon Slayer [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:8422]
Herbert Griffin
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This one kicks all the other press your luck dice games. The tension builds up faster than Zombie Dice and you also have a chance to force your lunch mates into a game of chicken if they get on a streak. Goes well with greasy food as you won't be as concerned with getting dice dirty as you would with cards. Buy a portable cloth-based dice tray so keep the noise down if it ever becomes an issue.
 
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6. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1058]
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This one plays fast too. Have to semi stack the guillotine line to save on table space.
 
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7. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1752]
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Friend has this one, but rarely eats with us. I may have to buy my own copy. Enjoy with color blind friends as it keeps them confused on which cards they can play.
 
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8. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:379]
Herbert Griffin
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Must play while eating sushi. Since there's already so much on the table bento boxes, plates, rice bowls, dishes of wasabi...it's great that this game doesn't leave a big footprint on the table.
 
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9. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:6216]
Herbert Griffin
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If you're good at playing multiple hands of blackjack...blind, then this game is for you. No need to sleeve the cards as you can just keep the draw pile in hand and the active deck back into the tray.
 
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10. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1547] [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
Herbert Griffin
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Plastic cards! No need for sleeving! Can even play it while eating bbq ribs by hand. Ok, maybe not that far.

Gotta play with people that can spit a good story.
 
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11. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2051]
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Deluxe version! Best to play while eating fried chicken. Chomping on fried chicken flesh will have you rooting for the shark...so long as you're not in last place.

Onlookers sometime giggle and ask why we're playing with Legos.
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12. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2035]
Herbert Griffin
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Game is best played while you're eating bacon. Enough said.

The book box is bigger than anticipated. It's a cool feature, but wish it was thinner and smaller.

If you're playing at lunch, flick the spinner instead of blowing on it. Why? If you still have food in your mouth, you're gonna have a bad time.

Small footprint. Games are quick. Sometimes they're too quick. It's a great alternative if you're fiending for some King of Tokyo action.
 
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13. Board Game: 12 Days [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2308]
Herbert Griffin
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Another Christmas impulse buy. Turned out to be an enjoyable and easy to teach game. Small to medium footprint on the lunch table.

Still can't figure out the strategy of how/which cards to bid for each stage. This game won't get much play again until the next holiday season.
 
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14. Board Game: Archaeology: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1255]
Herbert Griffin
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It's a small box with a deck of cards (around 100 or so?), but this game spreads out so much. You have a pyramid with three treasure rooms, a marketplace for bartering and a dig site to excavate (main deck of cards).

If you hate sandstorms (who likes them?), this game will take your hatred up a level. Sandstorm cards make you lose half of the cards you're holding and your lost cards end up in the marketplace.

This game does not go well with a sandwich that is falling apart on you. Your anger will be two fold with the wave of sandstorms and that piece of bacon that fell on the floor. I recommend eating something you can handle with one hand or get a better made sandwich.

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15. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:726]
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Fun to play, but too many pieces to set up at beginning. Having to count fish at the end is cumbersome.

Good combination with sushi and sashimi. Need to be careful around the bowls of miso soup.
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16. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4089]
Herbert Griffin
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Best served with spinach omelettes with lots of hot sauce.

I'd imagine this game to be more fun with 4 or more people. With three, there just isn't much boasting and bidding going on. It may be due to how many times we've played so far. After 4 sessions, we're still trying to figure out which classes and weapons are best. Perhaps, it'll get better after a few more sessions. I haven't been shuffling the cards after playing so that we see more classes and weapons with each go around.
 
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17. Board Game: Ascension: Apprentice Edition [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1717]
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I like the fast pace and ease of the iOS app, but I wish the game wouldn't slow down when playing with the expansions.

As for the tabletop version, there are two many cards on the table so this usually only gets played after eating.
 
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18. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:1839]
Herbert Griffin
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Too many casualties falling off the table. Retired. I should've bought a dice tray.

Too simple and nothing cutthroat about the game for us to enjoy.
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19. Board Game: Agent Hunter [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6365]
Herbert Griffin
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Elegant game befitting a cup of Earl Grey tea and scones. Fits all of my criteria, but one: Only two players. Gave this game away to my nephew.
 
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20. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3719] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
Herbert Griffin
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We're too used to playing on the board. Need the iphone Level Counter app to keep track for the sake of time. Too much reading and rereading of cards. Now only reserved for game nights with Munchkin extremists.
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21. Board Game: The Agents [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2533]
Herbert Griffin
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Plastic cards means no need for sleeves. It's a great game with a unique mechanic. Unfortunately, the deck game requires a considerable amount of table real estate. There's a lot to think about while playing so it's reserve it for an actual game night.
 
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22. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:765]
Herbert Griffin
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I finally bought Haggis. Reminds us of "Big2" too much...so much we'd rather play that.
 
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23. Board Game: Chupacabra: Survive the Night [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14287]
Herbert Griffin
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Impulse buy while Christmas shopping. Haven't played it yet, but it now resides on the Lunch Hour to do list with a handful of other games.

I broke my rule on buying dice games for lunch, but I still wanna give this a try.
 
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