Office Lunch Games
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Games you can play in the office over lunch need to be small enough to carry inconspicuously, quick enough to finish in an hour or less, and quiet enough (both literally and visually) so as not to gather unwanted attention. Assuming you are converting non-gamers to gamers, you will need to start with some gateway games (characterized by simple rules, very fast rules explanation, and components that don't look "too geeky").
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1. Board Game: The Resistance: Avalon [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:101]
Jay Treat
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The Resistance (Avalon or the original) is an excellent game and will entertain 5-10 players in under an hour. It's not as easy to teach or as innocuous looking as many of the other games on the list, so you'll want to build your coworkers confidence with less thematic games first. My group loves Avalon a little too much.
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2. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:135]
Andrew Miller
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Tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.........CHU!

This is a great one to play with a regular group since team dynamics naturally grow as time goes on. Can be adequately played with three, but four is the real game.

Full games can be as quick as four or five hands or as long as fifteen, but it's easy to suspend a game and resume it later, as well.

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3. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:247]
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Love Letter is a simple game with nice depth for 2-4 players and a very different theme that can draw in players other games can't.
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:320]
Jay Treat
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Hanabi is one of my favorite games. It's a cooperative card game for 2-5 players (best with 4) with an innocuous theme. It's not hard to teach, but it is hard to play well, especially if one or more players don't commit their full attention to the game.
 
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5. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:321]
Fred MacKenzie
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Excellent auction and set collection card game with variable victory point allocation.
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6. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:393]
Greg Wilson
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Great filler and a brilliant gateway game. Cute artwork, easy to learn, quick to play, fun theme. Like a stripped-down version of 7 Wonders. Plays up to five, takes about twenty minutes.
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7. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:415]
Jay Treat
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No Thanks! is a devilish little card game for 3-5 players. It's pretty easy to teach and shouldn't scare off hobby-shy players. That said, it can be pretty cutthroat; It won't appeal to all players and could turn some people off your group if they're not already part of the fold.
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8. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:443]
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Coup supports up to 10 players and is a lighter, faster cousin to The Resistance.
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9. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:510]
Jay Treat
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Coloretto takes 3-5, and is a perfect gateway game (being teachable in less than a minute and having components that won't scare anyone off). It's also quite deep and a good way to get to learn how your co-workers think.
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10. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:726]
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Wizard is a traditional trick-taking card game for 3-6 and if you can find the version that uses standard playing card faces, you'll have no trouble introducing the game to people afraid of hobby games.

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11. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:858]
Iain Nisbet
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Have played this a couple of times at lunchtime in the boardroom with colleagues. Plays from 2 to 8 players, can teach in 2 mins and play in 5 or so. Perfect!

Also, doesn't demand too much attention, so you can chat / eat while others are taking their turns.

Good game!
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12. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1047]
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Turn the Tide isn't complex, though its different enough to require a play through to understand. It's a very deep card game for 3-5 players and it has cute pictures of sheep. (You barely notice they're trying not to drown!)
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13. Board Game: Sluff Off! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1196]
Jay Treat
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When your group tires of Wizard, consider Die Sieben Siegel (apparently AKA Zing) for 3-5 players. It's not as accessible, but it is one of the very best trick taking card games ever printed.

 
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14. Board Game: Council of Verona [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2297]
Brian Frahm
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Small box, quick setup and explanation. Plays more than two if you have a bigger crowd
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15. Board Game: Excape [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2501]
Adam Brocker
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This race game is fairly lightweight and has been well received at the lunch table. There's enough take that in it that everyone enjoys while not being too confrontational.
 
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16. Board Game: The Agents [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2602]
John Di Ponio
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Very good lunch time game. Quick to play and easy to learn.
 
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17. Board Game: Clubs [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2758]
Adam Brocker
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Had a lot of success with this game as well. It's close enough to a standard card deck to be approachable, but meaty enough to make it engaging. Plays 2-6 in 30 minutes. Great game.
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18. Board Game: 23 [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:3904]
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23 is a devilish little card game for 2-4 players. It's pretty easy to teach and shouldn't scare off hobby-shy players. That said, it can be pretty cutthroat; It won't appeal to all players and could turn some people off your group if they're not already part of the fold.
 
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19. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5454]
Robert Seater
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I enjoy watching how this super-light legacy game evolves as different people play it different days.
 
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20. Board Game: Zark City [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:7921]
Carthoris Pyramidos
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A low-overhead (materially and rules-wise) Looney Pyramid Games game. Just add a standard deck of playing cards into an IceDice kit and you're set.

IceDice itself could work for a lunchtime game, but it's a little louder. Another good 3HOUSE option with 'mids is Martian Chess: half a dozen chess wedges will accommodate 2-6 players.
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