Our Big Case of Small Games
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We have a large flight case that we keep small and filler games in. Inspired by


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and his original GeekList of games he kept in a briefcase, I've decided to make a list of the games we keep in our case. The primary difference between him and us is that we don't remove the boxes.

The contents change from time to time and the idea is that we'll keep this list up to date so that we can see what we are actually carrying about, moving games that have been taken out to the end of the list.*

Here is a photo of it when this list was created.





Comments and suggestions gratefully recieved!

Thanks for reading,

Susie_Cat.


* We actually have several cases, but this list concerns the Big Case full of small games that we take to every game night. The contents of the other cases are either very specific (we have one full of PitchCar for example) or change pretty much every time we take them out (e.g. we have a couple of small cases that we fill with two player games and take on holiday and a backup large case that contains most of the stuff that has fallen out of favour).
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1. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:373]
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An old favourite it lives in the case. We bought a a copy of the German edition because it takes up less space, but promptly lost it, so the tatty, dog-eared, BBQ sauce covered English copy that plays seven lives there.
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2. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:728]
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This is a cool little game and comes in the same size box as Bohnanza so packs in well. We like a bit of contrast in our game box, so this one has been resident a while since it is different to everything else we have.
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3. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:699]
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We've not got ground to playing this yet, but it should be a hit, so has its place for the time being. That said, it takes up a lot of space so it may not keep it for long...
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4. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Another old favourite and the first of a whole load of games of this size that stack together making a neat little row. Again, there are few games that really tick the box that this one ticks so it is likely to remain a permanent resident.
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5. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:583]
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Another one of the small box games this gets an occasional outing, though is not as popular as it feels that it should be. Another permanent resident, for a while at least.

At the moment, this is one of our more frequently played games - everyone just loves it, especially as an end of the evening filler.
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6. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:485]
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This is yet another old favourite - all the fun of Zooloretto without the faff and it's been played quite a bit recently too. We have the 10th anniversary edition (which has the lovely card art) and the mini-expansions too.
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7. Board Game: Topas [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:12177]
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Not actually played this one yet, but we can live in hope...
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8. Board Game: Saboteur [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:869] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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Another of these small box games and again is something different to everything else and plays a lot of people, so it fills a niche that few other games really do.
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9. Board Game: Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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This is also the small box edition. We used to have the combined expansion edition, but we decided the box size was less versatile so went with the two small boxes. At the moment the expansion is in the case, but it may not stay there in the long term if something else comes along.
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10. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:279]
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We *much* prefer playing with the deluxe version, but this is the German version and has the same size box as No Thanks! and the rest, so it fits nicely and is a popular game so has a place for the time being.
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11. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1449]
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This one has not been played yet, but it it packs well with the rest of the games of this size, so stays for the moment.
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12. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:892]
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This is the same size as No Thanks! and all the others so would fit in nicely, however, I'm not sure we need both this and 6 Nimmt! (especially since you can play The Game with the cards from 6 nimmt! anyhow), but we'll see how things go.

Strangely, it turns out that it's not *quite* the same size as all the others, but sits nicely on top of them. This and 6 Nimmt! are currently our most poplar fillers, so for the moment both are staying...
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13. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:5003]
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This is the card game version and is almost the same size as No Thanks! etc. Another one that is still to be played, but could be quite popular, though we need to read the rules first!
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14. Board Game: Walk the Plank! [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1712]
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This is probably the least efficient box, but is such a popular game that it justifies the large amount of space it takes up.
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15. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1088]
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This is a cute game that plays a relatively large number quickly. Not as popular as it could be, but it packs well, so keeps its place for the time being.
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16. Board Game: Zooloretto: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1910]
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This is a funny one - every time we go to give it a try, a load of other people turn up and we decide to give it a miss and play something else. For the moment it stays, but we'll see if it has longevity.
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17. Board Game: Unexpected Treasures [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3352]
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This was a cheapy game from The Works and has made it into the box largely because it packs well with Zooloretto and Pickomino. Once we've played it we will decide on its long term future.
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18. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:753]
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This is the English edition, but we actually went out and bought a copy of the German edition so that we could use the small box and it would fit in the case. Not been played with the group yet, but we're sure this will be a hit.

A comparison of the box sizes:

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19. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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It is so very small, and so popular as a filler that it is certainly a permanent resident.
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20. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:8454]
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Sadly this one was not as popular as we hoped it would be. Still, there is space for it in the case for the time being as it really is teeny tiny...
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21. Board Game: Lost Legacy: Binbo Tantei to Inbo no Shiro [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:5045] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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As for Secret Moon this wasn't as popular as we hoped it would be, but it stays for the time being until something else needs the space.
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22. Board Game: Click & Crack [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:8856]
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This is a cool little game that does something different so (for the time being at least) keeps its place.
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23. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1142]
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Another one that we've not yet played, but we're sure will be good when we get round to it. In the meantime, it has a secure place in the case.
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24. Board Game: Steam Donkey [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3819]
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Yet another that has not yet been played and that we need to read the rules for. For the time being though, it stays.
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25. Board Game: Spot it! [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:882] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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This is such a truly great game, and so very, very simple! Even though it is a stupid shape, its place is pretty much guaranteed.
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