Games that can be "saved" ready for play at a future date
Tim K
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If you don't have long enough to finish playing a computer game you can fairly easily just hit save and then come back to it later and continue from where you left off. I was wondering what games people play that can be fairly easily saved? The benefit for me of being able to easily save a game is that I can potentially play a longer game over 2 or more lunch breaks without having to spend too much time recording where the game was at and setting it up to continue the next time. This would mean I'm not just limited to games that can be finished in 40 minutes. As the table space is needed after lunch I can't just leave the game set up until the next time we play it.

I would suggest that to be eligible the game would need to:

- take more than 30 mins to play (what's the point of being able to save a filler game)
- take no more than a few minutes to record the current game state and then no more than a few minutes more than it would normally take to set the game up again in its saved state.

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Tim K
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This would be relatively easy to save at the end of a round. You would just need to record where people are sitting and how much money they have. Players's hands could be stacked in alternate face up and face down order in clockwise order starting with the king player. Similarly with the cards that they have already played. The draw pile and discard stack could be kept separate.

At set up the king player would then take his set of cards and then pass the stack of cards around the table. People would place their face up cards in front of them. Money would get distributed and play could recommence.
 
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A photo could get taken of current player positions on the board at the end of a round. A photo of players boards could also be take to indicate how much damage they have and what gear they are in.

Setting up for play afterwards would just mean rearranging stuff to match the photo and then you could get stuck into the racing action! Would obviously be easier if there were fewer cards and the basic game was being played (rather than the advanced rules).
 
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Save the game by putting the lid on the box and keeping the remaining pieces in a bag. Would only need to record who was the next player and what colour each player was using.

To recommence you'd just need to distribute the remaining pieces and open the box lid (provided it hadn't been tipped upside down!).
 
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I have to add this item, somewhat humorously, even though I have never played it. When I started playing wargames with my friend Andy Young, who is an ASL veteran, I was delighted to find that he thought nothing of writing down the positions of all the counters before we stopped playing a session of a wargame, so we could set it up again from where we left off!

It's great to work, or game, or do other activities, with people who simply shrug off difficulties and plow ahead with full confidence that it will all work.
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Just take a photo. Then put back the pieces exactly as they were... and continue.

As an example, this is the photo we took just before we took a break for lunch.



After lunch we put the pieces back in place and just went on from there ! So simple.
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This game has had this feature for almost 40 years! Each individual game represents a single war in a series of conflicts between an expanding Earth and a vast galactic empire. Between wars players maintain units, build new forces and colonize new worlds. You simply stop this process at the point where players would deploy for the new war and note force composition, which systems are controlled by which player, etc.--
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Now that is the easiest in age of technology. All you need is just to take a picture and remember, whose turn it is.
Actually can be done with most of the abstracts, where hidden pieces are not used.
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