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Road Trip With Mom
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My mom isn't a gamer, but she likes the fact that I've brought board games into the family. I'll often play my brother and our girlfriends or with the extended family at holiday gatherings.

Last weekend, I went on a road trip up north with my mom - just the two of us. She needed a break from being at home. She expressed interest in playing some games in between seeing the sights of the beautiful California central coast.

This posed a unique challenge. What do I bring? I figured that the games should:

-be easy to learn
-not be intimidating
-be fun for me to play!
-seat 2 people well
-have a family-friendly theme

Bonus points if the game could fit in your pocket and fit on a table at a restaurant without being too obnoxious.

The trip turned out great! These are the games I brought. Feel free to add more if you think you know of some that would fit the bill.
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1. Board Game: Dice Heist [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:4354]
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I bought this game specifically for the trip and it was the first one I taught her. She had lots of fun and so did I! It's fun to be an art thief.
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2. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:641]
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I didn't intend to bring this game, but it was a new one for me and the size made it very attractive for travel. She enjoyed this one too and asked to play it a second time.
 
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3. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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2-player Hanabi is not quite as exciting as with 3 or 4 players. I thought she would like the cooperative aspect of the game. But she didn't really take to it. I feel like it really rewards multiple plays and a more social environment.
 
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After dinner, we went to a cafe so that we could get some coffee and get a game in. As I was setting this one up, the grumpy cafe owner shouted at me that there was no time for games. I guess she was looking forward to closing shop early. I put it away and it never came out again that trip.
 
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This was the big surprise of the trip. I brought it along just in case my mom showed interest of something more meaty. Towards the end of the trip she indeed wanted to try something more complex, so I quickly set this one up in the hotel room.

She loved the fast-paced flow of the game, the pretty-looking gems, and the miniature market that indeed looked pretty spiffy on the table. She was a little overwhelmed with my initial rules explanation, but she threw herself into it and we both had a great time. Guess my mom is a gamer now!
 
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6. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:121]
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I bought this one specifically for the trip, but it never hit the table. That's ok, I still love it
 
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:142] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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We never got around to playing it. I bet she would have enjoyed making a French landscape, though.
 
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Never got around to playing Ticket to Ride either. Next time, maybe!
 
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Based on how much my mom enjoyed Dice Heist, I thought this would be a fun step up in dice games. It didn't make it out to the table, though.
 
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Honestly, I just brought this one in case my mom needed a break from headier games. But she did just fine.
 
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