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I will be embarking on a camping trip with my family soon. I got thinking about which games I would bring along, and specifically which games would be well suited for playing outdoors on a camp / or picnic table.

I have listed below the games from my own collection which I thought would be best suited. Please add your own suggestions based on the following rules...

RULES:

- Game board and components should be heavy enough to sustain a light breeze.
- Game must not contain cards or paper components.
- Game should be playable in a limited space - i.e. a small table.

Rate the game's "Outdoor-ability" on a the following scale:
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Definitely the first one I thought of. The heavy tiles which lay flat on the table make this ideal. The Meeple components should be heavy enough to stay in place in light wind.

Outdoor-ability: /3

Loses one star because of the space it could potentially take up on the table.
 
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2. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:454]
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Stiff heavy weight board, heavy plastic camels, small game board.

Outdoor-ability: /3

I couldn't give this a 3 because I'm pretty sure those palm trees are going to move / blow over in the wind.
 
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3. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:448]
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Heavy tiles, wood game pieces, small footprint.

Outdoor-ability: /3
 
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4. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:235]
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Heavy Tiles on a solid board. Wood bits. Jungle theme

This is definitley on my bring list.

Outdoor-ability: /3
 
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5. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:584]
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I'm not sure why, but I absolutely hate this game (my kids love it). However, in the spirit of this Geeklist it definitely deserves a place.

The game board is heavy plastic and does not take up a lot of space. The tiles are plastic. Tiles fit in grooves on the game board so they wont blow around.

Outdoor-ability: /3
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6. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:51]
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I included this one in hindsight, but probably not a good choice. Heavy board, wood bits.

Outdoor-ability: /3

I can't imagine dealing with those tiny resource cubes outside.
 
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:221]
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This would be my pick (version shown is waterproof as well as wind resistant). Only knock against it is that it is only for two.
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8. Board Game: Lectio [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2679]
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Might be a little large depending on how much room you like and how many play but the 'bakelite' clacktastic tiles can't be beat.

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9. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1836]
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10 Days in Africa is one of our fav camping games for all the reasons you list, heavier components that don't fly away, easy to transport, good fun. We also take Blockus (though we have B. Tri).
Have a great trip! Be sure to let us know what you played!
 
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10. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1163]
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I picked up a copy of this game mostly because of a player who doesn't know how to treat a game. Let him try to mangle this baby!

Outdoor-ability:

Unfortunately, it's not the greatest game around, but it is well suited for the great outdoors. Use the variant mentioned in the rules to reduce game time.
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11. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:17214]
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Now if you really want to be the Mountain Man of Gaming, find some light colored rocks and some dark colored rocks. Draw the board in the dirt with a tree branch and play away.

Outdoor-ability:
Components at your fingertips:
 
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12. Board Game: Perudo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:622]
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Perudo. No paper or cardboard and it all stacks together with a lid and a draw-string bag.
 
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13. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2937]
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Do a web search for "Bocce" ball...rules available widely online, and decent sets can be gotten for $50 at Target.
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14. Board Game: Treehouse [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:6299]
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Origins' 2006 Boardgame of the Year. Fits your requirements perfectly, scales 2-4 players, and with a little browsing you can find plenty more games to play with these pretty, pretty pieces.

/3 Stars
 
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15. Board Game: MixUp [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:8584]
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Nice thick *washable* plastic tiles, its own playing surface, and the "board" has its own storage compartment. It's a quick filler game that can be played by kids and non-gamers as well. Games are quick, so on the off-chance that the wind blows the game over, just start a new one!

Outdoor-ability: /3
 
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16. Board Game: Cover Up [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:11152]
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Similar components to Mix-Up, but a completely different game. Target audience are puzzle-types, rather than casual-gamers.

Outdoor-ability: /3
 
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17. Board Game: O Zoo le Mio [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1580]
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Stiff cardboard tiles, clunky wooden bits. Takes up a bit of table space though which may be a problem.

Outdoor-ability: /3
 
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18. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:721]
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Qwirkle! Wooden tiles... that's it.

It can "spread out" while playing so a bit of room will be needed but I would still give this game a solid on the Outdoors-worthy scale.
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19. Board Game: Oshi [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5147]
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Smallish wooden board (9x9) and plastic pieces. This game should be playable in a small area and withstand outdoor conditions fairly easily.

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20. Board Game: Catan: Portable Edition [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1735]
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This one should work well for you if you keep the cards in the box. The cards do not need to be out or "in play", just in your hand. The game pieces lock in so they won't move around. Although I think the robber is loose, but he should be heavy enough. I give it
 
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21. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2433]
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The pieces are (I think) made of bakelite and won't likely be moved about by any breeze. And as long as you don't get someone playing long chains of pieces off in one direction it shouldn't take up a lot of space.
 
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22. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1614]
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Works well on a picnic table or beach sand. Wind won't blow them over.
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23. Board Game: Coda [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3174]
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Another one good on camping trips. Plastic tiles stand up in a mild breeze and you can wash 'em all off in soapy water when you get home and they have samore gunk all over them.
 
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24. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:682]
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Just recently reprinted (although I think the price a little steep for what it is) and all plastic makes this one ideal for a camping trip.

It's great fun to boot.
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25. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:370]
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There is an even more sturdy plastic travel edition of this as well, which is even more ideal for this list, but it's only for 2 players.

I just got back from camping, and this version did just as well. The plastic playing pieces will stand quite some wind, the board is thick enough. The plastic trays are quite good too. Only thing to watch out for is not bumping into the scoreboards too much, but again: even the little wooden cubes for scoring are quite weather and windproof.

for 2 player travel edition
for regular version (needs a bit more tablespace as well)

Edit: forgot the stars...
 
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