Travel games: What to throw in your suitcase
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No gamer wants to leave home without a game or two, but space is limited.
What provides the most bang per cubic inch?

Item #0 in any modern list would have to be your phone. There are an
infinite variety of games, especially solitaire games, you load
and play. As for the rest...



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1. Board Game: Gin Rummy [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3156]
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This is a stand in for a standard deck of cards. There are many
excellent games that need nothing else.
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2. Board Game: Palabra [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:6003]
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Scrabble player? Scrabble boards are pretty hard to pack, and tend
to rattle. Palabra uses a double deck of cards and plays like scrabble.

 
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3. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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Another small deck card game, plus a few poker chips. This will
play 6, and can be taught in 1 minute.
 
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4. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2162]
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Tantrix is a favorite. If your traveling with a like-minded partner, the travel version is hardly larger than a deck of cards, and can be played
on the food tray of a plane.
 
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5. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves vs Tundra Orcs [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:439] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Four army decks probably takes as much space as a normal deck of cards. Add a paper "board" and a couple of normal dice and you have several hours of entertainment.
 
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6. Board Game: Scopa [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2663]
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Standard when I travel include:

- Scopa
- Travel Cribbage
- R
- Khmer
- Pico2

And if it's going to be more than 2 of us traveling then I might toss in some lighter card games like: Pairs, Fuji Flush, Potato Man and/or some quirky little Japanese card games.
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7. Board Game: IOTA [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2888]
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very small

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8. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:112]
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well, if you re-package it;




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9. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:556]
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This one has traveled with us through South-east Asia to New Zealand!

Small box, but a table-hog though!
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10. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:603]
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Taken this on so many holidays. Fantastic game to play on coffee tables etc. and lots of real decisions packed into a small play time.

Also less vulnerable to windiness than cards, which is important if you're outside!
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11. Board Game: Mottainai [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:761]
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Assuming you have another gamer to play with. I don't know that I would want to teach this to someone who couldn't handle a lot of rules. This one can be a brain burner.


If want something for non-gamers i'm going to bring Haggis for two players and The Dwarf King or Dixit for groups.

So card games.
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12. Board Game: W├╝rfel Bohnanza [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1475]
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small box - dice chucking - simultaneous play - , one of the best 'Yahtzee-killers'
 
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13. Board Game: Hive Pocket [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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We always bring Hive Pocket with us when we go on vacation. It's perfect for killing time waiting at the airport, or with a few drinks at a nice quiet spot.
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