Summer is right around the corner. Share your large-scale outdoor games!
Matt Dodor
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I'm sure my Minnesota/Wisconsin comrades can appreciate this fact. Summer is almost here! With that comes your outdoor Saturday afternoon favorites. Let's post and discuss our favorite outdoor games. No, I'm not looking for "You know, with a fine summer quilt and a small picnic basket, Carcassonne is pretty accessible outdoors." I want your big games designed for, or played best outdoors.
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1. Board Game: Lawn Darts [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
Matt Dodor
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Ah, lawn darts. My favorite outdoor game. My Girlfriend's dad found a long-forgotten set of these in his shed last summer. They were like new and man were they a blast to play! Huge novelty factor and a set of conditions need to be met before you even think of getting these bad boys out. No kids, no pets, high sun, and minimal alcohol are the prerequisites for this guy. I wasn't around for the big hub-bub for these in the 80's but it's pretty obvious how some accidents could happen with these. I recently traded for my own set of these and I'm excited to get some use out of them!
 
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2. Board Game: Cornwall Challenge [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Cornhole, Corn toss, or whatever you want to call it, cornhole is another solid outdoor game. Free of the dangers of lawn darts, horseshoes, or any other game involving throwing large, heavy objects, this game is easy to make and easier to play. I made my own set a week ago and it turned out pretty nice. My mom even kicked in and made a set of bags out of an old pair of black denim jeans (one side black and the other side inside out (more or less white). And yes, the bags are filled with corn. That dusty corn feel is essential to this one.The other day she contributed to the game by kicking my butt, I guess it pays off to be a bowler.

Considering the fact that I have the carpentry skills of a six year old girl, I would recommend you build your own set as I did.
 
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3. Board Game: Tabletop Bocce [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Bocce. Another classic outdoor game. It's great with a big yard as a group can just play around. Be sure to use slopes, ditches, and any other obstacles to make the game a little more challenging. My set is a cheap, big box store purchase. I'll be on the look out while I'm doing one of my other favorite summertime hobbies: garage sales.
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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
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Working on trading for a copy of this for outdoor play. Have had an opportunity to play this in the past and it seems like an ideal game to play on any surface, indoors or out.
 
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5. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2543]
Preston Fuller
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KUBB

The lawn games for Vikings!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubb

To be honest, my gaming goes way down in the summer. Unless it is raining or a few games at the picnic table while camping, I am pulled to the outdoors.

In NH it is light out till just about 10pm so by the time we are back inside for the evening it is getting to late to game.
 
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6. Board Game: Table Croquet [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
Justin, Karen, Acacia, and Janek
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I look forward to Croquet. Nothing better than stepping on your own ball and sending your opponent's touching ball far far away!

With the exception of:

a) your foot hold wasn't strong enough and your ball ALSO goes far far away.

b) your aim is terrible and you slam the mallet into the side of your foot (which I've done - sadly, more than once....and twice....errrr....I'll stop here)

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7. Board Game: Golf Around [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I don't play true golf. But I have had some good times where we each take a putter and a ball, then go out in the yard and make up the holes as we go. A large yard is not a needed, just some creativity in figuring out what would be an interesting challenge.

Heavy drinking is, of course, a requirement. Laid-back neighbors is almost as important.
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8. Board Game: Toss Up! [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11555]
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Last summer, for the first time (sleeper!), I played Bolo Toss (aka Ladder Golf, aka many other names I have heard for this same game). Great fun! Can't wait to play more this year at the neighborhood cookouts!

http://www.jeepfan.com/other/bolotoss.php

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