Games to bring on a beach trip
Kevin Tingley
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Virginia
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My family and I are heading to the beach next week for seven days of fun in the sun. My parents are renting a big house on the North Carolina shore, and there will be a total of 16 of us staying there - 8 adults ranging from 40-73, and 8 kids ranging from 4-11.

Everyone likes games, but not necessarily "my" games - the elders gravitate towards Hearts, Dominoes, and Scrabble; and the younger set - well, getting some of them to stay in one place for more than 10 minutes can be a challenge. Most of their experience has been with stuff like checkers, monopoly, connect four, etc.

I've been trying with some success to get new games introduced. Part of the difficulty is deciding what to pack - I can't bring everything, as much as I may like to.

Here's the list of eight games that I'm planning to load into the minivan, along with brief explanations as to why. Please feel free to comment on their appropriateness, and to add any games that you would bring along on a similar vacation.
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1. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1612]
Kevin Tingley
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One of my four recent acquisitions - it has been fun the couple of times it has hit the table so far. I like that it is quick, easy, promotes cooperation, and has an educational component. Good for kids.
 
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2. Board Game: Blokus Trigon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:894]
Kevin Tingley
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Virginia
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Good to have a flexible abstract strategy title in the mix. This is just a beautiful game, and works great with three or four.
 
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
Kevin Tingley
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A tough sell to an unfamiliar group, but with the right crowd, a lot of fun. Anyway, when I ditch the box, it doesn't take up too much space - why leave it behind?
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4. Board Game: For Sale: A Real Estate Game [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
 
Kevin Tingley
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My second recent pick-up. Anyone can learn this game in two minutes, and play a complete game in 15. Also compact.
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5. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
Kevin Tingley
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My third recent game. The riskiest on the list, I have not introduced this game to a single other person who will be there at the beach. I'm dying to try it, but will not be at all surprised if it is a bust with this crowd.
 
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6. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Kevin Tingley
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Virginia
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My final recent pick-up, a certain hit. The four others who will be there who have tried it have all loved it, and I think I will create a few more converts as well. The near extermination of the human race has never been so much fun!
 
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7. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
Kevin Tingley
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TTR with the 1910 expansion is, IMO, THE gateway game. Very accessible, visually appealing, and tons of fun, time and time again. Though the box is huge, I think this one will be making many more trips in the future.
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8. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:501]
Kevin Tingley
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Last but not least, my current favorite party game. The trivia game for people who don't like trivia games. This game can accommodate darn near the whole family (when playing in teams) and seems to create a great mix of friendly competition and hearty laughter. Too bad the box is so big...
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9. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:613]
 
Pete Hornburg
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I'd bring Diamant. Scales well to 8 and is not terribly deep.

Also Transamerica-that one goes to 6 & is also lighter fare.

And Hive for 2 player.
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10. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:447]
Larry Welborn
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Looking at what you own, I would suggest Downfall of Pompeii. This is a game that has gone over well with casual gamers and children.
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11. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
Wray Cason
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One of my favorite traveling games is Hive. It can fit in your (large) pocket and can be played anywhere, even in the sand on the beach. It plays pretty quickly and is pretty easy to teach. A winner all around IMHO.
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12. Board Game: UNO: H2O [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:6054]
Todd
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Yeah yeah yeah, we all hate Uno.

But if this is a beach trip, keep two things in mind.

1. Its the BEACH. Water and sand are going to mess up games with nice components and cards. I really don't want soggy cards (from humidity or water) or sand in my game box.

2. Your friends aren't gamers. You need something familiar and simple.

Uno H20 has "water proof" cards so you can play in the pool if you like. Plus its easy to learn and play. It is actually fun with the right group (especially with kids).
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13. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:824]
Jeffery Bowling
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If you family is use to playing trick taking card games, then I would suggest this. It is a great trick taking/bidding game.
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14. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
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Recently played this with a friends mom who likes rummy games and is in her 60's. After the first round she really liked this. This will come out again when I have a few non games over.
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15. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
M Hellyer
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Very fast, rules can be learned in 15 seconds, and I believe 6 can play (in 10 minutes). This one comes with us to the beach.
 
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