These are the games we play at lunch, what else should I get?
Marshall P.
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Wichita
Kansas
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Recently I and some of my coworkers have begun playing light weight euro games at work during lunch. It's been a big hit and now we're regularly up to 4 players. This list is meant to get suggestions for new games that our group would enjoy. The criteria are:

1) We only have 45 minutes to play. This doesn't mean the game has to be playable in less than 45 minutes but it does mean that the game must be able to be stopped early. Many of the games we play we end early, in some games this is possible in some it's not.

2) must be good with 3 or 4 players.

3) must come in a small box so that I can carry it in my briefcase to work. Clans is about the biggest box I want to carry.

The following is the list of the games we enjoy so far. If you know of any similar games please add them to the list.
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1. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1136]
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This is the first game we played at work and it's still considered our "heavy" game. It's been a big hit and we often engage in a post game discussion of strategy and alternative moves. This game can't be ended early but we still finish it in under 45 minutes despite a little analysis paralysis.
 
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2. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:893]
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TransAmerica was popular with this group. This game is so quick that we've been known to get in two games during lunch.
 
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3. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:679]
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I think Royal Turf has been the biggest hit so far. The day this was introduced during lunch everybody decided to stay after work and play a second game. Sometimes we'll pass each other in the office and say 'Go Earl Grey!'. Also, this game is a perfect example of what I mean by ending the game early. We can never seem to finish three rounds during lunch so we end it after two rounds and the game is just fine.
 
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4. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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We tried Carcassonne once and just managed to get the game finished on time. It was well liked but perhaps not as much as some of the other games we've played. It didn't take my coworkers long to see the cutthroat potential in this game, I think that's what they liked about it. The box violates my third criteria but if you just bring the tiles and the meaples it's easy to transport.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Lately we've been playing Bohnanza and it's been very well received. We can never finish this game either so we'll stop after one or two times through the deck and it doesn't seem to diminish the game.
 
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:890]
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I would have to say this game has been the only failure so far. We tried it once and it dragged and dragged, I never suspected this game could induce such analysis paralysis. Admittedly part of the problem was that we played with three players and one player was eliminated quickly making it no fun for him while the rest of us carried out a brutal war of attrition. We may try again with four but probably not until some of the other games start to get stale.

Well that's all we've played so far. Please give me your suggestions because I want to keep introducing new games from time to time to keep the interest up. Thanks.
 
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7. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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I was going to start a gaming group at lunch, but it never got off the ground. Consider yourself lucky! This is one of the games I was going to run. It's small, plays quick, and is lots of fun (although it's definitely not very strategic). Be sure that your co-workers don't mind playing a game that includes cards like "Piss Boy" and "Fountain of Blood" during lunch, though.
 
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8. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:743]
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Get Fairy Tale, it can be played idealy with 4-5 persons. It is quick, twisted and is liked even by our non gamers!
It can be played even with 2-3 persons, but I like it with more persons, because the more persons partecipate the more cards are in play!
 
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