Game suggestions needed to take on holiday with non-gamers.
Matt Clementson
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Calgary
Alberta
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At the end of August I'm going on holiday with a group of non-gamers. I'm looking for games that I can take that I could persuade them to play. They must be;

1) Reasonably small - I don't have a lot of luggage space. This could mean a lot of card games appearing on the list.

2) Of short(ish) duration - being non-gamers I'm sure they don't want 2hr+ long games. Feel free to persuade me otherwise on this.

3) Fairly light - again I'm sure non-gamers don't want hugely complex rulesets and I sure don't want to teach anything to complex to people that might not be particularly interested.

I've got a few games lined up but lets hear your suggestions.
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Very small and portable, easy to explain and in my experience enjoyed by non-gamers quite a lot.
 
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More depth than Fluxx but still portable, easily taught and with a fun theme.
 
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Not having played this yet I'm not sure about this one. But I reckon if I put the cards in one of my Magic deck tins and all the gold/tokens in a small bag that this is also easily portable.
 
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Again, one I've not played - any good for this type of audience?
 
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This would go down well;great theme with fun interaction.
 
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As I said above, a great theme with enjoyable game play. I'm taking it away myself this year.
 
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TransAmerica is a game I've introduced to many family members and coworkers all of whom are non-gamers. It has been universally well received and has been requested many times since its introduction. It may not be heavy enough to satisfy a gamer but I think the point of this list is to suggest games that non-gamers will enjoy and this one fits the bill. Comes in a small box also.
 
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Inexpensive, very portable, quick and fun. I've had many laughs and tense moments playing Wimpout with friends and gamers alike.
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Royal Turf is another game I've had great success introducing to non-gaming family and friends. I was somewhat worried that my family wouldn't get into the theme of the game but the game is inherently fun, even if you don't by the theme, so they enjoyed it. The only thing to watch out for in this game is analysis paralysis. You simply must keep this game moving or it becomes tedious. Comes in a very small box.
 
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A fast, easy game, that I've successfully played with many non-boardgamers, my husband included. (Why did I marry him again? )
 
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Very small package (expecially in the DaVinci edition), very easy to play, appealing to non-gamers, it scales well from 9 to 23 (if you meet people goiung around), high replayability.
 
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If you happen to have the expansion for five and six players, with the added tiles, you could cram all of the game into that nice little expansion box! It's a good introductory game for non-gamers, particularly if you leave out farmers for the first game or so.
 
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What are the thoughts on this one - I really love PR. I've not played it - is it too deep for non-gamers?
 
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This is a hit with every non-gamer that I have played it with. It is only 2 players but sometimes that is a good thing.
 
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There's nothing more portable than this and if you and your friends are a creative bunch, you should have a lot of fun with it.
 
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