Board Games on top of Trafalgar Square. What would you play?
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An artist in the UK is looking for over 2,400 volunteers to be part of a living statue on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth starting from the 6th July. These people will be on the plinth for an hour each over 100 days and are allowed to do anything they want, as long as it is legal. So doing the math it looks like there will be one person on it at a time being watched by onlookers day and night.

The fourth plinth is the location for specially commissioned art works and stands high up over looking the square.



Sounds very interesting and wacky. I am very uncreative and was wondering what I would do if I was given an hour. Then I thought about playing a board game. Of course it would have to be a solo board game, unless you can take someone on with you, and the time constraint means that set up, playing and packing up would need to be just under an hour.

So here is a geek list on solo games that are possible to play in the time limit. Feel free to add your own suggestions.

PS: It will most likely rain, even though it is in the summer, and you could be playing in the dark. Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/8009236.stm
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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So this is the first obvious one. Designed for solo play and can be played in under an hour. I have played this game many times now and can set it up pretty quickly. Plus there is lots of room to spread out.
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2. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
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To play this, set up and pack away in under an hour there will need to be a bit of preparation and lots of tuck boxes. All cards will have to be shuffled before hand or could just play the shortened version. Also designed for solo play this will fill the time nicely.
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3. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:574]
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A new game that has been described as Yahtzee with a theme. Has a nice short playing time so could get more than one game in. Have not played this one myself, but am willing to give it a try.
 
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I play this game a lot with two players and really love it. Not tried the solo version because I don't have to, but think it could be quite good. With a quick playing time could get two games of this in.
 
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5. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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A cooperative game not designed for solo play, but I think will play well. Although not sure how this will go down though with the security.

Security: "What you got in that bag?"

Me: "Just a game about four deadly diseases spreading over the World"

Security: "So what are you planning on doing with it?"

Me: "Just play the game and watch humanity grind to a halt in an hour."

Security: "So you are going to release deadly diseases and watch everyone die?"

Me: "Well sort of, but it is only a game and...."

Security: "If you would just step over here and give me that bag..."

Me: "But it's only a game and....."

Security: "I will not ask again"

Me: "????"
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6. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1470]
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Another cooperative game, but this one will not be a problem. Drunk gnomes trying to save a submarine. The theme works well with the situation because you have to survive for an hour while disasters are happening around you. Also very small box so easy to transport if you have a long way to travel.
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7. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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With a great PA for the sound and in a "space suit" -

Solo mission setup:

Photo by Robert Buciak (dracoPL)
 
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