Games that are safe to play at the pool / beach
Steven D
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Well summer is here and I'm spending a lot of time at the pool. This gaming environment provides special considerations for gaming.

Water - This is the biggest worry. When playing near the water there is always the concern that the rogue wave / cannonball splash hits the game.

Wind - As games at the pool / beach will be played outside, wind is a concern. Components that are light have the distinct possibility of blowing away...

Dirt - The beach has special concerns, games need to be at least sand friendly if not all out resistant to the sand.

Portability - In order to play at the pool, the game needs to make it to the pool. Also pool games need to have a small footprint so that it can be played on a smaller table.

Light weight - Hey, I'm at the pool after all. Ya, chess would fit the above criteria, but I want to be sun tanning not brain burning.

I'm always looking for new pool/beach games. I'll add games I'm aware of and would love anyone's input on games they take to the beach / pool.
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1. Board Game: Dominoes [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:15069]
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Super portable. Water is not a big deal. Tiles fit on the table and are unlikely to blow away.
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2. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2177]
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Took this on a cruise this year and it was a good fir to play by the pool.
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3. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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Also a tile game. I've only played this on-line admittedly. It seems like it would work well for playing outside.
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4. Board Game: Lectio [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2287]
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I wish I could get my hands on this... but this looks like it would be great for the beach.
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5. Board Game: Rummikub [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1557]
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I have not tried this... but it might work. Probably better for the pool than the sandy beach. The tiles are resistant and my copy comes in a nice carrying case.
 
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6. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:480] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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7. Board Game: Shuttles [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10333]
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All plastic, and the pegs sit well down into the holes.
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8. Board Game: UNO: H2O [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:6021]
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This version of UNO features plastic coated cards and can easily be played around water.
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9. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:524]
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Blokus is great for this. We play this at our beach cottage whenever we go on vacation.

There has been times were we have spilled a full beer on the board, finished the game, then taken the game to the bay to wash it off, then we let it sit out in the sun to dry off.
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10. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1095]
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I, for one, take my backgammon board to the beach. As a matter of fact my 30 year old board still holds a few grains of white Caribbean sand from a 3 month camping trip to Mexico 27 years ago! I like it there, it brings back fond memories.
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11. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1073]
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This is a good one, when there is fear of water or beer damage, as it has domino like tiles and dice.

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12. Board Game: Sushizock im Gockelwok [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1685]
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Sushizock is the newest Zoch game, just got it 2 days ago. Like Heckmeck/Pickomino, it has tiles and dice. It should play faster than that game, but have yet to try it myself.

 
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13. Board Game: Army of Frogs [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4007]
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Army of Frogs has parts similar to Hive, but is for 2 to 4 players. Not quite as challenging as Hive, being (perhaps) better for younger players.

 
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14. Board Game: Outfox [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
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This is a very challenging game that is very quick. It has a small board, so is very transportable. Great for a large group of newbies, as it is easy to learn, can be over in minutes and can play 2 or 3 at a time.

 
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15. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:573]
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You can easy play it almost everywhere.
 
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16. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Safe or not, Marcel Duchamp (on the right) did it ...
 
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