Baby, it's cold outside: Games to play in bed
Bess A.
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Before your mind goes into the gutter, I'm NOT referring to romantic games! We've got that covered, thanks!

Winter is approaching, flannel sheets and wool blankets make the bedroom the coziest spot in the house. So for those mornings that you're loathe to get out of bed or those evenings when the wind is howling and you want to snuggle up without going to sleep, what games can you play in bed?

Armed with a dice tray and a willing bedfellow, I'm looking for games that don't have a large setup, don't have pieces that can slide around easily, card games can't have a "tableau", etc. Obviously, the games have to be playable with just two.

I'm hoping for suggestions beyond the mainstream travel-game fare of tiny magnetic pieces and fiddly losable bits. The games can be anything from light to heavy, although I'm guessing more will be light because of the lack of space to set anything up.
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Bess A.
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This tiny filler game is a perfect example of a game that only needs a dice tray, something to write on and a pencil.

The dice version has no trading, so fortunately no one has wood for sheep in my bed!
 
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Sleepy pirates can't say no to this game. No elaborate setup needed, just a draw pile, two 'taken' piles and the center action area that gets cleaned up after every few turns.
 
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Wimpout [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4498]
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Possibly the silliest dice game, but it's compact and kind of cute. Plus, the name just makes me think of those mornings where you call in sick and stay home well! (Not that anyone I know would ever do that!)
 
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Bess A.
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Who said you can't build a civilization from the comfort of your own bedroom? Once again, just a dice tray, something to write on and that clever little pegboard are necessary to play.
 
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5. Board Game: Slamwich [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:15358]
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Gamewright makes some cute little games. This is probably one for the morning, because all the slapping of card-stacks would probably make you more alert than sleepy. Once again, the action piles are short-lived and the rest of the setup is minimal.
 
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Bess A.
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Do gamers dream of dicey sheep? Again, just a dice tray and a score sheet are needed to build a farm and feed your workers.
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7. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:15380]
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Our copy has two dice trays opposite each other, so it's easy to play simultaneously.
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8. Board Game: Delve: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3583]
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I just recently discovered this really cool, Yahtzee like, dungeon crawl and have been playing it quite a bit in the past two days. It's a Print & Play game that couldn't be any easier to get to the table (or bed in this case), as it's only two sheets of paper!

It's a solo game, but you could easily print two copies and each be working on your own dungeon and compete to see who got further.

The game pits 4 Adventurer's (Cleric, Wizard, Rogue & Fighter) against all kinds of interesting dungeon creatures in seven or so encounters per dungeon. At each encounter you roll your 6 dice and set aside any dice you want to keep (like in Yahtzee) as you try and make direct attacks (roll 6's for the Fighter), sneak attacks (roll 1's for the Rogue), cast spells (get 3,4,5 or 6 of a kind for the Wizard) or heal the party (get runs/straights of 4,5 or 6 dice for the Cleric).

The Adventurer's attack first at each encounter and then you roll 1 die per hit box that the monster or encounter space has and deal out damage back to your party - usually for any 5 or 6's that you roll. Each member of your party has a limited amount of damage that they can take and at least one member has to survive to the end to win the game.

It plays quickly, is very easy to learn, it offers some interesting twists to the regular Yahtzee gameplay and it is damn addicting!

There are several different adventures in the files section to offer different challenges.

TRY IT!

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Smaller board and limited pieces (with decently large bases).

It only limits the snuggling on those cold days, because you're not supposed to see each others' characters. sauron
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10. Board Game: Shuttles [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10347]
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The rails slide but don't come off.
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Shuttles' prettier wooden cousin.
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The pieces fit onto the board well. Not necessarily a game you want to pay retail for, but as a thrift find, it's interesting to give it a try.
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14. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1075]
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The original is not big, but if you like you can take the tiny travel version.
 
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15. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
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yes and this works in bed, too. Easy rules and a really good game.
 
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This one can be played cooperatively or competitively. It has quite a few small booklets and a large map, but you don't need to use them all at once, so you only need to be able to each hold a book, and have a pile of the rest on a lap.
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17. Board Game: Black Stories [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2436]
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Only for the evening/nights... candles... good background music ...

If you like black humor this is perfect.

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Edit: background music:

OST: Interview with a vampire,
OST: Donnie Darko
OST: The House on Haunted Hill
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