Games I brought camping,and why I only played one of them.
David G.
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I went camping with my family and my sister's family, and brought a number of games. Since there were 6 kids (ages 10 to 5), I brought games which would appeal to them.

There were of course lots of other camping activities going on, so there weren't _that many_ opportunities to play games. But, over a 4-day trip, there are some opportunities.

As you'll see in the list, we only played one of the games I brought. There are varrying reasons why this was the case. I create this list to perhaps help others that are planning a camping trip to decide which game to bring.
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1. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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Times played: 5

This was the big hit of the trip. Besides it just being a fun game, here are the reasons why I think this was such a success:

* Of the 4 kids that were old enough to play games (10, 9, 9, 7) 3 of them had played before. Of course, after playing the first time, they all knew. Already knowing the rules is a big draw to a game.

* Once the adults saw the game played a few times, they were interested in joining with the kids, and the kids were interested in having the parents play.

* Cards are much easier to handle at a campsite.
 
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2. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
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The 2 oldest children knew how to play, and we could have easily taught the other 9-year-old, but the plan of playing this in our tent trailer just didn't end up to be realistic. To sequester children for 90 minutes in a trailer didn't seem to be something that would have gained approval from the other adults. Also, all them little bits concerned me.
 
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3. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
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A fun game that could have been played, but the game requires quite a bit of table space. There's also a lot of cards stacked all over the place, and it could be difficult to keep straight.
 
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4. Board Game: Nobody but Us Chickens [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3965]
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A fun game I brought due to the 5 and 6 year old, but we never ended up playing it. I guess this one may have been selfishness on my part. I just didn't feel like playing it, and the little ones were so content with playing on their own I didn't feel the need to play it.
 
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5. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1362]
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Another fun card game, which I think was never played because we were already having fun with Bang!, and Flohcati just isn't different enough from Bang! to warrant playing a different game. It also doesn't have the nearly the mechanism draw that Bang! has.
 
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6. Board Game: Imaginiff [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12503]
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I brought this for the adults to have something to do at night, but we spent all of our nights staring at the campfire and chatting. Being that none of the other adults (including my wife ) are gamers, it would have seemed out of place to "push" a game during these times.
 
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