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Dusty S
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It's beautiful summer, at least here in Easter Washington state, and my son wanted to play a board game with me. I wanted him to get outdoors and get some fresh air and sunshine, so we compromised and went outside to play a game of two-player Blokus.

It got me thinking about the different games I could play outdoors on a breezy day.

So what would be your favorite board/table games to play outdoors on a lovely, yet breezy day? In other words, no cards or light pieces.

The ones that I own that come to mind are;
Yinsh
Tzaar
Blokus
Mastermind
Hive (Bonus points for being impervious to the elements)
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David B
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Ra: The Dice Game works outside really well.
 
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Thomas
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Survive: Escape from Atlantis! would work
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Justin R
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Zertz and Dvonn are also excellent.

Also, obviously, chess.
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Jay Freiday
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I don't think my obsessive compulsive would let me play any game outside. That being said I've been watching Dungeon Roll on Watch it Played! and I think it would work outdoors once it comes out.
 
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Adam Sena
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Hive and Zombie Dice were both a hit at scout camp. So was Pirate Fluxx but that won't work well in a breeze.

On a side note, I grew up on the edge of Cheney (Holiday Dr.) it was a great town to be kid.
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Markus Hagenauer jr.
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Almost all games by nestorgames work well outdoors.

Most frequently I take Topology as it works with 2-4 players,

and for two players Cairo Corridor is my first pick (both designed by me).

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Kim Williams
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Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age works very well - we even take it to the beach.

Actually most of our outside games are dice games - I guess because dice are not going to blow away and not going to be adversely effected by a bit of mud/water/picnic food.
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Helmut Frey
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Quoridor, Quarto, Gobblet, Mixtour and Kulami.
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Hive Pocket
Logan Stones
Math Dice

These game components are indestructible for any weather or play surface and not-too-small to lose easily.
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Craig McRoberts
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I can't think of the name of it at the moment, but I've played a dexterity game that involves one person tossing a smallish ball toward a player with a stick. The player with the stick attempts to hit the ball out of the air. If they succeed, they may attempt to advance one space, pushing the other players who have done likewise forward one space also.

There's a variant with a larger ball either being kicked or thrown toward a goal of differing sizes, rather than toward the stick-holding player.
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Craig McRoberts
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By way of actually giving a serious reply, I've found that most dice games work pretty well, unless they have light pieces of paper as well.

One that hasn't been mentioned is Race to Adventure: The Spirit of the Century Exploration Game. It has heavy tiles that endure most light breezes. That's a current favourite of mine to play on the patio of a coffee shop.
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Gabriel Soto
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Pickomino. Just eight dice and a few dominoes-like pieces. I've played it at the beach.
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Dusty S
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imprimis5 wrote:
I can't think of the name of it at the moment, but I've played a dexterity game that involves one person tossing a smallish ball toward a player with a stick. The player with the stick attempts to hit the ball out of the air. If they succeed, they may attempt to advance one space, pushing the other players who have done likewise forward one space also.

There's a variant with a larger ball either being kicked or thrown toward a goal of differing sizes, rather than toward the stick-holding player.



That sounds kind of lame
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Lizzie
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Treehouse impervious to elements and plenty of variations. We don't tend to play outside much (what with the weather and all) certainly not very serious games, but Zombie Dice also works well.
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Will Plante
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The Duke
Beautiful wooden tiles, small game board and plays in about 20 minutes.
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