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Nico Solitander
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I'm looking for a new game board game to play when visiting my parents. We're looking for a medium/light game for four players that does not require an immense set-up time, and can be played in approx. 60 minutes. Although me and my wife enjoy the likes of Caylus, Powergrid, Euphrat/Tigris they have not struck home (yet) with the folks. They play a lot of cards so tactics/strategy is not a problem, but confrontation games might be a bit problematic (if it's not overtly fun).

The following have been branded as "great":
Ticket to Ride
Alhambra
Traumfabrik
Louis XIV
Blokus

rubber stamped "OK"
St Petersburg
Settlers of Catan
Metro

"not for us"
Carcassonne

Gratful for all advice.
 
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Ra?
Knizia's Lord of the Rings?
Railroad Tycoon?
China?
Tikal?
Mexica?
 
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Beowulf
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Palazzo
Torres
Australia
Bohnanza
 
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My suggestions would be:

QUICKSAND
THROUGH THE DESERT
OCTILES


My family likes "Ticket to Ride" and also "Alhambra" and they also like to play these.

Good luck

 
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I like RA and Manila lately, although Manila probably runs more like 90 minutes. If they are card players, maybe Tichu, which I'm a recent fan of.
 
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Citadels w/4 should finish in about 60 unless you have really slow players.
Princes of Florence can be setup 'as you go' ... all you need to start is the professions shuffled, the rest can be pulled out as you start auctions... it might be just over an hour, and definitely will take longer the first time.
San Juan definitely plays in under 60 and is great with 4.
Hoity Toity is better than I initially thought, plays well with 4-6.
I would reiterate all above suggestions for Ra.
Colossal Arena may be useful for getting them to transition to confrontational... I may have to start using that more with my group for that purpose.
 
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Blokus went over well with my mom and her boyfriend, the others we played have already been mentioned.
 
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China, For Sale, Samurai, Hansa, Amazonas, Coloretto, Ingenious, Mesopotamia, San Juan, Torres, Tichu.

Depending on how fast you play, some may not apply due to length of play.
 
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My parents LOVED Mystery of the Abbey and they were big fans of TTR.
 
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I would recommend Ra, ZooSim, Basari and Dragonland.

If you like abstract things, you can try Blokus, GemBlo, Ingenious and the like.

Hope this helps

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Der Untergang von Pompeji is a fun one to play with four people. It also plays under an hour.
 
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RA, Blokus, Ingenious, Take It Easy & High Society all play very well with 4.

Or if you want card games (since that's what they're used to)

Die Sieben Siegel, San Juan, Colerreto & 6 Nimmt I can highly recommend.

James
 
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Fearsome Floor is also a great game with 4 that meets those requirements and worth considering.

My $0.02
 
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nsolitander wrote:
I'm looking for a new game board game to play when visiting my parents. We're looking for a medium/light game for four players that does not require an immense set-up time, and can be played in approx. 60 minutes. Although me and my wife enjoy the likes of Caylus, Powergrid, Euphrat/Tigris they have not struck home (yet) with the folks. They play a lot of cards so tactics/strategy is not a problem, but confrontation games might be a bit problematic (if it's not overtly fun).


I've played Ticket to Ride with both my family and my wife's family. Both families like games but I wouldn't consider them "gamers" in our sense. Both found TTR very enjoyable and wanted to play it again.

Other light card games you might consider:

Coloretto
Guillotine
 
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I definitely second the motion for Hoity Toity. As a simultaneous selection game it's a slightly more complicated than Nobody But Us Chickens, which is also a great bluffing game in its own right.

My parents wouldn't appreciate Puerto Rico, Euphrat & Tigris, or Caylus, (or Princes of Florence), but I've had good success with David & Goliath (great trick-taking card game), Tichu, Coloretto, and even RoboRally.
 
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Nico Solitander
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Great suggestions, forgot to mention that Blokus has also been a hit (while it lasted), so that was a fitting recommendation by a number of you

I've actually been contemplating Ra (and modern art) for a while but have understood from some comments on the board that its very similar to Traumfabrik, 'kissin' cousins' as someone put it, although others seem to consider Ra fairly superior, any comments on these diverging views?

As said, great suggestions, the different Kramer/Kiesling abstractish games seem very interesting, but I'll be back with some geek gold once I have contemplated all the options and made the purchase decision

 
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InfoCynic wrote:

Colossal Arena may be useful for getting them to transition to confrontational... I may have to start using that more with my group for that purpose.


You see, the thing with confrontationals is that I'm not sure I want to go there (with them)... as said my parents play card games (and to a lesser extent board games) on almost a daily basis and they have developed conventions of quite extreme competetiveness (so in a sense they never left) that they seem to be able to rein in the above mentioned games. I have to put myself in my wife's position: being put in a confrontational game with your mother-in-law might not be everyones wish for a Sunday afternoon. laugh
 
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Tonga Bonga if you can get a copy.
 
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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Modern Art. I think this is an excellent game for 4 to play with your parents. The rules are fairly simple, and can be explained quickly, however it takes a few rounds to really pick up what's going on. It's a sophisticated card auction game, with a lot of replay value.

Tichu I would also recommend as a sophisticated card game.

Der Untergang von Pompeji, Maharaja: Palace Building in India, Torres, and possibly Santiago seem like good choices as well.

Ryan
 
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I had the same question a while back and got some fantastic replies:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/838810#838810

Modern Art was a big hit with the folks. My parents are decidedly non-gamerly and picked up on the rules and strategy immediately. It's nice to have player interaction (not conflict) on every turn.

My parents also liked 10 Days in Europe, and it plays really quickly.
 
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Ingenious and Blokus are the two I recently purchased in preparation for a visit from my parents. I'm considering San Juan.
 
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Mystery of the Abbey is a great family game. I'd recommend Primordial Soup as well. It's great for a laugh and has a simple concept, yet is strategic enough to be quite enjoyable.
 
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