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According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.
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I would've thought that the clacking of Mahjong tiles would give away their position.
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The only (ex) submariner I knew liked OCS! Probably a bit difficult to find the space for it on board though.
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Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.
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Lhowser wrote:
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Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


Little do you know... http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=29429
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Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


Little do you know... http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=29429


I could see them passing on a piece of history as a piece of history and tradition, but it being nothing more than just that. I just can't imagine some 19-year old missile tech or gallery pot washer playing Cribbage or Bridge. A seasoned officer with 10+ years under his belt, maybe. I don't know.

(And please realize I am speaking totally extemporaneously with no foreknowledge.)
 
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Lhowser wrote:
Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


In addition to card games, one of the traditional shipboard games in the US Navy is Acey Ducey, which is a variation of Backgammon where none of the stones start on the board, and a roll of the 1-2 (Ace & Duece) combination allows you to move and then roll again. When I served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) back in the '80s, we had a great Acey Ducey board built as a table and sitting in the back of the Ready Room.

But I don't know if that was popular on subs.
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I missed it. Why no chess?
 
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Eldard wrote:
Lhowser wrote:
Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


In addition to card games, one of the traditional shipboard games in the US Navy is Acey Ducey, which is a variation of Backgammon where none of the stones start on the board, and a roll of the 1-2 (Ace & Duece) combination allows you to move and then roll again. When I served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) back in the '80s, we had a great Acey Ducey board built as a table and sitting in the back of the Ready Room.

But I don't know if that was popular on subs.

When I grew up, this was treated as the standard game. Of course I grew up aboard ship.
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In addition to card games, one of the traditional shipboard games in the US Navy is Acey Ducey, which is a variation of Backgammon where none of the stones start on the board, and a roll of the 1-2 (Ace & Duece) combination allows you to move and then roll again. When I served aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) back in the '80s, we had a great Acey Ducey board built as a table and sitting in the back of the Ready Room.

But I don't know if that was popular on subs.

When I grew up, this was treated as the standard game. Of course I grew up aboard ship.


Must be a nautical thing. arrrh

Cribbage seemed to be popular with some of my shipmates from the mid-western US, but I don't recall it being widely played.

I preferred Dominos myself, particularly a game called Chickenfoot.
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My friend's dad who was a recon pilot at Midway & Coral Sea said they played cribbage in the ready room.
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very much so
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From my niece, whose husband is a missile tech on a nuke sub:

"They do play alot of games while they are on the boat or just at work. Tim likes to play Cribbage, Spades, Poker, and maybe some other ones. I know they have the game consoles on the ship or at least they use to so they could play playstation or xbox."

So, I stand corrected. They DO play Cribbage!


Edit: Heard from a high school friend who's a career submariner: "Cribbage, Dominoes, Hearts, and Spades were the big games on my boats, both in the wardroom and on crew's mess. Cribbage was generally more popular with the officers, though there were always a few enlisted guys that were into it also. I don't think I've ever seen Bridge played, and the description of Uckers sounds like the board game "Sorry", which I've also not seen played."

Again, I am corrected.
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Cribbage was the game of choice at the family cottage when I was a young un. I suspect that these are all games that would be popular in places with limited gaming resources, limited choice in gaming companions and no possibility of escape; submarines, family cottages and prison.
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Lhowser wrote:
Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


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Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


Well that is disappointing. After watching 'The Final Countdown' in high school, I just assumed that all servicemen at sea just played Squad Leader all the time At the time it seemed like it would almost be worth signing up for the Armed Forces for that alone!
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Jebbie wrote:
Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


Well that is disappointing. After watching 'The Final Countdown' in high school, I just assumed that all servicemen at sea just played Squad Leader all the time At the time it seemed like it would almost be worth signing up for the Armed Forces for that alone!


The Final Countdown had realism issues.
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So, no time travel in the Navy either? Jeez, 2 of my 3 biggest desires in high school - time travel and endless Squad Leader Games - gone just like that. Buzzkill man. As a teenage boy at the time, you can all imagine what the third was.
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So, no time travel in the Navy either? Jeez, 2 of my 3 biggest desires in high school - time travel and endless Squad Leader Games - gone just like that. Buzzkill man. As a teenage boy at the time, you can all imagine what the third was.


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So, no time travel in the Navy either?

No, the navy has time travel alright. He's referring to when Kirk Douglas used a sound-powered phone (only usable for communication within the ship in real life) to talk to a plane or a ship or the shore (I forget which). Horribly unrealistic; a ghastly mistake. It totally ruined an otherwise fine and totally realistic portrayal of modern naval warfare.
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So, no time travel in the Navy either? Jeez, 2 of my 3 biggest desires in high school - time travel and endless Squad Leader Games - gone just like that. Buzzkill man. As a teenage boy at the time, you can all imagine what the third was.


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Lhowser wrote:
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Lhowser wrote:
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Run Silent, Run Cheap

According to Robert Beckhusen in War is Boring, US and British submariners play mostly:

* Uckers
* Cribbage
* Mahjong

They play Bridge as well, but not as much as the above.

It is unlikely to find a Chess board on a sub, according to the author.


This article has a very English feel to it. I can't imagine American submariners would play any of these.


Little do you know... http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=29429


I could see them passing on a piece of history as a piece of history and tradition, but it being nothing more than just that. I just can't imagine some 19-year old missile tech or gallery pot washer playing Cribbage or Bridge. A seasoned officer with 10+ years under his belt, maybe. I don't know.

(And please realize I am speaking totally extemporaneously with no foreknowledge.)


I know a lot of younger people who play Cribbage, including several service-men. One thing that Cribbage has going for it over games like, say, Rummy, is that there aren't a ton of wild variations in scoring, card play, hand size, etc. floating around out there. The game is pretty well locked into a standard that doesn't really welcome changes to the game's setup and play.

It's also, arguably, one of the best two-player traditional card games out there, and if you've only got two people and a pack of cards it's a great way to spend your time, along with Gin Rummy.

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I've got some cred on this topic, I guess! Over 30 years in submarines, and I've ridden over half the boats in the US Submarine Force.

Cribbage has been huge with submariners since before WW2. Dick O'Kane, Medal of Honor winner and Skipper of USS TANG, famously got his 29 hand during a war patrol. His inscribed cribbage board is now a treasured piece of submarine lore -- it is presented to the oldest boat in the fleet, currently USS BREMERTON. I would say cribbage remains the most popular submarine game, although more so with the officers and chief petty officers than with the rest of the crew.

Poker has always been popular, maybe more so now than in the past.

Uckers is a board game that the American submariners picked up from our Brit colleagues. It's based on the game Ludo, which is itself derived from Parcheesi. I've seen it played on a fair number of boats in the fleet, but it takes an hour or two to play. Most boats have a board, and there is a unique tradition where the Captain approves the "Boat Rules" for his ship. Rule #1: "The Captain is always right." Rule #2: "If in doubt, see Rule #1." This game is way more fun to play on a British boat (which I have), since the bar is open.

Acey-Deucey used to be big during WW2, but that popularity has faded. I rarely see it played on the boats today.

Many boats will have "Casino Night" during long underway periods to give the crew a break and raise morale. I've seen poker, blackjack, roulette wheels, and especially craps.

Never once saw a wargame on a boat. Not enough room and time to play!

Edit: As to the OP's list and other's comments, I never once saw Chess or Mahjong played on a US boat, Bridge once in a while in the old days but no longer, and Hearts and Spades still periodically.
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