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Matt McGinnes
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I am looking for some ideas for a small games library in a holiday cottage.

Background: we recently purchased a 2 bedroom cottage as an investment property in a little village here in New Zealand called Hanmer Springs - most famous for its thermal hot pools, but also home to a myriad of other great things to do (fly fishing, white water rafting, mountain biking and hiking, as well as having a quality golf course, and close to numerous wineries, a brewery pub, boutique ski fields and an historic steam railway) - its a popular place!

I want to add a bit of value to the property by providing a selection of board/card games for the guests to play after a long hard day of doing lots of relaxing stuff.

The criteria I think would be appropriate would be:

Short – Light to Medium weight filler type games;
Low component count - less to go missing;
Family Friendly – the guest market we are aiming at.

I would also like them to be Thematic (colourful and somewhat representative of activities available in the area), but that is not necessary.

I have Hanabi,
Love Letter,
and I have backed Dice Hate Me’s Big games for Small Pockets KS...

...all of which seem to be card games!

Other than that I am stumped, so any other suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks!
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Andrew Shegda
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These are all light games that don't have a ton of components and are exceptionally easy to learn.

Bang!
Forbidden Desert or Island
Gem Rush
Dixit
Tsuro

and any of the timeline series tins

Timeline: Music & Cinema
Timeline: Historical Events .. and etc I think there are like 2-3 more.
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Hive comes to mind...the outdoors is a bug heaven...as well as Bohnanza...for those who like gardening...then there are all those Railroad games...not compact but loads of fun. Forbidden Island is a great collaborative game in a small package about claiming treasures before an Island sinks into the sea... no predictions intended.

That's all I got for now.

Travel Editions of ... Blokus and Settlers of Catan also come to mind.
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Ticket to Ride
Take 5!
For Sale
10 Days in Europe (any of the 10 days...)
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Chad Ackerman
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New Zealand, you say? How about Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
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Billy Crawford - Greybeard
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+1 Tsuro
+1 Forbidden Desert

I might fail here on the thematic side.

Bang! The Dice Game (only a few components. LOADS of fun)
Resistance (same as Bang! the dice game)
King of Tokyo (you could completely remove the tokens and this would be fine. the little green cubes might be a problem though)

Ugh... I feel like i'm failing here. This is tough criteria lol.
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Tomello Visello
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and I might easily presume the guests are non-gamers, and unlikely to invest much in reading the rules...

I'll suggest Ingenious as colorful/attractive, and minimally harmed by a few missing pieces.

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Matt McGinnes
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Thanks for all the suggestions!

I also suspect a lot of the guests would be non-gamers, at least non-hardcore-gamers... please excuse my totally stereotyping hardcore gamers as non-outdoors types here!

Forbidden Island is on my "to buy" list, and Ticket to Ride has been pre ordered (10th anniv. edition) - but that one is for my son's birthday!
I have For Sale, but my wife likes it so it isn't leaving our own collection anytime soon, perhaps I should invest in another copy

Using the Travel Edition of games is a great idea!
 
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Chris T
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King of Tokyo has been a big hit for family get togethers.

My younger siblings love Zooloretto.

Does the cottage sleep enough for party games?
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This is what I keep in my "holiday cottage":

Hive
Lost Cities
Backgammon
Dominoes

I plan to add in Battle Line and Love Letter this summer. Mind you it's just two of us mostly, enjoying light games in the evenings.
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