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Andrew Kluck
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I have a small sailboat and I'd like to bring some compact strategy games for the wife, kids and I.

Compact- I'm thinking 20 pieces or less in total, playable on 2 square feet or so. Rolling dice will be an issue, but I am a machinist by trade so I think I can create some kind of Boggle or Popamatic Trouble contraption if necessary.

Strategic- I'd prefer wargames, but I don't think that's possible so I watered down the requirements to just the generic strategy genre.

Waterproof- The most important requirement. Because whether we play rain or shine, it is for certain it will get soaked before, during, and after we play. Even in the off chance it doesn't it will most certainly need to be washed after spending time in the bilge.

The only one that comes to mind so far is Hive Pocket, but feel free to think outside the box, I'm willing to modify the game in any way to help it survive the soaking it will get.
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Perhaps a Lego version of Town Center?
There may be a few too many pieces, but Blokus is pretty close to fitting the bill as well.
I would think there must be a multitude of abstracts that could work too
like Othello, Quoridor, Abalone
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EAIEducation has some trouble style dice poppers for sale, IIRC.

Kids, how many and what ages? In other words, for how many players?

Lamination is your friend. You could print off, and laminate Akebono easily enough. You'd also either need to weight the pieces or switch to tiles. Howvere, I've not played it yet, and, it is only 2 player. But it is a wargame.
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ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:
Kids, how many and what ages? In other words, for how many players?

They're very young yet (1 and 4 years), but a guy can plan for the future can't he. 2 player games are just fine for now, with possible increase a bonus.
 
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Sitnam wrote:
ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:
Kids, how many and what ages? In other words, for how many players?

They're very young yet (1 and 4 years), but a guy can plan for the future can't he. 2 player games are just fine for now, with possible increase a bonus.


I recommend this one all the time for these situations it's a obscure really fun game no one ever mentions...Cheeky Monkey
 
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How much wave motion and tacking tilt are you going to have? You might consider adding magnetic strips to the back of pieces and laminated boards, and then maybe a metal plate at bottom, in order to avoid having the pieces fly about the cabin.
 
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Get Qwixx, laminate the provided scoring sheets (so that it's reusable) and get 5 dry-erase markers.

There will be 6 dice for you to roll and a total of 11 pieces in components (not counting the 5 markers).

Overall, it's a light game to teach but can be super fun (which I believe should be alright for your kids - I've played once with a 8 year old with no problem). Footprint is pretty small (a space to roll the dice and each player has one scoring sheet), and everything is waterproof (well except for the markers?).

 
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I don't have any specific recommendations, but try taking a look through this Geek List: The Most Recommended "Small Games". In the description it has links to other Geek Lists that should also be relevant.
 
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Army of Frogs

I'm confused.. Why are your games getting soaked?
 
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http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/154597/hive-pocket
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Riddlebox85 wrote:
Army of Frogs

I'm confused.. Why are your games getting soaked?


Word 5 post 1

Sailboat
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Dostradamas wrote:


Last sentence post 1..

Hive Pocket =p
 
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Chess like games? Hnefatafl

Tiles? The Duke
 
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Don't overthink it. A magnetic Go or Backgammon or Chess or Checkers set will do wonders. Not the small flimsy ones, but a quality magnetized set made for backpacking or boats or the like. These are still great, if un-flashy, games.
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Definitely Hive Pocket.
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Dostradamas wrote:


This.
 
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Quarto would work. Wood pieces means they'll float if something takes them overboard and you can dive in after them...
 
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Backgammon
Quoridor
Tiny Epic Kingdoms will be out soon, laminating cards required for waterproofing (but I don't think there are many cards)
Ingenious: Travel Edition
 
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Columns
Fire and Ice
Cathedral
Nine Men's Morris
The Duke
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Blokus Duo
Laser Chess

You could also try print and play games printed on Rite in the Rain brand paper.
 
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Thanks for the tips so far guys, the hunt continues.

Manifactiuring something waterproof wont be that hard in my shop, the real trick seems to be finding a good small game with less that 20 pieces. They mostly suck IT TURNS OUT

Bushi Shogi, however looks cool (6.62 rating is pretty good) and only needs two pieces (which I can make out of plastic) and doesn't have a board or dice.

Piecepack also looks like it has potential.
 
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Shameless plug for my first geeklist: Beach-goers guide to board gaming
 
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I was thinking Hive from your title too, maybe also:

Ingenious
Travel Scrabble
Zendo
Coin Age
Jenga
Mah Jong
Chess/Draughts/Backgammon
The Duke(?)

If you're good at making things maybe Love Letter with tokens or plastic cards?

Pen and paper games on chalk and blackboard?

A waterproof smartphone would allow some pass and play board game apps?
 
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Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
Catan Dice Game

The papers are going to get wet. But who cares. You'll throw them away anyways.

I heard Saint Malo uses waterproof player board, but I never played.
 
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The sailing season is once again upon me so I figured I'd bump this thread for more recommendations. Maybe something came out in the last two years that fits the bill.

So please, recommend a game that is compact, strategic, but above all, waterproof.
 
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