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S. Deniz Bucak
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I'm looking for a good three player game to play at lunchtime. It should play in about 40 minutes and fit on a lunch table. Something I own would be good too.

To let you know who we are, we usually play Magic: the Gathering at lunch. We have played Settlers and C&C:Ancients (2 player) at lunch with some success.
 
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A nice quick play is Fairy Tale. You can get through a game in 10-15 minutes and it even has elements of CCGs (but is a standalone card game) if you are fans of the genere.
 
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You may want to check out these GeekList's that are tagged "lunch"

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/Thommy8/tag/lunch

EDIT: Through the Desert and Ra both spring to mind for me as good 3-player 40-minute games.

Isaac's recommendation of China is also a really good idea.
 
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Poison
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Bohnanza (better with 4 or 5) but still good with 3
Frank's Zoo

Best of luck
Jon
 
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Carolus Magnus?
 
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I second the nomination of Through the Desert. I play a lot of three-player Alhambra, but that takes closer to 90 minutes to wrap up for us at least.

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Dave Wilson
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Of the ones you own:

San Juan
Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
TransAmerica
Typo
Wyatt Earp
 
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Brian Vogle
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The following spring to mind:

Any of the Mystery Rummy Series
Beowulf
Iliad
Condottiere
 
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China is another good 3-player game. I would have recommended Web of Power, but you don't own it, and the games are very similar, anyway.
 
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Kane Klenko
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Games I play on lunch with 3 players:

Aladdin's Dragons
Amun-Re
Attika
Australia
Beowulf
Big City
Billabong
Blue Moon City
Bridges of Shangri-La
Buy Low, Sell High
Can't Stop
Carcassonne
Carolus Magnus
Coloretto
Colossal Arena
Daytona 500
Detroit / Cleveland Grand Prix
Double or Nothing
Dragonland
Through the Desert
Ingenious
End of the Triumvirate
Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings
Expedition
Fearsome Floors
Fish Eat Fish
For Sale
Glory to Rome
Great Wall of China
Hansa
Hey! That's My Fish!
High Society
King's Breakfast
Loco
Loot
Masons
Mission: Red Planet
Money
Mykerinos
Nexus Ops
Niagara
Palazzo
Pickomino
Poison
Pueblo
Queen's Necklace
Ra
Relationship Tightrope
Res Publica
Rheinlander
Saint Petersburg
Samurai
San Juan
San Marco
That's Life
Ticket to Ride
Toppo
Tower of Babel
Traumfabrik
Trias
Tutankhamen
Vampire
Web of Power (China)
Winner's Circle
Wyatt Earp
Hacienda
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Sorry if that's overwhelming and not very helpful, but I play 3 player games on lunch all the time and these are the ones we play. I hope you like to research.

The ones that have been the biggest hits have been Blue Moon City, Beowulf, Rheinlander, Australia, Bridges of Shangri-La, Colossal Arena, Palazzo, Ra, Res Publica, Tutankhamen, Winner's Circle, and Tower of Babel.
 
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A game that fits your parameters is Barbarians (an old Yaquinto game that is sometimes available on eBay).

The game has an area movement map and a small number of combat units. Turns move very quickly. Two plays share 5 tribes of barbarians and the other player controls the Roman legions. The barbarians want to get to Rome and the legions want to stop them. The barbarians outnumber the Romans but don't fight as effectively. The game is tense and exciting.

If you have time, you play the game three times with each player taking the Romans once. The person who holds onto Rome the longest is the winner.

A truly great (and seriously under-rated) game.

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Samurai and Fairy Tale would get my votes.
 
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Flaschenteufel
 
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For the past 6 years, we've played games at lunch almost every day. 200 different games have hit the table. We usually have more than 3, but when we have 3 we play:
- Ra (never play it with any other number of players)
- Schnappen Jagd (ditto)
Sure, there are other games you *can* play with 3, but since these are best with 3, we stick with them. Frank's Zoo is a big hit, but we always play with the partnership rules and never with an odd number.
 
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Quite a few good suggestions above.

I'd add Tigris & Euphrates and Drakon
 
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If you like trick taking games, 99 is great for 3 players.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/6688
 
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to try Fairy Tale on them and see how it goes.
 
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Jungle Speed!! Although four is a better number. We play this every day at lunch.
 
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Liar's Dice

Might be too light for a Magic player
but it's something you already own. (well maybe 5 dice for each player)

Bidding Bluffing and your hands will be free for eating unless you forget what you rolled.

Definitely not for everyday but I recommend it.
 
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