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Austin Bordeaux
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Just as the subject line says I am looking for you guys opinions on games that work well outside. Stuff that is smaller and/or doesn't have many pieces and/or has pieces made of resilient materials like plastic or resin.

I am going camping with some friends this coming weekend that are interested in trying out board games with me for the first time, so games that aren't that complex are welcome as well.

From the games I have what immediately sprung to mind was Hive as probably the best candidate. As well as smaller games that mainly consist of cards like Citadels, Love Letter, and Kill the Overlordsince we could play those in the tent or on a sheet laid on the ground easily enough.

Any and all recommendations for games like that are welcome and appreciated. Thanks in advance everyone.
 
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Dan Ridge
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Hive is nearly indestructible but 2 player only. Tournament play might be fun?
Small card games like Eggs and Empires or anything in the Z-Man / Filosofia deluxe card game series is tiny and quite playable.
The World's Smallest Sports Games are really tiny but kind of fun to have handy.
Greed could be packed in easy enough and is pretty fun.
Ingenious is fairly durable but all the bits might be easy to lose outside.
A drafting game might be great around a campfire, long as nobody drops cards in the fire.. something like Sushi Go! or Fairy Tale (which might be a little complex for first timers..).
Stones of Fate is a pretty cool little game that I think would camp well.

 
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Most card games should be fine so long as you sleeve them and have a table/flat surface.

Splendor or a drafting game would be ideal I think.
 
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Animal Upon Animal
 
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Brian Hoier
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Dixit
Hanabi
Sushi Go!
The Resistance
Bad Beets
Werewolf
Kerfuffle
Exploding Kittens
Chupacabra
Bears!

Sorry, that's about all I can think of now.
 
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Brian Hoier
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Another suggestion:

Bring a small piece of plywood (maybe 2 feet by 2 feet) to lay on the ground or tent "floor" to act as a hard surface/tabletop for laying cards on or rolling dice on.

You can all sit around that.
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Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
Archaeology: The Card Game

Have fun!
 
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Qwirkle

and all the other stuff on the Geek you find when searching the GLs and forums for "Camping", "outdoor", etc.
 
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Not really clear if weight is a consideration. Are you driving to a camp site, or will you be carrying everything?

If the prior than loads work. If the later then I go for a normal pack of cards, and pocket hive.
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I might just take playing cards either way - I'd take a normal deck and a large index deck with matching backs + pencil & paper for scoring. Games I'd play:

Indian Chief 2-8p (two decks for 4+ players)
The Resistance or The Resistance: Avalon 5-10p
Cribbage 2p or 4p
Clubs (using the normal deck + big aces and big twos as the highest two cards)
Sheepshead 5p
Hearts 4p
Spades 4p
Ninety-Nine 3p
Haggis 2p
 
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Almost everything form nestorgames should fit well.


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Pickomino is a simple easy fun filler with dice and clacky bakelite tiles, and it works multiplayer.
 
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Gloom The cards are plastic!! And you can play up to 4 players or more if you get some of their expansions.
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Lori
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Hanabi will be very effective here if you get the deluxe edition that has tiles instead of cards.
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Exploding Kittens


I took Exploding Kittens camping recently and it fared very well. I should sleeve the cards though.
 
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