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Scott Wiggins
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I am looking for some recommendations that are good time fillers while out grabbing a coffee with friends or getting a few drinks at a bar. Here are some constraints:

-Portable (Fits easily a messenger bag)
-Easy setup (not tons of pieces that need to be laid out to get started; ie. axis and allies)
-Some Strategy (ie. not fluxx)
-Can Fit on a 4 seat table top or smaller
-Around 30-40 minutes or less to play

looking forward to seeing what everyone plays=)
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Russ Williams
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Fight! - clever pure strategy game for 2 or more players which needs only coins.
 
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We usually take Red7 or Star Realms to the pub (though the latter is only 2 player and will require two decks if playing with 4 people).
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Jason W
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Hive is good on the road or at home.
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Nate
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Depending on the size of the table, Race for the Galaxy could work. Fits your timeframe, has plenty of strategy, very replayable, and is a fantastic card game without fiddly pieces.
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Mauricio Montoya
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The Builders is basically Splendor for half of the price and 1/8th of the size.

Carcassonne is a classic, and while the box is a little big, you can fit all the necessary components and a couple of expansions (some are good) in a small tin or box. There is also a travel version that has smaller tiles and meeples, but it's not compatible with any of the expansions.

I've heard that Cacao is very good, but I've not played it myself.

Hive Pocket is a very good abstract with sturdy pieces and smaller that the original, the downside is that it's only for 2 players. Jaipur has the same disadvantage, but it's also a very good small game.
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Leo S.
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Some different alternatives (and approaches) I have taken succesfully to some bar meetings are:

Race for the Galaxy
Biblios
One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Coup

I recommend them all.
 
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Jonathan Madison

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Fleet
Money!
Flash Duel: Second Edition
Eight-Minute Empire

I also second the recommendations of hive and sushi go.
 
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David B
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YellowJack wrote:
Depending on the size of the table, Race for the Galaxy could work. Fits your timeframe, has plenty of strategy, very replayable, and is a fantastic card game without fiddly pieces.


Race for the Galaxy while having drinks at a bar? Really? C'mon, you can do better than that.
 
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Sometimes I wonder if BGGers actually read the initial request. The OP wants to pull out a game while having drinks at a bar. Fleet? Race for the Galaxy? Either some of you are not reading the post or you have never been to a bar. And Hive is not a good suggestion either because it seems the OP is implying he will be hanging out with more than one friend.

But there were a few good suggestions:

Sushi Go! is a decent suggestion as long as you can get past the artwork that has child like qualities.

If you can find a copy of Sushizock im Gockelwok, it is an excellent light dice game that also uses bakelite tiles that can easily withstand a spill. It takes up very little room. The dice are wooden, so they aren't quite as prone to bouncing off the table.

Some other excellent small box card game fillers: No Thanks!, 6 nimmt!, and perhaps one of the best for this situation is Port Royal.


Eight-Minute Empire was also a great suggestion, though I prefer Eight-Minute Empire: Legends.

And one last suggestion is the recently released Tiny Epic Galaxies. Currently there are a lot of copies on ebay as well as the BGG marketplace.
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pfctsqr wrote:
Sometimes I wonder if BGGers actually read the initial request. The OP wants to pull out a game while having drinks at a bar. Fleet? Race for the Galaxy? Either some of you are not reading the post or you have never been to a bar. And Hive is not a good suggestion either because it seems the OP is implying he will be hanging out with more than one friend.


No need to be rude. If you read the OP it said coffee or bar, and I feel RftG would be a great coffee house game. You may disagree and that's fine, too.

Depending on the size of your group, The Resistance could also be a fun game to bring to a bar.
 
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Todd Gabriel
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No Thanks!

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Coup with Coup: Reformation. The expansion really improves the game IMO.

Perhaps a good trick taking game.
 
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Highly recommend Condottiere - I love how much game it packs in a small box. The art is gorgeous and evocative, and I adore the tiny map of Italy that comes with it.
 
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YellowJack wrote:
pfctsqr wrote:
Sometimes I wonder if BGGers actually read the initial request. The OP wants to pull out a game while having drinks at a bar. Fleet? Race for the Galaxy? Either some of you are not reading the post or you have never been to a bar. And Hive is not a good suggestion either because it seems the OP is implying he will be hanging out with more than one friend.


No need to be rude. If you read the OP it said coffee or bar, and I feel RftG would be a great coffee house game. You may disagree and that's fine, too.

Depending on the size of your group, The Resistance could also be a fun game to bring to a bar.



I read coffee, too. I have been to coffeehouses myself and I don't recall too many tables at a coffee house that would accommodate a 3 or 4 player game of Race for the Galaxy. Yeah, you MIGHT be able to squeeze a two player game on a small coffee house table, but not 3 or more. With 4 players, you need room for at least 40 cards in play, a draw stack, a discard pile, and room to play your phase cards. There are plenty of games out there that would be suitable for going out and throwing down a few with some friends. But I just cannot see Race, or Fleet, being successful in that kind of environment.
 
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Robert (Bob) Miller Sr
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These 2 are at Amazon. They are a canvas playing board with attached canvas zippered tube for the pieces and roll up neatly with snap straps to secure them.

Chess & Checkers

Backgammon


Gotta 'em both on my wish list.



 
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Martian Dice
Zombie Dice
Age of War Dice Game
Trophy Buck
Mine Shift
Pente
 
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Gloom for Halloween!
 
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pfctsqr wrote:
There are plenty of games out there that would be suitable for going out and throwing down a few with some friends.
But few as good as Race!

pfctsqr wrote:
Yeah, you MIGHT be able to squeeze a two player game on a small coffee house table, but not 3 or more. With 4 players, you need room for at least 40 cards in play, a draw stack, a discard pile, and room to play your phase cards.
I concede I play it mostly 2 players at bars (and in coffes, and at the park, and at the beach, ...).
But -imho- more players is totally achievable -and worth the effort- if you pick a good table.
Anyway I have no idea if there is a typical size of tables in bars in your country.
 
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CARL SKUTSCH
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Agricola, Sekigahara, Concordia, Innovation, COOKIE!!! (and Guinness)
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jdw734 wrote:
Hive is good on the road or at home.

Great choice for a bar, the pieces can wet as can be, no problem ever. Pocket Hive is nice but I prefer the larger pieces of the original.

Downside, only 2 players.
 
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pfctsqr wrote:
Sometimes I wonder if BGGers actually read the initial request. The OP wants to pull out a game while having drinks at a bar. Fleet? Race for the Galaxy? Either some of you are not reading the post or you have never been to a bar. And Hive is not a good suggestion either because it seems the OP is implying he will be hanging out with more than one friend.

I agree that people don't seem to pay attention to the original request on these things. They just recommend their favorite games. Although I think the OP was vague on number of players. I'll bet sometimes he goes to the bar with 1 friend, sometimes with more. So I still vote for Hive!
pfctsqr wrote:

I haven't played the original but this this sequel is a lovely little game, I second your recommendation.
 
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pevsfreedom wrote:
My biggest grievance is when people recommend a game already in your collection laugh


If I ask for a recommendation, I don't expect people to check my collection.
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Chris Mcpherson
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+1 Red7, Coup(4+ players) and Biblios(you don't need the original box)
 
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+1 Cacao
Tiny Epic Galaxies
King Up! (trust me, it's super fun!)
Letter Tycoon
Medieval Academy
Santiago de Cuba (very interactive)
Mars Needs Mechanics
Airships
Blueprints
Valley of the Kings
Sail to India
 
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Scott Wiggins
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Wow thanks everyone, going to be trying a lot of these out! Thank you so much
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Ken Lewis
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I currently use Attila, Hive, Niya, Rumble in the House, and Sushi Draft for small space travel games.
 
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