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Stuart Marsh
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Hi,

I'm off on a holiday with my GF, her parents and her stepbrother.

I am keen to take some games along, so we have something to do in the evenings, but they need to be:

Easy to take/compact/not too many pieces
Family friendly
Reasonably easy to teach
Limited language dependency (her family's English isn't great)

I know they've played a fair amount of Catan and we've played Spot It/Dobble (which I'll pack), but I'm keen on other recommendations.

Thanks,

Stuart
 
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Thanee
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Splendor is a great choice.

Bye
Thanee
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Stuart Marsh
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Just to add, some of games I have which I'm considering taking:

San Juan
Hey that's my fish!
Love Letter
Burgle Bros
Dixit (without the box or board)
Machi Koro
Sushi Go

 
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1 Lucky Texan
United States
Arlington
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No Thanks!

Parade

Carcassonne: South Seas

Incan Gold
 
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Rob S.
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Bohnanza
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1 Lucky Texan
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plays to 4, looks like they will have 5 players.

otherwise - decent pick and, if you leave the cavernous box at home - packs small.

 
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Chris Williams

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It's only 2 players, but Hive is pretty damn portable.
 
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Joe H
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Diamonds is a terrific trick taking game

Alhambra is a classic tile placement game. The basic set is pretty compact (as is basic Carcassonne)

These games all play five.

 
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Jared Manning
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Whitsett
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You can't go wrong with a travel version of Othello. Gabriel produced a fantastic travel edition in the late 70's that's commonly found at thrift stores, or you can obtain it cheaply on eBay.
 
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Annemarie Post
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Two smaller games that are easy to bring, teach and play:
Coloretto
Hanabi

A bigger one that is very easy to teach and play, but a lot of fun!
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

My family is big fan of Coloretto and Isle of Skye
 
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Zac T
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Definitely, definitely Port Royal. You could even throw away the box and slap a rubber band around the deck.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
United States
Cedar Rapids
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Sequence or Red7
 
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Jeromie Rand
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Qwirkle has a travel version that is quite compact.
 
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Pierre C
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6 Nimmt! works well for your criteria. Plus if you've got something to use as tokens you can play No Thanks! with it as well, as few other games, like The Game, even if that's not my cup of tea.

I'd second Qwirkle (travel).
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