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Jon W
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My wife and I are looking for games that can be played while waiting for food at restaurants. We currently have Love Letter and a set of Taboo cards that we've pretty much played out. Because of the setting the games need to be highly portable, take up a bare minimum of table space, and involve few pieces. Dice rolling is discouraged. Play time should be short (~15-30m) or easily ended abruptly (eg. the multiple short rounds of Love Letter are great for just declaring the game done when needed). We enjoy games from both the lighter and heavier sides of the mental investment spectrum.

The more suggestions, the better! Thanks for your help!
 
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Bill Eldard
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Here's a geeklist of 2-player games the my wife have played at coffee shops (i.e., limited table space). There are a few that play in 15-30 minutes, but you can see what appeals to you.

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/206691/you-and-me-and-cof...

Of the quicker playing games, I can recommend Patchwork; Blokus Duo (aka Travel Blokus); Qwixx; Ingenious: Travel Edition; ZÈRTZ; Lost Legacy: The Starship; Lost Legacy: Flying Garden; Times Square; Kahuna; and Age of War.
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2 games that can easily be played while waiting for food at a restaurant:

Coloretto
Biblios

Both play well with 2.


Hive Pocket is a 2 player abstract that takes up very little space as there is no board and is quite portable.
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Thanks for the suggestions; keep them coming!
 
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Lots of good suggestions already. My first thought was Jaipur.

+1 Coloretto.
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Martin Larouche
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Hive and hive pocket are the super obvious suggestions.
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Tyler Melnyk
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Plato 3000 is one of my favourites to bring to a restaurant.

Haven't played this at a restaurant, but Tides of Time should work nicely.
 
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Normally there isn't much space for playing games at a restaurant table. Therefore we mostly play games like Tides of Time or Hanamikoji in such places.
 
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Dead Man's Draw is a good press your luck card game that plays fast and is only a deck of cards.
 
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Tides of Time
 
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Battle Line

I love both Biblios and Coloretto, but 2 is their worst player count.
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On the heavier side, I suggest Mottainai and Oh My Goods. Both of these take up a little more table space than the games mentioned earlier, but you will play a game full of decisions.

 
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The original Japanese version of Onitama might fit the bill.
 
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oddball Äeronauts is *extremely* small footprint, fast, and fun!
 
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Todd Kauk wrote:
Battle Line

I love both Biblios and Coloretto, but 2 is their worst player count.


Well, they must have a worse count, but that doesn't mean they are bad. Battle Line is my third favorite game. But it does not fit on a table that's competing for space with food very well. Battle Line is in a small box, but it takes up as much room as most board games. I think Biblios and Coloretto are still worth playing at 2.
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Jack Straws

Winner is most points when the food comes!
 
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We keep A game in my girlfriends purse all the time for the same reason.
Currently, Circus Flocati is what we keep. Sometimes it is Lost Cities kept in a tuck box.

The game needs to have:
- Fast Play so there is a chance of finishing it before the food comes.
- Small table space.
- Fairly light. There isn't much time for 3 minute turns.


We are heavy euro players, but this isn't the time or the place for Pax Porfiriana.

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Niya is our go-to restaurant game. Inexpensive, pieces you can't ruin and a lot of quick fun
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Oh boy, I need to write a blog post or list, since this is my second fave way to game (first is heavy euros at home) and I can't help replying to these things. That way I could just post a link:

+ Biblios, Lost Cities, Tides of time, Oh my goods
+ Battle line

Also:
Agricola: all creatures big and small
Arboretum
San Juan
Valley of the Kings
Oddville (if you can find a copy - it's oop)

- Jaipur: a bit too fiddly for such a light game.

How we do it: first, we make sure the conditions are right (if its too busy, we don't play), then we take a table large enough to have the game set up on one side, and delivered food on the other. That way, we can be served smoothly, interrupt the game at any point, eat, and then resume. Servers appreciate that and it reduces pressure to play fast.

Right now, we are crazy for Oh My Goods + the expansion, and Arboretum.


 
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Erik G
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Qwixx is very easy to take along.

Or, if you want a real game: race for the galaxy! My gf and i are at this moment travelling in asia for 3 months: it works perfectly. You just need to bring the stack of cards - the points we do by head (or on a phone or piece of paper).
 
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Larry Nyquist

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Packogame series by Chris Handy is great for small areas and fast play. one of our favorites is the game of SHH. Each game has 30 narrow cards that fit into a box the size of a pack of chewing gum. The first series has 8 games. They are Shh, Fly, Bus, Hue, Gem, Tko, Lie, and Taj. The price is right too--about $5.00 or $6.00 each! The second series is due around late January or February.
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The OP is looking for a two-player game to be played in a restaurant while waiting for food. Some previous posts have highlighted qualities that make such a good game: limited required space (eliminates Patchwork), quick setup, no dice (eliminates Qwixx), and ability to abruptly end game when food arrives.

In my experience, some games suggested here just take too long to play out and, though I love them, I do NOT recommend them for a restaurant (Battleline/Schotten Totten, Arboretum, Lost Cities, Jaipur).

Here are some games that I think do work well, and that I have actually played under such circumstances.

Hive is an excellent recommendation.

BraveRats is what I think of as the two-player version of Love Letter (which I would never play with just two).

Red7 is a perfect match, I think. My wife often requests it.

Coloretto does have a two-player variant that is satisfying enough.

Attila is a nice little abstract from Bruno Faidutti that uses the Knight movement from chess.
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2 player Cuisine a la card is the restaurant game that is best
Arcadia with new rule set is also fun
Biblios is excellent with two
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Haha
Didn't realize you wanted to play @ a restaurant
Greed is a good choice
 
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