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Hello to the BGG community,

This is actually my first time asking for game recommendations, although I have used other threads' recommendations a countless number of times. I am basically looking for a game to play during the summer holidays with my parents (60+) and my wife. While my wife enjoys most games with me, my parents have so far only enjoyed Timeline: Diversity.

Here are the requirements:
- Complexity: easy to learn (as they will not have the patience to listen to lengthy and complex rules)
- Length: 10-30 min/game at most
- Theme: no abstract and no zombies/fantasy/cthulhu
- Number of players: 4
- Size: small (easy to put in a carry-on luggage on a plane)
- Mechanic: no specific preference, although it would be better if the game does not encourage take-that moves
- Bonus: if a little luck is involved, then it is better since it could help levelling the playing field.

I was thinking about Zooloretto: The Dice Game but I am all ears for your suggestions. Thanks a lot!
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Kingdomino

Small, easy rules, thick tiles. It's been a big hit especially with my son who doesn't usually like board games.
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The Game

Don't know if this satisfies your "no abstract" qualification, but I'd recommend this one.
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VivaDaddy wrote:
Kingdomino

Small, easy rules, thick tiles. It's been a big hit especially with my son who doesn't usually like board games.


Nice one! I was looking more at card- or dice-based games and totally forgot about tiles laugh
 
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craw-daddy wrote:
The Game

Don't know if this satisfies your "no abstract" qualification, but I'd recommend this one.


Thanks for this. I am afraid my parents would be put off by the 'dark' design but I keep that one in mind.
 
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I second Kingdomino
Also Sushi Go!, I think it satisfies all the criteria and it's a small box, you can even just travel with the deck of cards.
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Herbaceous is beautiful and super easy. Can't miss with this one.
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Rise of Augustus AKA the Roman Bingo game, without the box maybe?
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Diamonds

I'm sure they understand trick taking games, this should be a breeze to teach.
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Kanagawa went down well with a bridge player in her eighties, and has beautiful artwork. Simple to explain.
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pusboyau wrote:
Rise of Augustus AKA the Roman Bingo game, without the box maybe?


Haha, true. One can put the components in a nice cloth bag - and gets a storage box for free!
 
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We played Avenue with my parents last night.
Cute and fun with a good amount of luck that can be planned around.
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Another option is Karuba.

+1 Rise of Augustus. Packed it into a much smaller box for travel which I store in the original large box.

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I bought my mom Birds of a Feather. The art is beautiful. It is a simple set collection card game about bird watching; the twist is that you also score points for birds in the same region as the one you played, and the birds linger from one round to the next. Plenty of luck, but also plenty of that subtle "what will my opponents play" psychology of traditional card games.
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What people consider to be abstract theme seems differ quite widely so you may consider some or all of these abstract.

Clubs - playing card game but with a non-standard deck (1-15 in the 4 standard suits). Can be played with standard playing cards if you have obviously different aces & twos from a second deck.

Push It - if you'll consider a dexterity game with no theme. Seconds to teach and great with 4 (2 v 2).

Hey, That's My Fish! - an abstract with a tenuous theme, no luck but difficult to plan when playing with 4 which levels the field a bit.
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In your collection I already see Sushi Go , and it is already recommended above.

I also see Carcassonne in your collection. I will suggest Cacao might be easier for them.

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Eight-Minute Empire - super simple to teach and quite engaging
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marronigus wrote:
Hello to the BGG community,

This is actually my first time asking for game recommendations, although I have used other threads' recommendations a countless number of times. I am basically looking for a game to play during the summer holidays with my parents (60+) and my wife. While my wife enjoys most games with me, my parents have so far only enjoyed Timeline: Diversity.

Here are the requirements:
- Complexity: easy to learn (as they will not have the patience to listen to lengthy and complex rules)
- Length: 10-30 min/game at most
- Theme: no abstract and no zombies/fantasy/cthulhu
- Number of players: 4
- Size: small (easy to put in a carry-on luggage on a plane)
- Mechanic: no specific preference, although it would be better if the game does not encourage take-that moves
- Bonus: if a little luck is involved, then it is better since it could help levelling the playing field.

I was thinking about Zooloretto: The Dice Game but I am all ears for your suggestions. Thanks a lot!


I'm having tons of fun with Crazy Time, pal
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I highly recommend Cockroach Poker. Incredibly simple rules, but very entertaining and with psychological depths.
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Lotus - this is a beautiful game where each person has their own deck of single flower-petal cards with differing numbers of petals required to complete a flower. Everyone plays to a common garden and attempts to complete flowers and/or put the most guardians (butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, or caterpillars) on them.

Fluxx - pick your favorite theme and there is probably a fluxx version of it!

If word games are an option-
Word Thief Is played with cards that have suits/colors. Any word played with letters of multiple suits/colors can be stolen and their points are stolen with them. (Recommend using poker chips for scoring.)

Also, Bananagrams
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+1 for Kingdomino!

Check out Mint Works, it's small, simple and takes about 15 minutes.

Catan dice game?

As much as I love FUSE, I would not have your 60+ parents play it, unless they are really into the theme. Too hectic; speed and dexterity are key.
But seriously, you should get FUSE anyway because it's a lots of fun.
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