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james napoli
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the wife and i are gamers. We're heading on a long for us trip in a few weeks and it's always a good excuse to get some new games (ya know for the trip.)

ideally i'm looking for games with a small footprint both in terms of size and table space as we'll likely be playing in public spaces/tables.

This is what we have already and like:
innovation
jaipur (though a bit light for us)
jambo
8 minute empire
Agric: all creatures
le harve: inland port (like it just ok)
mint works
mystery rummy games
campaign manager


What we have and dont love:
patchwork (gave this away)
7 wonders duel (kind of feel it plays itself)


As always thanks in advance for any recommendations.





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Have you checked out MetaList of Small / Portable / Micro / Travel Game Geeklists
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Kent Reuber
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Ingenious: Travel Edition
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Trevor B
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Something for the rag and bone man...
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Hive - classic works anywhere, pick up the smaller version if you want.

Race for the Galaxy - plays nicely with two, may require more desk space than you want (coupe rows of cards required per person).

13 Minutes: The Cuban Missile Crisis - mini game worth picking up, requires a little space, but not much.
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Here's a geeklist of 2-player games that my wife and I enjoy when we go out for coffee. You may find just what you're looking for in here . . .

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

We've just added Raptor to this the list.
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Two small "knife fight in phone booth" card games:

Haggis
Court of the Medici

Weight and footprints are as minimal as can be. Both can be played with a regular deck of cards; both offer lots of very tight game play. They won't offer much theme however.
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Hive Pocket is a must.
Hanamikoji is fantastic, small and cheap.
Barenpark is THE tile laying game for me. I’ve not played Patchwork but I’m pretty sure it couldn’t live up to this one.
Ninja Taisen is something a bit different.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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You may want to try Red7.
 
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+1 for Hive

Kahuna
BraveRats
Lord of the Rings: The Duel

All games from Projekt: Gipf (Dvonn, Lyngk, Gipf etc.)
 
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Tides of Time has been a big hit for us! It's only a dozen cards so I don't know how much more portable you can get. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of it backpacking.
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A double-6 domino set can take very little space and you can play lots of games with it. Try Sniff, for example: https://www.dominorules.com/sniff.
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DavidSL wrote:
Hive Pocket is a must.
Hanamikoji is fantastic, small and cheap.
Barenpark is THE tile laying game for me. I’ve not played Patchwork but I’m pretty sure it couldn’t live up to this one.
Ninja Taisen is something a bit different.


I'm very interested in picking up Hanamikoji.
Also, thanks for mentioning Ninja Taisen. I had not heard of it yet, now I have a set. It'll be great for backpacking.
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Thanks for the replise.

Going to do some research.

i do have hive, and bought hive pocket for hopes it would be a lighter smaller form factor, as it is, those delightful bakelite hexes are still a bit heavier than i would want to carry around :/

i tend to like to back multiple games into a smaller box. i'll let the group where i net out.
 
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I'm always on the lookout for games that plays great at 2-players, that are small and portable to pack, that have a small footprint during play and that have a low component count.

For now I only have these that exactly respect these 4 criteria:

Hive Pocket: Small to pack, small footprint to play, great gameplay, great replayability (as you learn the game, new strategies emerge), "indestructible" game components (26 total) so this can be played anyway (no need for a clean table space). By far my best travel/outdoor game!

The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game: My newest addition to this category. Small to pack (don't bring the box), small footprint to play, good gameplay to feel like it's bigger brother, good replayability with the 4 different map, super low component count and can be played solo or with more than 2 if required with is and added bonus.

Battle Line: Small to pack, smallish footprint to play (it's my upper limit to be honest), great gameplay, great replayability (as you learn the game, new strategies emerge), but you need a proper table to play it. The Roland's Revenge Games editions are great as everything is just cards (69 cards if you don't use the Tactic cards) and it include the Terrain fan expansion. I sleeved the cards to make them withstand the use and abuse of travel.


The other games I'm currently looking at with these requirements are these:

Hanamikoji
Tides of Time or Tides of Madness


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Random Order wrote:
DavidSL wrote:
Hive Pocket is a must.
Hanamikoji is fantastic, small and cheap.
Barenpark is THE tile laying game for me. I’ve not played Patchwork but I’m pretty sure it couldn’t live up to this one.
Ninja Taisen is something a bit different.


I'm very interested in picking up Hanamikoji.
Also, thanks for mentioning Ninja Taisen. I had not heard of it yet, now I have a set. It'll be great for backpacking.


You’re welcome. I can’t remember how I heard about Ninja Taisen, but it seems that very few people in the West know of it. I love small box obscure games like this, especially when they are genuinely brilliant. Hope you enjoy it!

As for Hanamikoji, I haven’t played it yet, but I can already tell it’s going to be a hit!
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You should take a look at innovation. It's just cards and plays great with 2 and has a good amount of depth and many expansions.

 
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darlok wrote:
Cerberus777

You should take a look at innovation. It's just cards and plays great with 2 and has a good amount of depth and many expansions.



I have checked it but my "small playing footprint" criteria is not met with all the card piles and the splaying mechanism.
 
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Jason Daly
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Case Blue, maybe?
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+1 Tides of Madness
+1 Hanamikouji

Plus Oh my goods!

All small, all quick (well, except for Oh My Goods!, that can be a little lenghty, but no longer than 1 hour)
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I just spent a week in Mexico and brought a bunch of small 2-player games (or 2+ player games that work well at 2) with me. I would recommend these in particular, several of which have already been mentioned:

Hanamikoji
Battle Line
Mr. Jack Pocket
Lost Cities
Tiny Epic Galaxies

Also, if you find somewhere to play that has a decent amount of table space, I strongly recommend Targi (if you can find it).

We also did some pass-and-play Agricola on my iPad, which can be a bit slow but is still very fun.
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Lots of good recommendations. I’ll add The Duke.
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Let me add Pocket Imperium.
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