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With the birth of our first child, the number of games we play has taken a major decline.

I thought it would be cool to get a game that could be set up and left out to play as many turns as possible, whenever we could. The game may take days or even weeks.

It would be a definate bonus if it was the kind of game that had us thinking about our turns, the next move and future strategy to keep us interested and anticipating about being able to play while we are tied up at work or w/ baby duties.

My wife will play most anything. She enjoys resource based games, deduction and conflict as well.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Using a baby sling will greatly increase your gaming time. You just stand next to the table with the baby in the sling and it will sleep while you play!
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quentin1 wrote:
With the birth of our first child, the number of games we play has taken a major decline.


Firstly congratulations!

I thought that this would happen after the birth of our first one, but to be honest after the shock of the first 2 months, it all got back to normal.
The nipper is in bed by 7pm which left us loads of gaming time.
 
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Any number of 2P abstracts can be played a few turns at a time (in fact I think chess is improved when played in this manner), as long as you add a turn indicator to your table set up. To save table space, make up a DIY Hive with magnets, and put it on the fridge.
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Twilight Struggle and Goa seem like fun two-players to leave set-up. Twilight Struggle isn't resource-based, but will certainly leave you room to think of next move and strategy. Goa would be easier to pick up where left off and fun to leave out and look at.
 
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I've only played Duel of Ages once, but I think this game would fit your criteria. You can choose how many turns the game will go and how many characters you will play with.

We played with 10 people each having two characters and we played for a set amount of time instead of turns. It worked quite well.
 
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Congrats!

A few things probably in your near future.

1. Yes, your life is forever changed and all that but...your life will get back to some of its normal patterns in just a few months when you get more comfortable with having a child.

2. Pre-crawling stage is actually a wonderful stage to do some gaming and such because the baby goes where you want it to go and most of the time wants to sleep (except from 2am to 6am).

3. It is actually the toddler stage that limits gaming because you do have to keep a close eye on them, they do roam where they want to (the kitty litter box, the stairs, the wood stove) and of course the game you set up.

4. At about three and four they start to become your gaming partners and can play independent of your constatnt and vigil eye. They know better then to touch the game without your OK. Once again you can host gaming groups and let the kids play on their own.

5. Your question: Goa, Samurai, Kreta, Hansa, Tikal all come to mind.
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dcorban wrote:
Using a baby sling will greatly increase your gaming time. You just stand next to the table with the baby in the sling and it will sleep while you play!


The bouncy seat http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-K2564-Rainforest-Bouncer/...

and the swing are your friend.
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All great ideas, we have a fair sized card table in the basement, I was even thinking about getting a campaign/ war game to set up and play a little at a time.
 
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Agreed, a block wargame like Hammer of the Scots or Crusader Rex seem like good candidates.
 
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Drew1365 wrote:
Playing Tikal at SpielByWeb is almost better than on the table for this reason.


playing on SBW is great because of the lack of set up and clean up - which is time consuming.

The only downside is that if you're both playing from the same house on one computer, you need to log in, make your move, log out and so on and so forth.
 
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I am trying to think of a game where one player need not be present for the resolution of the other's turn. In other words, where your wife can do all her moves and outcomes then switch while the other watches the Bean.

Nothing yet comes to mind...
 
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Thurn and Taxis?

Torres?
 
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Congratulations! We have a 6 month old girl and a 7 year old boy, so I'm well aware of the time constraints.

Here are my suggestions for long play games:

Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride
Go
Scrabble
Chess


Short play games:

Lost Cities
Odin's Ravens (Looks interesting, but I haven't played it yet)
Ligretto
Hey, That's My Fish!
Diamant (aka "Incan Gold")
Gin Rummy
Dominoes (Specifically the "Mexican Train" variant)
Crazy Eights (or UNO)






 
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mikehibbert wrote:
I thought that this would happen after the birth of our first one, but to be honest after the shock of the first 2 months, it all got back to normal.
The nipper is in bed by 7pm which left us loads of gaming time.


I hate you, man.
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quentin1 wrote:
I thought it would be cool to get a game that could be set up and left out to play as many turns as possible, whenever we could. The game may take days or even weeks.

It would be a definate bonus if it was the kind of game that had us thinking about our turns, the next move and future strategy to keep us interested and anticipating about being able to play while we are tied up at work or w/ baby duties.


If your wife would tolerate it (my wife HATES this game), Dungeon Twister might be the right sort of game for this. It's the sort of game where you can study the board in your idle time and formulate a plan for your next turn, consider some likely scenarios for your opponent's turn that follows, and some options for your following turn. And oftentimes (namely any turn when there's no combat and no new-room-reveals), you don't even need to both be in the room at the same time (so one could take a turn while the other is asleep or at work, though it'd probably be a good idea to take some sort of notebook log of what you've done).
 
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