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Brett Payne
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Looking at the news Im expecting to wait several hours to vote tomorrow. It will be me and my girlfriend so any two player games you could think of would help me out.
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Probably the best game to play tomorrow is: Craps



Seriously, my guess is that it will be hectic and you really wont get a chance to play much. Good luck though.

PS: And remember: "Vote early, vote often."
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Yeah I dont expect there to be very many options. I tried suggesting craps already and was declined. In 2004 I did a lot of standing in one place for a very long time.
 
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Probably LCR would be appropriate(but if you roll a C you have to vote for Bob Barr).
 
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Already voted. Absentee voting rocks!
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Bring a card table and two folding chairs with you and play 1960: The Making of the President
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Hive is one of the only games I can think of that would be easy enough to play on any surface and is quite portable.
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Yeah, I dropped off my ballot today at lunch. SHWING!

You can play Pieces of Eight while you're standing.





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Since you'll probably be standing up, options are limited... I would think some speaking game would work. A silly interesting 2-player word game (which I think I read about somewhere on BGG in fact) is for both players to count together "One, two, three" and then simultaneously say a word. Repeat until you say the same word. You're both trying to guess what the other will say next, based on what's been said so far. It sounds ridiculous, but it can be interesting and/or amusing.

Or bring a long a book of puzzles or 20-questions type mysteries to read back and forth. E.g. Black Stories (which was just played at a small party I was at recently).
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I would recommend Finger Ball or Pico 2.
 
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Just play Rock, Paper, Scissor to move up in the line.
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Waving Hands may look goofy to those not playing, but is perfect for this scenario.

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War in the Pacific (first edition)
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djflippy wrote:


That, or The Campaign for North Africa.
 
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oneilljgf wrote:


I always liked Landslide much better. (Warning, electoral votes are circa 1971. Florida was much smaller then.)
 
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Learn RPS 25

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You've got to start learning now though if you wanna play in time for the 2012 elections...
 
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Werewolf. 'Nuff said.

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1960: The Making of the President?!
 
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Wonder how many more people will suggest 1960:TMP before this thread is over...! Instead, I'll suggest Game of the States as the most appropriately titled!

I recall another thread a while ago asking about games suitable to play while standing in line, and Pieces of Eight was suggested due to its extreme portability. Right at the bottom of the list of games you might want to consider would be Ca$h 'n Gun$!

On a serious note though - waiting hours to vote? Even allowing for a high projected turn-out... why? How? What?

In comparison over here voting (and there's some postal voting done before the day of elections, about 12% of the total) is a very quick and effortless affair. Local schools host the voting stations for the day and you never have more than a five or ten minute walk (from my experience in urban areas) to get to your allotted one. (I'm don't know how the logistics are calculated, but it seems likely that the voting stations are planned to be one per N-thousand voters.)

The actual voting takes all of two minutes from walking in to walking out. I've never had to queue, and I don't necessarily go early. (The opening times here are, if I recall correctly, 0700-2100.)

Don't think that I'm pointing and laughing at our colonial cousins with this comparison - I am genuinely surprised that it seems so different.
 
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Play the alligator game.

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Prodromoi wrote:
On a serious note though - waiting hours to vote? Even allowing for a high projected turn-out... why? How? What?

Some districts are under-supplied with voting machines and/or staff. (There is also some discussion about whether this is a form of voter suppression, since it happens more commonly in poor and/or urban areas. E.g. see this or this.)

Maybe some voters take a long time deciding at the last minute, and so they hold up the line.
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One, Two, Three:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A906644
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Prodromoi wrote:
On a serious note though - waiting hours to vote? Even allowing for a high projected turn-out... why? How? What?


Also many voters come to polling station unprepared. They haven't read and decided on the propositions (although they are published in the papers and at community sites), they don't know how to use the voting machines (whether paper, mechanical, electronic, or punch), they don't have proper ID ready, and they don't follow directions of the poll station workers (e.g. shut your cell phones off, no photos, this line is for XYZ County/Precinct voters only). There is training for the voting machines on site at the polling places, but that takes time, and could be done elsewhere.

If everyone would prepare a little bit more beforehand, the throughput at the polling station would be much higher.
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Looney Labs has two games for this opportunity: Proton and Twin Win (the latter one was actually developed to be played in line).
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