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Soon there will be another baby in this house. If this baby is at all like its big brother, I will be nursing all evenings. So I am looking for games that can be played when nursing a baby.
Criterias to be filled are:
You should be able to play the game with one hand.
You should be able to play it while having "nursingbrain" i.e not too complicated

(I am Swedish and we are usually nursing our babys for a long time here and it is totally accepted to do it sort of everywhere. I hope no one is offended by this topic)
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You should be able to play the game with one hand.
You should be able to play it while having "nursingbrain"


Paper-Rock-Scissors sounds perfect
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Coincidentally enough I'm sat here checking BGG while my partner is nursing our son.

Unfortunately I don't have any suggestions myself but am more than curious to hear some.
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Perhaps I'm missing something obvious here, but...

I'd had thought that any game that didn't absolutely require the use of two hands to play it could be played with one hand. Some of the more demanding dexterity-based games would probably be precluded, plus a lot of card games that require you to have a hand of cards from which you play one or more - although this could easily be remedied by using a card stand. (Agricola, for example, would be fine since although you have your own cards, you don't need to hold them in hand constantly to play.)

Surely the main factor is that there's no part of the board out of reach without having to get up or lean across the gaming table. Otherwise, why not just play whatever game you want one-handed?
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Arkadia worked like knockout drops!

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Games I own that could be played 1 handed:

Carcassone
Innsmouth Escape
Formula DE
Tomb
Shadows over Camelot
Deflexion (also known as Khut I believe - Laser Chess)
Betrayal at House on the Hill, at least until the Haunt is revealed! hehe
Nexus Ops
Flux

Most games can be played fairly easily 1 handed. The games that probably would be hardest are those that require holding LOTS of cards and playing them out of your hand. Get the other players to help by moving your pawn or doing things that might interrupt the baby if you move too much.
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Any game with a small or narrow board should work for you. A bigger board can be handled by asking your gaming partners to move your pieces. What I would suggest is to sit down, put one hand between your legs, lean back in your chair, and play a game with the free hand. If your hand comes out from between your legs, then you're probably thinking too hard about the game.
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I would recommend something like Tsuro, Blokus, Ingenious or Ta YĆ¼. Hive might also suit if you don't mind a little more strategy.

 
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evarina wrote:
Soon there will be another baby in this house. If this baby is at all like its big brother, I will be nursing all evenings. So I am looking for games that can be played when nursing a baby.
Criterias to be filled are:
You should be able to play the game with one hand.
You should be able to play it while having "nursingbrain" i.e not too complicated

(I am Swedish and we are usually nursing our babys for a long time here and it is totally accepted to do it sort of everywhere. I hope no one is offended by this topic)


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I'm so lacking of maturity.....shake
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10 days in ... all have racks that hold the cards/tiles so you could play one handed easily, and allow you to subliminally teach your child geography.

and if you borrow one of the racks for other games a lot of games with a hand of cards are possible.
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A guy from my game group that is handy with a saw made me some card racks out of 2x2 wood.

Just make a simple angled cut the length of the wood that doesn't go all the way through.

Since you're going to have two little gamers in your house soon you'll need the card holders to help them out anyway, you might as well make the leap now.
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evarina wrote:
Soon there will be another baby in this house. If this baby is at all like its big brother, I will be nursing all evenings. So I am looking for games that can be played when nursing a baby.
Criterias to be filled are:
You should be able to play the game with one hand.
You should be able to play it while having "nursingbrain" i.e not too complicated

(I am Swedish and we are usually nursing our babys for a long time here and it is totally accepted to do it sort of everywhere. I hope no one is offended by this topic)


Play anything, Let the others do stuff for you. The baby's not going to eat for 3 hours straight is he/she?
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Galaxy Trucker specifies in the rules to play it one-handed!
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Hi Eva!! I think I can help here, I nursed both my kids. My daughter was four before she quit and my son is almost three and still nursing, so I KNOW about those evenings where you can't get them off your lap!!

Basically ANY card game that doesn't have a speed element (Blink, Jumgle Speed) or a ton of shuffling (Dominion, Starship Catan) will work fine. Just position yourself and the table such that it's easy for you to put the cards down and pick them back up again and all will be well. It helps too if you are playing a game where you don't have a large play area so you don't have to reach too far all the time to make your move, but you can always select your card and ask your opponent to physically place it where you want it for you.

As far as specific games, here are some I would recommend as both easy on the mommy brain and easy to play with your arms full

Jambo
Apples to Apples
Category 5
Coloretto
No Thanks!
Felix: the Cat in the Sack

And a couple board games that are easy to play one handed if you have a sympathetic opponent who will help you place pieces once in awhile -

Thurn and Taxis
Ticket to Ride
Settlers of Catan

Good luck, and congratulations!!


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Prodromoi wrote:
Perhaps I'm missing something obvious here, but...

I'd had thought that any game that didn't absolutely require the use of two hands to play it could be played with one hand. Some of the more demanding dexterity-based games would probably be precluded, plus a lot of card games that require you to have a hand of cards from which you play one or more - although this could easily be remedied by using a card stand. (Agricola, for example, would be fine since although you have your own cards, you don't need to hold them in hand constantly to play.)

Surely the main factor is that there's no part of the board out of reach without having to get up or lean across the gaming table. Otherwise, why not just play whatever game you want one-handed?


Technically you are correct. However, in practice, some games have enough manipulation of this and that and the other to make them a pain to play with one hand - you CAN play Agricola with one hand, but it's a hassle. And new moms don't like hassle
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ASLChampion wrote:
evarina wrote:
Soon there will be another baby in this house. If this baby is at all like its big brother, I will be nursing all evenings. So I am looking for games that can be played when nursing a baby.
Criterias to be filled are:
You should be able to play the game with one hand.
You should be able to play it while having "nursingbrain" i.e not too complicated

(I am Swedish and we are usually nursing our babys for a long time here and it is totally accepted to do it sort of everywhere. I hope no one is offended by this topic)


Play anything, Let the others do stuff for you. The baby's not going to eat for 3 hours straight is he/she?


LOL, oh, don't bet on that!!
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Limey Sponge wrote:
10 days in ... all have racks that hold the cards/tiles so you could play one handed easily, and allow you to subliminally teach your child geography.

and if you borrow one of the racks for other games a lot of games with a hand of cards are possible.


Good Call! The only stack of cards could be easily accessed, the racks will work great, and you won't need to be able to reach the board.

:thumbsup: for you!
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Prodromoi wrote:
(Agricola, for example, would be fine since although you have your own cards, you don't need to hold them in hand constantly to play.)



Clearly you haven't had to struggle with "mommy brain." Agricola? I can barely get through it on my best day!
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Somebody made you a geeklist:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/5742
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Consider playing Pandemic. Your partners can move your piece, and all you need to be able to do is talk and see the board while handling your cards occasionally.

Works for my wife and I.

Med venlig hilsen!
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Squigherder wrote:
A guy from my game group that is handy with a saw made me some card racks out of 2x2 wood.

Just make a simple angled cut the length of the wood that doesn't go all the way through.

Since you're going to have two little gamers in your house soon you'll need the card holders to help them out anyway, you might as well make the leap now.



This is what my wife used while nursing - worked like a charm!!
 
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Consider playing Pandemic. Your partners can move your piece, and all you need to be able to do is talk and see the board while handling your cards occasionally.

Works for my wife and I.

Med venlig hilsen!


My wife plays Pandemic while nursing. Of course she has also played Arkham Horror, Lost Cities, Runebound, Funny Friends, Robo Rally, and a few others while nursing one of our four kids.

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Squigherder wrote:
A guy from my game group that is handy with a saw made me some card racks out of 2x2 wood.

Just make a simple angled cut the length of the wood that doesn't go all the way through.

Since you're going to have two little gamers in your house soon you'll need the card holders to help them out anyway, you might as well make the leap now.


You don't even need 2x2...that seems needlessly bulky. 1x2 is fine--which is really about 0.75"x1.5" or 2cm x 4 cm. You want a table saw, and you don't necessarily need to angle the cut...the fact that the cut will be wider than a card is thick will angle the cards a little anyway.

Edit: incidentally, I'm not speaking theoretically--I made one of these for a friend-and-ex-lover with a mild case of cerebral palsy, who has trouble holding a hand full of cards, especially a Ticket-to-Ride size hand. One more note, I used sandpaper to smooth the surfaces and round all the corners a little, including the edges of the cut, to make it a little easier to slip cards in. I didn't use any paint or varnish--didn't think it would be useful.
 
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We put two of the long wooden blocks from the block-system box of our daughter together and put the cards between them. It works for her Schotten totten is a light game you play on your side of the table. You never hold more than six cards.

Greetings from Holland,

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ASLChampion wrote:

Play anything, Let the others do stuff for you. The baby's not going to eat for 3 hours straight is he/she?


If I am lucky the baby will *only* eat for three stright hours. :-)

To you all:
Thanks for all ideas, I really appreciate it.
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