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Garry Jackson
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Can BGG'ers recommend games suitable for a games cafe/Bar.

Here are the criteria

In English
max play time 60 minutes
Not too many small pieces or huge boards
easy to explain rules.

thanks for your help.meeple
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Are you supplying the games for a business or are you just looking for a game to take?

In the first case, you have to get all the classics, from Chess to Monopoly.

In the second case, I recommend San Juan, Blockus, and....... I'm spent...
 
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Well, one of the best type of games would be cards, as they require little room - Dominion would be a good example and also a good choice. Another would be Jambo, depending on how many players you'd want to have playing.

However, those sticky pub tables would prevent me from ever bringing in my expensive copy of Dominion (I don't own it, in fact, but I know it's expensive).

Better for the pub, and oft played, are tile games, like rummikub, dominoes or mah jong.

Those however, aren't the type of games you'd be looking for here, I guess.

A cute new little game I've heard a lot about and have been looking into is Red November, which has a tiny little board, and therefore looks perfect for the occasion.

Uhm, for larger groups, you might want to try Diamant aka Unnamed Object. That should be quite small too, though I've only played it on BSW, and don't own it (yet).

Uhm, Can't Stop or Blokus would also be fine for the situation.

And small big games like Tyros.

Indus would do well, and I think Hoity Toity's board is also small.

Let me know if this fits what you're looking for.
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These are great suggestions- Red November has a tiny board!
 
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Hive is the perfect game for a pub/cafe. It is small with only a few pieces that is easy to learn but difficult to master.


Ingenious: Travel Edition is also a good candidate. It is nice and small but the downside is that it has quite a few small pieces but how the game is played lost pieces shouldn't be a concern. It is also a very easy game to learn.

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I'd suggest games made of wood, plastic or bakelite, so you can easily clean them. A few that immediately come to mind include Hive, Army of Frogs, Logan Stones, all four of the Blokus-branded games, Othello, the roll-up playing mat edition of Pente, and most any of the Gigamic or Pin International abstracts. Of course you've got to have Chess, Checkers, Backgammon and Scrabble (deluxe), probably Super Scrabble (deluxe) and Upwords as well. You should sell decks of cards at the counter (that way, you don't have to worry about them getting all grotty), and have Cribbage boards available. You might want to have a Go set on hand too. Well-known tile games like Dominoes, Mahjong and Rummikub are all also good choices. Maybe some Ultimate Mastermind sets: not everybody in the world has become bored with this one (though it may fail the "too many small pieces" test).
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Race for the Galaxy is a hoot. It is a tad complicated when compared to blokus but plays pretty easy once everyone gets the rules. It also does not take up too much table space and fewer pieces that some games. I have Red November and it is a fun game but the game has a number of small pieces and small cards and the board is small...almost too small, but it is worth playing.
 
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Lost Cities
Blokus 3D
Clue
Terra Nova
Cartagena

Also, wouldn't be a bad idea to include a 3x5 card with a component inventory in the box, or even taped on the front, to help make sure all the pieces get back in.
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Mamma Mia!
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Some more easily cleanable, simple games are Lectio and Tantrix.
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tankexmortis wrote:
Some more easily cleanable, simple games are Lectio and Tantrix.

Excellent choices.

Also, to follow up on a previous point... These card-ominoes showed up on another recent post, and could well be another answer to card games in this setting (though selling standard decks certainly has its advantages for the venue).

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Battle Line is a blast


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Dune Express
 
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Shameless self-promotion:
My pub-friendly Lost Cities cards: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/42179
 
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The Abstractionist wrote:
You should sell decks of cards at the counter (that way, you don't have to worry about them getting all grotty),


I know quite a number of pubs that have decks of cards behind the bar (with cribbage boards). No charge to borrow them at all. Same with dominoes. Lets face it no-one is going to buy a standard deck of cards at a pub.

Going back to the OP there is going to be a big difference between gamers who want to take a game or two down the pub/cafe for a game and someone who is setting up a pub/cafe with games available to play for their normal patrons. Most people have considered the latter so I will.

Games to avoid
1) games with lots of small bits
2) games with cardboard chits (easy to damage with spills)
3) games which require privacy screens - people tend to wander around, and also the seating is perfect for not catching sight of others stuff.
4) complex games. People aren't going to learn the rules.
5) long games. Remember licensing hours.

Games I would recommend (which I'm not sure if others already have) are Pueblo and Qwirkle
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I'd probably suggest Icehouse Pieces and a copy of Ice-7.
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No Thanks!

Its the game I take to coffee shops!

Small, simple, addictive, fun.
 
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Without a doubt, the best game you can play in public is Polarity. The board's large, but not huge, and if you can get a crowd of enthused onlookers, it can't be beaten.
 
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Cheese Chasers
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Bohnanza
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Many awesome suggestions here, I'm going to add backgammon to the list.

After backgammon I'd suggest Cathedral, Quoridor, and Pass the Pigs; all fun games that take little room, play fast, are made entirely of wood or plastic, and have nice visual appeal.
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andyl wrote:
The Abstractionist wrote:
You should sell decks of cards at the counter (that way, you don't have to worry about them getting all grotty),

I know quite a number of pubs that have decks of cards behind the bar (with cribbage boards). No charge to borrow them at all. Same with dominoes. Lets face it no-one is going to buy a standard deck of cards at a pub.

Oh, I don't know. A deck is what, a buck? At rock clubs I've frequented, they sell earplugs at the bar. This strikes me about the same. And, of course, serious card players (like the poker crowd) prefer to start by opening a clean deck.

Either way, though... it doesn't matter that much. People like cards.
 
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Citadels
Iliad
Condotierri
Pacific Typhoon
Guillotine
Archeology
Mama Mia
Grass
Louie XIV
Manhattan
 
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Icehouse
Volcano
Homeworlds

Liar's Dice

Hive

Polarity

Fairy Tale
Citadels
Colossal Arena

A word on the last three; anything involving card drafting tends to keep people lively and happy.


Normal card games are a great option as well; I would suggest Lamarckian Poker, Knock, and Crazy Eights.
 
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