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David Zevin
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My favorite 30 minute or less games are:

With experienced Gamers
- Race for the Galaxy
- Dominion
- Magic the Gathering

With Newbies
- Incan Gold
- Bang
- No Thanks
- Lost Cities (2 player)

I'm looking for other recommendations on fast games that work well with experienced and novice gamers. Thanks.
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James Palmer
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Bradley Burcar
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I whole-heartedly suggest Fairy Tale. As a bonus, it works great with experienced and new players.

Oh, I just noticed that you're open to 2-player games as well. Hive is one of the best two-player games you can find in that time limit.
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Biblios, hands down. Excellent game. thumbsup

Not exactly easy to acquire these days, though...

Oh, and Basari is a good option, too. The later-released Edel, Stein & Reich features practically the exact same gameplay, except it replaces the randomness of die rolls with event cards.
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Ca$h 'n Gun$ - My favorite party game. Always a ton of fun
Lost Patrol - Fun little 2-player game. Print and Play
Magic: The Gathering - Using some kind of draft format or pre-made decks.
DungeonQuest - A brutal push-your-luck dungeon crawl! With setup, it can go over 30 minutes, though.
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Coloretto
Taluva
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Hive
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Dominion
Lost Cities
Odin's Ravens
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If you had a bunch of experienced players who were intentionally playing very fast *maybe* you can get a BANG game in in 30 minutes, but I wouldn't count on it. CIA vs. KGB is *definitely* longer than 30 minutes unless you decide to play to fewer points.

Bananagrams
Blokus Duo (or, I suppose, Blokus if people aren't dragging their feet).
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Definitely Battleline. It works with non-gamers too, but they might not see why it's great.
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Pete Lane
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Some of these are more 45-60, but with experienced plays could easily go 30...

Tsuro
Aquädukt
Finca
It's Alive!
Family Business
Manila
Guillotine
Citadels
Cartagena
Kingsburg
San Juan
Condottiere
Dominion
Torres
Blokus
Torches & Pitchforks
Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game
Ca$h 'n Gun$
Qwirkle
Carcassonne
Alhambra
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Hive

Also, I like Citadels. I'm not sure it takes less than 30 minutes, but it's certainly less than a hour. Maybe 45 minutes...
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Mine are all repeats here:

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Hive - the only one that might be difficult with newbies
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Backgammon (multiplayer and solitare)
Race for the Galaxy
Blokus
Carcassonne
Euchre (with experienced players)
 
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dzevin wrote:
My favorite 30 minute or less games are:

With experienced Gamers:

Cribbage
Dominoes (All Fives/Muggins]
Gin Rummy


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With Newbies

Dominoes (Draw Game)
Rummy

. . . and with kids or people who want something more mindless:
Crazy Eights
Ship, Captain, and Crew

I'm also looking into Cosmic Wimpout (or the original public-domain game Ten Thousand, which is very similar).

As to modern boxed games, Lost Cities and Bohnanza have been hits in our household. (Because of that, I'm going to introduce Battle Line to my wife one of these days.)

 
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Roma, most of the time, with experienced players who know the cards.

Archaeology: The Card Game runs under 30 including teaching time.
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ElZappo wrote:
Hive is one of the best two-player games you can find in that time limit.


But it's a matter of taste. My wife and I played once, and we were both impressed--but neither of us wanted to play it again, as it required more thinking than we were in the mood for. So we played dominoes instead and had fun with that.

For those who like Hive but want to play such a game with 3 or 4 players, there's Army of Frogs.
 
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The Battle for Hill 218 is fast and portable. And fun. I would add my vote for Hive.
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We like to play Scrabble Slam! as you can play about 3 games in a half hour. This is a great card game for about $6 that can be found at Target.

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My favourites are

Fjords
Ka-Ching!
Escalation!
Loot
 
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Klaus Brune
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I'll join in with the gang rooting for Hive, though I'd also throw in Hive: The Mosquito

And since I enjoy rooting for an underdog, how about Go Nuts! - it's a great little push-your-luck dice game. Picture yourself as the squirrel from Ice Age, grabbing as many acorns as possible. This game is actually part of a series called "12 Minute Games".

It's on clearance now over at Target, less than $4.
 
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Race for the Galaxy
Hive

 
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Steve Duff
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Pickomino is a recent purchase for us that provides a fun, short experience.
 
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ZÈRTZ and TAMSK
 
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