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Michael Barlow
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Travelling with a non-gamer won't be too fun during any stopovers.

She likes Chinese Checkers. I don't, really, and besides it plays better with more people.

What could you recommend as a two-player abstract, preferably either print-and-play, DIY, or public domain that I could put together and take on my vacation?
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Regular Checkers ?


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Anything in the Project_GIPF series?
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How about Hey, That's My Fish!?

There's a PnP versions here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/21425

edit: also, Quoridor
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Maybe Micropul.
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Someone made a homemade version of ZERTZ... you could check out the image gallery. That's my first thought. Other than that, perhaps Mancala.
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Two vintage games come into my mind, both playable in an "easy" way, but full of depth, if players want to:
Salta and Laska.
Both rather easy to make DIY copy of.


Salta


Laska (DIY by pionek)
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Stuff from your own collection:
ZÈRTZ
Quarto
Micropul
Camden

Not exactly like Chinese Checkers but not so far away either...

edit: I'll second (or is it third) Kalah, too.
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I imagine that you could play Quoridor using a preprinted grid on paper. You just draw where your walls go with a pencil (and keep track of how many you have put down). You just need some sort of a marker for your pawns.

Similar to Chinese Checkers in that you have to get your guy to the other side, I guess.
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Take a look at Octiles. Might match your needs. From GIPF, PUNCT is closest to Chinese Checkers.

If you want the PNP games try something like Hex.
 
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Just a passing mention of Halma--which is 2-player Chinese Checkers (and preceded the multiplayer version by a few years).

But since the OP doesn't like Chinese Checkers, I guess that's a moot point.

If you want to splurge and buy a game, I might suggest Hive or Army of Frogs. You can make a travel set out of hex nuts, as this fellow did:

But even the full-size version can be played in a fairly small space, as this photo shows:


I'll also recommend a public-domain game: Nine Men's Morris. You just need nine markers of one color (or shape or whatever), nine of another, and a hand-drawn board you can easily do on the fly.

You can also play Nine Men's Morris here for free, and see if you like it before you go for it.
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How about Lines of Action? Simple rules using a basic checkers set, yet the gameplay is far superior to anything offered in checkers.

And then there's my personal favorite 'checkers' variant, Camelot or 'Inside Moves'. Not exactly a DIY but it should be very easily to locate a good to excellent quality copy for super cheap. Wonderful game.
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How about Hextris which uses Icehouse pieces. There's a nice board to download and print out in the Files section. It's for 2 or 3 players.
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Mike, both Hive and Hey! That's My Fish have PnP versions/files here on the geek.

Even better, Hey! That's My Fish has a file for a paper & pencil version!!

There was also a recent thread here for paper & pencil version of games. I'll look it up and post the link here!! Linky here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/421896

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