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Toby Hales
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We have 4 or 5 at work who are foolish enough to want to spend their lunch hour playing a game. But we have nowhere to leave anything set up, so we need games that play to a close in just under an hour.

To give you an idea of where we're at: when we meet in the evenings, our favourites are: Manifest Destiny, Sword of Rome, Republic of Rome, History of the World, Junta etc.

So far at lunchtime we have concentrated on Ticket To Ride, both US and Europe. Recently tried Citadels andhave played San Juan. I am going to introduce Dominion but I think it might be a bit abstract.

Tried Settlers but it is too much of a stretch to get it done in an hour. Likewise I don't think Carcassonne will work.

Advice please!
 
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Eric Taylor
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Race for the Galaxy is my top recommendation. It's reasonably deep, plays in under an hour (heck, you might be able to squeeze in two games once you get the hang of it), easily accommodates four players, can be played easily at a regular 4-person table, and stores up nice and small. Set-up and tear-down time are minimal.
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Dave Wilson
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My advice is to search the geeklists. I know there've been a few discussing this topic. This one was mine: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27978 I know there are others. Of course, the parameters may differ here and there: my lunch time is a bit flexible, and we've been known to exceed an hour now and then; others maybe have a place where they can leave stuff out. But there'll still be some good suggestions for your situation.

Good luck on the search!
 
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Isaiah Mackler
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Snipafist wrote:
Race for the Galaxy is my top recommendation. It's reasonably deep, plays in under an hour (heck, you might be able to squeeze in two games once you get the hang of it), easily accommodates four players, can be played easily at a regular 4-person table, and stores up nice and small. Set-up and tear-down time are minimal.

I was going to recommend this, too! Sounds perfect!
 
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For Catan, try it by starting with a settlement and a city instead of two settlements. Or start with all six resources instead of just three. Or both.

For Carcassonne, try playing on a smaller surface (a dinner table place mat works well), and limit tiles played to that area. When there are no playable tiles in one go around the table, game over. Or play with a point limit - one player reaches, say 75 or 100 points, once more around the table then final scoring.

Of the top of my head, some shorter games... Formula Motor Racing (plays 3-6), Ivanhoe (plays 3-5). Both are Knizia card games.
 
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One great winner for our lunch group is Ra.
 
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tobyhales wrote:

To give you an idea of where we're at: when we meet in the evenings, our favourites are: Manifest Destiny, Sword of Rome, Republic of Rome, History of the World, Junta etc.

Advice please!


I'm the Boss!,
Intrigue,
or 2 rounds of Saboteur
 
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Here's what we play over lunch. Our group is anywhere from 4 to 8 players, depending on availability and the game played:

Formula Dé - For 7+ players, in fact we'll typically run a racing season of eight or nine races and keep track of Standings.

Lord of the Fries- Fun quick card game

Wings of War: Famous Aces- beautiful and fun miniature biplane dogfights

Small World - nice because of the variability of players

Family Business - simple and gory
 
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