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So lately my group has been shifting from more complicated games to ligher, quicker games and getting more of them in. Mostly because our game time always comes at night after a long, hard day, and no one wants to think TOO hard or get started on a potentially 3 hour game if only 2 hours are maybe available. About the longest thing that is played is a game of Carcassonne with all the expansions (and that DOES take quite a while).

What I'm thinking is I need some greater variety in our quicker games that always end up being selected. Here's some that have gone over very well:

Qwirkle
Hey That's My Fish
Pig Pile
Oh Pharoah
TransAmerica
Land Under
Bull in a China Shop
Frank's Zoo
Lascaux
For Sale
Metro

Some of the "medium length" games that are played most often:

Bohnanza
Ticket to Ride (3 main games)
Carcassonne
Cleopatra
Pirate's Cove
Colosseum
Tans der Hornochsen
Australia
Pandemic
Manhattan

There are others, but they have to be "planned for" in advance rather than "hey, let's play this one".

My latest shopping list has:

Fits
Gemblo
Qwirkle Cubes
Samurai The Card Game
Ra the Dice Game (oddly I have NO dice-centric games)

Hoping to add a couple of lighter, family-friendly games to the mix.
 
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You're Bluffing! for more details about how good this game is see my review: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/370915

and maybe Clans
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Tichu can run a little longer, but its probably the only game that gets played every week at our game group.

You might also want to try Chicago Express, its heavier than what you've listed but its one of the better games that you can get through in under an hour.
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Clans is a very good suggestion.

I'll add:
Lectio
Biblios
Through the Desert
Zendo
1000 Blank White Cards
Eat Poop You Cat
Tin Soldiers (4P only)
Klunker
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Thanks so far. I do actually have Clans, however I think it was only played once and many many years ago. I'll have to give it another shot.

I'm not exactly sure where to get You're Bluffing... OOP and looks like the current version is Koehandel Master and doesn't seem to be available yet.

Chicago Express sounds interesting.

I'll take a look through the others; Through The Desert has been on my "of interest" list for years now.
 
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Citadels is a great light card game.

Coloretto is also a great "filler" card game.

I prefer Ra over the dice version and it tends not to run that long either. If you want a dice game, check out Dice Town; it is fun, easy to learn and should play in about an hour.

San Juan and Caylus Magna Carta are a bit heavier, but always go over well here and a group of players familiar with the game can usually finish one under an hour.

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You're Bluffing! is a great game, very nasty and cutthroat yet so innocent and cute looking. It is a shame it's OOP.

No Thanks! is one of my favourite filler games.

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age has gone over very well with all the people I've played it with so far.

Shear Panic is fun and cute.

Small World is quite fast playing with the right people.

Ubongo may appeal as you mentioned you're considering FITS

Pyramid of Pengqueen is a game the some company should translate, though it is language independent.
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I'm currently enjoying Fzzzt!
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6 nimmt!

The Carcassonne series as you should know holds in that time (well except if you use to many expansions)

Oregon might work too

Loot I have also seem used in that kind of situation, and For Sale
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I recommend The Great Dalmuti. The game requires at least 4 players but it works quite well with any number beyond that. It is a nice and simple game to play while spending a fun evening with friends and the role hierarchy based on the previous game really adds up to the experience if the players play well their roles. Individual games don't last that long and the Greater Peon is always at the bottom of the society doing all the work in the game (shuffling etc.) and he even gives two of his best cards to the Greater Dalmuti each turn.

The real fun begins when the Greater Dalmuti follows his role and bosses the Greater Peon and make him do all kind of tasks (get a beer from the fridge for him and so on...). It is easy to enjoy the power while holding the crown and it feels even more satisfactory when you get to raise your status and see the former ruler losing his powers, possibly through a revolution. The game does not really have an end unless you want to apply a scoring system, but it is really fun to just play a round after another and simply have a great time.
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I second Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and San Juan and would add Guillotine.
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Lots of good suggestions here -- I'll add Cartagena.
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Can't Stop (Extreme Edition -- http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/105672) -- for more dice games
Liar's Dice -- Again, quick dice game
Lectio -- Like Tichu, but wicked fast and much lighter.

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my group's current favorite for light games is Dice Town
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Fairy Tale is my suggestion.
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Consider Metropolys. It's good with any number, it's got simple rules and great gameplay, and if you ever end up just having two people, you still have an excellent game to play. It's technically an auction game, though it doesn't much feel like it, due to the spatial element. With secret goals and such, there are elements of deduction/bluffing too. If you couldn't tell, it's one of my current favorite light board games. It only plays 2 to 4 players, if that's a factor.
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Portobello Market should really fit the bill for up to 4 players.
Also, how about The Downfall of Pompeii.
Plus PitchCar or PitchCar Mini.
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Cards + Light + Quick = Race for the Galaxy
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Have you tried Dominion? We've been playing this at work during our lunch hour two or three times a week for maybe six months, and it hasn't got boring yet.
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Ricochet Robots is THE best! I have no clue why everyone doesn't own this game. It's cheap, plays any # of players, and can be as long as you want it to be. It's the best $20 I've ever spent.
 
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Finca has been the biggest hit of the year with my group. It is easy to learn and scales really well, and has a deeper strategy that keeps things very fresh in every play.
Wasabi! is also cute, but we found that the puzzle fans in the house "mastered" it quickly and it doesn't see as much play any more because of it.
As for ones mentioned above, Can't Stop is a must buy now that it's availible again, Dominion is great if you don't have any CCG players in the house (it's too easy for Magic players to beat up on non card gamers), San juan is great as well.
 
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How about Citadels? I can also recommend Chrononauts, Guillotine, maybe That's Life!?
 
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You are totally missing Catan. Very popular in my game group, very easy to teach and everybody is into the game all the time because you get resources even when it's not your own turn. There's dice for resources so anyone can be lucky and win and still there is strategy in where you place your settlements and how you expand. I own two expansions and is planning on getting the 3rd, I also got the 5-6 player expansion for the base game.
 
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proclaimed wrote:
Cards + Light + Quick = Race for the Galaxy


I think that you score 1.5 out of a possible 3 for this response to the OP. R4tG is certainly a card game, and one that becomes quick once you get down the learning curve. But it's not a light game.

Fortunately, there's related but simpler game that will get you some of the way down the learning curve. I refer to San Juan, a fine game in its own right. It's a gateway to Puerto Rico, as well as to R4tG.

So, my initial recommendations include San Juan. And Through the Desert, although that's another kettle of camels.
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Citadels, as someone mentioned, is a nice, not-too-long card game that scales nicely between 2-7 players.

Someone mentioned Dominion. I wholeheartedly agree with this suggestion. Get the base game. If it goes over well, get the Intrigue expansion and mix the two together.

Ra > Ra Dice.

Before the Wind is an excellent, surprisingly nasty little card game that takes about an hour. There are cheeses, apples and towels.
 
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