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Todd
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We trying to find fun little games that I could fit in a small container or bag thats easy to keep on hand for our group or just the two of us that we could take when we are out to fill that boring time you you always run into and or use to play away from home just to get some gaming in outside or at a cafe'
 
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Hive?
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There is always my Food Fight! card game. Though you may want to put it away before the server notices the theme or they might look at you kinda funny. Or maybe you'll get some special treatment so you don't enact the theme in real life. ninja

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Bananagrams can be played in a short version perfect for this. I think their rules even suggest it. And the banana package of tiles is easy to carry around.
 
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Games with coins, e.g.
Fight!
Coin Clusters

Also see geeklists:
Small games for two to be played in the restaurant while waiting
Coin games
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For 2 players
+1 Hive
further, Ebbe & Flut and Adaptoid

For more players I´d suggest Palastgeflüster, For Sale, Corporation, Fairy Tale
and last but not least my Topology

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jaysachs wrote:


Hive definitely wins for two players, at least in my eyes. thumbsup
 
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To Court the King is a Yahtzeeish dice game with some special abilities thown in the mix.
 
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You wouldn't by chance have an iPhone/iPod-Touch/iPad? I take my Touch when I go to eat out with my daughter and let her play games on it so I can actually get some of my own food down. There are lots of good quick games for it (she like Army of Frogs for instance).
 
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Lost Cities is quick, requires minimal setup, and can essentially be played with just the deck of cards.

Monopoly Deal Card Game is another option. Quick to play with 2, tiny box, cheap game.

Archaeology: The Card Game is fairly quick and compact, but setup can be a bit of a pain.
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Any of the Shoptaugh travel series will be exactly what you want. small hard plastic games which fit into the palm of one hand and can be shaken during play (not inverted though) without loss of game state.
I have calypso and shuttles (and really want interplay) but there hard to find.
Good Luck
 
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I am big into pulling out quick games in restaurants or outdoors! I even usually take a game or two with me while riding my bike or snowboarding.

Zombie Dice is great for this as long as you are okay with something light. It's good for two players or as many as you want. It's especially small if you take it out of the tube and use a bag to carry it around (I use an old Crown Royal bag). This game is by far the most common one that my husband and friends and I pull out when we are waiting in a restaurant or anywhere.

As others have said, Hive is also great if you have just two players. It doesn't take up a lot of space, has no setup time, won't get dirty or damaged, and is fun and quick.

Slide 5 is also fun for this purpose because it's so quick and allows a huge player range, from 2 up to 8 or 10, but it's cards, so you need to worry about keeping them clean and also need enough space for the four hills of cards.

I have also often played Archaeology: The Card Game while waiting for food in restaurants. It is a little longer to set up and you have to worry about the cards staying clean, but it works if you have about 15 or 20 minutes to spare.

I recently removed Jaipur from its box and carry that in my purse in a small bag. It's good for two, but you need enough table space and a clean enough environment to avoid damaging the chips and cards.

Any of the Fluxx varieties are good for this purpose. I especially like Martian Fluxx.

I have also been carrying around Fairy Tale hoping that it will work for this purpose, but so far, that hasn't happened.

I just recently got Sushizock im Gockelwok, and that also looks good for impromptu gaming at restaurants or outdoors because it consists of durable tiles and some wooden dice. No cards to damage or blow away in the wind. Pickomino looks similar and would probably would work well too, as long as you don't mind playing a game about fried worms while waiting for food. I noticed that the Pickomino box is significantly larger than the Sushizock box, but probably both would get much more compact if put in a bag instead.
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I ususally bring Pickomino with me.
 
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I used to have Cosmic Wimpout. It's probably stuffed in a box somewhere. I'll have to hunt for it sometime. A quick little push-your-luck dice game.
 
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TREEHOUSE from looney Labs is quite a quick and easy game to play.
 
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Another vote for Hive. There's also Zip-It, which is a more compact version of Bananagrams.
 
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Zalco wrote:
To Court the King is a Yahtzeeish dice game with some special abilities thown in the mix.


While I like To Court the King, I would think the prospect of chasing a die that rolls off the table under other customers tables would be enough for me to leave it at home. (this goes for any other dice game)

Hive does sound like a great 2p option, truth be told.

My suggestion for a 2p game to be different might be Micropul. It's very compact, it's cheap (print and play, and simple and low-cost to make to boot) and the suggestion has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I just made mine yesterday afternoon and would much rather be playing it than working right now whistle
Apparently, if you have 2 sets, you can play with up to 4 by putting the sets together.

Onirim is fun and compact, but I've only played the solitaire version, so I can't speak to the co-op variant.

Just about anything with a travel version is likely a good idea too. Blokus Duo, Ingenious: Travel Edition are two that spring to mind.
 
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Putts wrote:
Lost Cities is quick, requires minimal setup, and can essentially be played with just the deck of cards.

Monopoly Deal Card Game is another option. Quick to play with 2, tiny box, cheap game.

Archaeology: The Card Game is fairly quick and compact, but setup can be a bit of a pain.


Beat me to it.

+1 Monopoly deal
+1 Archaeology The Card Game
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Bag-O-Loot... it comes in a little golden sack, and you can play a round in 5-8 minutes. Perfect!

ps: I am the game designer
 
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An iPad.

My wife and I play Small World waiting for orders.
 
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The nestorgames.com site has a ton of foldable, roll-up games. They're a tad bit on the pricey side but so be it.
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Flapjacks & Sasquatches

Quick and fun easy to teach game.
 
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