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Hello all!

Me and my gaming buddies - a fairly recent congregation of geeks - have built up a small collection of games, but are now leaning towards some evenings when we can play maybe 4 or 5 shorter games. Most I have got (on my profile) tend to be fun but get dragged out. Recently a friend brought King of Tokyo and we had a blast playing a number of rounds on that.

Therefore - what would be a great 4 or 5 game evening (as in different games as opposed to 5 rounds of the same thing). We are generally open to all sorts and like variety. We like strategy. We like random. A good mix and so far we haven't tried anything we didn't have fun with (shorter games so far - Carcassonne, King of Tokyo).

Your suggestions are much appreciated.....

cheers bundles!

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5-10 minutes to set up, < 30 minutes to play.
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How many players must the game support? (range?)
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For Sale +1
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Modern Art
6 nimmt!
The Resistance - for large groups

These all play under 60 minutes. Someone suggested Pandemic and that it plays under 30 minutes. It's a great game and I'm sure some people play it that quickly, but with my group its closer to 60 and occasionally as much as 90 min. with new players.
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Several Card or Dice games then...

San Juan also falls in the 30 min range....but with a max of 4 players though...


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Race for the Galaxy plays around 20-30 mins 2-5 players as long as everyone knows what they are doing.

We've had good fun with Guillotine, it's light and fun and everyone groans and laughs a bit.

How about Tichu. It's cheap, it's fun, it's fast. Although it plays best with exactly 4.
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How many players must the game support? (range?)

We are getting anything from 3 to 8 players - but with quicker games people don't mind sitting one out and watching. It's all good.
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Diamant (aka Unnamed Object)
Tsuro
Click Clack Lumberjack
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Telestrations
Dixit: Odyssey (along with an expansion or 2)
Catch Phrase! (the electronic version)
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Tsuro is still our default quick game while waiting for people.
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For Sale / Biblios (I don't think you need both, and I slightly prefer For Sale)
Bohnanza
Race for the Galaxy
Omen: A Reign of War (There are a few 4-player modes included in the box. I'm not sure how long it takes to play with more than 2, but if it's anything like the 2-player game, it should fit the bill)
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and because these are all card games and I want to share at least one board game proper:
Wiz-War (eighth edition)
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This is fantastic - keep the ideas coming. I've clearly got a lot to check out and some of the others in my gaming group will be checking on these suggestions. Brilliant - really appreciate the advice!
 
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Carcassonne - if you play with just the base game it goes pretty fast, usually under 30 minutes.

Shadow Hunters - this game seems to take between 20 and 40 minutes, and it goes up to 8 players which is cool.

BANG! - a quick card game similar to Shadow Hunters, with a more wild west theme. Games can last between 5 minutes and 40 minutes sometimes.

Risk Legacy - ok yeah I know this is a weird thing to throw in here. I love Risk, but hate how long it usually takes to play a game of Risk. However, Risk Legacy games are usually pretty short, between 30 minutes and an hour (at least for my play group). My group usually fits 3 rounds in one game night. It can be slower depending on how cautious people play, but overall it's much shorter than regular Risk.

Small World - This one takes a lot of time to setup and break down, but the game itself goes pretty quickly due to the 10 round limit and short turns. If you have a big group it'll take a bit longer.

Ticket to Ride - Most games of this seem to take around 30 - 45 minutes, at least for the people I play with.

San Juan - decently quick card game that's pretty fun.
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Castle Panic

Mag-Blast

Kung-Fu Fighting

En-Garde

All of these are fast, fun and and can be played with multiple players.

Best,

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Race for the Galaxy has a lot of depth and can be played in 30 mins. Don't be swayed by people saying it's too complex...the iconography takes a couple of games to get used to but then it's an awesome game!
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