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The Compact Travelling Games Cupboard (Of Doom)

August 14, 2012

We’ve been travelling about a bit this summer, mostly visiting friends and relatives, but this of course means reduced access to the games cupboard. So I figured we’d take a few games along with us. This resulted in some thinking about what games to take (they need to be compact and be a selection that gives us a decent selection of styles), but also a search for a way to store them.

Plenty of choice in one portable bundle.

Eventually I repurposed an old laptop bag. The various compartments and pockets proved to be quite effective for storing the various games in such a way that the lids didn’t fall off and most games were easily accessible.

So, in case you are interested, here’s what we had crammed into our bag…

  • Sleeping Queens
  • Loot
  • Coloretto
  • Family Fluxx
  • Citadels
  • Hive Pocket
  • Rush Hour Junior
  • Bohnanza
  • Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck
  • Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule (P&P version)
  • A couple of little dice games: Train Dice and Jolly Roger Dice.
  • Three 20-card, single-colour mini Magic decks.
  • A couple of decks of regular cards.
  • A notepad and pen.
  • A bag of tiddlywinks (primarily to use as life tokens for Magic).

I think we did pretty well out of that lot, though there is a disappointing lack of something that is really a boardgame. OK, Hive is a boardgame without a board and Rush Hour has a board, though it is really a puzzle. I could have fit in one of those diddy travelling boardgame compendiums, but I think that with some thought we can do better than an ultra-fiddly chess/draughts/backgammon/ludo set. The best option here may be Kahuna, but something else may turn up…

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  1. August 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    I’m surprised you didn’t slide Ave Caeser in there. The board would fit in a laptop bag and the other components are pretty small. Ditto Basari, which comes in a box the same size as Kahuna and has the added bonus that you could use the little gmes instead of the tiddlywinks as tokens for Magic.

  2. August 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    See, I knew someone would come up with a decent idea. Yup, cracking something like Ave Caesar out of its box sounds a good idea. Carcassonne could fit well in a bag too (and the score track fit in easily). I think a possible addition to the requirements, though, might be to not need too much space to play. Maybe that’s not important though.

    I’ve not tried Basari — I’m a bit put off (in this context) by it not appearing to be suitable for 2 players.

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