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The Compact Travelling Games Cupboard (of Doom), Part 3

August 1, 2013

It has been a little while since my last post on this blog, and a major part of my excuse is that we have been on holiday.  We had a lovely time in Ireland with some of the extended family (including some folk who aren’t family but feel like they are), including a while staying in a holiday cottage between the sea and the mountains of County Donegal.

All these games somehow fit into that case. Can you spot which game is missing from the pile?

All these games somehow fit into that case. Can you spot which game (or games) is  (or are) missing from the pile?

So, as is my wont, I prepared the latest incarnation of the Compact Travelling Games Cupboard (of Doom) and, as we were driving rather than taking a plane, I figured I could take a bit more kit this time.  The selection turned out to be pretty epic:

  • Android: Netrunner
  • Apples to Apples
  • Augustus
  • Carcassonne
  • Coloretto
  • Dang It Dice
  • Decktet
  • Dixit
  • Dominion
  • Eight-Minute Empire
  • Family Fluxx
  • Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!
  • Gubs
  • Hanabi
  • Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck
  • Hive Pocket
  • Love Letter
  • Standard playing cards
  • QuickQuackQuo (a prototype Miss B and I are working on)
  • The Resistance: Avalon
  • Roll Through the Ages
  • Sleeping Queens
  • String Railway
  • Train Town (a prototype from someone else)

As you probably realise, some of those games were intended for play amongst adults.  And as you probably also realise, that would all pretty much take up a car boot if left in its original packaging, so most of the games were repackaged into gripseal baggies, deck boxes and the like so we could cram them all into one case.

What was also pleasing was that I think only seven of those games didn’t get played at all, so we had a pretty good strike rate.

Gaming highlights of the trip for me included:

  • Miss B having a go at Hanabi and struggling a little, but basically enjoying it and doing reasonably well.
  • Introducing a bunch of non-gamers to The Resistance: Avalon (I won’t be covering this with Miss B any time soon, but here is a video of some people playing it slightly wrongly but very entertainingly) and ending up with a few “just one more” plays.
  • Miss B winning her first ever game of Dominion, fair and square, against myself and an adult beginner.
A bit on the damp and blurry side, but at least it's some evidence that we made it to the causeway.

A bit on the damp and blurry side, but at least it’s some evidence that we made it to the Giant’s Causeway.

In other news we got wet on the island of Arranmore, extremely wet at the Giant’s Causeway, half eaten alive by clags and midges at Glenveagh National Park, learned how to make a carpet, and rescued a kitten from the side of the N4. Not bad, I reckon.

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