Beth and I returned today from a trip to visit my mother, who just celebrated her 80th birthday. My mother first introduced me to board games (although not the modern board games I play today), and she still enjoys playing. We thought we would talk about some of the games that we bring when we travel.
Qwixx was published in 2012 by Nurnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag and later in the United States by Gamewright. The game was designed by Steffen Benndorf and features artwork by Oliver Freudenreich and Sandra Freudenreich. This is a quick playing dice game.
This is one of the games that you can play game after game while still socializing. There is really no strategy here – it is just dice rolling and deciding which number to mark off on your scoring sheet.
Qwixx travels extremely well. I think that the simplicity of the game makes it a great candidate for playing with friends and family with traveling. My mother loves it and will play it repeatedly, which is one of the strengths of the game as one to travel with. Another strength of the game is that it is in a small package, just dice, the scoring pad, and the rules. We have laminated our copies of the scoring sheet, which makes them slightly larger, but they are still easily packed. The game plays up to 5, so if you need a game to host more players, this might not be the game for you.
The Game, which in my opinion has to be the stupidest name ever for a game, was published in 2015 by Nurnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag. The game was designed by Steffen Benndorf (him again!) and features artwork by Oliver Freudenreich, Sandra Freudenreich, and Kwanchai Moriya. There have been a couple versions of the game published. I have the original English version issued by IDW.
The premise of The Game is simple: everyone has a hand of cards that they must play. The cards must be played to the table in front of them where there are two stacks of cards beginning with the number 1 and another two stacks of cards beginning with the number 100. On the stacks of cards beginning with the number 1, you want to build upwards. On the stacks of cards beginning with the number 100, you want to build downwards. The players win if they can get down to 10 cards or fewer combined in their hands. This is another cooperative game my family enjoys, even my casual gaming husband. It is a lot hard to win than it sounds!
One of the reasons that The Game makes such a great travel game is that it is basically a deck of cards and that is it. You could not ask for anything smaller than that and the rules are on a single sheet of paper. My mother and I played almost 30 games of this over the weekend – again, this game can be played while socializing. This game can be played with up to 5 players so again, if you need to have more players at the table, this might not be the game for you.
Red7 was published in 2014 by Asmodi Games. The game’s co-designers were Carl Chudyk, well-known for co-designing the game Glory to Rome, and Chris Cieslik. The artist for the game was Alanna Cervenak.
In Red7, the players have to ensure that at the end of their turn they are winning the game. It is as simple as that. Of course, it is not really that simple! Each of the game’s 49 cards has a different color and a rule printed on it. Those rules are what help the players make sure that they can win at the end of their turn.
As mentioned, this game is all of 49 cards. The rule book is small and portable. This is not a game that I would play while wanting to socialize with the whole family though because it is crunchier than the games mentioned previously. This is a game that I would play with family members who enjoy tougher games with more rules to them than those mentioned above. This game plays only up to 4.
Sushi Go! was published in 2013 by Gamewright. It was also issued in 2016 as Sushi Go Party, which plays up to 8 players, while the original game only plays up to 5. Both games were designed by Phil Walker-Harding. The artwork for Sushi Go! was provided by Tobias Schweiger and Phil Walker-Harding. Nan Rangsima provided artwork for both Sushi Go! and Sushi Go Party.
Both Sushi Go! and Sushi Go Party are card drafting games. Sushi Go! (the game that we own) is the smaller version of the game, although Sushi Go Party is not all that big, it just expands Sushi Go! adding a few more cards and ways to score. These games play very quickly, just like the other games we mentioned previously, which makes it easy to play several games in a row.
These are both games that are easy to socialize over. They are quick playing card games, and can be played in about 15-20 minutes each. Sushi Go! is the smaller of the two games, but plays only up to 5, but will travel easier than Sushi Go Party, which is the larger of the games. Neither of these games is huge though – both would make excellent traveling companions.
Diamonds was published in 2014 by Stronghold Games. The game was designed by Mike Fitzgerald, known for Baseball Highlights: 2045 and the Mystery Rummy card game series. The game’s artist was William Bricker.
This game is a trick-taking game that puts a spin on older trick-taking games such as Hearts or Spades. If you have a family member who is into those older games, the transition to this one should be easy. In Diamonds, you are trying to win the tricks, but each suit has its own special ability. If a player cannot play whatever suit is trump, they get the special ability of whatever suit that they played. Whoever wins the trick gets the special ability of the trump suit.
Diamonds is a trick-taking game with a few bells and whistles and easily learned. It travels well if you do not take the box along with you as the game consists of only 60 cards and the rule book is not that large. This game plays up to 6 and only takes about 30 minutes to play even at the higher player count.
What Games Do You Travel With?
I carry my games when I travel in a quiver such as this one. You can get multiple small games into it and it has a hard cover to protect the games.
So, what games do you take when you travel? How do you carry them? Please comment below and let us know!
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Stasia and Beth