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Old 05-25-09, 06:56 PM   #1
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Games on Tour

Do any of you take games with you on tour to play solo, with your touring partner(s) and/or with the people you meet?

We have recently been introduced to a card based strategy game that my girlfriend and I plan to take with us on our next tour. I'm wondering if there are any other relatively light games, other than the standard pack of cards, that people have taken on tour and enjoyed. Card based, mini board games, smart phone games, etc etc...
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I often have a deck of cards with me ... although I need to refresh my memory on various solitaire and other games because I haven't played card games in years.

And I often have a logic magazine with me or a sudoku book or something along those lines.
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I am not a game player but one "game" that I have played is story telling. One person starts a story with a line or two. The next person adds a few and so on and so on. It is a lot of fun. We play on the boat when someone starts to get seasick. It helps to occupy the mind and ease the seasickness. But probably would be a lot of fun at a campsite.
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i plan to take my video camera with me when i do some small weekend tours to places not all to far away, but coincedentaly i haven't been to. not only is it good for video taping, but it also has a few games on it.
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Do any of you take games with you on tour to play solo, with your touring partner(s) and/or with the people you meet?

We have recently been introduced to a card based strategy game that my girlfriend and I plan to take with us on our next tour. I'm wondering if there are any other relatively light games, other than the standard pack of cards, that people have taken on tour and enjoyed. Card based, mini board games, smart phone games, etc etc...

Traveling solo, light, and in frequent areas where moisture and rain make card games a mushy mess, I always played Cosmic Wimpout. The five fingers on my right hand would play one another; ditto for the five fingers on my left, all summer long. Then near the end of the summer the best fingers on each hand would meet in a best-of-seven 'world series.'

Always made for some interesting evenings.


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if your by yourself, get an old gameboy. i have one of the old brick ones and it's fun to play the games, and it's a bit of a stress reliever on long trips. plus the batteries last longer and you don't have to charge it. and some games you can play against others with a cable or what not

if your riding with someone, having a game like those from "who's line is it anyways" like questions only, where you can only talk in questions can be started as easily as "Have you ever played the question game?"

for people you meet on the road, something that you can get to know them like ten fingers, or something could be a good way to break the ice and get stories from the past started and who knows what you could learn.

i'm very much a people person and even though, i'm a relatively new rider i've already met people well cruisin around
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Yahtzee. All you need to take are the 5 dice. People usually have a pen and paper of some sort with them o tour that they can keep score with.
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Old 05-26-09, 10:23 AM   #8
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Pass the pigs is one I want to get.
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I just play card though.
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I'm a big fan of Uno. I like learning all the different versions that people play.
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No games for me. If I toured with a group of friends, maybe. I like "Hearts" and "Oh Hell." I've played cribbage and pinochle, but not much and can't remember how. They were good games though. I have Bejeweled on my Palm Pilot. I play it occasionally, but I don't take the Palm Pilot on tour.
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I toured with a couple who had a travel Scrabble board with them.
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Old 05-27-09, 11:39 AM   #12
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+1 on fluxx lots of fun!
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Old 05-27-09, 07:30 PM   #14
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There are hundreds of "old time" games that require little or no equipment that go by names such as "Mime Rhyme," "Polite Conversation," "Oh no no," and "The Big Wind Blows."

These games are absolutely riotous to play. Most of the above games require at least three or four people to play, although it is possible to engage more players. For many years, I facilitated a workshop at a folk music festival, and sometimes 30 or 40 people would be playing at one time, all laughing themselves silly.

On a bicycle trip, the issue would be finding people to play with. During my travels, I have successfully rounded up a people at youth hostels for an hour of old-time games, so I know that it is possible.

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Old 05-27-09, 08:24 PM   #15
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I would go through the alphabet a b c

Looking for signs which start with the letter see how long it takes me.
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there's always "i spy"...
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I've never toured with a chessplayer, but it might be interesting to do it sometime. I haven't played blindfolded in about a decade, and my blindfold play wasn't as sharp as my peak USCF rating of 1683, but I could probably shake the rust off. My opponent could use a pocket set.

Hmm, perhaps I should bring a chess book along on my next tour. I could follow the annotations in my head.....
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if your by yourself, get an old gameboy.
I have the real old one but there's only one game I purchased for it. ChessMaster!

Actually a windup radio sounds ideal

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Not a game so much, but I'm planning on picking up harmonica on my two tours this summer.
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I carry a deck of cards as part of my tool kit. That way, when I'm alone on the Nebraska prairie, with a broken axle, a dead phone, and no services for 30 miles either direction, I can lay out a hand of solitaire and start playing.

Within 5 minutes, some nitwit will come along, look over my shoulder and say, "You missed the red jack on the black queen, there" and my rescue is complete.
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My kids have a little travel mancala and cribbage board. That, a deck of cards and a Go board made out of a bandana has kept us amused for years. Well, did, I need to make a new bandana, my Go grid looks a little threadbare these days.

They used to bring Uno along too but we really didn't play it much. I brought Boggle on our last couple of trips, because we're using it as a vocabulary exercise. We don't time it or write it down, we just yell out words as we find them and don't really keep score.
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iPod Scrabble is fun and very, very portable.
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