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Great Small Footprint Games

Regrann from @mackothemeeple (11)

My family and I will be spending our Memorial Day outside, playing some board games. I love being able to spend some time outside during summer, however not all board games are not functional outside due to risk of wind or small space. We also tend to have this problem when we go to spend time at breweries  as we chat and hang out. There are a lot of settings where a large footprint board game is not feasible or appropriate, such as airplanes, hospitals, hotels, restaurants,  or parks.  However, there are plenty of small footprint games that can be played in small spaces. Here are my top 10 small footprint board games for playing while out and about:

  1. Port Royal- This push your luck card game takes up very little space, but is still engaging and fun. It is also played in about 15 minutes, so it is great while waiting for food or a quick game while waiting for someone to show up.
  2. Love Letter- Love Letter is another small card game, so small that it fits in a little cloth bag. It is simple deduction and can be taught to anyone in about 2 minutes. While it normally takes about 20-30 minutes, you can adjust that time to fit your needs.
  3. Maker:S,Date:2017-8-19,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-YDoxie Dash– This asymmetric set collection game fits in a tiny box, and is easy to teach and fun to play. The set collection does take some table space, but it is still small enough to be played on a tiny table.  Players play as dachshunds trying to get into as much mischief as possible. It is now funded on Kickstarter, and on it’s last week so check it out now if you want to get it!
  4. Deep Sea Adventure- This is another push your luck game that fits in a tiny box. The first time I played this was in a tiny corner of the floor on Gencon, so I promise you, it can really be played anywhere. Players play as divers trying to get as much treasure as they can before running out of oxygen.
  5. Coup- Coup is a small box social deduction game. It takes about fifteen minutes to play, and can really be played in any space-the table size won’t matter. The players want to be the last one standing, as they fight to remain influential in a corrupt city. They will do so through lying and tricking their opponents.
  6. temp_regrann_1527514525248.jpgHey! That’s My Fish!– This one is a great choice for the family. The players are penguins trying to get as much fish as possible before the iceburgs melt. It can be taught to children as young as five, and takes up very little table space. The only downside to this one is it can be difficult and time consuming to set up.
  7. The Grizzled– This small box game touches on the horrors of war, as players play as soldiers trying to keep morale high while surviving a war. It is a difficult to win co-op game. There are aspects of push your luck and resource management as well.
  8. Fluxx- The game of ever changing rules. This game is easy to teach to non-gamers because there is only one rule at first. It also comes in a variety of themes. Some of my favorite themes are Pirate Fluxx, Cthulhu Fluxx and Drinking Fluxx.
  9. Spyfall- Spyfall is a great choice if you have a lot people, but very little space. Each player will have a card that determines whether they are a spy or an investigator. The spy is trying to figure out where the investigators are, and the investigators are trying to figure out who the spy is by asking questions.Maker:S,Date:2017-8-19,Ver:6,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar02,E-Y
  10. Wonderland- This game released by Renegade Game Studios is another one thatfits into a small bag. It is only a two player game, but it offers interesting decision making. It is another deduction based card game, but this one has a theme of Alice in Wonderland.

One thought on “Great Small Footprint Games

  1. The Shipwreck Arcana is another great one. It’s a co-op deduction game that feels like a bit like Hanabi, but I much prefer it. It was another great Kickstarter game. I think you can order directly from the publisher, Meromorph Games.


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