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[EAST] Line Games

PayneTraynePayneTrayne CanuckRegistered User regular
edited March 2012 in PAX Archive
Hey, I'll be going to PAX for the first time and I'm wondering what everyone's favourite games to play in lines are and if you could suggest some.

I intend to bring my DS with Pokemon, and I'm thinking about bringing vanilla Munchkin for quick pick up play. Not sure if Munchkin would require too much floor room or not. Also, I hear we get MtG decks in swag bags so that could take some time.
Thanks in advance, and sorry if this has been asked already.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    DS with Mario Kart is really good. If you have a few friends to play with and a stranger or few it is really fun. My group at Prime played some Zombie Dice as well. I saw that there is an expansion for Zombie Dice coming too.

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  • Squill2k4Squill2k4 Registered User regular
    +1 to Mario Kart on the DS. You can easily start a random game and have strangers start joining without having to ask anyone to play. It's a great time.

  • adias.angeladias.angel Tech-Savvy Wife Kalamazoo, MIRegistered User regular
    I picked up Parade and am bringing Zombie Dice. Both are small, easy to carry and can be taught quickly.

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  • GrimRupertGrimRupert Registered User regular
    I'd say anything that can be physically moved with little trouble, and thus I'd actually recommend against Munchkin unless my memories of it are clouded a bit.

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Yea, I have never played a quick game of Munchkin. I don't know why I see people suggest it all the time for the lines.

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  • That_GuyThat_Guy Registered User regular
    So, what you are saying is that we should try Munchkin in line?

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    That_Guy wrote: »
    So, what you are saying is that we should try Munchkin in line?

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    well... that's munchkin quest... which is a different beast.

    Munchkin works out great for the opening Queue room line, or the concert line, where you don't move for an hour or two. For shorter lineups things like zombie dice, cthulu dice, mario kart ds, etc, work well because they're short and sweet.

  • OccamsRZROccamsRZR Registered User regular
    I am still compiling a list of stuff to bring. So here is the tentative list of games that my friends and I are bringing:
    -Zombie Dice
    -Cards Against Humanity
    -Bananagrams
    -Werewolf
    -The Resistance
    -Flux
    -Gloom
    -Cats in a Blender

    A nice site for cheap games is http://www.cheapass.com. They sell games assuming that you have things like counters (either glass beads or coins or something) and dice. They also have free games you can print from their site.

  • ScorpiusScorpius Registered User regular
    Yup. It's Cthullu dice for me, though I might bring Compact Heroes as well this year.

  • The_TuninatorThe_Tuninator Registered User regular
    That_Guy wrote: »
    So, what you are saying is that we should try Munchkin in line?

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    The real Munchkin, the card game, is much more compact, though it still requires enough table/floor space that I don't know that it'd really be a game you'd want to play in a line.

  • TheCarpeTheCarpe Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    In previous years everyones goodie bag had a starter Magic the Gathering deck, I don't have any reason to doubt they will again. So if people around you are at least versed in the games mechanics, you can throw down a quick game with your tiny decks in line. If you don't know how to play, someone is probably around who can show you the (relatively) simple basic rules. (Fun fact: I learned to play MTG in last years PAX East lines :) )

    I remember last year my girlfriend and I pulled in about 4 strangers around us in line for an impromptu game, where one dude randomly decided to have 1000 health while we all had the normal 20. It become a group effort to kill him. Needless to say, the line started moving before we could see it through, but it proved a good time killer.

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  • browncoatbethbrowncoatbeth Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I second parade, mario kart on DS, and zombie dice.

    I would also suggest Set (easily movable card game), Piece of cake (quick, easily movable board game), and Carcassonne on iphone.

    Last recommendation - stay out of dictochat, *achem* I mean pictochat.

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  • NoisymunkNoisymunk Let's go down to the beach. Rhode IslandRegistered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I second parade, mario kart on DS, and zombie dice.

    I would also suggest Set (easily movable card game), Piece of cake (quick, easily movable board game), and Carcassonne on iphone.

    Last recommendation - GET IN DICTOCHAT

    Just had to...fix that...

    When we're not yelling at eachother about Mario Kart, we play a lot of Zombie Dice and We Didn't Playtest This At All.

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  • GrimRupertGrimRupert Registered User regular
    I second parade, mario kart on DS, and zombie dice.

    I would also suggest Set (easily movable card game), Piece of cake (quick, easily movable board game), and Carcassonne on iphone.

    Last recommendation - stay out of dictochat, *achem* I mean pictochat.

    I think I tried Pictochat for maybe five seconds and it was moving way too fast. Not to mention all the dicks.

    This year I have the 3DS, which has SwapNote, but if I'm not going to game with people then I'll just force myself to actually meet new folks face to face.

    I can do more damage that way.

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  • PayneTraynePayneTrayne Canuck Registered User regular
    If I stand next to anyone in line that has Cards against Humanity, they're instantly my bestfriend as I REALLY want to try that game.

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  • KoalaBro2KoalaBro2 Registered User regular
    OccamsRZR wrote: »
    A nice site for cheap games is http://www.cheapass.com. They sell games assuming that you have things like counters (either glass beads or coins or something) and dice. They also have free games you can print from their site.

    OH MY GOD! Cheapass Games is back?!? This is the greatest news since news was invented! I strongly suggest downloading all their games and giving them all your money. You will not regret it.

    As for the actual subject of this thread, line games, my experience from last year is that you really don't spend enough time in lines for physical games. I had time for about half a game of Fluxx in the concert line, and that's supposed to be about the longest stationary line there is. However, conversely, if you want to see any of the demos on the exhibition floor, you may be waiting upwards of an hour. Unfortunately, the exhibition floor lines are cramped for space, and always moving. So electronic games, like the iOS version of Zombie Dice, or anything on the Nintendo DS, are the way to go.

  • RedBerriesRedBerries Registered User regular
    A friend picked up "We didn't play test this" last year when we were waiting in line for the concerts, best money spent. It is the quickest game, plus since its cards you need little to no floor space. We bring it to all of our work outings now too.

    I saw a lot of zombie dice.

    Overall though I give credit to the enforcers, they do their best to entertain you.

  • repeterepete Registered User regular
    Pokemon Gold silver or Crystal is usually what i play in line

  • spiderz13spiderz13 Registered User regular
    This is what I got so far:

    - Mario Cart DS
    - Fluxx Monty Python
    - Back to the Future Card Game
    - Magic Cards (two decks)
    - We Didn't Play Test This At All

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  • ZeroHourHeroZeroHourHero Registered User
    Psh.... Im bringing my Game Gear. I found it in my dads house the other day.

  • ottoman673ottoman673 Registered User
    I'll be equipped with my 3DS and some Mario Kartz for the lines.

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  • GrimRupertGrimRupert Registered User regular
    spiderz13 wrote: »
    This is what I got so far:

    - Mario Cart DS
    - Fluxx Monty Python
    - Back to the Future Card Game
    - Magic Cards (two decks)
    - We Didn't Play Test This At All

    The deck-building game? I'm actually curious how that is. Will you be at the Thursday night Westin gaming meet-up thinger?

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  • TJBrady22TJBrady22 Registered User
    Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice. Been looking since last year for compact things to do in line.
    I've played Munchkin Space before in line, it was tough because of how dense the lines are.

  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    Psh.... Im bringing my Game Gear. I found it in my dads house the other day.

    YES! Maybe I will bring mine. Why the fuck not? Hahaha.

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  • RevGutterRevGutter Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Zombie dice and Cthulhu dice were our line games of choice last year, along with Mario Kart and Mario Party of course. I had Munchkin and Fluxx in my bag but never broke them out since they are a bit more time consuming for some lines.
    Brainscore on the android market is very handy when playing bigger games of zombie dice while on the move.

    I may bring Epic Sell Wars this year. Doesn't take much room for a card game and is a fairly quick play.

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  • azuravianazuravian Registered User regular
    GrimRupert wrote: »
    spiderz13 wrote: »
    This is what I got so far:

    - Mario Cart DS
    - Fluxx Monty Python
    - Back to the Future Card Game
    - Magic Cards (two decks)
    - We Didn't Play Test This At All

    The deck-building game? I'm actually curious how that is. Will you be at the Thursday night Westin gaming meet-up thinger?

    Unless it's a different Back to the Future Card Game, it's not a DBG. It's a reimagining of Chrononauts with a BttF theme. Great game.

  • GrimRupertGrimRupert Registered User regular
    azuravian wrote: »
    GrimRupert wrote: »
    spiderz13 wrote: »
    This is what I got so far:

    - Mario Cart DS
    - Fluxx Monty Python
    - Back to the Future Card Game
    - Magic Cards (two decks)
    - We Didn't Play Test This At All

    The deck-building game? I'm actually curious how that is. Will you be at the Thursday night Westin gaming meet-up thinger?

    Unless it's a different Back to the Future Card Game, it's not a DBG. It's a reimagining of Chrononauts with a BttF theme. Great game.

    I just did a bit of research, and I was confusing it a bit with the Star Trek deck building game. I researched them both on BoardGame Geek at roughly the same time frame.

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  • JobiwanKenobiJobiwanKenobi Registered User regular
    I typically pack my DS and cribbage for the lines. Although, We Didn't Playtest This At All would be epic in PAX lines... I suspect that I'll be bringing that along this time.

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  • Dgeorge318Dgeorge318 Registered User regular
    redfield85 wrote: »
    Psh.... Im bringing my Game Gear. I found it in my dads house the other day.

    YES! Maybe I will bring mine. Why the fuck not? Hahaha.

    I'll bring mine too. And the Sega converter so I can play Altered Beast. Just don't make fun of the 300 pack of batteries I bring. Or the 1 burnt out pixel.

  • EQVEQV Spaceteam Champ 2013 Registered User regular
    All I have is a Game Boy Color with various Pokemons (Gold, Silver, Blue, Yellow). Hopefully I'll meet one of you in line and you'll have a link cable!

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  • TheAggroCraigTheAggroCraig MassachusettsRegistered User regular
    I'll bring my DS/3DS with Mario Kart and either Pokemon Soul Silver or Black.

    I'm half tempted to just bust out a copy of Candy Land somewhere at PAX though.

  • KrisstaKrissta New HampshireRegistered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I'll be bringing Cthulu Dice, We Didn't Play Test This, and Apples to Apples MOD. And I'll have cookies. ;)

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  • Dr ValkyrieDr Valkyrie Registered User
    I'll be bringing Zombie Dice around with me :D

  • spiderz13spiderz13 Registered User regular
    GrimRupert wrote: »
    spiderz13 wrote: »
    This is what I got so far:

    - Mario Cart DS
    - Fluxx Monty Python
    - Back to the Future Card Game
    - Magic Cards (two decks)
    - We Didn't Play Test This At All

    The deck-building game? I'm actually curious how that is. Will you be at the Thursday night Westin gaming meet-up thinger?

    Its the version made by Looney Labs. Its a fun game, better if your familiar with BTTF ( I played with some people that never saw the movies). I wont be at the Westin meet up but I will be in the Main Theater Line for the Keynote, Q&A, Rooster Teeth Lineup.

    Also I think I lost Monty Python Fluxx so I got find that quick.

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  • Lindsey LohanLindsey Lohan Registered User regular
    We'll have our DS/3DS with the usual suspects (Mario Kart, Pokemon). I'm guessing we'll have We Didn't Playtest This, Zombie Dice and Cthulhu Dice as well. I do know we're using PAX as a chance to grab expansions to Playtest This without having to pay shipping and my wife wants a copy for her classroom too.

    I'm crossing my fingers for their to still be bags with Magic cards on Sunday since we won't be there all weekend.

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  • NullzoneNullzone Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    While many of the lines may not be entering their respective event locations for upwards of an hour, it is worth noting that you may be asked multiple times to move a few feet in the interest of space, so bringing games that are easily picked up and moved around is a good idea. Generally speaking, I've had the best success in line with games that did not use a tableau of any sort (i.e. Magic, Munchkin, Fluxx, etc); there are plenty of card games that just exchange cards between players' hands and the draw/discard piles, which are far more ideal for the situation. Playtest and its counterpart are great because they play in 10-15 minutes, so even though you are placing cards down the game is over really quickly (or even if you are forced to reset it's no serious loss because the next game was not far off).

    Zombie and Cthulhu Dice are two of my personal favorites, because you can carry them both in the Zombie Dice cup and you don't really need anything else to play (keep score in your head or on a sheet of paper/phone). Playtest is great, as is Bedlamb (again, do accounting with something other than chips). I haven't run into anything that I found quite as elegant as these solutions, personally; they do a great job of filling most of the time, combined with general conversation, and the occasional phone browsing.

    This isn't a "Don't bring these games" post or anything, just friendly advice from someone who's done it a few times. Bring whatever you'd like, just be prepared to be flexible :)

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    Last year I made the easy mistake of bringing every cool line game that I had. The end result is that I sacrificed a lot of bag space for games that people already had or that I never really used. The worse was my idea of bringing multiple decks of MTG, just in case I needed variety.

    It won't stop me from bringing some again (hey, I would rather be safe than simply assume everyone around me will have Zombie Dice), but this time I'm going to stick to one only - two if the second choice takes up absolute minimal space, and either one will need to be easily explainable/deployable/picked up quickly.

    Since I only plan on playing MTG casually I figure I'll bring only one deck, though that may be a rough choice since everyone is into commander these days (which I would not play in a moving line).

  • MrGone1980MrGone1980 Registered User
    Hey I was wondering, does anyone have Metagame?

    I ordered a deck today but I have a feeling it won't get here in time for PAX....

  • ErickaJoErickaJo Registered User regular
    Had to search Kittens in a Blender... dear god, I hope I can buy this on the floor.

    We'll be bringing our 3DSs with the usual suspects (pokemon of various flavors, MK7, Kid Icarus: Uprising etc), Martian Dice, Zombie Dice, a copy of some Fluxx, and maybe some other stuff.

    Oh, and I'll have cookies.

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    ErickaJo wrote: »
    Had to search Kittens in a Blender... dear god, I hope I can buy this on the floor.

    We'll be bringing our 3DSs with the usual suspects (pokemon of various flavors, MK7, Kid Icarus: Uprising etc), Martian Dice, Zombie Dice, a copy of some Fluxx, and maybe some other stuff.

    Oh, and I'll have cookies.

    Damn it... PAX is the best place ever.

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