We just came back from a trip to Europe with the kids. What do you do
with inveterate board gamer kids in the hotel when they're tired of
tourist attractions? You play board games... Which you bring without
the box in order to fit them in the suitcase. You can get a
surprisingly large number of games in a small space if you leave
optional bits at home. Who needs the score board for Carcassonne? We
took Dominion, including Intrigue, all 700 cards or whatever it is.
Not this trip but a previous trip we brought Settlers. San Juan packs
up really small. It's tricky, but we managed to play Dominion and San
Juan on the airplane tray tables.
Our crowning glory this time was to bring Eurorails. We couldn't
resist, because we were TRAVELING twice on the rails, once from London
to Paris, and once from Paris to Geneva. (Too bad Geneva isn't on the
Eurorails board.) We photocopied the board and taped it together.
Meant we could only play once, but that was enough for hack value.
All we took was the route cards; the commodities and money we left at
home and just kept score on a sheet of paper, crossing out commodities
as they were delivered. We didn't keep track of whether we might run
out of a commodity, but in a 3 player game that doesn't happen all
that often, so we just ignored the possibility. My daughter dropped
out after about half an hour anyway (this is fairly normal behavior);
we just left her track and if anyone used it we'd pay the bank.
It was a very close game. At one point, my son and I were both in
Spain, both with $92, and both delivering cars and picking up oranges!
Later, we both had about $180, he had $80 of commodities on his train
ready for delivery, while I had only $55. So he looked the favorite to
win. And then we drew Taxes, which made him need another delivery and
I lucked out and drew a $40 delivery which I was able to make before
he made his.
This text and pictorial documentation (with an awful picture of me)
can be found at
It was a great trip in addition to the great gaming. A less geeky
travelogue is at
Judy Anderson yclept yduJ 'yduJ' rhymes with 'fudge'