My top 5 games with no between-turn downtime | Weekly Challenge #4

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Whether it's playing with children, people that won't get off the phone, or people who just don't realize they should be watching what the other players are doing, I love having some of these games ready to go, so I have peace of mind. (There are plenty of simultaneous action selection, roll & write*, and 2 player games that fit this bill, but these are my favorite)

  1. #Village Pillage Love this game. It's a excellent start, or end to game night. Everyone plays a card against the person to their left, and their right. Everyone flips and you resolves actions based on what you and your opponent played. Take your cards back and repeat until someone wins.
  2. #Libertalia Board Game Another simultaneous selection game. This one may lag a little sometimes since you resolve you actions in order. Sadly out of print
  3. #7 Wonders Don't think I need to explain this one, it's still a favorite in our group, and has a new edition coming out! Judges will also except #Fairy Tale or #Sushi Go!
  4. #Tiny Towns Essentially a Roll & Write, with everyone placoing the chosen resource, hoping to place them in the right pattern to build buildings. 
  5. #Rail Pass thi one is a recent addition to my collection. A frantic, coop, train themed dexterity game? Sweet.

*I don't like roll & writes for this situation, because if one persone takes 'too long' other just pick up their phones. Also excluded some great party games, becasue most of them inherently avoid this problem.

Please, please post any games you like that have little to no downtime for players between turns.

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3 months ago

Recently played Cartographers which has all players fill in their maps simultaneously. It's like a tetris game with agendas to complete to earn your points. Eventually your map has less available room so the turns are rather quick. 

Premium User3 months ago

Thanks! I'll check that one out

3 months ago

Ohhh nice! I like this list! I would go with #Puerto Rico for this one! 

Premium User3 months ago

Good to know! I just got a used copy

3 months ago

Excellent! One of my favorite games I do not own!

Owner3 months ago

#The Quacks of Quedlinburg is a great game for simultaneous turns and you get to enjoy the reactions of everyone at the table who are going "nooo I busted!" or "ok ok ok I got this.. hiyahhh!"

Supporter3 months ago

Race for the Galaxy does this well. 

Premium User3 months ago

Thanks, may have to invest in that one

Supporter3 months ago

And, it's reasonably priced.... 

3 months ago

You stole my answer, such a nice game.

Supporter3 months ago

Yes it is. 

Premium User3 months ago

Tiny Towns is one of my all time favourites.  It's always cool to see all of the different takes you get from the same resource picks.

Supporter3 months ago

I've only played solo but I can really imagine the game going crazy based on this

Premium User3 months ago

Once our group had a few games under their belt it got really interesting.  You'd start paying attention to other players and if someone looked like they were having a good game you might take a block that is ok for you but screws them up. 

So not only would you now be worrying about where to put the blocks you need but you also need backup plans for blocks you don't need and evil block choices aimed at you.  

Of course, most of the time the evil block choice wasn't aimed at you but just happened to be the wrong one.  LOL.

Tons of fun!

3 months ago

There are some really great simulataneous play Co-op games I have really enjoyed like #XCOM: The Board Game and #Space Alert which are great at both keeping everyone engaged and preventing quarterbacking.

Supporter3 months ago

Like this idea for a list. Thanks for sharing. 

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