Timewaster Tuesday: Games for Standing in Line

In just a couple of weeks, we are going to be at PAX Prime in Seattle. We intend to see a lot of great panels, try out some great games on the floor, and meet some awesome people. However, to accomplish these goals, we are also going to be spending a lot of time waiting in line. Therefore, we are going to pack our bags with some fun games to help us waste time. These are games that are simple, portable, and great for wasting time and making friends.

1. Zombie Dice
We got to play this at PAX East and it was surprisingly fun for quite a simple game! The game comes with a number of proprietary dice containing pictures of brains, feet, and shotgun blasts. You are the zombie collecting brains and trying not to get shot. The game can be played with a few people in a small space and doesn’t take very long, but is still reasonably fun.

Equipment: 1 canister of dice
Space: about a square foot of floor space to roll and collect brains
Time: 5-15 minutes depending on what you do

2. Fluxx
Fluxx is the ultimate crazy card game. The rules are constantly changing as is the goal needed to win. What I love about it is that you can drop in or out at any time. If the game has been going on for a while, someone can still join and win in just a few turns. The games last various lengths depending on the rule/goal changes, but if you want to end it, that can often be maneuvered. Another great thing about Fluxx is that it has a few varieties, original and zombie to name two. Each variety has its own cards and is slightly different.

Equipment: 1 pack of Fluxx cards
Space: a few square feet, depending on the rules in play this can spread out quite a bit
Time: 5 minutes to an hour or more, extremely variable

3. Chrononauts
In Chrononauts, you are time travelers trying to fix up various problems in the past. Time keeps getting shuffled, and you try to patch it, changing the timeline. There are a few ways to win, one by collecting items and one by adjusting the timeline in specific ways. Also, you can create 13 time paradoxes and destroy the world. That means you all lose. It takes a round or two to pick up, but it’s tons of fun if you like strategy time travel games. Again, it can end quickly, or it can go on for a while, but the players have a little control over ending the game. You could always destroy the world if your panel is about to start!

Equipment: 1 pack of Chrononauts cards
Space: about 1.5-2 square feet to set up the timeline and play items
Time: 10-45 minutes depending on how things go

4. Super Circles
I read about this one on GeekDad and have not yet given it a try, but I trust them … usually! This one is a fast-paced, color matching card game. It appears to be quite simple and quick, although a bit aggressive as people are placing cards all at the same time. I am definitely interested in checking this one out for those shorter line waits with less space.

Equipment: 1 pack of Super Circles cards
Space: less than 1 square foot, one drop pile, one draw pile
Time: 5 minutes

There you have it, some game ideas while waiting for Warren Specter to blow your mind as the keynote speaker, or where ever you happen to be waiting. Let us know in the comments of other good line waiting games, I still have time to shop before PAX!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lisa M
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 12:46:54

    I LOVE “we didn’t playtest this at all” by asmadi games for waiting in lines. the games are shor tand silly, the rules are really simple so it’s great for getting other people around you to join in too! and it’s just a deck (or two or three with expansions) of cards in a card box so it’s really light weight and small to stick in my purse or messenger bag


  2. Ruth
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 13:06:21

    I have Cthulhu dice. While I haven’t yet used them in a line, they seem suited!


  3. Amy
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 00:51:36

    Yay Fluxx and Chrononauts! I am a big Looney Labs fan, and I like that these games are fun and easy to fit anywhere. I always try to remember to pack them on trips.

    I got Zombie Dice a few weeks ago and somehow haven’t played yet. I don’t think I can use the “no time” excuse for that one. 🙂


  4. Eleni
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 23:31:01

    Those sound like a lot of fun. I am especially intrigued by Chrononauts. I’m a big fan of time travel (and the paradoxes that it leads to). I’ll have to look for that one.


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