254 – Honey, I Shrunk the Game – The Family Gamers Podcast

Episode 254

Honey, I Shrunk the Game

This week, we’re discussing games that have been sized down, either for portability or for a faster & simpler experience. Are these smaller games worth it?

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What We’ve Been Playing

TRAILS (Keymaster Games) – more on this later…

Robots Ate Our Pizza (RobotsAteOurPizza.com)

Tumble Town (Weird Giraffe Games)

Tussie Mussie (Button Shy)

Enchanted Plumes (Calliope Games)

Gods Love Dinosaurs (Pandasaurus)

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Games Made Compact

Games that have reached some level of popularity come out with smaller versions for lots of reasons. Sometimes it’s to be more beginner friendly, sometimes it’s to make a better 2-player experience, and sometimes it’s to take what we love about a game and strip away ANYTHING extra to make it as tight and short as possible.

The first time we remember seeing this with Z-Man Games stripping down classics like Agricola to a compact 2-player version.

Let’s discuss a few of these that we’ve come across:

Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion


Ticket to Ride New York

Monopoly Deal

Games that have been tightened for 2 players:

Kingdomino Duel (our review) – this is actually a more complicated game than Kingdomino!

7 Wonders Duel – a little simpler, a LOT faster.

Imhotep: The Duel (our review)

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