The Best Games to Play While Waiting in Line at Conventions
Have you ever found yourself waiting in line at a convention while waiting to get into a panel or for an event to start? Yeah…you’re not alone. Lines are a natural part of conventions and you’re bound to find yourself in at least one over the course of a con weekend.
Never fear though! There are plenty of ways to pass the time to keep yourself (and your neighbors) from getting bored. Never mind playing games on your phone or handheld video game device. While these can be interactive, they also require battery life and oftentimes good Wifi. Please pass up book reading too. Trust me, I love a good book just as much as you, but we’re at a convention. It’s time to mingle with our fellow geeks, meet new people, and have some fun.
Thus I present the following list of the best games to play while waiting in line at a convention.
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Convention Game Qualifications
Before I jump directly into the list, I first want to list what I feel makes a game worthy of being on this list.
- Most importantly, and almost without need for mention, the game must be easily portable.
- The game should be easy to set up, transport (as the line progresses), and be quick to clean up.
- The best convention games do not need large spaces or flat table areas to be played upon.
- The game should be easy to teach and quick to learn.
- Preferred number of players varies by person, but I enjoy flexible games that can play with 2 on up to 4, 6, or even 8.
- Length of game play preference also varies, but I tend to prefer games on the shorter side.
2. Love Letter
Love Letter can be played in 15 minutes by 2-4 players. The game includes a small deck of cards, some wooden tokens, and a carrying pouch. The goal is to woo Princess Annette with your romantic love letter. You must use the people of the king’s court within the palace to get your letter to her, while deflecting the letters of the other eligible suitors.
Spyfall is played by 3-8 players and the players determine play-length; games generally last 15-30 minutes. The game includes a deck of cards. Each player is secretly given a location card, while one player is given a spy card. The players must use probing questions, bluffing, and clever answers, to prove they are not the spy, while ensuring the spy does not guess their specific location.
Oddball Aeronauts is played by 2 players in 15-20 minutes. The game consists of a deck of cards and a single token. Take to the sky with a host of steampunk-like creatures and airships to see who will reign supreme. The lead player attacks, while the second player defends. Both determine their plan of strategy and reveal their moves at the same time to determine who is victorious each round.
A similar 2-player fighting game can be found in Dragon Punch.
We Didn’t Playtest This At All can be played by 2-15 players in 30 seconds up to 5 minutes. It’s a game of total nonsense and randomness where you’re simply trying to win by not tripping up on any new game rules or setting off a losing condition.
When it comes down to it, there are other games you can play that don’t require any parts or pieces. Start a game of 2 Truths & a Lie, I Spy, or the Alphabet game (pick a category and start naming items, beginning with ‘A,’ ‘B’… e.g. “Superheroes” > A- Aquaman, B- Batman…).
Remember to be patient, be friendly, and enjoy your time at the con.
What’s your favorite way to pass time while standing in line at conventions? Have a great line game not on this list? Let me know in the comments below.