So you’re going to be stuck on a plane. Hopefully you’re going someplace fun, or at least someplace you want to go. But before you get there will be hours and hours and hours to fill. Flipping through that catalog of stuff to buy that you don’t really want will take about five minutes. Ordering overpriced, underwhelming drinks wastes another 10. What to do? What to do? Are we there yet?

Your tailgating experience, high in the friendly skies, will be somewhat limited. But Tailgate Fan has a suggestion: bring a game or two or four. You have the time, and you’re stuck in a seat. Here are some good ones to try:


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Qwirkle Board Game ($34.99)

Pull out the tray tables, there’s just enough room. These wooden blocks come in six different shapes and six colors. The idea is to match tiles to build rows and score points. It’s a little like Scrabble without those pesky words. The average game takes about 45 minutes, with everything going back into the pouch when it’s time to land.

Buy the Qwirkle Board Game.


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Loot ($9.99)

Yo ho ho and a (tiny) bottle of rum. It’s hard to act like a pirate while stuck in an airplane seat. Being a little tipsy helps. And, frankly, games are more fun that way too. Set sail on an adventure, storming the ships and seizing the treasure of your opponents along the way. The idea, not surprisingly, is to collect lots of loot. Get the gold doubloons, and you win.

Buy Loot.


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Adult HedBanz Game ($19.99)

Ask questions and figure out who or what you are, all while wearing the answer on your head. The first person to figure themselves out wins. It’s a fast game that requires fast responses. (Add alcohol to slow things down.) Ask a question, get an answer and go from there. Other passengers will look at you funny, but after a few rounds, they’ll want to play too.

Buy the Adult HedBanz Game.

Cards Against Humanity

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Cards Against Humanity ($25)

Designed to be as despicable and awful (in a good way) as your friends. Who needs enemies with friends playing games like this. Each round a player asks a question from a black card while everyone else answers with their funniest white card. There are over 500 cards, which means up to six people can play. It’s a party game for horrible people who aren’t afraid of few choice words.

Buy Cards Against Humanity.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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