Fantastic Games for Travelling

It’s summertime and for many of us that means vacations. Whether you’re looking to play games around the campfire, while waiting for a connection at the airport, or with friends or family at your destination, we here at Sentry Box have you covered.

Card games make great travelling games.  They are small, light and better yet, can be bundled together when packing. You can often fit many card games together in one box if you take out the inserts. Sometimes a game that looks big, packs much smaller. For example, the Dominion deck building series has fantastic inserts to help you organize your cards.  But take the cards out, sort them in a couple plastic lunch baggies, and you’ll find the base game and your favourite expansions can come with you in a much smaller box.  (Note: All games have been linked to their entry on so you can read more about them.)


While not an exhaustive list by any means, here are some popular card games that are about the size of a deck of cards:

Tichu:  4 player trick taking game

Sushi Go: a 2-5 player drafting and set collection game.

Love Letter series: a 2-4 player deduction game

Hanabi: a 2-5 player cooperative game

Bohnanza: a 2-7 player trading and set collection game.

Port Royal: a 2-5 player press your luck drafting game

Coloretto: a 2-5 player drafting set collection game

Guillotine: a 2-5 player take that hand management game

Fluxx series: a wacky, rules changing set collection game

OrganATTACK: a 2-5 player take that game


As mentioned above, deck building games like Dominion generally pack smaller than their boxes. Other games that are just a set of cards include the Munchkin series and the Boss Monster games.  Some non-card games are also small.  For example, the Tiny Epic series of games feel bigger than their box; these games are cleverly designed to be small but as their name suggests, are epic in gameplay.  Some popular games have had card versions created which have the original theme and similar mechanics but are much smaller in size. For example San Juan is a card game implementation of Puerto Rico and the Castles of Burgundy game has a card game implementation. For Sale & High Society are both now available in travel versions the size of a deck of cards. Citadels and Innovation are a couple more popular small box games.


Looking for 2 player games? The following are all fantastic and small:

Star Realms: a deck builder

Hero Realms: a deck builder

Jaipur: a set collection game with cards and a few tokens

Morels: a drafting set collection card game


Playing with a larger group? Try:

Codenames series: a 2-8 player word association game.

Anomia: a 3-6 player light trivia word game

Get The MacGuffin: a 2-11 player deduction game

6 nimmt: a 2-10 player hand management game

Happy Salmon: a 3-6 player silly action matching game

Once Upon a Time: a 2-6 player story telling game

Like role deduction bluffing games with a group?  The Coup series plays 2-6 and The Resistance series plays 5-10. Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition plays 5-75 and the One Night Ultimate series plays 3-10.


What about when you hit the beach or go poolside?  No need to leave the games safely inside when they are both waterproof and windproof! Gloom, a 2-4 player storytelling game is made with plastic cards. Dice Games such as Zombie Dice, Perudo, and Rorys Story Cubes, are small as well as waterproof. And tile games with plastic components are perfect when you’re near water:

Hive: a 2 player chess-like abstract game

Ingenious: a 1-4 player abstract game

Rummikub: a 2-4 player tile game

Blokus: a 2-4 player abstract game

Bananagrams: a frantic 2-4 player word game

Pickomino: a press your luck 2-6 player dice rolling tile collection game

Hanabi Deluxe: a tile version of the popular 2-5 player coop game.


And if you have small children, we have some great options for your preschoolers with junior versions of popular games:

Spot It JR: for ages 3 and up.

Anomia Kids: for ages 5 and up.

My First Bohnanza: for ages 4 and up.

My First Stone Age: The Card Game for ages 4 and up.

Five Crowns Junior: for ages 5 and up.


Whether you travel far, stay close to home or hit the local pool, we hope you take your love of games with you and share it with those you meet.  Come by Sentry Box and pick up some games before your next trip!


L5R Stronghold Season One Grand Finale


Come down to The Sentry Box on Saturday July 7th at 1:00pm for the finale to The Stronghold Season 1. Entry to the event is $10 and Restricted List are in effect.

Prizes include:
• Champions Playmat
• Acrylic Honor Dial
• Full art promo Shameful Display
• Wooden First Player ( Top of Clan)
• other miscellaneous items left from kit

Star Wars Armada Store Championship

Star Wars Armada

Come down to The Sentry Box on Sunday July 29th and take part in the 2018 Star Wars Armada Store Championship. Entry to the event is $10 payable at the store prior to or on the day of the event. We will be using 400 point fleets and each round will be two hours and 15 minutes in length. There are three round and we will be using the standard Tournament Regulations and current FAQ.

Please bring any mats you own to help with the event.

Armada Store Champ Kit

Each year, the Star Wars: Armada Store Championships take your in-store battles and amplify them. While you’ll face the same strategic and tactical challenges you enjoy in your seasonal play, the Store Championships set these challenges against a bid for gamer glory—your chance to claim local bragging rights.

Obliterate your friends’ fleets. Outmaneuver your local Star Wars: Armada community. Seize your objectives. And you might emerge victorious as Store Champion—the year’s top player at your favourite local game store.

You’ll also win prizes. The Store Championships match the heightened competition with an arsenal of prizes that easily outguns those that come with the Fleet Patrol tournaments supported by the game’s seasonal kits.

Star Wars X-Wing Store Championship

Star Wars X wing logo

On Saturday August 18th, starting at 10:00 am, The Sentry Box will be hosting their Star Wars X-Wing Store Championship. Pre-registration for this event is open by calling 403-245-2121 or emailing with a credit card number or Paypal payment for the $10 entry fee, or by coming in store.

Payers need to be at the store for 10am, with the pairings being announced at 10:30am and the first round getting underway at 10:45am.

Rounds will be 75 minutes, with the number of rounds and cut to be determined once we know the number of players.

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Beyond the Gates of Antares Slow Grow League

Beyond the Gates of Antares league

Starting on Sunday July 8th The Sentry Box will be running a ‘slow grow league’ for Beyond the Gates of Antares. Games will begin at 500pts and increase every two weeks until we are playing at 1000pts. Come down and join us!

Beyond the Gates of Antares is the science-fiction skirmish wargame written by Rick Priestley (the creator of Warhammer 40,000).

The game includes seven different Antarean factions: the PanHuman Concord, the Ghar Empire, the Isorian Senatex, the Algoryn Prosperate, the Freeborn Vardos, the Boromite Guilds and the Rebel Ghar Outcasts. Beyond the Gates of Antares game play makes use of the successful and exciting dice activation system first pioneered in Warlord’s popular Bolt Action WW2 wargame – ensuring that both sides remain active and engaged throughout every game. Resolution is by ten-sided dice offering considerable expansion and great range of detail compared to traditional six-sided dice.

Age of Sigmar Soul Wars release event

Soul Wars battle

Come out and celebrate the release of the new Age of Sigmar rules as well as the new Soul Wars boxed set. On Saturday June 30th we will be running a Big Battle as well as having tables available for open gaming. Bring down your army, or build the contents of your Soul Wars pre-order at the store, and participate in our massive Order and Death versus Chaos and Destruction battle.

We will be giving away door prizes during the day so come down, play using the new Age of Sigmar rules and maybe win some swag!

We will start setting up the Big Battle at 11am so make sure you are down to get your place.

Soul Wars pre-orders

AoS Soul Wars Preorder

Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars is coming and The Sentry Box is now taking preorders for the boxed set, General’s handbook, Malign Sorcery boxed set and all the other items that will be released for the new version of Age of Sigmar on June 30th.
Come down to the store, or call and put in your pre-order now with no cash down. Earn double Vicinity points on all pre-orders. Don’t have a Vicinity account? Then set one up for free when you place your pre-order.

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