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NYC subway rides can be long and boring -- so break out a board game!

Subway rides can be long and boring, and riders endure with the help of games, music or low-fi paperbacks. But, there's another way to spend 20 or 30 minutes or even an hour: With your favorite board game.

Earlier this week, an image of three people on a train playing Monopoly garnered more than 1,000 votes and more than 100 comments on Reddit.

"You know your subway line is slow when you can squeeze a whole game of Monopoly into your commute," one comment said. On the other hand, there was some speculation that the riders were hiding out on the train to take advantage of the air conditioning out of the steamy heat.

But there's more at play than Monopoly. Which other games would suit your commute, whether you're with a group or traveling solo?

If your commute is longer than an hour and a half: Risk

Average game time: Up to 3 hours or
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Average game time: Up to 3 hours or more.

Players: 2 to 5

Hardcore Risk players can spend hours amassing armies and trying to outwit geopolitical foes. By focusing on defeating foes, your long commute will seem to speed by. However, with all the small pieces that are required for the game, and the need to remember their location, it might be best to save this one for a long ride where you don't plan on transferring trains.

Best for: Travel on the local R train between Bay Ridge-95th Street Station and Forest Hills-First Avenue Station.

If your commute is about an hour and full of mystery: Clue

Average game time: About 60 minutes Players: 3
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Average game time: About 60 minutes

Players: 3 to 6

Clue is the perfect game for a jaunt through a subway system that is always confounding expectations. Will you or won't you get to your destination on time? Will the person next to you throw up and cause a delay? Luckily, this is a comparatively short game, with its simple whodunit setup ("The crime was committed by Colonel Mustard with a dagger in the Conservatory.")

Best for: Travel between Pelham Bay Park Station and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall on the 6 train.

If your commute is short: Battleship Grab & Go

Average game time: No data available Players: 2
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Average game time: No data available Players: 2

Battleship can come with bells and whistles, but it is probably not a good idea to use a version that lights up and makes noise each time a shot hits an enemy. That's why we suggest Battleship Grab & Go for your subway commute. You can still rampage through the oceans, destroying each other's ships, but at least you can do it quietly with the game units in your laps.

Best for: Travel on the C train -- because you'll feel like you're in a battleship in one of the antiquated cars that run on the line.

For the commute to the nearest park: Candyland

Average game time: Around 20 minutes Players: 2
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Average game time: Around 20 minutes

Players: 2 to 4

Of course, this is one to play with the little ones so they don't get bored on their ride. What's great, too, is that if there's a delay your kid will probably just want to keep playing it again, and again! Endless fun, or misery, for parents.

Best for: Any train ride that gets you someplace fun, quickly.

For the solo commute: Pandemic

Average game time: 45 minutes Players: 1 to
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Average game time: 45 minutes

Players: 1 to 4

Although it's not technically a solo game, Pandemic is a cooperative game that can be played without friends or foes. While it's the least well known game on this list, it sounds like just the kind of game to play on a subway train full of people and germs: The story line focuses on an outbreak of four diseases that need to be eradicated before time runs out.

Best for: The L train or any other really crowded train.


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