stephen Donkin
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Hey guys,

I know there are a billion of these threads, but my girlfriend likes quite specific things from a game, and I'm looking for some help in getting something that will appeal to her.

She really likes Monopoly - specifically, she likes being able to, in her words, "annihilate" her opponents without actually screwing them over, if you know what I mean. She likes building something, an engine I suppose, that will grind down other players.

Also, I've managed to get her into Agricola and Dominion, so she kind of likes the strategies involved in those games.

Another big thing for her is theme, she struggles to get into anything with sci-fi or fantasy themes....

Anyone got any ideas?


Thanks in advance!
 
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Have you thought of something like Power Grid or Ticket to Ride?

My wife isn't that keen on sci fi or fantasy themed games either, but the managing money and resources aspects of power grid, and the more real world themes of Ticket to Ride may appeal, especially if the maps used are places she's traveled to. Both are competitive, but without the direct conflict.
 
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I don't know about an "engine" that would grind down other players. But a couple of good engine-building games are

Puerto Rico (2P variant)
Homesteaders (works well with 2P+)
Yspahan (2P variant)

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Thanks guys - I'll propose these to her.

Also - any suggestions for perhaps a competitive empire-building game that fits the above criteria?
 
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Hmm, 7 Wonders could be good. How does it play 2-player?
 
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steviedonx wrote:
Hmm, 7 Wonders could be good. How does it play 2-player?


Not well.

Power Grid, for that matter, is not a good 2 player either.

I would look at:

Dominion

Acquire

Also, for games with a great 2 player experience that arent too expensive check out:

Aton
Mr. Jack
Hey, That's My Fish! - plays 2-4, but 2 player is the purest experience.





 
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Engine building games that I have enjoyed, that your girlfriend might enjoy are:

San Juan
Notre Dame
Stone Age
Alien Frontiers
Manhattan Project

I see all of these as engine builders because as you get more cards and resources, your resources work more efficiently.
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Re: (Yet another) Help me get my girlfriend to game with me thread.
casualgod wrote:
steviedonx wrote:
Hmm, 7 Wonders could be good. How does it play 2-player?


Not well.

Power Grid, for that matter, is not a good 2 player either.


Disagree 100%. I've mainly played 7 wonders 2 player and enjoy it quite a bit. It plays very well 2 player and is a terrific game. Much more fun than Dominion.
 
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Be careful using that "P" word... Never know how that game will turn out :-)
 
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Have a look at San Juan ... it might work.

Another good 2p game that has upgrades (but not quite an "engine") is Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League. It's a good intro to pickup and delivery.
 
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I would try Innovation with her. I get the feeling of what she is talking about from that game. Though the annihilate is more fun with screwage as well. And you get both in Innovation.
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casualgod wrote:

Power Grid, for that matter, is not a good 2 player either.



Gotta disagree as well. Buy the $5 Power Grid: The Robots and you've got a 2 player game that's as good as with 3 or more players (minus the social aspect the extra players bring)

Innovation is just as perfect a suggestion as I can think of.

The fun aspect of Monopoly regarding annihilating is due to buying properties and forcing other people to give you their money, while equally being agonized over giving your hard earned money to others. (as opposed to a lot of eurogames where once you earn a point, it's yours to keep. Of course, in Settlers this is a bit mitigated the Longest Road and Largest Army cards). What's annoying about the game is, of course, the fact that getting a good hand of properties (more specifically, a good hand of trade-able properties) is completely luck based.

So a game where you build yourself up into something to be feared yet are vulnerable against others as well is that's not war, sci-fi, or fantasy themed is.... Troyes?

Screw it, Power Grid is great. Watch this two minute video to see what it's all about
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7POfM5MPfQ
 
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Cool - thanks for the help guys! Going to have a further look at San Juan, Innovation and maybe Troyes. Power Grid might be a little...dry for her. But I'll show her anyway!

Thanks again!
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Yes, you can directly attack each other, but it's usually not the best stategy to win the game.
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Takenoko because it makes me physically and psychologically ill to know that this game is receiving the reaction it has so far. Are people really that crazy?

What else would someone want out of a medium light euro game? What else could a game give?

There. There is a game, particularly for girls but really for anyone that is getting into the hobby, that will spoil them rotten for other games. And they should totally play it and get spoiled. A lot.

It is going to absolutely cannabalize our other games for playtime for awhile. It is that good and you would never know it from looking around bgg. Why you wouldn't I have no idea. I've played 20 different games so far multiple times and this one is better than all of them. It is better than Innovation as a total package. It is $27 at miniaturemarket but out of stock and they have 5+ at boardsandbits and it is $32 there.

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Maybe give Jaipur a try.
 
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steviedonx wrote:
She likes building something, an engine I suppose, that will grind down other players.

[..]

she struggles to get into anything with sci-fi or fantasy themes....

I'm thinking Antiquity. You're building an engine and later in the game the players' engines will collide, causing them to disrupt each other. It's also mildly themed. It's very heavy, though. And expensive.
 
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Thanks for the help everyone - I showed her the BGG pages for most of the recommendations here, and she saw Sid Meier's Civilization mentioned on one and has got quite excited about that! So it looks like that's what we are heading for.
 
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That's a great game and I'm jealous as hell that you have someone to play that with.

However, you may want to look into Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. This game is actually more true to the civilization's levelling up and tech tree, whereas the board game is more on a macro level with conquering territories and such.

Most people like TtA more and I played a bit of it once and it is great, but the raging Ameritrasher in me thinks he'd prefer Sid Meier's version
 
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steviedonx wrote:
Thanks for the help everyone - I showed her the BGG pages for most of the recommendations here, and she saw Sid Meier's Civilization mentioned on one and has got quite excited about that! So it looks like that's what we are heading for.


Really? That's one hell of a game! Which I meant good by the way. You two are going to enjoy it.

Since you said, she likes to build stuff, there a lot of things to build in this game (which you'll also build your engine at the same time). I especially think that she'll like the tech-tree research thingy. Annihilate is as simple as nuking (you need to be lucky as Uranium is scarce; sometimes it won't appear) the opponent or just by the military. Also, a lot of decisions making.

I enjoy Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game even with two. Make sure you also try it with four if you have the opportunity. The experience is just totally different. I really think you two will enjoy it for hours.

I'm already planning to get the expansion!
- Damien
 
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Cool! Sounds like we have some exciting nights ahead of us! I really hope if she can get into a game of this size and scope, it might lead her to be a little more free with her criteria!

Thanks again guys!
 
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reefgator wrote:
Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
Yes, you can directly attack each other, but it's usually not the best stategy to win the game.


This one. Especially if she enjoys Agricola, this one is worker placement without the resources, but with all sorts of other cool stuff. AoE III is your game.

Endeavor has a vaguely similar feel and a solid 2p variant, and is a little faster.

Other tableau-builders mentioned like Innovation and San Juan might work well too.
 
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if she likes annihilating and fantasy, try talisman and runebound. Those are games with a clearly defined winner easy to play and have money involved.

if you want to move up in the economic latter and still be fantasy try lords of waterdeep.

do not underestimate the power of munchkins when it comes to women and wanting to kick butt in a humerous fashion.

alo look at road to canterbury as well for messing up your opponenet and resource management along with money.

just my 2 cents worth.
 
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I just bought Lords of Waterdeep and it has become my wife's favorite game. I think it plays well two players and while it does take place in the D&D universe, the theme is very light. It's incredibly easy to learn and plays quick.
 
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