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Episode 001, Good Games for Couples is up. Check it out at: http://www.greatbigtable.com/2012/05/great-big-table-podcast...

We've listed our games for couples and discussed some of yours.

What do you think? What makes a good game for couples?

What games would you cross off our list?

What games would you add?

Let's continue the conversation here.

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Re: Great Big Table - Episode 001 - Good Games for Couples
loved ep. 1 starting to play games with my girlfriend and i picked up a lot of great tips. now we are trying to find other couples in our area that are in to the same things we are to game with got any tips?
 
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pirateart wrote:
loved ep. 1 starting to play games with my girlfriend and i picked up a lot of great tips. now we are trying to find other couples in our area that are in to the same things we are to game with got any tips?


Hi, Art-

Thanks for the feedback and for joining the guild. Adrienne and I have been kicking your question back and forth since I read it a while back.

Here are some ideas:

* Adrienne suggested playing some games with your girlfriend in a public place like a coffee shop, library, pub, etc. I really like this idea. I've gained most of my work group's players through word of mouth and by playing in public.

* Post a flyer at local gaming shops or go to an open gaming night at the same establishments. Many shops have a "looking for group" board so this might be a good way to go.

* Check for meetups (http://meetup.com) in your area http://board-games.meetup.com/cities/us/fl/kissimmee/, attend one or two and see if you click with anyone in attendance.

* Attend a local convention and see who you meet there. Dice Tower's Convention (http://dicetowercon.com) is right in your backyard at the beginning of July.

* If all else fails, host a game night for friends from work, church, your softball team, etc. Turn them onto party games that they may never have heard of, like Werewolf, Wits & Wagers, Say Anything, Reverse Charades, Times Up Title Recall. Get them hooked on the idea of these "new" games, then slowly (maybe over multiple game nights) introduce more and more complex games. In essence, make the friends you already have (or potentially have) into gamers.

I hope these suggestions help.

If anyone else has any ideas, please add them to the discussion.

I smell a future show topic.

Thanks again, Art. I hope you keep listening to and enjoying the show.

Jim
 
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Thanks for the help those are some great ideas. And I cant wait to hear more shows from you guys. good luck with the show.
 
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Hi all:

Late last week a co-worker asked me what plans I had for Father's Day, and I told here we were having a family game night on Saturday. Today when I saw her, she asked me about how the game night went. A long discussion insued, and she seemed very interested in getting involved.
We discussed a local game store that I had just visited, and an upcoming tournament at the game store. I invited her to the next game night at mu house and she accepted.

So my advice is just "throwing it out there" in conversation might yield unexpected results.

Good gaming!

Jeff























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ELDAR1986 wrote:
Hi all:

Late last week a co-worker asked me what plans I had for Father's Day, and I told here we were having a family game night on Saturday. Today when I saw her, she asked me about how the game night went. A long discussion insued, and she seemed very interested in getting involved.
We discussed a local game store that I had just visited, and an upcoming tournament at the game store. I invited her to the next game night at mu house and she accepted.

So my advice is just "throwing it out there" in conversation might yield unexpected results.

Good gaming!

Jeff



Great suggestion, Jeff-

When I started my Wednesday Game Group at work, I only had six initial people, but being willing to "have it out there" and being willing to answer questions and have conversations when people are curious goes a LONG way towards opening people up to the idea and spreading the hobby of board games.

It especially helps when the people that are talking to you already know you in one context or another. If they like and respect you as a co-worker, member of the congregation, member of the gym, or what have you, they are more likely willing to be open about trying something new out with you.

Just talking about it can do wonders and a friendly invitation does wonders as well.

Jim
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I'd like to chime in with some recommendations for great couples games:

Parade (2007) from Z-Man - A fun mix between coloretto and 6 Nimmt! with lots of strategy in 20 minutes!

Keltis: The Way of the Stones (2009) from Kosmos - very light and very fun for 2-4, best played with the 2 player variants found here on BGG. (On a side note, I find Keltis to be a better game than Lost Cities and would rather play any of it's many versions over L.C.)

Hansa (2004) from Uberplay - this game is a great 2 player game that suffers when played with higher player counts. Ask anyone, Hansa is best with two and I highly recommend picking it up for $15-$20!


Keep up the great podcast, it's easily becoming one of my favourites,


Todd from Winnipeg
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Great call on Forbidden Island. My wife and I got married almost two years ago and took Forbidden Island on our honeymoon with us
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