The Quintessential Wife, Girlfriend and Spouse Recommendation GeekList
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I wanted to make a list of the most popular games to play with your wife/ girlfriend/ spouse as chosen by the members at bgg. I am doing it as a reference point for myself and, I hope, others here at bgg. I’ve went through every Geeklist with a Tag of “wife,” “girlfriend,” and/or “spouse” and recorded each game that was added as an item in a positive manner. By “positive manner” I mean, if a game was added either by the owner of the list to say that he and his significant other enjoyed it, someone added the item as a recommendation or when positive feedback came to an item added by someone looking for recommendations. I went through about fifty-five Geeklists, recorded over 200 individual games and over 500 votes for those games. What will follow are the TOP 25 vote getters of Games Recommended for Wives, Girlfriends and Spouses.

One of my highest priorities when buying a new game is to ensure my wife, Jen, is going to enjoy it as well. Jen is my main gaming partner and if she doesn’t like the game, it doesn’t get played and judging by what I read on the other Geeklists, it is much the same for everyone else.

Each game will have its Name and Votes Received.

*Any comments made about the games are Jens and my opinions. Please remember that the point of the list isn’t what I think, but what we have all contributed to the Geek on this matter. I am adding comments, as I hope others do, only to add extra information to the statistics provided.
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51. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1135]
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United Kingdom
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I can't believe no one recommended this before.
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52. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
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If you like co-op.
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53. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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Absolutely recommendable.

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54. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
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Interesting mechanics, good theme.
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55. Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1090]
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Another role-playing card game. Perfect for a pair.
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56. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:272]
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A must-try.
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57. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1520]
Mark Mitchell
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Brighton
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Seriously this is one amazing little game! It's 2 player sepcific with wonderful art and superb mechanics.

It hasn't got that much attention except from quite a few people who haven't played it that much but those that invest the time (which isn't that much) it is a gem and it gets rated highly so ignore its current rank. You have to play about 20 games to really start to appreciate the subtlety of the game.
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58. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:401]
Tony Brum
United States
Ewa Beach
Hawaii
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Wife loves playing this with me.
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59. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:258]
Tony Brum
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Another wife favorite.
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60. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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This is not really much of a 2-player game (some of the races/powers do not lend themselves to so few players) but it plays for 3-5 and is at its best for 3 or 4. The appeal for the ladies, though, is the gorgeous artwork and that it is confrontational without being ruthlessly so, thereby allowing a choice between an aggressive or restrained strategy at no cost to the chance of winning. It is also ridiculously easy to learn and play and the match up of races & powers gives it great longevity. My wife loves playing this one.
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61. Board Game: Numbers League: Adventures in Addiplication [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4206]
Caleb Frazier
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My wife is not very good at math, in fact she hates math, but she is always up for this game, which doesn't make ANY sense.
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62. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:335] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Kenny VenOsdel
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Minnesota
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Good for two. My girlfriend says this one has been her favorite. Even after i played an elephant against her 7 goods and my one (she had two small markets and had discarded two, i had yet to draw one).
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63. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1562]
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Italy
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Not yet found the boardgame my gf wanna play... and I lost the hope
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64. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:89]
 
Tina McDuffie
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Summerville
South Carolina
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This is a great two-player game that's become quite popular with us (my husband and me) and several of our couple friends.
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65. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:986]
Rob Killeen
United States
Shrewsbury
Massachusetts
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We love playing this game together. It can be very intense with two players!
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66. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1467]
Heraldo Makrakis
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My girlfriend is learning about games. She (and me) is loving me and She is addictive, While we talk about our real state (I am purchasing one) we play. Unfortunately he lost all match.
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67. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:816]
Brandon Holmes
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Hamilton
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This is the only game I own that my wife will actually suggest playing out of the blue. It certainly wouldn't be my first choice but when she asks to play a game how can I refuse?
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68. Board Game: Pylos [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1979]
kerli
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Yate, Bristol
South Glos
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Well, I am a "wife and girlfriend" and I like this one. Very simple, easy to learn (has about 3 rules you have to remember) and beautifully made. It is a bit abstract, so maybe not for beginners. Oh yeah, we have the travel version, so we can take it with us on travels or when visiting relatives etc. There is no difference apart from the size of the board.

(We like other Gigamic games as well)

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69. Board Game: Upwords [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:4361]
kerli
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Can't play Scrabble, so this is the next best thing. While I cannot make up that many words in English, I can definitely find loads on the board to change.

(English is not my mother tongue, but I do like crosswords)

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70. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:486]
Edwin Priest
United States
Inverness
Illinois
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What a great Geeklist and it's good to see that it still remains active.

We just tried this for the first time the other night and were pleasantly surprised how well it played with two. All in 45 minutes.
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71. Board Game: Magnate [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:2273]
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Cranston
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72. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:151]
Karsten
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Favorite game of the missus, because she has won every single game we played so far, from at least half a dozen games. I don't know how she does it and how she manages to pull that all the time.

Well, up until yesterday that is, when I won my first game by completing my collection before her, so she had to complete hers with a non-perfect collection. That difference in victory points gave me the upper hand. We'll see if this game is still high in demand if I start winning more.
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73. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1526]
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Another favorite of the missus, because the rules are very easy and a game only takes about 10-15 minutes. And because she does win quite regularly, of course, after she realized that she has quite a good chance of doing so.

Takes only one sheet of printed paper to manufacture, laughably easy to construct. Gameplay is similar to Carcassonne, I heard.
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