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Noway Jose
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First and foremost thanks for the help last week guys. Was looking to find the right games to play with new people to help make a game group. They loved the games you guys suggested BUT because of their car situation (they don't have one apparently) we will not be doin a regular game night... ugh

I adore my wife. She's simply the best and likes to play games! She plays a lot of minecraft.

We struggle, despite all my games I have, to find a game to really get into.

I think what we need is a co-op with a sense of progression.

She loves good stories, likes the idea of being co-operative and doesn't like people opposing her in games thus not liking multiplayer video games but she does like working against the game so to speak.

Games we have tried to no avail
* LOTR LCG (the constant deck building was just a turn off and we didn't find the game all that thematic
*Ghost stories - its hard but we find it better with 4 people as 2 people controlling 2 characters each feels unthematic
* Caverna - like it and its not a co-op but frankly its a bit much to digest, i think she prefers agricola but that doesn't even get table time

Games i am thinkin about
*Galaxy defenders- seems to fit the bill? I think the idea of having a campaign you finish is appealing
*Descent with road to legend app - haven't tried it thoughts?


Open to suggestions... would love to find something to fill this empty void!

Cheers BGG
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I'd suggest the two co-op games my wife and I played recently.
Both games have good progression, and lots of fun!

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
Mechs vs. Minions
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What about Pandemic Legacy: Season 1?
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I can commiserate with your wife. Sometimes when you're depressed it's too hard to deal with conflict even in an inconsequential board game.

Have you tried Pandemic? The possibility of branching out to a progressive campaign in Pandemic Legacy might be something she enjoys.

Also, maybe try some unofficial house rules with other games that might not normally be to your wife's tastes. For example, I was looking at getting Dice City because everything about it appealed to me until I saw that players could choose to build a destructive machine, whereby their main playing mode is attacking others and damaging what they've built. That ruined it for me, because I know I would never get in a game where someone wouldn't take that route. However, I could get behind a house rule placing limits on how much attacking is allowed or whether it is allowed at all.
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His main gaming partner is his wife and they're very much into low/no conflict games.
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Maybe Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, in one of its 4 flavors?

Many people dislike this game and will likely slam it here, but it seems like those who love it like to play with their spouse.

If your wife likes to build her own narrative around events (a la Minecraft?) it may appeal to her. Keep in mind that the story has to be one you make up to make sense of the cards, other wise you are just playing cards and rolling dice.

The progression element is lots of fun, because you very slowly build your deck and abilities over the course of many sessions.

If you buy everything at once it would cost a fortune, but if you buy the base game to see if you like it, then add the 6 adventure decks slowly as you progress, it isn't so bad. Plus you can start over with new characters.

Anyway, it may not appeal to you, but I figured I'd throw it out there. It is probably my husband's and my favorite casual game to play together.
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective for sure
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Maybe look at Legends of Andor. I haven't played it but did some research on it recently and it looks like a decent story driven co-op. Also my husband and I have been enjoying The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey more recently. It's on the lighter side and may not feel thematic enough for your tastes, but I really like it.
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Rahdo loved Shadowrun: Crossfire. Might look into that.
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JJRR_Esq wrote:
Rahdo loved Shadowrun: Crossfire. Might look into that.


Really? I thought it was really more of a 4 player game.
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Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game < Great game.
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I haven't played T.I.M.E Stories, but I hear it's great and might fit your needs. Best of luck finding the right games!
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Look into ...

Mansions of Madness Second edition. The game requires an app but the app is terrific making the game extremely easy for newcomers to play. My wife who doesn't care for co-op games really liked this one.

For a much simpler co-op but one that I and my friends have enjoyed because of the fun and tension it provides ... Star Trek Panic.

Good luck with your quest.
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Not a co-op, The Castles of Burgundy, plays well with 2 and scales well.
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My group absolutely loves Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. It scales very well down to 2. Super thematic and immersive. As straight co-ops go, this is our favorite, by far.

And I've been having a lot of fun playing Legends of Andor with my son. It's great with 2!
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+1 for Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. Look no further, really. This is the one. I was a little intimidated by it at first, but once you figure out how to play, and don't stress over it, just talk it through and enjoy it, it's really great. My wife asked me to play this with her on a date for her birthday. It's a winner. Do it!
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My favorite co-op is Hanabi, though it doesn't have progression. Perhaps you could "unlock" the rainbow cards and different variants?

I also love Sentinels of the Multiverse, but again, you'd have to add in progression. Perhaps unlocking different villains, advanced mode, etc. Or just keep buying expansions ;-)
 
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feraswheel wrote:


Not so much for 2p
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T.I.M.E Stories is a co-op with storyline. Not my top suggestion though as it get expensive to add scenarios.

First choice is Above and Below which is not a co-op but has such a great story-telling element that I think you'd both enjoy it.

Sentinels of the Multiverse is just a harsh co-op and I don't endorse it at all.
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Boze wrote:
I think what we need is a co-op with a sense of progression.

I second Pandemic Legacy. Seems like the obvious choice.
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Soleia wrote:
Maybe look at Legends of Andor. I haven't played it but did some research on it recently and it looks like a decent story driven co-op. Also my husband and I have been enjoying The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey more recently. It's on the lighter side and may not feel thematic enough for your tastes, but I really like it.


I'll warn you because I learned this the hard way: Legends of Andor is not a dudes-on-a-map, story-driven co-op game. It's a Euro racing optimization game. I know that sounds crazy, but there is a very large contingent of people that have played this game and said "WTF, this is nothing like what I thought it was". I wanted to love it but I just can't. I thought it would be a cross between Defenders of the Realm and the D&D board games from the theme and the basic description of the game, but the whole killing-monsters-advances-time-and-you-already-don't-have-enough really killed it for me (and a lot of other folks).
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SpaceAlien wrote:
Sentinels of the Multiverse is just a harsh co-op and I don't endorse it at all.


I don't think Sentinels is bad if you're familiar with this kind of card game - the hero decks are all very familiar archetypes from other games in this genre. My group actually found it's too easy on normal... but then hard mode is typically brutal enough that you're then right back at your criticism that it's too harsh, which limits the audience you can play it with.
 
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There is actually a Minecraft card game. I recall seeing it at Target (in a physical store), though it was a while ago.
 
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Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Police Precinct
Black Orchestra
Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham with the base game
+1 for robinson

And my top 3 two player games of all time are:

1. The Rose King
2. Targi
3. Baseball Highlights: 2045
 
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So, co-op with a sense of progression is quite literally Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective.

But, since others have already suggested those, I'll recommend a game my wife and I love, called Mysterium. To be fair, we've never played it 2 player before, though it does say you can play with 2. That said, every group I've played with, from 3 up absolutely loves it. It's certainly worth a look.
 
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