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Rathma P.
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I've been trying to get my wife into board gaming but has been a difficult task. She's very competitive, and is into the easy games like pictionary, uno, trivia games etc. She's never heard of these designer games, and is willing to try if i find the right one. The closest i got was one game of Pandemic, she didn't admit to me but i think she likes it.

Any ideas on what games i can try to introduce to her?
 
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Daily Grind
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Patchwork
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Adam Delikowski
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Jaipur - Sort of competitive, but not with direct player interaction
Patchwork - Not very competitive, more of a really good puzzle
Lost Cities - Sort of competitive, but not with direct player interaction
Small World - Lots of direct interaction since the idea is taking over territory

There are a ton of good two player options, but those are the ones that stick out, to me, for your situation.
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Tobias R.
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I really like Sky Tango as an easy to teach, lovely looking and somewhat addictive card game. It totally replaced Lost Cities in my household.

Apart from that, I still think Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne are by far the best gateway-games for 2 players.
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John
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+1 for Carcassonne - very easy to learn and enjoyable.
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Schotten Totten Hanamikoji Carcassonne Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries 7 Wonders Duel Kingdomino
 
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Rathma P.
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I like the suggestions, she likes card games so i think 7 Wonders Duel might work. Hear lots of good reviews on Carcassone. What you guys think of Lords of Waterdeep?
 
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Pete Martyn
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Sticking with the card theme --

Morels - Surprisingly deep and competitive for a game about collecting mushrooms

Odin's Ravens (second edition) - A quick and competitive race game, easy to learn but with lots of interesting tactical card play. And really nice to look at.
 
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Julian S
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I love Lords of Waterdeep even for 2 players. Its been advertised as a gateway game but somehow I feel it's too heavy for you guys since the only designer game she touched is Pandemic.

I suggest trying Patchwork and if you can get your hands on it, Le Fantôme de l'Opéra. I just acquired it and I think it's awesome. The theme of Le Fantome is so engaging right from the get go. I'm just a sucker for deduction games.
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David B
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rathmax wrote:
I like the suggestions, she likes card games so i think 7 Wonders Duel might work. Hear lots of good reviews on Carcassone. What you guys think of Lords of Waterdeep?


Lords of Waterdeep isn't bad, but doesn't sound like her cup of tea to me. If she is into the card games you mentioned, I think Lost Cities and Schotten Totten are your best bets. Keltis is Lost Cities for 2 to 4 players and might also be worth a look if you ever need more than 2 players.
 
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G.Daddy.Slim
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pfctsqr wrote:
rathmax wrote:
I like the suggestions, she likes card games so i think 7 Wonders Duel might work. Hear lots of good reviews on Carcassone. What you guys think of Lords of Waterdeep?


Lords of Waterdeep isn't bad, but doesn't sound like her cup of tea to me. If she is into the card games you mentioned, I think Lost Cities and Schotten Totten are your best bets. Keltis is Lost Cities for 2 to 4 players and might also be worth a look if you ever need more than 2 players.


Agree with both Lost Cities and Schotten Totten.

I haven't played Keltis, but always thought Lost Cities: The Board Game was Lost Cities for 2-4 players.

[Edit: Oops.. I just read the Keltis BGG page, looks like Keltis was re-themed to Lost Cities: The Board Game.]
 
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Alexandra Fischer
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Jeff Johnson
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I recommend the classic gateway games:

Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Splendor
Takenoko
Star Realms
Can't Stop
Patchwork
 
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James Cook
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Always Carcassonne

Recently I've been enjoying Haru Ichiban, which for all it's fancy artwork and frogs and wisemen, is essentially pimped up Connect 4.
 
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Rebecca Jensen
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You say "easy games", but what your wife might actually like are, "games that she knows how to play" or "games that are easy to learn."

That said– try one new game at a time (as opposed to buying a pile), so that you can start to identify things she likes.

+1 for Lost Cities, it has that quick classic card game feel to it.
+1 for Patchwork, it is just so satisfying to build your own quilt, plus the patch buying decisions are interesting.
+1 for Carcassonne, like Patchwork, it is satisfying to build a world.

Splendor is a very elegant buy-em-up game. Scales to 4.

Mexica is something to look at if Patchwork goes well; you aren't filling in space, but you are dividing it up to make different shapes, which in my mind is related. Scales to 4.

Star Realms; my wife was initially resistant to the space theme, but it was a gift from a friend, so we had to play. Now she's funny because when she loses, she will still be sad if she was about to buy a cool ship she wanted. HA! She loves it.

Paperback for deck-building Scrabble. (You can try the mobile game first.)

Qwirkle for finding/making patterns.

Eventually, I think you could work toward:
Castles of Mad King Ludwig as a deeper buy-n-build game. Depending on how the other games go of course.

My wife and I were *shrug* about Ticket to Ride for 2 people.
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Bill Eldard
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Here's the geeklist of 50-plus 2-player games that my wife have enjoyed over the years when going out for coffee. Several are out of print, but probably available as second-hand games. They range from older games like Can't Stop, Lost Cities, and Kahuna, to more recent releases like 7 Wonders: Duel, Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small, and Patchwork.

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/206691/item/4728172#item4...
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Pauly Paul
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I used Jaipur and Splendor to introduce games to my girlfriend (from a 2 player perspective).

We also like Targi and Patchwork

Lost Cities and Schotten Totten/Battle Line are also good suggestions.
 
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Glendon Morris
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My wife is uber-competitive too and Catan is the game that opened her up to trying new and different games.
 
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Mindy Basi
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Ticket to Ride Nordic Counties is specifically for 2 people and plays really well -- I enjoyed it more than the regular TTR.

Broom Service the card game is another small box quick game.

I like Agility by Two Lanterns games, the follow up to Morels. It's very well thought out and plays like a big box game, but isn't difficult to learn. If she likes dogs, all the better!

You could try 7 Wonders Duel, which is a really good game, but might be too complex to start with.

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Geoffrey Burrell
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Red7 may be a possibility.
 
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Kingdomino This is a quick tile laying game. My wife and I love seeing our creation at the end and how well we scored.

 
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Dan Squires
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In addition to all the great suggestions so far, my wife has enjoyed:
Times Square
Monopoly Deal Card Game

 
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Tobias R.
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gbmorris wrote:
My wife is uber-competitive too and Catan is the game that opened her up to trying new and different games.


That's nice. But I guess you 2 were not alone when playing Catan.
 
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Matt Brown
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Eldard wrote:
Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small


I would take this over Patchwork every time. Note, it greatly benefits from adding an expansion, and one of them is rather OOP.
 
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Gary Tanswell
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Jaipur
7 Wonders Duel
Splendor
Patchwork
Star Realms

Would be my selection for relatively simple but great 2 player competitive games.

Id say Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small is a bit more in depth but still an excellent choice.
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