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Goeshi
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Hi everyone. I'm looking for a new game that my girlfriend will want to play. So far the only real games she's enjoyed have been Agricola, Istanbul, and Catan. Something that's good 2-player is best, and nothing too Sci-Fi.

I was thinking maybe Patchwork or Dominion? But looking for some suggestions.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Mark Yang
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What games have you tried that she didn't like?

What are her interests? Does she like fantasy? Trains? Kicking your butt? Sharing a victory with you? Intrigue? Politics?

It's hard to recommend a movie or a book without first knowing her tastes.


Patchwork is a fun 2 player game, easy to teach, quick to play.

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Ok, a bit more info:

Dislikes:
- heavy sci-fi
- elimination or games where it's obvious when you're going to lose early-on
- Zombicide, Roll for the Galaxy, Small World
- steep learning curves

Likes:
- constructing things (Agricola, Catan)
- fantasy
- simple rules
- Mysterium/ Dixit type games

I appreciate it's hard to pick a perfect game for someone you've never met, I was just hoping for a bundle of suggestions that I might not have heard of.
 
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Matt Lord
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Dominion is definitely good for 2 players, but I like it better with 3.
I highly recommend Splendor! Very simple rules, but more challenging strategy. Plays quick. And it is an engine building game, so you get a sense of progression - like you are building something up.
Jaipur is a good simple little two player game, kinda like playing Rumny.
7 Wonder: Duel is a good 2 player game, but a bit more complicated.
It's a bummer she doesn't like Roll for the Galaxy, because otherwise I would highly recommend Race for the Galaxy, which is my wife and I's favorite two player game.
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Dan Mansfield
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These are exclusively 2-player games that have worked for me:
Patchwork
7 Wonders: Duel
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Jaipur

And this works pretty well for 2:
The Castles of Burgundy

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Mark Yang
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Goeshi wrote:
Ok, a bit more info:


Cool! I'd say take a look at Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg (same designer of Agricola and Patchwork). I've never played this myself, but it may be something she'd like. Not heavy, beautiful, creating something, easy to play.

For Fantasy, I've had success getting non-gamers to play Legends of Andor



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Goeshi
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Awesome. Thanks everyone!
 
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Wendell Beitzel
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My wife is kind of the same way, likes more basic games, but will sometimes get into something a little heavier. Our go to games for 2 people...

Elder Sign
Catan (we have a 2-player variant that is much more fun and balanced than the original. PM me if interested and I can send you the pdf with the info)
Lost Cities
Gin Rummy
Carcasonne
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Casey W
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Tobago is a favorite of my wife and 10yo daughter. Easy to learn, light but some depth.
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Tom Piperni
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In order of what I'd rather play with my girlfriend. She enjoys them all.

Shakespeare,
Stone Age,
Pandemic: The Cure,
Dead Men Tell No Tales,
Five Tribes,
Jamaica,

We'll be trying Scythe soon enough though it may be too heavy.
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Chad Hinkle
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+1 7 Wonders Duel
Also Akrotiri
 
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Billy Mark
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My girlfriend loved Paperback

Forbidden Island was ok with her too.
We also had fun playing Codenames just as a 2 player game.
 
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Felix Brause
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Sredni Vashtar wrote:
These are exclusively 2-player games that have worked for me:
Patchwork
7 Wonders: Duel
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Jaipur



From experience i can give a +1 for all.
Our favourite is 7 Wonders: Duel.
But even Star Realms comes out from time to time.
Karmaka is also a good with 2 players, but I haven´t tested it with my gf yet.
 
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Another vote here for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. And you can add one of the expansions for more variety.
 
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Clash of Cultures has simple rules and scales really well. You build up your civilization with cool little plastic pieces, improving your cites with a tech board and it's not obvious who the winner will be due to some hidden scoring at the end, well, maybe not hidden as such but you are never quite sure.

Islebound has you manning a ship, collecting resources and hiring crew members to help you build the best town. It's simple, scales well, has no player elimination and it's not always obvious who will win.

7 Wonders Duel is another great game where you construct/build your civilization. Easy to learn, quick to play and even when you think it's all over you can pull a win from the bag. My girlfriend gets me with science almost every time.

Takenoko has went down well with almost every one that I have introduced to the game. It's simple to learn, simple to teach and is pretty good fun. Just thought I would throw it in there for something different.




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Alexandre Santos
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If she enjoyed Agricola and likes to build stuff with low sci-fi, then Fields of Arle is the 2-p juggernaut that she'll enjoy
 
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Sarah
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I think Seeland would work very well.

maybe Castles of Mad King Ludwig
 
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