Epic wife-friendly 2+ player game
Gary Weinfurther
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I have a lot of light and medium weight games, which is good because it's hard to find people willing to play board games, except for the monthly ROBA group. The heaviest game I have is probably Shadows Over Camelot (or Mu and Mehr). The extended family is rarely willing to play games, and when they do, they prefer quick, light-weight party games.

I like these light and medium-weight games, but lately, I've had a craving for something a bit meatier. It could be a game that we leave on a table in the basement and come back to every day or so. It has to be wife-friendly, since she's my primary game partner. Neither of us like war games. For my wife, it has to have a rich theme and she has to have a chance at winning (preferably the first time, LOL). Nice bits would help, too.
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This is the one I have my eye on. The wife likes fantasy themes and was a D&D player back in the day. She has expressed interest in this, too. But it is not yet available.
 
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A cooperative game would be great, since my wife doesn't like playing cutthroat. How is this with 2 players? How is its replayability? Is it too linear?
 
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Another coop game. Is this too complex or fiddly? I understand that this one can take a long time to play. Is it too gruesome to leave out when there are young'uns around?
 
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This has a fantasy theme, although I understand there's not a lot of player interaction.
 
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This, too, has little player interaction, right?
 
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I wouldn't call Tikal epic, but its a nice game. Can take a bit of time, and with the auction varient included in the rules its an excellent 2 player game. It is rich in theme, has a beautiful board, and fits all your requirements pretty nicely.
 
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I just picked this up at the FLGS. Like Plunder, the rules aren't written very well, so we're still trying to figure it out. It looks interesting, though.
 
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