My gamer wife...who doesn't think she's a gamer.
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I just had a very successful evening teaching my wife a new game. I finally convinced her to play Memoir '44 with me and she absolutely loved it! We played 3 times tonight -- the Pegasus Bridge scenario twice and the Saint Mere-Eglise scenario once. She steamrolled me in Pegasus Bridge. First as the Allies and then as the Axis, 4-1 both times. I exacted a bit of revenge in the Saint Mere-Eglise scenario as the Allies with a score of 4-0. I was glad she enjoyed the game. I've suggested it many times over the last few months and she was never really interested. She finally relented if only to keep me from continuing to ask!

That brings me to this list. She doesn't consider herself a 'gamer.' But I disagree. She doesn't care for really long, brain burner games (although a couple of the games on this list will make you go, "huh?") or games involving a considerable amount of confrontation (she hates Magic and I wouldn't even consider asking her to play A Game of Thrones).

On any given night, if you asked my wife to pick the game, this is probably what she would choose....

[And now I can add Memoir '44!]
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1. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:830]
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This is my wife's favorite game right now.

If it's only going to be two players, this is the game. And, she wins a lot! Easily more than 50% of the time. I have recorded 42 plays of this since mid-June when we acquired a copy. We play to 100 points and the winner of a hand at our house will usually average in the upper 20s or lower 30s. That turns 42 plays into 150 or more hands of this game.

I picked this game up after listening to the BGS where Aldie and Derk interview Mike Fitzgerald (or was that Mike running the show? ;-) at the Gathering of Friends.

This game has been played so much in the last 3 months that the cards are really worn. That's pretty amazing because anyone that has a copy of this game will tell you that these are some of the stiffest, most rugged cards made. This copy will soon become the "kid copy" and we will purchase an "adult only" copy soon.
 
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:382]
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This is number 2 on her list and if you asked her what to play with 4 or more, Bohnanza would be her reply.

She likes to take people 'beyond Monopoly' with this game. I like it, but not nearly as much as she does. Bohnanza doesn't get played as much as she would like. We both like to play this game with our kids.
 
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3. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:234]
 
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Really close to Bohnanza is San Juan. This is another game we will play with only 2 but we also frequently play this game with another couple. Still light, but there is more going on in this game.
 
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4. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1067]
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Shiver me timbers! She loves the pirate theme. But there's confrontation you say?!? Yes, but she doesn't mind it in this game and here's why. The battles occur because the 2 (or more) players just happen to end up at the same place at the wrong time. It doesn't appear that anyone is intentionally going after another player.

This is another game we enjoy playing with our kids. The one drawback is sometimes feelings get hurt if 2 siblings end up in a battle.
 
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:16]
 
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Here's one of the places you might go, "huh?" Yes, she says she's not a gamer and yet she likes Puerto Rico quite a lot. If it didn't take so long to set up and play, this would be higher -- about where San Juan is right now.

In reality, this game isn't hard to play. But the decisions can be difficult and painful at times. The mechanics work so well that it doesn't feel heavy even though it really is.
 
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6. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1487]
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I picked this up after listening to a review by Ted Cheatham during a BGS and the auction mechanic has kept her interested ever since.

She likes to hide her chips and I always threaten to keep track of her gains and losses when she starts doing that. More evidence she really is a gamer!
 
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Another game we both like using to introduce new folks to the hobby. It's fairly quick and easy to learn. And, of course, it's another game that plays well with our kids.
 
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Another 2 player that she enjoys and yes, she frequently wins this game. I don't know why that is but it surely seems to be a trend with this game.
 
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Shadows is a game that she can't play enough. It's the cooperative nature of this game that she likes so well. It generally doesn't cause feelings to get hurt amongst the kids. Unfortunately for her, the kids would rather play something with an individual winner. They have that competitive streak -- and yes, every one of them is a boy, through and through!
 
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Another light game that draws her in with the theme! Nevermind the fact that our kids clamor for Bang! -- she gets a kick out of trying to convince you that she's your Deputy, honest.
 
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It's light, but you can get nasty with this game and not be direct about it.
 
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Now you can really say, "huh?" She won't play this often but she does enjoy it occasionally. She's willing to play Zepter in a large part due to some similarity with Puerto Rico (i.e. essentially a resource management/economy building game).
 
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13. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:114] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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And finally, the game that inspired this list!

Her comment was, "I really didn't think I'd like this game but it's a lot of fun!"

Well, I was glad to here it because that means I'll get to play more Memoir '44!
 
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