I've created a monster... now what's next? A geeklist in two parts
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After several months of searching for gamers to no avail, I did the next possible thing, converting a co-worker. He is a strategy PC gamer already, but never knew board games went beyond Toys r us. So far it's went well he is even asking to play games now, the problem he is too darn good. He is a natural, even on the first game. So now that I have a regular player, I need some more games to satisfy him. The list shows what we have played so far. I want to move him into the next tier of games so please help me out.
Stuff to know about him:

He loves strategy as I have said; I think he will love Tigris and Euphrates (once I buy it.) What else is in this category of game?

He hates fantasy. Even being a huge movie buff he has never seen Lord of the Rings (though that will soon change)

Eagle games and the like (i.e. hundreds of bits) do not appeal to him yet. I already tried some of these.

Lastly for now it is just the 2 of us so that must be considered.

Any suggestions would be appreciated and as for beating him, I guess that’s up to me to work on.
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2240]
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The way I got him started, I needed a playtester. Went well and he destroyed me.
 
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2. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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next we played lost cities, he loves math and I don't have power grid so I figured this would go over well and it did.
4 rounds played- he won them all
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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this is what hooked him we played three games of the basic set. I told him about the Expansions and he wanted them so much he went out and bought 3 of them.
So far 5 games played- I managed to win one...barely
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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A friendly game of chess another horrible loss
 
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5. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:647]
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played this last night he caught on instantly and won 50 to 16
 
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6. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Played 2 filler games of this and again he won both. I even got all of the 5 point nobles and still lost...
 
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7. Board Game: Risk: Godstorm [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2347]
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I have this and he wants to try it. I have never played, I know it has mixed reviews. How is it?
 
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8. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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another one I have that we will be trying, this one I have played
 
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9. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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This is one of the best 2 player strategy games around. He will beat you hollow, but there is a handicap system...
 
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10. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
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Chess-like but playable after lunch at work. There is no board and the pieces are small making it very portable.

I highly recommend it.
 
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11. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:401]
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Tigris & Euphrates is a definite must for you two, in my opinion it's the best Euro game, and particularly great for two players. Anyway, after getting that, the next game you should get is Torres. It also works really well with only 2 players. It has very little luck, a whole lot of strategy and options, and some math but not too much, seeing as even I can mutliply the surface area of a castle by its height. Anyway, I highly recommend this one.
 
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12. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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For your circumstances, the game I would most recommend after Tigris and Torres would be Samurai. It plays very well with only 2 players. The rules are pretty straightforward and the bits are gorgeous. There is some basic math, a whole lot of strategy, and while there is a fair bit of luck, I've not found tile-drawing luck as unpleasant as dice-rolling luck. Just as in Torres, the luck can be diminished by varying the rules slightly.
 
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13. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:760]
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Well, i know your buddy is anti the fantasy theme, but this game seems to fit your needs precisely. It's a 2 player game, that is based almost entirely on strategy. The only real luck portion are the dungeon layouts.

This is a game for thinkers and planners. I have played it 2-3 times and it's all about the planning, the only thing that i'm not sure of...is the fun factor.
 
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