Joey's Top Ten Double Date Games
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Double Date Games, huh?! These are games where you and your buddy have your non-gamer S.O.'s with you and you want to play a game. But you don't want to make your S.O.'s heads spin or their eyes roll back into their heads, by trying to intro them to 'War of the Ring' or 'TI3'. You'd like the game session to be fun for everyone, but you'd also like to get a little more "gameplay bang-for-your-buck" than you would playing Uno or Jenga...again. You might even be trying to turn them on to your style of games. These are the games I am listing here.

(Note: If on a date, you say the words "let's go back to my place for a little fun" and you have a boardgame in mind; Welcome to BoardGameGeek.)

And because Tom and Joe pay me a nickel each time I type this: I love "The Dice Tower". Everytime I listen to Joe and Tom's show, I think to myself, " I really ought to put down my top ten of this week's subject." So here goes. This is the twentieth in a series of "The Dice Tower" hommage GeekLists, for my own sake. Comment on them if you like, I just wanted to jot them down somewhere for posterity's sake. Thank you for the indulgence.
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1. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1111]
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Most people's familiarity with Clue or interest in murder mysteries will make this game approachable by most. This game is easy to catch on to, the theme is fun and the event cards are a blast.
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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This game appears complex to the first time player. But when it's over, it is no rarity to hear, "Let's play that again!" There's no sweeter music to a gamer's heart than to hear your S.O. say, "Let's play that again!"
 
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3. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit: 90's Time Capsule Edition [Average Rating:5.14 Overall Rank:15849]
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Caveat: This is only a great double date game when played with people who remember 90's pop culture, et al.

Trivial Pursuit games aren't all that bad. There can be a bit of tedium, but I found this TP game to be more fun than others I had tried.
 
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4. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:545]
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Easy to play, quick and very engaging!

Refrain from humming the Tetris theme at all costs, while playing Blokus, IF YOU CAN!!
 
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5. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:918]
 
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Like Blokus, this game is fast, easy and for a non-gamer S.O. right up most alleys.
 
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6. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1800]
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This game is chaos! But fun chaos at that. This is a quick, fun game that is fun as a double date game.
 
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7. Board Game: The Settlers of Zarahemla [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:2638]
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This game is a little heavier than most S.O.'s are willing to play at times. Once they get the hang of it, it can be a frequently requested double date game.
 
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8. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1473]
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This game is simple, easy to play and the theme isn't too off-putting.
 
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9. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:234]
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The theme of this game isn't the easiest to sell to a non-gaming S.O., but the game itself is fun. There are a ton of cards to learn and what they do. To someone not familiar with this game, the first play of this game is very...exploratory.
 
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10. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1588]
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If you don't know how to play Hearts, it wouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to explain it and a couple of hands to know how to play. This is a great four-player game and fun to play with new players.
 
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