HELP! Looking for games my husband will enjoy playing....
Sarah Flibbity
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Jacksonville
Florida
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I am a software engineer, and I actually enjoy getting away from computer games and playing board/card games. My husband is still hooked on computer games, so dragging him into a board game is more of a challenge We have a standing agreement to play at least one game a night together in exchange for him being able to play first person shooter game on his computer for a little bit each night.

Upon discovering the newer style games, I have managed to get some good feedback from my husband on some of the games we play. However, he also hates others that are very well liked at BGG. One thing he hates is too much of a "brain burner", so I have to work around that challenge. He does not mind strategy, but also likes some form of luck or chance involved. I've also discovered he much prefers card games to board games...

I'm asking for any advice people might have on more games he might enjoy I've enclosed a list of games and our feelings about them below...

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Talk about being even more confusing, we played some new games over the weekend that my husband liked and I would have thought he would have hated... See the last 2 entries...
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Carcassonne is one of the first games I purchased when looking into "german style" games after reading about them at BGG.

ME: I love this game. I think it's great, and I love this expansion

MY HUSBAND: He says its okay and seems to have fun while playing it.
 
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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The "Bean Game"...

ME: I know it's just the two of us, but I still enjoy playing Bohnanza. I recently discovered that we forgot about the rule wher eyou can only sell a ONE card bean field if all your bean fields are ONE card. OOPS!

MY HUSBAND: He considers this light and short enough that he doesn't mind playing it with me
 
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3. Board Game: Goldland [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1677]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Goldland was a shocker to me... My husband didn't hate it.

ME: Interesting enough for me to play. I won, but it wasn't quite as fun as I though it might be. Would play it again, though

MY HUSBAND: That's not a bad little game.
 
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4. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2421]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Flowerpower has probably been played more than our other games at this point. It seems a great husband/wife game for us. Very light...

ME: I like the flowers.

MY HUSBAND: He likes the satisfaction of winning occasionally.
 
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5. Board Game: The Settlers of Canaan [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1922]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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I play Settlers of Catan quite frequently online. I purchased Settlers of Canaan because I liked the religious theme and it said it could be played with 2 players.

ME: Compared with Settlers of Catan, I don't like that it's a fixed board, but I would still gladly play it.

MY HUSBAND: Dislikes this type of game. I'm not sure if its the length of the game or if he doesn't like the trading/resource management. I know he used to play simulation games on the computer where you had to manage resources. Hmmm.
 
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6. Board Game: Starship Catan [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:810]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
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As said above, my husband doesn't seem to like trading/resource games. This one was even worse than Settlesr. He wanted to quit mid-way through the game.

ME: It was an okay game, but felt more like solitaire.

MY HUSBAND: Can we play something else?
 
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7. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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I've managed to get this one on the table several times.

ME: I really enjoy this game, especially since I love math...

MY HUSBAND: Doesn't mind playing this one unless he has a headache and doesnt want to do the addition/subtraction.
 
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8. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1452]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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After the success I Had with tile laying and Carcassonne, I thought I'd give this one a try...

ME: Only gotten this on the table once so far. I thought it was a clever little game.

MY HUSBAND: Didn't dislike it. Thought it was light enough that he would play again.
 
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9. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:15149]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Skip-bo is currently my husband's favorite game.

ME: It's better than nothing and I don't mind it, espcially when played as a second game that same night

MY HUSBAND: How about a round of Skip-bO? is his most frequent suggestion.
 
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10. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:513]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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We got through round one of this game before our cats played Catzilla and managed to ruin the game...

ME: It was okay, I was hoping for more. I missed that there was no luck at all. It was entirely strategy.

MY HUSBAND: If we played this again, it might be exactly the same game as this time. Didn't like it.
 
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11. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:904]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Balloon Cup is one of my most recent purchases

ME: Fun and light little game...

MY HUSBAND: Likes this game and would easily be convinced to play it again.
 
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12. Board Game: The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:7983]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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We spent our honeymoon panning for gold in the mountains, so I thought the theme of THe Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch might catch my husbands attention.

ME: An okay game. My husband doesn't have astrong aversion to it, so it won't be put on the pile of games to be sold on ebay.

MY HUSBAND: An okay game.
 
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13. Board Game: Gold Digger [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6708]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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We spent our honeymoon panning for gold in the mountains, so I thought the theme of Gold Digger might catch my husbands attention.

ME: Extremely light, and little strategy. It's okay...

MY HUSBAND: Enjoyed the game.
 
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14. Board Game: Heave Ho! [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2954]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Played one time so far. Purchased because I like a lot of the Kosmos 2 players we've tried.

ME: It was okay. I think I was expecting more... Maybe I need to play it a bit more to enjoy it.

MY HUSBAND: I'm good at this game. I like it.
 
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15. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1912]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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After reading good reviews of the Mystery Rummy series, I thought we should give this one a try.

ME: Intresting and unique. I enjoy this and would play it again.

MY HUSBAND: Likes the theme. Enjoys the game.
 
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16. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2381]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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I've always been fond of othello since playing it as a kid...

ME: I like this game and won't sell it even if my husband rarely plays it.

MY HUSBAND: I'm not good at this game and don't really like it much.
 
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17. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Another very fond memory from my childhood, Cribbage is one of my favorite games.

ME: I love cribbage. I don't know why I don't suggest to play it more. Probably because there are so many new games to try

MY HUSBAND: DOesn't mind cribbage as a game.
 
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18. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1155]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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We have played this game recently and I thought my husband would start complaining like on other games.

ME: I liked it, especially because I won.

MY HUSBAND: This game was decent
 
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19. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:468]
Sarah Flibbity
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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WE played this for the first time this weekend... My husband was still talking about it at 1:30 in the morning.
He was already talking about the next time we play it.

ME: Glad I picked it up when I did before it sells out completely.

MY HUSBAND: That was a cool game! Wouldn't it be better if we limited a couple of the trains in the 2 player version? We should make up our own rules for next time we play.
 
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