Games my wife/girlfriend always beats me at
Robert Johnson
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Every so often while listening to podcasts or reading forums someone will mention a game that their wife of girlfriend always beats them at. I don't have any examples of my own to share but I thought it would be interesting to get a geeklist started and see if there's a trend in specific titles or game types.
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1. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1174]
Tim Benjamin
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Los Alamos
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My fiancee has been beating the crap out of me, a combination of her skill and my stupidity. Of course, she's from Istanbul and it is the national game there.
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2. Board Game: Xēko Mission: Madagascar [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:10925] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Seth Brown
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North Adams
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And I do not understand why, because she normally dislikes CCGs whereas I played Magic for many years. But for whatever reason, she often comes out ahead in this one, which we play every September as part of our annual Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge.
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3. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1478]
Kārlis Jēriņš
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I don't have a wife or girlfriend to play games with, but I do play with my mom and sister every now and then. This is the one game where I've never been able to beat either of them.
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4. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:166]
Alistair Stafford
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Auckland
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It doesn't matter which candidate, she always wins.
Although I also win because it is 2 and a half hours of great game time
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5. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Juanito
Spain
Córdoba
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My wife is good playing classic games and I don't pay attention if the game has not a good theme for me
 
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6. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:1618]
Juanito
Spain
Córdoba
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Previous text also applicable for this one
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7. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:306]
Juanito
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She's good playing abstract games too. We play Lost Cities when she wants to win, and Genial if I want her to lose
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8. Family: Mr. Jack
Ian Murray
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Brighton
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My wife consistently beats me at Mr. Jack games, both New York and Pocket. I typically win about 70% of the games we play together, but with Mr. Jack games I only win about 10% of the time.
 
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9. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1207]
Matthew Roskam
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Clermont
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This is a surprisingly deep game, requiring the players to think as much as 3+ moves ahead at times...something I tell myself I am good at. Yet ever since we got this, I have yet to win... even once.

She asks to play this often...I wonder if she will be as fond of it if I start winning ...
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Fernando Robert Yu
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My wife really creams me at this..no matter what I do!

At least I usually beat her at Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game though!
 
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11. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:635]
Hammock Backpacker
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Columbus
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She doesn't beat me 100% of the time but more often than not...



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12. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:478]
Andy Andersen
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Michigan
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It's my wife's favorite game - and not only because I can never win. I ordered the new edition to keep her happy.

Maybe this will bring me the first win.
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Switzerland [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Alan Gaskell
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Lancashire
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I have a really bad time playing any of the Ticket to Ride's against my wife, but at Switzerland she just beats me constantly.

I've tried to analyse how she does it but I'm completely baffled by her strategy (or even if she has one).
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14. Board Game: Bananagrams [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:1630] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
Joshua Simone [The Quasi Geek Dad]
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Redmond
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Mostly my wife beats me because I always create intricate crossword puzzles which drain valuable time and vowels.
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15. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Joshua Simone [The Quasi Geek Dad]
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I don't know how she does it but she always beats me by a margin of 1-5 pts. Those amazons.... I don't know if I have ever beat her at smallworld. In a 2 player game she wrecks me. If we play with other people I always warn them that my wife is the best at the game, yet she always seems to convince them that she is not a threat. Probably because she is so beautiful.
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16. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:818]
Bill Eldard
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Burke
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When my wife and I go to Starbucks for coffee, we usually take a 2-player game with us, and this one is a favorite. But of the many times we've played it, I can't ever recall winning. There may have been a single instance, and if so, the scores were close. But generally, she beats me everytime.

Despite my dismal record, this game and Die Siedler von Nürnberg remain my favorites in the Catan family of games.
 
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17. Board Game: Rummy [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6803]
Ryan Tullis
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Orlando
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For some reason, this is the one game I hardly ever beat my wife in. To make matters worse, I taught it to her since it was a game I grew up playing with my grandmother. laugh

 
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18. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2363]
Rob Cramer
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Provo
Utah
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Something about this game empowers my wife with super gaming powers. I lose so often that if she is feeling down, this game usually picks her right up. We still have a lot of fun playing it.
 
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19. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
J Boomhower
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Fairfield
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My wife destroys me in this almost without fail. The only time I stand a chance is with both occupations and minor improvements in play and then only if I get really lucky. The best part is, she stresses the entire way through the game, as if she is falling apart and her farm is set to ruin, and then comes out 10+ points ahead.
 
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20. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:658] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
J Boomhower
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We had this for a good amount of time before Agricola so it was the go to game for months. No matter what I do, no matter how many other people we play with, my wife cannot lose this game. At all. Ever.
 
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21. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
Aaron Frederiksen
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Vancouver
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I have never won a game of CoB against my girlfriend. We've had some very tight games (I've lost 2 by a single point), but she remains undefeated. There are a few games in our collection that I win regularly, but I don't have any of them dialed in nearly as well she has this one.
 
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22. Board Game: Urban Sprawl [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1396]
Keith Rudolph
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Langdon
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Sometimes it's by 10 points. Sometimes it's by 150+. I've had the odd win in this game while playing with her but it's pretty rare (I'm pretty sure they're out of pity). She takes great joy in beating the living daylights out of me in this one and seems to be able to do it at will.
 
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23. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:253]
Ian Watson
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Campbellton
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I still love this game, even though my wife consistently trounces me (even after I swallowed my pride and tried emulating her winning strategies) cry
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24. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:459]
Dale Thomson
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Saskatoon
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My wife and I play this with two characters each, and then the traitor hands over their other character when the haunt is revealed. My wife always wins this game, I kind of gave up hope.
 
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25. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:304]
Dale Thomson
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Saskatoon
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We haven't played this many times , but I haven't won against my wife as of yet. The sad part is I have played dozens and dozens of games online, and she has only played her 3 or 4 games against me... I don't know how she does it.
 
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