Help With My Christmas List
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This is my first GeekList, though I've read about a thousand of them. I recently got into boardgaming and have a handful of games. I do the vast majority of my gaming with my wife. My son is 4 and ready to start moving beyond Candyland and Chutes and Ladders too, so he might join in on some of the simpler games soon.

While I have a couple of games, I want to get a lot more. What better excuse than to load my Christmas list with games. The problem is, I haven't played that many (read a ton of reviews though), so I want some thoughts and help. In particular, I want to know how well the game plays with two. Also, I want to dip into some other categories/mechanisms so I have tried to group the items into bunches such as card game, worker placement, etc.

I already own Carcassone (love it as does my wife), Sentinels of the Multiverse (wife refuses to play, I like the theme but the gameplay is boring), Seasons (we both love it), Forbidden Island (pretty good for both of us), and Lost Cities (great little game, quick to play).

Please feel free to add any suggestions you have to this list!!!
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1. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:123]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Worker Placement Games

My wife saw this at our FLGS and she was interested in it. It looks great (I don't mind putting stickers on stuff). How does it play with 2? Is it a good entry WP game? Does it have legs? Also, I've read the expansion is pretty essential. Any truth to that?
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:25]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Worker Placement Games

This seems to be the gold standard of WP game. The owner of my FLGS says it plays great with two. How complex is it? Also, how long does the average game run? We both prefer things to be in the 60-90 minute range. Anything longer than that and my butt starts to hurt.
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3. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:163]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Worker Placement Games

I don't know how into the theme my wife would be, but I like what I've read about how this game plays. She doesn't like Sci-Fi or fantasy, but that didn't stop her from loving Seasons. Does it work for 2 players? Is the theme overwhelming?
 
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4. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:699] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Jacob Euteneuer
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I love the look and theme of this game. It is right up my alley. I think my wife would like the zaniness of the theme as well. My question is: is it too much at once? She hates Sentinels of the Multiverse (and I think she is justified in that) because there is too much going on at one time. Does this have that same feeling? If I get these, do I need to get the Awesome Level expansion as well?
 
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5. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Just found out about this game, and it looks pretty interesting. Is it fun? Does it have a lot of "take that" going on or is more solitaire? Does it have legs?
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:121] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Jacob Euteneuer
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I am falling in love with this game, but I've never even played it. It looks like what I would have killed for as a kid. I think a war game would be a hard sell to my wife, so I want to ease her into it. She loves history, so this might be a good fit.
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Jacob Euteneuer
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My wife doesn't know Darth Vader from Obi-Wan, so the theme will do nothing for her. Is it actually a good game? Do I need to buy expansions for this one? In terms of war games, it's this or Memoir '44.
 
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8. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:870]
Jacob Euteneuer
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I love the idea of this game, though I've read it gets old quick and there isn't much strategy involved. If I got it, I would get the Wiz Tower expansion as well. My wife and I like playing co-op, does this have enough depth?
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9. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:215]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Love the look of this one. The theme seems good to me as well. Is it fun? I've read that it is pretty hard, which is okay with us (Forbidden Island is too easy (or sometimes you get hammered and have no chance)). Does it work with two? Is it a quick game or a long one?
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10. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:720]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Studied this one for a good fifteen minutes at my FLGS. I've read it is as hard as they come, which sounds fun. Does it work with two? Is it too heavy on theme?
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11. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:452]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Two-Player Games

Just found out about this little game as well. I know my wife would love this. Is it one of the better two-player only games? Also, I've heard both that the expansion is essential and it is not necessary. What is your take?
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12. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:550] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
Jacob Euteneuer
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I've heard nothing but good things about this. Best easily available two-player only game?
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13. Board Game: Piñata [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2050]
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Since Balloon Cup is impossible to find (so is Odin's Raven, a game I think would be great for my wife and I) I figured this would be the next best thing. My only real question is: If we already like Lost Cities, is this game that much different?
 
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14. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:13]
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Read good things about this as a two-player. My wife would like it too. Are there better games for two in this vein/style though?
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Jacob Euteneuer
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Carcassone

We play a lot of vanilla Carcassone (with the River), but I want to know what the best expansion for two-players is. My wife likes the game because it is relaxed. Which one adds a bit but retains the same feel as the base game?
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16. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
Jacob Euteneuer
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I know I am going to get this. It looks too fun to pass. Also, I think my son could play it with us (even if he doesn't get the intricacies). Do I need the expansion? The expansion would probably only be used for two player games with my wife.

Finally, I love dice games, but there are so many of them. Any suggestions on other dice games?
 
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17. Board Game: 10 Days in Africa [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1780]
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My wife and I love this one (haven't tried the others in the series). My 4 year old also really likes this, and plays by the full rules...although he doesn't win that often whistle
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18. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:280]
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If you and your wife enjoy Forbidden Island, I think you will love this co-op game! The firefighting theme is fun and the semi-random spread of the fire can eliminate some of the solved puzzle feel of Forbidden Island. Also, it won't take many years before your child will want to join in and play with you guys!
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