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Most of my gaming is with my wife. So I'm looking to build my collection with games that are good for two and that we both enjoy. I also would prefer games that scale up well so we could enjoy them with other family or friends.

This is a list of games I would like to try out. I have too many lonely games. I don't need any "trophy" games that just gather dust on the shelf. I want to see which of these games are likely to hit the table often with me.
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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I saw a comment somewhere comparing this to San Juan which I played once and really liked it. I then watched Rahdo's run through on it. Now I really want to play this. My only apprehension about this is that my wife may find it a little too heavy for her.

Edit: I've borrowed my older son's copy along with his The Gathering Storm expansion. I've played a few times including a solo game. I'm thinking to teach the game to my wife by having her watch me play a solo game while I explain what's going on and my reasoning for my actions.

Add'l Edit: I've taught my wife the game (2 player). We've played 3 times, and she is starting to like it!
 
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2. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:149]
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One of my geek buddies recommended this to me, and every time I mention that, another geek seconds the recommendation saying it is a really good game. I'm anxious to try it out.
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3. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:954]
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I like trains, and I like building things. A game with both of these things is practially irresistable to me. Tom Vasel likes it; I watched his Dice Tower review. The BGG library shows to have a copy. Can I wait for the CON to try it?
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4. Board Game: Quarantine [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3242]
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Here's a game about building hospitals and treating patients. It's about building so it looks interesting.
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5. Board Game: Paperclip Railways [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:5010]
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Another game with trains and building.
 
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6. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1948]
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Streetcars are like trains, and the game features building routes (trains and building).
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7. Board Game: Camelot: The Build [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:7664]
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I saw this at Madness Games and Comics in Plano. Another game about building.
 
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8. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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My wife is a history buff, and she has a thing for games about archeology.
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9. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1411]
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My wife is a history buff, and she has a thing for games about archeology.
 
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10. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:993]
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My wife likes the pick up and deliver aspect of Empire Builder and Eurorails. The game has good reviews.

Edit: I played it 5/30 and liked it.
 
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11. Board Game: Guilds of London [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1151]
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I'm intrigued by heraldry. The picture looks neat. Maybe I'll like the game.
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12. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:758]
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Another game about building with good reviews.
 
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13. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
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I played this once four-player. I'd like to play a few more times and see how it plays with two.
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14. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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Railroads: from the reviews I've seen this is a worker placement game with a building aspect. I've heard this is pretty heavy so it might not be hitting the table with my wife. However, I want to try it.
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15. Board Game: Panzer (second edition) [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:2038]
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I played wargames a lot when I was in high school. I really liked PanzerBlitz. My wife does not want to play wargames, but I want to try it.
 
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16. Board Game: Texas Glory: 1835-36 [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:4026]
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As a Texan who still wants to play wargames, I have to at least try this.
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17. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1382]
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I like the old The Avalon Hill Game Co Gettysburg. This looks interesting. The game length looks long for me, but I want to try it anyway to see what the mechanics are like.

I like Gettysburg because the board uses a square grid, not hexagons, and the units have facings. The players have to commit each unit to face a particular direction. Units can only attack to their front, and the effectiveness of their defense against an attack is dependent on the direction of the attack. A unit does not defend well against attacks on their flanks or rear.

The Guns of Gettysburg looks much better. I've been reading through the design diary, and I am thoroughly impressed. I really like that the game attempts to recreate the essence of the battle, a meeting engagement where both sides had to improvise and shape their plans to the way things happened.
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18. Board Game: Valor & Victory [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:3098]
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I'm looking for a tactical combat game that has a fair amount of realism, but doesn't require learning a rule book the size of an encyclopedia. I've seen good recommendations for this game.
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