Top 10 Double Date Games
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Double dates can run the gamut from awkward to comfortable depending on the people you choose to invite. Games are icebreakers for new couples/friends, and they bring existing relationships closer together. Whether you're married and hanging out with a few different couples consistently or in a new relationship, this list can help you plan the perfect double date.

Criteria:
1) Light enough - Unless you hang out with board game enthusiasts, the ideal double date game is light to medium in weight. Think 1 to 2.5 on the BoardGameGeek scale. No one wants to sit around listening to you explain long lists of exceptions and convoluted mechanics on a double date.
2) Short enough - Thirty to sixty minutes is a sweet spot. Read the other players to see if they're into it.
3) Strategic enough - Don't pick a game in which new players will struggle to be competitive. It's no fun watching the person who's teaching a game trounce everyone else. On the other side of the coin, games that rely on pure luck get old quickly.
4) Great with 4 players - Pick games that are either Recommended or Best with 4 players on the BoardGameGeek entry.
5) Honest - Be careful about playing bluffing/social deduction games, especially with new friends or a new significant other. My wife and I love playing these games together, but we've seen couples become irritated playing Sheriff of Nottingham or other such games.

Important Note: The following list is populated with games I've had personal success with. Every couple is different, and every gamer has different tastes. Always trust your knowledge of the other players over someone else's recommendation.

Honorable Mentions:
-7 Wonders: A bit heavy for some groups, but short and very fun.
-For Sale: Great little auction game that scales well with 3-6 players and plays in 20 minutes.
-Karuba: Enjoyable puzzle game. It fits into the multiplayer solitaire category with little player interaction, though.
-Las Vegas: Quick, light dice chucker with interesting tactical decisions.
-Love Letter: Awesome for first-time gamers. Quick, light, strategic card game.
-Sushi Go: Another excellent, light card game.
-Pandemic: Use this as a step up from Forbidden Island.
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1. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:265]
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Control monsters, chuck dice, and take over Tokyo. The game is so over the top that it would be difficult for someone to get mad or overly competitive while playing it. King of Tokyo offers two paths to victory: cause mayhem or shoot for victory points. Pacifists and warmongers can follow their desired paths and share an equal chance at victory. In my opinion, this is the perfect double date game.
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride is probably the most popular gateway game, but it's fun for gamers too. I've played with numerous couples spanning several generations. Either pick up cards, lay down trains, or draw new destination cards. Simple, strategic, fun.
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3. Board Game: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:646]
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Players draw and place tiles to accumulate cards of various colors, and in turn use these cards to score points. It's simple but tactical, and the board and tiles are absolutely beautiful. This game has been a runaway hit with every couple I've introduced it to. At least four or five couples have bought it immediately after playing with us.
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4. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:233] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Dixit is better with 5-6, but 4 still works wonderfully. The artwork in this game is beautiful, and the rules are simple. It's not cooperative, but it's certainly not too competitive.
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5. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:651]
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Forbidden Island is the perfect beginner's co-op game. Players work together to find treasure and escape before their island sinks. Cooperative games are a great choice if you want to eliminate competitiveness. While this is the only co-op game on my list, other good ones for double dates include Pandemic, Forbidden Desert, The Game, Betrayal at the House on the Hill (sort of), and Escape: Curse of the Temple.
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6. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:876]
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Build your city by being the first to buy four (or more if you're playing with the excellent expansions) key properties. Invest in cheaper properties first, which produce coins according to dice rolls. Other couples love playing Machi Koro with us because you can earn coins on every turn, not just yours. And let's be honest--everyone loves a good dice chucker.
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7. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:480]
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Introduce Tokaido as a zen game geared toward building the most relaxing and rewarding vacation possible. I've seen people play competitively, but most people seem to enjoy the relaxed, almost cooperative spirit Tokaido's creators suggest.
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8. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:135]
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Splendor is deeply strategic, but new players pick it up quickly and can certainly compete to win in their first game. Unless you directly choose to block other players by taking their tiles or reserving cards they want, it's not a game that gets overly competitive. I've never played a bad game of Splendor or played with anyone who didn't like it.
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9. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:256]
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Arboretum is a beautiful, strategic game based on building and scoring paths of trees. There are some difficult tactical decisions to make, but a beginner can certainly do well. This is one of my wife's favorites.
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10. Board Game: Coconuts [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:825] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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I don't care who you are, this game is a ton of silly fun. Use monkeys to launch rubber coconuts into cups. Need I say more?
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