Back Into Gaming, Getting Your Girlfriend into it.
Paul B.
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After completing my Ph.D, I can now look back at gaming. My GF is new to gaming, having not played *any* to speak of in her childhood. I'm an old wargamer, and discovered the German style games reading BGG (Thanks!). The choices I've made over the past few months are expressly to introduce the fun of gaming to my GF through high quality, high fun and good thinking games. She has taken to the first few games like a cat to catnip.
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1. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Paul B.
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Our first purchase from a local toy store. For her first game, I liked the cooperative gaming aspect combined with tight play requirements and the excellent quality of components. She *loved* it and we played it a good bit.
 
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Second purchase from an online game store, the special edition which has become hard to find. GF can't get enough of this and we even got her mother to play. Driving back to Idaho, her mother thinks she's devised a strategy to 'kick our butts!' Now several weeks later, have played with GF's mother again and, well, her strategy wasn't up to snuff <grin>.
 
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Third purchase, was a favorite, but has lost its luster. The variability of playing speed from round to round improves the experience. It is dead simple, yet requires careful thinking at crucial moments. What we've found is my math mind gives me a substantial advantage, so she isn't enjoying anymore.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Brand new purchase, not yet played (even after several months, now). Will report when we've played a bit. Seller at local gaming store said she and hubby play it 2 player regularly.
 
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5. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride is a winner! GF and I have played several times and it does pack fast game play with difficult decisions. Seller at local gaming store said that it is "a lot of fun."
 
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6. Board Game: The Game of Shakespeare [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:14656]
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Picked up at Thrift Store for $5. GF, former theater major, just loves this game. Thought she would, which is why I picked it up. We are learning a lot of Shakespeare while enjoying fun competitions.
 
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