Gaming with my Significant Other
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I wouldn't say that I'm much of a gamer. I neither own nor play lots of games. This is even my first geeklist... But my wife and I do enjoy playing boardgames, but we don't have a lot of games we can play because most games get vetoed by one of us.

In this geeklist I'll present some of our 2-player games and explain why we play them or why we don't. I'll also add a poll for each game for everyone out there who likes to share this hobby with their significant other.

Feel free to comment add other games to this list and explain why it works for you or why it doesn't. Please add a poll to any new games.

Hopefully this geeklist will give everyone who enjoys 2-player games some tips and ideas on what might work or not.
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1. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Daniel B
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This is one of the few games that we both enjoy playing. My wife and I are both very competitive and we hate losing. What's worse than losing is losing to each other. When we play Pandemic we either both lose or both win at the same time. Thanks you for cooperative games!

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2. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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We rarely play lost cities. I don't know what it is about the over-sized cards that makes me cringe. I guess I just don't get the point in making such huge cards when the only significant information on it is a number. My wife however enjoys the game more than I.

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3. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1505]
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My wife and I like solving cross-word puzzles together and we like word games. If I say so myself we're really good at both of them. This leads back to the overly competitive part of us. Since we're both especially good at it we both feel like we shouldn't lose. And when we do we get upset. So despite the huge potential of being a well-played game, we never take it out. I wish I could say that my wife is the only one who uses her veto on this game, but I guilty as well.

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4. Board Game: Prophecy [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1435]
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We both love this light action adventure game. My wife and I have read a fair amount of fantasy literature and like the theme. It doesn't take too long to play (compared to other stuff out there) and we like the occasional dice-rolling games. We particularly like our coop variant. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/356004

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5. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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I found my old box of cards one day and decided to give it a try. All other attempts to introduce CCG's to my wife failed miserably (A Game of Thrones, Call of Cthulhu) but this one she actually likes! Mind you, she doesn't care much for designing her own decks. She prefers it if I build the decks for her to play.

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6. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:691]
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With the huge success that Prophecy had been for us I was hoping that Runebound would give us an equal amount of satisfaction. However it has not. I tend to get bored somewhere halfway through the game. I'm the one who votes for something else.

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7. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1975]
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I LOVE this game, but I made the mistake of introducing it as a "chess" variant. Since then m wife refuses to play because she has traumatic memories from chess.

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8. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:413]
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My wife and I enjoyed playing this. I am hoping we can play it again soon! It's got a great theme with fun artwork, some very clever game play, and it's short enough that you can switch sides, because it's tough to play as Jack.
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9. Board Game: Sequence [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:3086]
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This is a pretty simple game, but it's been one of our standard "rainy day just the two of us" games.

It's definitely heavy on random luck and not so much on strategy, but still is one we find enjoyable.

(Although our new go-to game for 2 is quickly becoming Jambo.)
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10. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:894]
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The wife and I often break this one out. It's nice and simple, and is good for when you want a light game that you can chat about your day over.

(sorry dude, I can't figure out how to make a poll, it's been a long day.)
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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If we want something that requires a bit more thought, but doesn't take too long to play, out comes carcassonne. We use the inns and cathedrals, and builders and traders expansions. I'm not ashamed to admit that she is better than me at this game, so if I don't concentrate I get done in. (and have to do the dishes)
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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My husband and I enjoy the whole Ticket to Ride series. When it's just the two of us we don't bash heads too often competing for the same tracks, something I appreciate. It's no fun when players get frustrated and upset. Our scores usually come out pretty close when we play the Europe, Marklin and original. For some reason the Swiss expansion, designed especially for 2 to 3 players, usually ends in huge score differences.
 
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2059]
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My husband loves this one. It's a completely different game with 3 or more players, though. Much more cutthroat.

 
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14. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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This game is a lot of fun for two. The two-player rules remove the trading phase, but do not reduce the fun.
 
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