Who are you and what did you do to my wife and friends?
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For the past 20+ years, I had my weekly gaming session at my FLGS with "the guys", a group of like-minded gamers playing miniatures games, RPGs, and boardgames. This was my time to do my thing and my wife tolerated it, reasoning that it was better than me spending time and money in the local tavern.

Although my wife enjoys games, she and two friends of ours (another married couple), were never into the types of "boardgames" I played.

However, this seems to have changed recently prompting me to question them, "Who are you and what did you do to my wife and friends?"
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1. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1555]
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Hearts was one of the card games my wife and our friends would play when we got together. A lot of fun, but not too far out of the "mainstream."
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2. Board Game: Zilch [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:12012]
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In addition to card games, the four of us would play dice games - Zilch and Ship, Captain, Crew being the main staples.
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3. Board Game: Mexican Train [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:10673]
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Not a big leap, but if we weren't playing cards or rolling dice, we'd play dominoes, with Mexican Train being a favorite.
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Until recently, this was the most "non-mainstream" game we all played together. Although the actual pieces may not be familiar to many, the mechanics of the game are similar to any number of Rummy games.
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This game was the camel's nose in the tent. I purchased the main game just before Thanksgiving. I had played at home a few times with my daughter's boyfriend and apparently my wife noticed. She asked a few questions regarding how we were playing meeples and asked to join in for the next game!

I purchased all the expansions to the game (except Catapult) and we played a few more games. Additionally, another friend of my wife's played a few games with us. She is also friends with the wife of the couple we play cards/dice/dominoes with and "planted the seed" with her.

Note: My wife didn't really care for the expansions but preferred to play the original game only.
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6. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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After the run of Carcassonne purchases, I decided to jump into Agricola. I didn't specifically buy this with playing with my wife and friends in mind but after the success with Carcassonne, I thought I'd give it a try.

My wife liked this better than Carcassonne. We probably played at least a game a night for the first two weeks we had this - sometimes at my wife's prompting.

Her only complaint was that the game had too much "stuff" to keep track of.

We have yet to play this with our friends but after explaining it to them, they have expressed interest.
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The camel is almost entirely in the tent.

This is the game that "did it." I downloaded the Excel version from BGG and played a bunch of games against the AI. Fun as that was, it was no substitute for face-to-face play.

I taught this game to my wife and she loved it. She must have talked about it to our friends as they suggested we all play. A great success!

My wife actual asks to play as do our friends. My wife and I have also played a bunch of two-player sessions and I believe she is ahead in the standings.
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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I think the camel is entirely in the tent now.

I don't own this game (and have never played) but I have been researching it via BGG. I mentioned this fact to our friends and their response was twofold:

1) Sounds good. Maybe we can buy it and split the cost.

2) What's the name of that website?

So, my reply was, "Who are you and what did you do to my wife and friends?"

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