Yet Another Couple's GeekList part 1: Our Favorite Games
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Recently my wife and I took a couple of months to play through every single game that we have. After playing through a game we each rated it on the following five point scale:

5- Love it!
4- Like it!
3- Ok/Take it or leave it
2-Don't like but willing to play occasionally
1-Don't like and don't want to play.

The idea is that by adding up our combined score and using the BGG 10 point rating scale, we would have an idea where our thoughts as a couple were on the game.

These games are our favorites with a combined score of eight or higher. I know there a lot of other geeklists about couples sharing the experience of gaming, but this is our experience and I hope it provides a somewhat enjoyable read.
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:49]
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Her: 5
Him: 5
Combined: 10

This is easily our favorite game, and we have played it over 150 times. No matter how many new games we get, we always come back to this one. We both like how this game is about making the most of what you have, as well as picking the right action to maximize a turn.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Her: 5
Him: 5
Combined: 10

Because my wife is a little picky about the games she loves (where I am not) this is our only other combined 10. We both like the variety this game offers, as every set up is different. We also both like games that have card interaction and combos, which this provides very well.
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3. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Her: 5
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Couple: 10

I tend to really like worker placement games, and my wife likes them as well. This game manages to squeak out a combined 10. I personally prefer Agricola more, but she likes that this game has less tension (especially as a 2 player game). While we both really enjoy this game, we also agree that it is one that we enjoy most playing periodically.
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:283] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Her: 5
Him: 4
Combined: 9

This is one of my wife's favorite games. She really likes the resource collecting and the sense of building. I find the game fun as well, but the annoyances of the game stalling because no one can get wood or whatever resource never rolls brings it down a step for me. The fact that the game does not play great with two players, means we do not play it as much as my wife might like.
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5. Board Game: Attika [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:574]
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Her: 5
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Combined: 9

We traded for this game, and my wife instantly loved it. While they exist in different forms, this has the resource collecting and building as well. She also likes finding ways to best link the building to build them for free and find a way to break through and connect the two temples.
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6. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Her: 4
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Combined: 9

Memoir '44 is one of my absolutely favorite games. I love the WWII setting, the simplicity of the Command and Colors Setting, and the variety provided by the scenarios. My wife enjoys playing the game IF she gets to attack, the only strategy she likes to employ is charge. A lot of memoir '44 scenarios are set up so one side is defending and on those scenarios, I take the defending side.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Her: 4
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I really like this game, and I find myself wanting to play it over and over again. I always want to try a slightly different strategy or do a little better. My wife also likes the game and also finds that even though it has a longer play time than a lot of the games we like to play, she also likes playing multiple games in a row. However, she find the tension of never having enough actions to do what she wants to be a little frustrating.
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8. Board Game: Warhammer: Invasion [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:455]
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Her: 4
Him: 5
Combined: 9

This is also on my list of favorite games. I pretty much like everything about this game. My wife enjoys playing it, but she does not have any previous CCG style game experience. She found the learning curve steep, but she has gotten the hang of it.
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9. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:936]
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Her: 4
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Combined: 9

We both like this game of role selection and building. Honestly, the biggest reason why my wife rated it a 4 instead of a 5 is because she does not win all that often when we play.
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10. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:188] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Her: 3
Him: 5
Combined: 8

This is one of two games that I love, but my wife is just ok about. I love the variable powers and conflict. Her biggest complaint about the game is she never feels like she knows which race is best for her to take.
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11. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:547] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Her: 3
Him: 5
Combined: 8

This is the the second game to have a 5/3 split. I love the game because I like all things Zombies, and this is a fun and thematic zombie game. My wife on the other hand, tends to roll her eyes at anything that involves zombies, so the fact that she is willing to play the game at all is testament to the fact of how good it is!
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12. Board Game: Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1685]
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Her: 4
Him: 4
Combined: 8

Like Settlers of Catan, this is a game that works best with more than 2 players. When we get the chance to play with a group this is one that we like.
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13. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2305]
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Her: 4
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This game is a recent addition for us, and we both greatly enjoyed it. This game actually replaced Fjords on this list. After playing Hellas a couple of times, we both commented how much we would rather play this game over our Fjords, which was our go-to tile laying game.
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14. Board Game: The Reef [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:6702]
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Her: 4
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Combined: 8

This is a game we traded for, and only played once while playing through all our games. However, after our initial play we both really liked this game and we are looking forward to playing it a lot more.
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15. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:73]
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Her: 4
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Combined: 8

We played this game a lot when we first got it, and both of us kind of feel a little played out on it. We both enjoy the game still, we just do not have the desire to play it multiple times a week anymore. We have heard from friends of ours that expansion really adds a lot to this game, but we have not yet done that.
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16. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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Her: 4
Him: 4
Combined: 8

One of the struggles we had in doing the ratings is that we could not differentiate differences between the ratings. For example, I would have rated this a sold 4 but my wife said this was a weak 4. Where as, Ticket to Ride, the game this one is often compared to, is reversed.
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17. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Her: 4
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Combined: 8

This is the Ticket to Ride version that we have because I read several view points that stated this version was better for 2 than USA or Europe. I am really surprised that my wife did not rate this as a 5 as she really likes it and wants to play it often.
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18. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:388]
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Her: 4
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We both have fun with this treasure hunting game, but we have found that with two players we tend to gravitate to playing a lot of cards on the same treasure instead of dividing the cards over the four treasures.
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19. Board Game: Traders of Osaka [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:949]
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Her: 4
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I think this is a bit of a hidden gem of a game. This game is one of the games we have based around the ubiquitous Mediterranean shipping theme. It plays quick and has a very clever system where the cards are used for everything. This is one we both feel that we need to play more.
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20. Board Game: Battleball [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2206]
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Her: 4
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I like that this game feels like a Blood Bowl light, and she likes the simplicity of it and the different dice. The game does have some issues, but we have a lot of fun playing it.
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21. Board Game: Livingstone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2090]
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This is our most recent game, and we both like the combination of mechanics that it presents.
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