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Hey folks,

My Aunt is in her seventies and she lives alone. I try to go by her house regularly and spend time with her. Often we play games like Backgammon or Cribbage. She enjoys them and I think they help keep her sharp. What I'm looking for are some simple games for two people that she might enjoy. Nothing very complicated. I've heard interesting things about Go. How easy would that be to pick up and learn? Any recommends are greatly appreciated.
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Erik Capps
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Go is actually a VERY complex game. It can start simple, but in the end it's honestly a LOT to learn.

I'm not sure on suggestions, I have had a few games of Catan with my grandmother in law who's in her late 60s and she enjoyed it quite thoroughly.

I'll try to think of more for you if I can.
 
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I'm not sure Go is a good choice... it's an order of magnitude more complicated to play well than the games you listed (though the rules are relatively simple).

I'd suggest other abstract games. The GIPF Project series is especially good; my favorites include DVONN, YINSH, and ZÈRTZ.

There's also some really good 2-player card games out there. Jaipur is brilliant and easy to teach, and seems to have eclipsed Lost Cities as the go-to game for this sort of thing.

I would also recommend Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Thurn and Taxis, and Finca. These are games my wife and I regularly play 2-player, and I think they'd be a good match too.
 
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I find that Rummikub is popular with older people.
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steckman wrote:
I find that Rummikub is popular with older people.


We've played that as well.
 
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what about Jaipur?

Opps I see its been mentioned..

 
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From least difficult to most:

Ali Baba
Sherlock
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Battle Line

 
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I am 73 and I play: MtG, D&D, Duel in the Dark, Carcassonne, Pillars of the Earth, Shadows Over Camelot, Dominion, Citadels, Roll Through the Ages, Elder Sign, Belfort, Martian Dice, Dungeon Roll, Friday, Pandemic, Fluxx (!!!), Arcana, BattleLore, Wings of War, RoboRally, D-Day Dice, ...to name a few.

My point: don't assume we old geezers can only comprehend simplistic games.

Sorry; just a bit of a rant. ninja
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You can't go wrong with Qwirkle. It's easy, fast and fun. It has won a lot of awards. Go with the standard version (not the travel) for the better size.


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cobame wrote:
I am 73 and I play: MtG, D&D, Duel in the Dark, Carcassonne, Pillars of the Earth, Shadows Over Camelot, Dominion, Citadels, Roll Through the Ages, Elder Sign, Belfort, Martian Dice, Dungeon Roll, Friday, Pandemic, Fluxx (!!!), Arcana, BattleLore, Wings of War, RoboRally, D-Day Dice, ...to name a few.

My point: don't assume we old geezers can only comprehend simplistic games.

Sorry; just a bit of a rant. ninja


I'm not. She just doesn't seem to like anything that we played that was a little more complicated. She really dislike SkipBo.

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1269/skip-bo
 
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I don't know Go, but I do visit with an elderly friend each week (older than you aunt),and she really likes playing Tri-Ominos ..
 
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I agree that Qwirkle is great, but my wife and I like Qwirkle Cubes better.
 
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Have you tried some co-op games like Forbidden Island, Urbion or Onirim? Might be fun. cool
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Whenever I visit my parents, I bring Hive along to play with my mother. She taught me to play Chess as a young child, and this is right up her alley. Very quick to teach someone, and it's open enough in its strategy to make each game play out in a new and interesting way.
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Qwirkle would a great choice.
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+1 for the Project Gipf
+1 for Qwirkle

Further I´d like to suggest Blokus or Blokus Duo, Quarto, Octiles and last but not least my Cairo Corridor.
 
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Some word games - spelling, thinking of a certain word, etc.:

Bananagrams - similar to Scrabble, but easier and more fun. There's a time element to it that Scrabble doesn't have.
Boggle or better yet, Big Boggle - they've been around so long that you must know them.
Quiddler - called "the short word game." Starts with a hand of 3 cards from which you have to make a word. Increases one card per round up to 10 cards. Can be played well with any number of players.
Word on the Street - thinking of a word that fits a certain category, trying to get words with lots of consonants so you can steal letters from your opponent.

Numbers games:
Can't Stop has been around since 1980 but has experienced a recent resurgence of popularity.
Take it Easy! - mechanic slightly similar to Bingo. Turn over a tile, and everyone has to use that same tile on his individual board. Works with 2, and super fun with 6 players. Lots of laughing and chatter.

Euro-light:
Cartagena - at easy introduction to Euro-style meeple movements.
Show Manager - drawing cards to complete a series of required combinations.

I agree with the recommendations for Qwirkle and Jaipur, though I think she'll prefer Qwirkle. Another one with a style similar to Dominoes is Ingenious.

By the way, I'm 66 and my two regular gaming partners are 70 and 76. We play Euro strategy games much more than the ones I've recommended. But I own all those I've listed and enjoy them with the right people. They're non-gamer games rather than geek games.
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