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I want to buy a board game for my sister and her boyfriend for Christmas.

They have played Settlers of Catan which they enjoyed while my sister has also played The Resistance but she was not to keen on it. Her boyfriend i think would appreciate something with a bit more strategy than let's say Takenoko.

Basically it can be a game that plays more than two but that at least plays well with 2. Of course it could be a strictly two player game. However, I prefer that it's a boardgame and not a card game. They would appreciate the physicality and presence of it more.

I have some basic ideas such as:

Carcassone
Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Zolos wrote:


I have some basic ideas such as:

Carcassone
Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small



Not bad ideas. Carcassonne: South Seas.

Targi is a good 2p-game, a semi-card-game with a nice worker placement mechanism (no real board, though).

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Age of Industry with BGG store expansion maps.
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take a look at Tikal

of course, there likely are scores of games that would fill your needs.
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actaion wrote:
Zolos wrote:


I have some basic ideas such as:

Carcassone
Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small



Not bad ideas. Carcassonne: South Seas.

Targi is a good 2p-game, a semi-card-game with a nice worker placement mechanism (no real board, though).



Thanks!

I will have a look at South Seas! I was also thinking of Castle.

Someone owns Targi in my game group and i can get them to play it eventually without buying it. Also, like you said no board.
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gamesgocrazy wrote:
The Castles of Burgundy

Agricola

Age of Industry with BGG store expansion maps.


Thank you!

Agricola i own so we can play it together.

Age of Industry i think might be too much for them.

Burgundy is a possibility although i would have to teach it to them first.

Is there anything similar in complexity and mechanics to Burgundy.
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take a look at Tikal

of course, there likely are scores of games that would fill your needs.


Thanks!

I played Tikal a couple of times but i did not have a good experience with it. Also not sure how good it is with only 2. Probably, reduces downtime of course.
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Perhaps a co-op like Forbidden Desert or Pandemic

Otherwise:

Ninjato
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The Castles of Burgundy
Lords of Waterdeep
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quite cliche, but...
ticket to ride

I've almost never shown anyone TTR and they not liked it. eventually they will out grow it, but they can use it to get others into the hobby. if they want something meatier, then:
Lords of Waterdeep

similar everyone loves it.
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Zolos wrote:
gamesgocrazy wrote:
The Castles of Burgundy

Agricola

Age of Industry with BGG store expansion maps.


Thank you!

Agricola i own so we can play it together.

Age of Industry i think might be too much for them.

Burgundy is a possibility although i would have to teach it to them first.

Is there anything similar in complexity and mechanics to Burgundy.


There's Trajan, though it's a little bit heavier than CoB.

I was going to suggest Suburbia. Plays great with all numbers, 1-4, and the game has a good balance of having a low learning curve combined with high strategy.
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Stone Age would be perfect. It scales very well, has great components, beautiful artwork, and not overly complex strategy/rules. Back in the day, it was THE next step from Catan before all these shiny new games came around (and I'm unsure how many of them are actually better in this regard).

Suburbia is a good suggestion if they want something with more strategy but as you mention Catan and Resistance, it sounds like they're more into the social experience.
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Good suggestions thanks!

For some reason i totally forgot about TTR. Maybe it's because i don't like it but for them it might be a strong possibility! Same for Stone Age possibly even though it's a game that we have access to quite easily.

Lords of Waterdeep and Ninjato are just the right amount of complexity i'm looking for but i think my sister will not enjoy the theme. Regardless of how pasted it is or not.

I like Suburbia a lot but is it not too much for them?

Trajan is definitely too heavy.
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective Board Game is an excellent idea!
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Zolos wrote:

I like Suburbia a lot but is it not too much for them?


Well that's for you to decide

Only four pages of rules, and it isn't much of a step up from games like Carcassonne.

It does sound like they prefer more of a social experience, as Moe pointed out, so maybe a lighter game like Ticket to Ride might be more their style.
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Carcassonne is certainly a good one.

Some other nice entry-level, non-card games for 2+...

The Hanging Gardens
Havana
Maori
Finca
Alea Iacta Est

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From Settlers, my wife and I went to Race for the Galaxy, Carcassonne Hunters and Gatherers and Dominion. They are all good games, but RFTG is the only one we still play- although we have hundreds of plays on the others(well worth the money and time)
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Hive - If you need an abstract game

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Hivei think will not interest them as a couple game. I think of it as a mini wargame. A game i'd love to play tbh

Finca
is a great recommendation but amazon does not seem to have in stock. I need to send it gift wrapped and it's the most convenient store for me.

RftG would definitely be the game with a lot of replayability but i'm more concerned with accessibility for their first game.

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newkillerstar27 wrote:
Zolos wrote:

I like Suburbia a lot but is it not too much for them?


Well that's for you to decide

Only four pages of rules, and it isn't much of a step up from games like Carcassonne.

It does sound like they prefer more of a social experience, as Moe pointed out, so maybe a lighter game like Ticket to Ride might be more their style.


Hahaha, that's true.

I tried to find Suburbia after you recommended it but it's an easy (nor cheap) game to buy in Europe surprisingly.
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Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

I am bit time pressured as i want to make sure the game reaches my sister on time.

In the end i'm going for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. Hopefully this will be the start of their board gaming careers.
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Zolos wrote:
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

I am bit time pressured as i want to make sure the game reaches my sister on time.

In the end i'm going for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. Hopefully this will be the start of their board gaming careers.


Good choice.
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Zolos wrote:
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

I am bit time pressured as i want to make sure the game reaches my sister on time.

In the end i'm going for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. Hopefully this will be the start of their board gaming careers.


Good choice.


Yup. Buy (at least) the first expansion for them as well
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Moe45673 wrote:
pfctsqr wrote:
Zolos wrote:
Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

I am bit time pressured as i want to make sure the game reaches my sister on time.

In the end i'm going for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. Hopefully this will be the start of their board gaming careers. :)


Good choice.


Yup. Buy (at least) the first expansion for them as well


Thank you. I'll keep it mind!
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Zolos wrote:
Hive i think will not interest them as a couple game. I think of it as a mini wargame. A game i'd love to play tbh


The OP didn't say anything about the sister and her bf not liking war games. Also, Hive is not a war game per se in that it's nothing like Kemet, Memoir '44 or Neuroshima Hex! It's more like Chess meets Dominoes. I read many enjoying Hive at first play because it has very simple rules that one can teach in less than 5 minutes yet it is a very deep game, plus the insect theme makes it even more fun.

There is also a 3-4 player variant.
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