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Jonathan Meltzer
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Greetings! Usually I am looking for a great co-op for my wife and I to play. In this case, I am looking for a game that we might be able to play with her parents.

Her father has some difficulty with his eyes, so anything that involves a lot of reading (especially small print) is out. My in-laws enjoy games like Dominoes and Skip-Bo and (somewhat) CatchPhrase. A card game like Uno or Skip-Bo or Flinch might be something they would try.

I know I am not giving much to go on here. We want something light - planning on your current turn is good, but having to look ahead several turns is likely a negative. Maybe just an interesting variant on the games they already like would work. Something that plays in 30-60 minutes.

I don't mind buying a game just to play with them that we do not play at any other time, as long as it is something that they like.

The Geek has come through for me before...any ideas on this one? I am willing to answer questions as best I can to help narrow it down more.

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Mizerak
 
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Dixit? Catchphrase with a difference!!
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Takenoko!



No one can resist the cuteness of the panda! Very little reading involved, and not super strategic.
 
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K P Impsta wrote:
Dixit? Catchphrase with a difference!!


That might actually work well. We have been intrigued by this game anyway...might be time to pick it up.

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How about Hanabi and sit close to one another? I find its an accessible game, quick, and highly replayable. There isn't text per say, just numbers (think a standard poker deck). Just sit close enough that he can see it.
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ShelbyB wrote:
Takenoko!



No one can resist the cuteness of the panda! Very little reading involved, and not super strategic.


I know there is a TableTop episode on this...maybe we will watch it and see if it would fit. Thanks for the recommendation!
 
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Ticket to Ride Although the text on the board is kinda small
No Thanks! Would probably be up there alley
 
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atomheartmother wrote:
How about Hanabi and sit close to one another? I find its an accessible game, quick, and highly replayable. There isn't text per say, just numbers (think a standard poker deck). Just sit close enough that he can see it.


We have Hanabi...and bringing that could be a good idea. They might deliberately mess up the table talk (my father-in-law likes to, shall we say, "bend the rules" sometimes to get an advantage), but it could be a fun time regardless.

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Wccody wrote:
Ticket to Ride Although the text on the board is kinda small
No Thanks! Would probably be up there alley


Ticket To Ride we have, and bringing that could be a good idea too! Had not thought of that. No Thanks! is one that I liked, but my wife was not so much into it the one time we got into a game with other players.

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take a look at Word on the Street

(we only use the timer to choose our word, not for moving tiles as well - but, you can house rulle it after trying both ways. I also created a way to play it as a co-op.)


Parade is an interesting card game. kinda light/quick

No Thanks! also easy/light - but a real hoot for 2-3 plays.

Bohnanza classic for good reasons.


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oops - got beat on No Thanks while typing.
 
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1 Lucky Texan wrote:
take a look at Word on the Street

(we only use the timer to choose our word, not for moving tiles as well - but, you can house rulle it after trying both ways. I also created a way to play it as a co-op.)


Wow...I like it when people suggest games that we have! We have WotS, and enjoy it as a party game. What is your co-op variant? I am intrigued.

Never heard of Parade or Bohnanza, but I will look into them.

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Not sure if we could get a hold of Parade or Bohnanza before tomorrow (Did I mention we were visiting with the in-laws this weekend? Oops), unless the FLGS has them. Parade looks interesting...Bohnanza I am not sure about.

Cool suggestions, though...I knew the Geek would not let me down :-)
 
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The size of the tiles in Qwirkle should be good as well, the colors and shapes would be big enough
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LenYJr wrote:
The size of the tiles in Qwirkle should be good as well, the colors and shapes would be big enough


You're right! We watched the TableTop episode on this, and it could be a good one too. Thanks!
 
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DyslexicDan wrote:
I’m assuming you already considered it but on the off chance that you didn’t Carcassonne plays like Dominoes and doesn't need a lot of thinking or strategy. There is no text to read, score keeping can be done by one person, there is no card to keep track of or any thing to keep secret from other players.


Carcassonne does not take strategy? I always assumed that it did, but if it is lighter than that, it could work. Thanks! I have been wanting to have an excuse to add it to the collection anyway. :-)
 
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My suggestions:

Rise of Augustus

Timeline: Inventions (or any other in the timeline or card line series, based on their preferred subject matter)

Fauna

Or

Lost Cities: The Board Game (not sure if it's still available, but this might be the best choice on the list if they like card games, but want a light board game)
 
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Mizerak wrote:
DyslexicDan wrote:
I’m assuming you already considered it but on the off chance that you didn’t Carcassonne plays like Dominoes and doesn't need a lot of thinking or strategy. There is no text to read, score keeping can be done by one person, there is no card to keep track of or any thing to keep secret from other players.


Carcassonne does not take strategy? I always assumed that it did, but if it is lighter than that, it could work. Thanks! I have been wanting to have an excuse to add it to the collection anyway. :-)


There isn't a ton of strategy. It's hard to do too much long term planning, since you're pulling just one tile each turn. It becomes less strategic with more players. The most strategic/complicated part are the farmers, and you could leave that out for the first (or all) plays.
 
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Coloretto has seemed to work real well for me as a step up in tactical "thinkiness" for the uno and phase 10 crowd. Also, no text to read, just cards with big bright colors, so it works from that perspective as well.

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Phase 10
 
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I was also going to say Hanabi.
Certainly Forbidden Island should work, right?

For (light) competitive options:
For Sale
Piece o' Cake
Hey, That's My Fish!

 
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Seconding No Thanks and Augustus.

If you want to stay with card games, 6 nimmt! is a solid choice, and, with the right crowd, so is The Dwarf King.

Some obvious choices:
-King of Tokyo
-For Sale, or Felicity: The Cat in the Sack
-I've had a lot of success getting my parents to try Dice Town, but it might be pushing it a bit with the special effect cards.
 
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We find Sequence is a lot of fun. Play cards to try to get 5 counters in a row. Serious gamers can find it a bit random, but it's excellent as something fast and fun, requiring a small thought, but not too much.
 
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I'm seconding Dixit, Hanabi, Bohnanza, Qwrikle and Phase 10.

Bohnanza probably is the furthest apart from the reference point but it's a very easy, highly engaging game.

If normal playing cards are ok for her father then you might also be interested in 6 nimmt!.
 
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