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Two of my best friends are getting married and they asked me for games for their wedding (they asked specifically - best thing ever!!).

I was originally going to go with an Asian theme since I originally got to know the bride on a study abroad trip that spent time in China and Japan. They registered for TTR: Asia map pack. I was also considering Takenoko, Tsuro, and Hanabi (I'll probably get them Hanabi no matter what).

Then I started thinking, the groom is really into French culture, he spent some time in France and is a near-fluent French speaker, maybe I should look into games with that theme to balance things out.

But nothing was coming to me! I couldn't think of anything except Village, which I'm not even sure is really French and which is gonna be too heavy anyway.

Are there good games out there that I'm just missing? A quick search of the forum didn't yield much.

Games they both love:
Pandemic
Coup
TTR
Resistance

Features I'm looking for:
French or Parisian theme, obviously
Good with 2 players
Not too heavy/long
Somewhat easy to learn (I'm unlikely to be able to just teach them)
Easy to find on Amazon is a plus

Any suggestions? Or should I stick with an Asian theme?

EDIT: No sooner did I post this than I thought of The Castles of Burgundy. I've heard that this isn't the greatest with 2, and it also might be a bit heavy for the bride. Thoughts?
 
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and not to forget Carcassonne.
 
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colmmccarthy wrote:
Notre Dame
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Also, Castles of Burgundy is generally agreed to be absolutely best with 2 players. It's not that heavy of a game either. My wife and 9 year old daughter like it a lot.


Ah, Notre Dame, yes. I haven't played it but I love Feld. Hadn't considered Troyes either.

My only concern with these games is that the barrier to entry might be too high. They're moving away a month after the wedding and I'm concerned that if I'm not there to make sure that something hits the table, it may not get played unless is really accessible in either its ruleset or theme. I fear these could be that sort of game that they'd love if I taught them but wouldn't be able to get into on their own.

Castles deserves a look though, it's a bit shorter than the others and I would be really motivated to play it in that first month.
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Café Melange is set in vienna but "feels" a bit french with the whole intellentuals meeting in the cafe to have discussion

Paris Paris is set in paris

Cardline: Globetrotter is by a french company

The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet is by a french company and is about a famous french children's book.

Carcassonne: The City is set in france and I think this version is the best in the series

Notre Dame is an excellent game but it has rats as an important mechanism, not sure that's good for a wedding present somehow, but you know your friends better
 
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Carcassonne! I'd literally never thought about the fact that it's set in France. In fact, they both love it and even registered for it.

The others I hadn't heard of but look interesting; do you know if there is a good 2 player variant for Paris Connection though?
 
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hippiephysicschick wrote:
Café Melange is set in vienna but "feels" a bit french with the whole intellentuals meeting in the cafe to have discussion

Paris Paris is set in paris

Cardline: Globetrotter is by a french company

The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet is by a french company and is about a famous french children's book.

Carcassonne: The City is set in france and I think this version is the best in the series

Notre Dame is an excellent game but it has rats as an important mechanism, not sure that's good for a wedding present somehow, but you know your friends better


Cafe Melange looks so cool! I'd never heard of it, but it seems perfect!! They are both extremely into literature and philosophy and the art is just them all over. But...it seems so hard to find! Not on Amazon or CSI, only one listing on BGG...from Italy! cry

The others look alright (The City is definitely worth considering if I go the Carc route) but everything has to compare to Cafe Melange now, and man that one is great.
 
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these aren't specifically french but do use french artists

Games of Art
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Mondriaan 2020
 
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dasmrh wrote:
hippiephysicschick wrote:
Café Melange is set in vienna but "feels" a bit french with the whole intellentuals meeting in the cafe to have discussion

Paris Paris is set in paris

Cardline: Globetrotter is by a french company

The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet is by a french company and is about a famous french children's book.

Carcassonne: The City is set in france and I think this version is the best in the series

Notre Dame is an excellent game but it has rats as an important mechanism, not sure that's good for a wedding present somehow, but you know your friends better


Cafe Melange looks so cool! I'd never heard of it, but it seems perfect!! They are both extremely into literature and philosophy and the art is just them all over. But...it seems so hard to find! Not on Amazon or CSI, only one listing on BGG...from Italy! cry

The others look alright (The City is definitely worth considering if I go the Carc route) but everything has to compare to Cafe Melange now, and man that one is great.


game surplus has it, that where I got my copy. They only made like 900 copies so it's hard to find. very beautiful game
 
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These are great suggestions so far! I'm looking into Game Surplus and I love the look of the Winter Carc!
 
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dasmrh wrote:

EDIT: No sooner did I post this than I thought of The Castles of Burgundy. I've heard that this isn't the greatest with 2, and it also might be a bit heavy for the bride. Thoughts?


Where did you hear this? It's best with 2 according to almost everybody. Also, I think it is simple enough to learn--the first game can be overwhelming with all the different tiles, but the player boards are very helpful in remembering what things do.

I would also suggest Le Havre for the theme, but that does get toward the heavier end of things.

Guillotine is light and French Revolution themed.
 
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Guillotine is light and French Revolution themed.


I'm not sure what that would say as a wedding present! whistle
 
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A beautiful game but not that good imo. Check out Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy where you each play a French nobleman or woman. Over the course of four generations you have to build your family up through the best marriage alliances. It is a mid-weight game that is easy to learn as it is very logical to play due to the mechanics mirroring the theme very well.
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If you expand your reach just a bit, you could also look into Bruxelles 1893 and Bruges. I know they're both belgian cities/themes but that's close. They're both good looking games that don't seem to be too heavy although I have never played either...
 
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Tigrillo wrote:
Check out Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy where you each play a French nobleman or woman. Over the course of four generations you have to build your family up through the best marriage alliances. It is a mid-weight game that is easy to learn as it is very logical to play due to the mechanics mirroring the theme very well.

Great game, but it isn't the easiest game. If you don't have much boardgame experience this might be to complex.

ps. This game used to be called Nobles of Paris.
 
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2 games that give me that feel are:

Legacy:The Testament of Duke decrecy (about French aristocratic family planning). More fun than it sounds.

Also a light game that evokes that same feel would be mascarade.

+1 to castles of burgundy, carcassonne and Troyes
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the_vinman wrote:
Tigrillo wrote:
Check out Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy where you each play a French nobleman or woman. Over the course of four generations you have to build your family up through the best marriage alliances. It is a mid-weight game that is easy to learn as it is very logical to play due to the mechanics mirroring the theme very well.

Great game, but it isn't the easiest game. If you don't have much boardgame experience this might be to complex.

ps. This game used to be called Nobles of Paris.


True, I had forgotten about that. It is not that difficult either because how logical the gameplay is. I have taught it to plenty of beginners who have all gotten it quickly
 
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dasmrh wrote:
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Carcassonne! I'd literally never thought about the fact that it's set in France. In fact, they both love it and even registered for it.

The others I hadn't heard of but look interesting; do you know if there is a good 2 player variant for Paris Connection though?


There are some 2 player variatins metioned in the forums, but I have no expierince how good those are.
 
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Have you thought about Louis XIV? I find the dry theme and artwork very endearing. The gameplay is tense and interesting while not being overly complex.
 
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