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John Bock
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She likes to play PR and RFTG as both 2 player and 4 player games. We kinda played out on Catan, playing some Ticket to Ride. She is competitive (and then some) but not into hack and slash or wargaming per se'. The game needs to be capable of solid 2 and 4 player.

What else would she like?
 
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Brian Lucid
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I recommend you marry that girl.
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zaphod b wrote:
I recommend you marry that girl.


Sounds like he already did.

My wife and I also really like Puerto Rico (haven't played RFTG), and also enjoy Ra and Through the Desert with anywhere between 2 and 5 players -- though these are both fairly different from PR and RFTG.
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Brendan Lapsley
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Try Agricola.
Another euro that can get cutthroat. I've also found that it works pretty well with 2 players (where PR really doesn't). IMO it scales really well from 2-5.
 
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Chris Gallo
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Have you guys tried Carcassonne? It's not a game with cards, rather tiles however plays pretty good with those two counts.
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Ian Klinck
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My wife likes those games as well.

Other games that we like to play that might be worth looking into: Stone Age, Dominion, St. Petersburg, and Notre Dame.
 
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The top 2 player games my wife enjoys:
The Castles of Burgundy
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
At the Gates of Loyang
Carcassonne
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Nature of the Beast: Prairie vs. Polar

Innovation

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Caylus
It is a classic for a reason, it is excellent with 2, and it can be very cutthroat.
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I've heard Bruges compared to RftG, though IMHO it's just the mechanism of cards being multipurpose that's very similar. Bruges and Race are my 2 current favorites. Only played them 2-player, but I don't see any reason Bruges wouldn't scale well to 4.
 
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Daniel B-G
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+1 to the following
Castles of Burgundy (I would get this before Bruges).
Caylus
At the Gates of Loyang

I'll also add the following.
Letters from Whitechapel -an excellent deduction game, though with a very dark theme. Very tense, without being too hostile.
Le Havre - IMHO better than Agricola at 2
Goa - An excellent auction game that works well at 2. Ra is good, but needs a higher player count.
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Carson Dech
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Keep her!

Stone Age might be a good choice. Based on what you mention i'd consider.....
The Castles of Burgundy and maybe Innovation from what's already been mentioned. I really recommend Firenze for 2 players. From the out of print stuff I'd recommend Glen More Attika and Taluva
 
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Matt Logan
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My wife and I are currently rotating through the following:

Innovation (may not be as good with 4)
Caylus
The Castles of Burgundy
Macao
Seasons (may not be as good with 4)
Bruges
Keyflower
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L W
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My wife and I are currently into Battle Line. Very strategic little game for two.
 
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I am really surprised no one has said San Juan yet.
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Just looking over my collection I would recommend Snowdonia, Alien Frontiers, Concordia and Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia and +1 to Keyflower
 
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Justin Lester
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+1 Keyflower

For games more similar to the ones you mentioned:

Glory to Rome
Glass Road
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James C
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Can't recommend Suburbia enough for this situation. My wife and I play 3 times a week (usually two games back to back.)
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Josh Bodah
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exceedinglywell wrote:
She likes to play PR and RFTG as both 2 player and 4 player games. We kinda played out on Catan, playing some Ticket to Ride. She is competitive (and then some) but not into hack and slash or wargaming per se'. The game needs to be capable of solid 2 and 4 player.

What else would she like?


Both of those are multiplayer solitaire-ish. I'd recommend Suburbia and Castles of Burgundy. She might also like Innovation and maybe Fleet for more small card games
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LordJunon wrote:
I am really surprised no one has said San Juan yet.


Hard for me to recommend San Juan if she alright enjoys the other two. There's not much that San Juan has that RftG and PR don't.
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If you've not got it I'd recommend adding Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts. I see you've got The Gathering Storm listed to trade. I enjoy AA more - it has more new cards & the new start worlds are fun. We've not played the orb scenario enough to know if we like it but even if we don't like the orb I think AA was a good buy.
 
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LordJunon wrote:
I am really surprised no one has said San Juan yet.



Out of print and quite expensive if you can find it. I imagine it will get reprinted at some point, though.
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I second Snowdonia and Concordia(you can play the map on either side of the map board) and would also add Navegador, Age of Industry, Macao, Pillars of the Earth and Coal Baron.

How about Twilight Struggle? Or 1989 Dawn of Freedom and the older Making of the President?
 
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exceedinglywell wrote:
She likes to play PR and RFTG...


I wish people wouldn't use abbreviations so much. It implies Puerto Rico is more important than it should be.
 
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Fleet
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