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Jerry Wilkinson
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Analog_Gamer wrote:
My wife's birthday is coming up and I want to get her a game. She loves Carcassonne, so I thought Carcassonne: South Seas, due to island/tropical theme.

What other suggestions would you recommend? She likes the simple nature of tile placement that's both quick and low in weight.



Thanks.


Its OOP and getting to be a little harder to find but I'll recommend Maori.
 
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You might want to check out:

Qin
Indigo
Seeland

They are all fairly easy tile-laying games that do not require huge time commitments.
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If she likes tile laying you should re-tile the bathroom floor.
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Get 2-3 of the quadrillion expansion for Carc if she loves it. Add some replay ability if the base game gets stale.
 
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+1 Seeland - light, quick game with a lot of visual appeal
 
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My wife also enjoys Carcassonne and prefers lighter weight games. She's reluctant to play anything too heavy overly analytic. That's not were the fun is for her.

Here's a few that my wife enjoys (all playable with 2 people):

Ticket to Ride - This one is simple, fun, and lets you place trains on the map.

Alhambra - This has tile laying like Carcassonne, but the differences are that each person builds their own city with tiles and has to collect sets of money to purchase the tiles. It has a lot of similarities to parts of Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne.

Jaipur - This beautiful game lets you collect camels and Indian trade goods to become the best merchant. It's all about collecting sets of cards and buying goods at the right time. Very fun and still nice and relaxing.

Lost Cities - Finally, this last game is a simple card game that has a lot of replayability. Lots of couples play this one (You'll see it on many Geeklists for games that couples like to play together). It's kind of a classic.

If you want to get Carcassonne expansions, I would start with Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals. It adds some fun tiles and a few new ways to get points without getting too crazy.
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Suburbia - I feel like this is the evolution to Carcassonne. You still have your tile-laying, but you have your own area to lay out tiles. You can also pull off some combos and discover neat ways in how the tiles interact as you play it more. This has almost completely replaced Carcassonne for me.
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Quick & Light Tile game - as no Abstracts have been mentioned yet; Tantrix.
 
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I'd recommend Maharani, but it's a bit iffy with two. If you do play with others and like a bit of a puzzle, it's worth considering.
 
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How about Taluva?

Simple tile-placement with a 3D aspect. One of its main selling-point though is how beautiful it is:


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Alhambra x 1000! If you haven't yet check out the Tabletop episode.
 
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Take a look at OddVille. The game has a mash up of mechanics and tile placement is one of them.



If you don't mind waiting, check out Akrotiri. It's a 2-player only game, has tile placement and based from the preview video, it's look really good.

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Just a head's up, Alhambra with two adds a dummy player which is something I wasn't too excited about. Still might be good for you.

Suburbia is great. My wife and I have played nearly 60 times since February. It's her favorite game.
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