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Mario Junqueira
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I want to play games with my girlfriend. She does not like to think long term. It may be 2, 3, 4 or more players

Games that worked:
*Cant Stop
*Ticket To Ride Nordic Countries
*Loot
*Jaipur
*For Sale
*Hive (more or less)
*Rivals of Catan (more or less)
*Lost Cities
*Famiglia
*Spot it
*Dutch Blitz
*Ingenius (more or less)
*Sneaks & Snitches

Games that went wrong:
*All of Stefan Field
*To long games (>4h)
*Pandemic
 
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Silver Robert
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I can suggest Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. It's very simple and flashy enough to keep the SO interested.
 
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Try Havana
Santiago de Cuba
Fearsome Floors
And
TransAmerica
 
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1775 Rebellion

I'm just throwing that out at random. Would historical settings be too male nerdy? What about superheroes? What was it about the games that worked and didn't work?
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Yahtzee. If you enjoy games like Spot it, as a filler or light game, this should also fit. A little more thinking involved, but it's also a game for multiple players, can be played in rounds for as long as you want to continue. It's very light but engaging enough to be fun. Very luck based.

No real risk as you don't even have to buy anything, just gather some dice and print off some score sheets.
 
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Your girlfriend's taste in games sounds similar to my wife's, and her current favourites are:

Habe fertig
Dicht dran
11 nimmt!
TransAmerica
Keltis: Das Würfelspiel
Finito!
Qwixx
 
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I just tried Rise of Augustus recently, and I think this would be a good balance between what you want and what she wants. It's essentially Bingo, but you're scoring points through various means.

My wife also doesn't like to form long term strategies either, so she really enjoys story games like Tales of the Arabian Nights, Eldritch Horror, and Betrayal at House on the Hill. Maybe one of those would be worth a try?
 
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Matthew Proper-Lee
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Carcassonne might work since you only draw and play one tile per turn and there is no need to think too far in the long term.

Alhambra may also work too.

Castellan is dots and boxes in physical form with some light planning and might work too.

While I love the Feld games, you really need to plan for the end game right away, and that can be really daunting! I'm surprised it sounds like you tried more than one (unless that was before you realized she hates long term planning).
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Elder Sign

2-4 players (cooperative)
E Dice-rolling


Battle Line

2 player (competitive)
E Area control, hand management


Dominion

2-4 player (competitive)
E Deck-building, hand management


Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

2 players (competitive)
E Asyemmetrical player roles, deduction


Lords of Waterdeep

2-5 players (competitive)
E Worker placement


San Juan

2-4 players (competitive)
E Hand management, synergy/engine building


Caesar & Cleopatra

2 players (competitive)
E Area control, bluffing


Escape: The Curse of the Temple

2-4 players (cooperative)
E Real-time, dice-rolling

Hive

2 players (competitive)
E Tile placement, tile movement


Takenoko

2-4 players (competitive)
E Pattern building, set collecting





If you are looking for...

...a bit longer and thematic experience: Elder Sign.

...some crazy hectic fun which takes exactly 10 minutes each time: Escape: The Curse of the Temple.

...a clever deduction game and real brain burner: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra.

...very confrontational games: Battle Line, Caesar & Cleopatra or Hive.

...a clever, non-conflict solitaire multiplayer card game: San Juan.

...relaxing/low conflict and light-hearted fun: Takenoko.

...a gateway for worker placement games: Lords of Waterdeep.

...a fast-paced, clever card game with replay value: Dominion.


E All games I mentioned are really easy to learn, but some for sure are hard to master.

Good luck and have fun !
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Love Letter
Splendor
Who Stole the Cookie?
Dixit
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12 Days (for playing during the holidays)
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Christine Miller
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Given the list of games that worked, I would suggest

Carcassonne
Lords of Waterdeep
Dominion

all of these are easy to learn, play well with 2 (or more), and are just plain fun. Good luck!
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Nick Lazzaro

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A couple small but completely different style games that might work: Hanabi and Guillotine.

A pretty fun press your luck game that sounds like it would fit her tastes: Diamant.

And I don't know if storytelling games would interest you but maybe Tales of the Arabian Nights.
 
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Gabriel Perez
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Aton- quick game.

Flash Point: Fire Rescue- I would play the family game until she wants it to be harder. If not, oh well, plenty of expansions if you guys get into it.

Forbidden Island- I know it's like pandemic, but it is really simple to play unless you are one of those alpha players.

 
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Take a look at the Kosmos two-player series. My current favorite is Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League.

I also recommend Dragonheart, which is very light and quick, has beautiful art from Michael Menzel and has the same kind of tension as Lost Cities, but with more interesting interactions. And it's on sale at Miniature Market.

If she doesn't mind direct confrontation, also check Blue Moon Legends.
 
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+1 Le Fantome de l'Opera
+1 Love Letter
+1 Splendor

Tsuro

Any Press Your Luck Dice game; Zombie~, Martian~, Trophy Buck, Fistful of Penguins
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+1 for...

Carcassonne
Escape: Curse of the Temple
Alhambra (Big Box is great value
Battle Line
DiXit (fun game but not so with < 4 players)

A few more suggestions with your subject line easy games in mind. Most play in < 1 hr.

Easy but strictly 2 players

Balloon Cup

Easy and play well with 2 to 4 players

Finca
Dos Rios
Archaeology: The Card Game
Cartagena
Through the Desert
Thebes
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

 
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Todd Gabriel
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+1 for Battle Line

+1 for Carcassonne

Fluxx - Very luck based but fun.

Cube Quest - No thinking. It's a flicking dexterity game and lost of fun.

 
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