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Damn Dirty Ape!
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I'm looking for a game that I can give as a gift to my brother and sister-in-law. It should play well with two, and hopefully just as well (or better) with up to four or five.

While there are some differences between the two of them, together, they seem to like Lords of Waterdeep, Pandemic, and Puerto Rico.

They did not care for Race for the Galaxy (iconography issues) or Love Letter (memory/deduction).

At some point in the future they will likely purchase Betrayal at House on the Hill. They are attracted to the story driven aspects.

Mostly, they really seem to be getting games they see on TableTop. But ideally, I would like to get something off of that radar.

Any suggestions would be helpful.
 
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Castle Dice does well with 2-4 players and has lots of dice, if that holds any appeal to them.

My wife really enjoys playing Ascension: Realms Unraveled after we put the kid to bed. Base box supports 4 players and if you get an expansion it goes up to 6 I believe. There is also Ascension: Apprentice Edition for a 2 player lighter playing entry point to see if they enjoy deck building.
 
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Yedo. Plays 2-5, lots of theme, small stories in the missions (like a little deeper Lords of Waterdeep).
 
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The Manhattan Project is my favorite traditional WP game, and it scales for player count (2-5).

My overall favorite game is Alien Frontiers, check out my review to get a better idea if your brother and sister-in-law will like it.

Good luck, please let us know what you decide on!
 
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My gf and I are big fans of:

Splendor - it's simple at first and then BAM! there's strategy.

The Castles of Burgundy - a great worker placement game. Not difficult but meatier than Lords of Waterdeep.

After these, I would suggest a deck builder. Dominion is good but not too fun with 4 or 5. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is pretty awesome too.





 
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Damn Dirty Ape!
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Thanks all for the responses.

I'm primarily looking at Yedo.

However, I'm also reconsidering the criteria and may re-post. Hopefully, that's not in bad form. I've got a week until I need to order.


 
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You could get them Gloom (which was featured on TT) or you could get them Rory's Story Cubes. Both are story tellers and can be played with 2-5 (For gloom you need a major expansion for the 5th - Unfortunate Expeditions, Unhappy Homes, Unwelcome Guests; RSC plays 1-12).
 
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How about Tales of the Arabian Nights? It's a great couples game because all you do is go on adventures and read encounters to each other.
 
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If they like Pandemic, maybe they would like Flash Point: Fire Rescue.
 
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C Dylan wrote:
They are attracted to the story driven aspects.


Mice and Mystics

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Nice! Congrats on the great gift idea, I'm sure they will love whatever you get them. Seriously, who wouldn't love getting a boardgame?

Here are a few ideas of games that weren't featured on the show:

Dice Town - Everyone seems to love this simple dice chucking game. It has great components, easy to explain rules and high fun factor. There are always lots of laughs and smiles at a game of Dice Town.

Tokaido - I don't think this has been featured on Tabletop...but I wouldn't be surprised to see it on Season 3. This game is BEAUTIFUL. It's easy to explain and scales well with any amount of players. This will score big points if they have any interest in Japanese culture.

Last Will - This game always gets people laughing. Instead of trying to earn the most money, everyone is trying to go bankrupt the fastest. This is a clever little worker placement game mixed with some other mechanics. I've never really played anything quite like it. Very fun game, plays great with any number and worth checking out.

Good luck!

 
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Have you considered Archipelago? The rule book is a bit full-on but the game has quite a lot of flexibility with number of players and game length as it scales well between 2-5 players.
 
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Damn Dirty Ape!
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If anybody is interested, I'm probably going with Letters from Whitechapel.
I know...I never gave any indications that would lead to somebody suggesting it.

-However-

I've come to realize that buying a game for my brother and sister-in-law is the same as buying a game for only my sister-in-law. My brother likes everything.

The motivating factors for Letters from Whitechapel are 1) she has a background in criminal psychology, and 2) while not necessarily driven by a narrative, it seems to have similar tensions.

Mice and Mystics and Tales of the Arabian Nights would probably have worked too...I think.

Yedo and Splendor are probably more my speed.

Again, thanks for the suggestions.

 
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I'm going to suggest something in a nice walnut, European of course, or English cherry or lacewood. Padauk would be a fine choice but you have to keep it out of the UV so it doesn't change colour. You can seldom go wrong with a good English oak either. Rosewood would be a rare treat nowadays as it's seldom exported from some countries. Cocobolo is very attractive but unlike all other timbers it is often sold by weight making it terribly expensive. Sinks in water too, don't you know.

Some will say plain is essential, call themselves "purists" but "puritan" is more like it. I say a little marquetry can go a long way, nothing too ostentatious mind you. Maybe some bubinga, yew, black walnut, Indian laurel. Really depends upon the base wood that you're using.

Now, there are those people who will suggest glass or metal or plastic laminate, others will say cover it with felt or some sort of synthetic rubberised mat. Bah! Amateurs and ne'er-do-wells. The modernist movement is sure to be dated quickly and even now it's totally boring. The glass ones you can even see through! A sure fire to lose interest in the hobby. Before long you'll be putting things on it, eating off it, reading at it, anything but why you bought it.

Be sure to keep it oiled or polished and your natural, wooden tabletop will give you a lifetime of viewing pleasure, an heirloom you can pass down the family for generations to come.
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