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R W
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I'd like to get my grandparents a board game for Christmas.

- These are not gamers. Scrabble is the norm around their household. So, something ultra-simple to learn. Yet, a game with sufficient depth to get them thinking, and the addictiveness to keep them coming back.
- Must play great between the two of them, but would be wonderful if it expanded well to 4-6 for when the family comes over.

Your recommendations? Thank you very much!
 
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Wayne Moulton Jr.
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One that comes to mind is

Blokus

I will think of others as they come up.


 
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Christopher DeFrisco
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My in-laws really took to Set.
It was kind of hard to explain, but once they got it, they loved it. I think they read somewhere about "thinking" games keeping alzheimers at bay.
SET

A game my father loves (who has many grandchildren) is Boggle. He's also a scrabble fan. Boggle seems to fit the same mind-set.
Boggle

Rummikub is a great game for those who are into card games but want something slightly different. I just like the feel of the tiles.
Rummikub

Games like these, more traditional, might be a good bet with traditionally non-gaming grandparents! :-)
 
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Richard Rutten
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How about 24/7: The Game? It plays great with two and has a sort of scrabble feel about it.

Maximum number of players would be 4 though. Still a good choice in my opinion.
 
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Brian Diggs
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Well, judging from what my parents like, I'd second the recommendation of Rummikub.

Another game they enjoy is Skip-Bo. It's not very complicated, but still enjoyable. It also scales to 3 or 4 well, and with 4 you can play partners which changes the game (or at least the discarding strategy) somewhat.
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R W
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Thanks for all the recommendations! Please keep them coming.

In the meantime: does Blokus play well with only two?
 
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lisa smith
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Nearly all scrabble players I know like typo, Big Boggle (the 5X5 grid version), and perquacky(sp?).
 
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Michelle Zentis
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My parents had a similar game history and got instantly hooked on Carcassonne. I got them the base game, inns and cathedrals, and traders and builders to start with. At first they just used all the tiles with the basic rules, then gradually they added the extra rules for the expansions. They also enjoy Ticket to Ride, Alhambra, Rummikub, and Lost Cities (LC is 2-player only, though).

Blokus does play with two -- there are two separate variants (smaller board or two colors per player). There's a variant for three, but it feels a little awkward. It also maxes out at four players. I love love love Blokus, but I'm not sure it has the flexibility you're looking for in terms of player numbers.
 
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Dave Hollinsworth
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If they like Scrabble, then a similar word game might go over well. Boggle has already been suggested, but another good choice might be BuyWord.

Also, a lot of (stereotypical) grandparents like to play Dominoes. If so, then Ingenious is a possibility, but you might have to play it once with them, just to make sure they understand the slightly-odd scoring system.
 
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Sue Hemberger

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I second Lisa's recommendation of Big Boggle (I think it's OOP, but it wasn't hard to find a new copy on ebay). That said, we're having a collective blast with web boggle 5x5 version -- one person types and everyone else yells the words they've found at him/her -- and, at this point, I may like it better than the boardgame version.

Ingenious and Samurai are two nice, attractive abstracts that scale well from 2-4 players. In general, I think that games which play well with both 2 and 6 will be hard to find, but you've certainly come to the right place to ask!

Blokus can be played by two if you use only the center of the board and different starting places. (There's Blokus Duo, but it's two-player only, so if you want the option of adding more, buy regular and use the Duo rules when you play with 2.) One warning, Blokus isn't great with 3. Gemblo (a similar, even prettier game), handles 2-6 players, but I don't know how well (I've only played 3-player, but I think I've read that 5-player is the weak link for Gemblo).
 
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Richard Pakpreo
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I third/second/additionally recommend Ingenious. It definately fits with what your grandparents play. Just remind them that it's the lowest color that gets scored though. Too many people forget this rule.shake
 
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Check the list "Grandma and Grandpa Like Games Too":
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/376
 
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