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Daniel Valencia
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Hi all. I am a big card game fan, although my collection may not necessarily show it.
I am more a fan of the simpler card games, so something like RftG wouldn't work for my family (which is my main interest for card gaming).
Also, we don't like co-ops (although we do have and enjoy Hanabi) and it should work well with 2 to 5 players.
*The player count restriction isn't too important, but it should be a good experience at the lower player counts (2 & 3).


Some of our favorite card games include:
Abluxxen
Bohnanza
Coloretto
Hamsterbacke
6 nimmt!
Sole Mio/Mamma Mia

I guess Set Collection would be a favorite mechanism among us, but we are open to others. Another restriction would that the game should be relatively language independent and not have cards with special "rule-breaking" abilities; I usually play with people that are only fluent in Spanish so this is a necessary requirement.

Which simple card games would you recommend?

Games that I already have in mind:
Diamonds
UGO!

 
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If you can track down a copy of THIS game, I strongly suggest you get it. There is literally nothing like it in the world of card games. It's set collecting 3.0!

Other titles I enjoy are:

Koi Pond
Haggis
Kigi
Red7
Vye
Arboretum
Diner
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pacman88k wrote:
If you can track down a copy of THIS game, I strongly suggest you get it. There is literally nothing like it in the world of card games. It's set collecting 3.0!

Other titles I enjoy are:

Koi Pond
Haggis
Kigi
Red7
Vye
Arboretum
Diner


Kevin, thanks for the suggestions! My brother and I like Arboretum, I tried to introduce it to others but had little success. I'll try again soon though.
 
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+1 for both Arboretum and Diamonds

you might also look into:

Fairytale
Tides of Time
Some of the various Mystery Rummy series (Jack the Ripper is considered one of the best versions, but it is difficult to find).
Bohnanza
For Sale
Jaipur (2-player only, though)
Star Realms
Valley of the Kings
 
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Since i am a fan of deck building games,Dominion is my number one recomendation although you might find it not that simple compared to the games in your list.
Port Royal is another great and fairly simple card game we enjoy playing.
You can also check out Guillotine,Biblios and Wizard.
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Sounds like this recent geek list should interest you:
"German" card fillers
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I would add to the list: Isle of Trains.
 
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Dante_Moefox wrote:
Since i am a fan of deck building games,Dominion is my number one recomendation although you might find it not that simple compared to the games in your list.
Port Royal is another great and fairly simple card game we enjoy playing.
You can also check out Guillotine,Biblios and Wizard.


Port Royal used to be in my radar but I had forgotten about it! It looks like a very nice game. Thanks Antonios! I had also heard of Biblios and Wizard before. I'll definitely look into them more.


russ wrote:
Sounds like this recent geek list should interest you:
"German" card fillers


Thanks Russ! A lot of those games seem like some I would be interested in!
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+1 Biblios
 
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Archaeology: The Card Game is a well-known set-collection game; I think it's a very smooth and pleasant filler. Sobek is less well-known, but I think it's entertaining and quite original.

EDIT: I just noticed that these two games only accomodate four players. I still recommend them, though.
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A game that I love is the trick-taking game called Wizard. It is very simple to learn (if you understand trick-taking games). The fun comes in predicting how many tricks you will take each turn and trying to figure out how you can avoid taking a trick with a trump card or take a trick with a low card to hit your prediction. A very fun game in my opinion. WIZARD!!!
 
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Rage / Oh Hell!
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+1 Guillotine
Dominion (though you may need to check for Spanish version as there is a lot of writing)
Smash Up! (same as Dominion)
Loot
Zeus on the Loose

And we played Eggs and Empires this weekend and I really like this light game.
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+1 to nearly everything above and
Pit - cheap, simple, loud, fast, fun. has stood the test of time
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Wizard

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I'd recommend:

Battle Line
Citadels
Condottiere
Colossal Arena
Splendor
Love Letter

If you like bidding games, then:

For Sale
High Society
Modern Art

btw... I thought Diamonds was pretty awful.

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Clubs, No Thanks!, Aquarius (7 Dragons), and Chronicle are simple, quick, and fun.
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I am not sure about how well it would work at extremely low player counts, but maybe look into Sushi Go!? It is a set building draft game. The cards have minimal text and they just reiterate the end game scoring. You can easily make a cheat sheet for players.
 
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+1 Guillotine, Fairy Tale, Pit, Love Letter, Splendor
-1 Red7
 
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+1 Sushi Go!

Really simple and really fast. Only played it with three players but I imagine 4-5 would be just as fun. Not sure about two...
 
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threepointthed wrote:
+1 Sushi Go!

Really simple and really fast. Only played it with three players but I imagine 4-5 would be just as fun. Not sure about two...


OMG I love Sushi Go. I agree its better with 3+ players. But you can play two player variants of this game which is just as good.
 
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2 player:
Battle Line
Lost Cities

2-3 player
Haggis

2-5 or more:
Parade
Diamonds
EDIT:Linko! = Abluxxen which you have.
Potato Man

3+
For Sale
No Thanks!

If a tiny board and a few game bits are ok I would also add Traders of Osaka though this is for the most part a card game. The board really only keeps track of 4 boats on 6 spots.
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The card games that I love are

Sushi Go (2-5 players)
Antidote (2-7 Players)
Gloom (2+) players

 
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I love No Thanks. It's simple and quick, but still challenging. And the cards only have numbers on them, so there would be no language issue. It does require a minimum of three players.
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Super light: Qwixx: Das Kartenspiel
Light: Rack-O
Less light:Samurai: The Card Game
 
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Clubs
Diamonds
The Dwarf King
No Thanks
For Sale
Fairy Tale
Kobayakawa
 
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