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Nadine Grech
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Hello.

I've been trying to get mom into board games and I have succeed ! I bought two board games to play with her, one is Patchwork and the other is Ingenious. I tried Patchwork with her first, I thought she would love it especially with the theme and all since she used to be a tailor. She liked it but she didn't love it, she doesn't ask me to play it with her.

Next, I tried Ingenious with her. At first she was frustrated because the original scoreboards made it a bit difficult to score for both of us. So, I printed these: ingenious score sheets.xls and thankfully we were able to play without distractions. She still had trouble keeping up with the scores until she figured out a way. She started writing down numbers instead of circles and that's how she began winning more frequently. It's unrelated but I thought it could help others.

She says that the reason she loves Ingenious more is because it keeps her on the edge while Patchwork is more relaxing. Now she keeps asking me to play Ingenious with her everyday. It sure make me happy ! She also loves Sudoku, I taught her how to do Sudoku a long time ago. I think she likes thinky and on-the-edge games, she doesn't care much for themes and too much rules may be too much for her. Any suggestions please? I would really appreciate it!

Thank you.
 
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Perhaps Samurai? Same designer, also involves tile-laying but with a focus on area majority, simple rules.
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Rolling America might have some appeal for her, it has a 'math puzzle' feel to it, cheap to try anyway.

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Nadine Grech
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Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I'll be looking into them. I was already thinking of checking the designer's other games since she liked the game so much. I found this one too: Through the Desert. What do you think about it? Think mom would like it?
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nadigames93 wrote:
Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I'll be looking into them. I was already thinking of checking the designer's other games since she liked the game so much. I found this one too: Through the Desert. What do you think about it? Think mom would like it?


Definitely. And if you want to explore Reiner Knizia then Battle Line is a must. Don't let the "military" theme deter you... the biggest fans that I introduced this to are a couple of librarians (female) running a game day for the local public library.
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PlowStr8 wrote:
nadigames93 wrote:
Thanks a lot for the suggestions, I'll be looking into them. I was already thinking of checking the designer's other games since she liked the game so much. I found this one too: Through the Desert. What do you think about it? Think mom would like it?


Definitely. And if you want to explore Reiner Knizia then Battle Line is a must. Don't let the "military" theme deter you... the biggest fans that I introduced this to are a couple of librarians (female) running a game day for the local public library.


AKA Schotten Totten (without the special cards), which can be played with a Rage deck

Games playable with Rage deck (not the CCG) - please add!
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Harv Veerman
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+1 Through the Desert

Also check out Tantrix
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Splendor

Game is short, puzzle-y, and has attractive pieces, nice gateway game.

Carcassonne

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Jeff Johnson
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Through the Desert is supposed to be a good gateway-type abstract game. Here's some more:

Hey, That's My Fish!
Blokus
Tsuro
Qwirkle
FITS
Ubongo
Hive
Indigo
Blokus 3D
Samurai
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Nadine Grech
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Thank you for answering my question and for further suggestions! I appreciate it. While I was indeed looking for abstract board games for my mom, if I had to take a risk and buy board games that aren't abstract, what would you suggest? I was thinking of buying Jaipur (if I do manage to buy it somewhere) but I'm not sure.

BTW I have Battle Line! I don't get much opportunity to play it but I like it so far! I was in fact wondering if I should teach it to mom.
 
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AnalyzerOfGames wrote:


Also TZAAR, DVONN, and ZÈRTZ

Taluva could be worth a shot.

Maybe Arboretum
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nadigames93 wrote:
Thank you for answering my question and for further suggestions! I appreciate it. While I was indeed looking for abstract board games for my mom, if I had to take a risk and buy board games that aren't abstract, what would you suggest? I was thinking of buying Jaipur (if I do manage to buy it somewhere) but I'm not sure.

BTW I have Battle Line! I don't get much opportunity to play it but I like it so far! I was in fact wondering if I should teach it to mom.


I just got done recommending Knizia's masterpiece in another thread, and got to thinking, hmm, why didn't I recommend it here? While some (most?) would say it's theme is "pasted-on", Tigris & Euphrates feels very thematic to me (and I'm not alone).

Heck, if I had to choose only ONE game to play, period, it would be Tigris & Euphrates. Okay maybe Steam. Or Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. Crap! Getting myself in trouble with absolutes again.
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Kevin Brown
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Hello

Qwirkle or Latice are worth checking out as they play very similar and have the same sort of 'feel' as Ingenious.

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Bill Eldard
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+1 for Blokus, Hive, Samurai, Splendid, Lost Cities, and Hey, That's My Fish.

Also:

Between Two Cities, which has solitaire and 2-player rules.

Prosperity

Mr. Jack Pocket

Akrotiri

Samurai: The Card Game -- an excellent alternative to Samurai.

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