Jerry Schippa
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A co-worker of mine has been very nice and has let me borrow her complete collection of Game of Thrones so I can catch up.

I want to give her a gift bag to show my thanks. I'll be giving her a gift card to my wife's favorite vegetarian restaurant in town (she's a vegetarian), but also want to include a small game...because I like to force my hobbies on others.

I'm looking for a game that plays well as a two player game, less than $20-ish, is easy enough to be quickly understood by non game enthusiasts, but also is a good example of the hobby.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
 
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For a strictly 2 player that fits the description, I'd go with Jaipur or Lost Cities
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Tides of Time I think its the most attractive cheap 2 player game out there that should easy on new gamers. Hive would be my 2nd suggestion but both players should have some (or at least the same level of) abstract affinity .
 
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Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

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Biblios...

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Biblios and Agricola All Creatures Big and Small have very little chance of appealing to non gamers.

Lost Cities and Jaipur are decent suggestions.

But I would throw in Sushi Go!. You can find that at Target for around $10.

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A Game of Thrones card game - not the LCG but the 2 player HBO one, would seem appropriate?

Game of Thrones: The Card Game
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Patchwork maybe? U fun 2 player puzzle which plays rather fast
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wavretzio wrote:
A Game of Thrones card game - not the LCG but the 2 player HBO one, would seem appropriate?


That is really not easy... I second Tides of Time. Biblios and Jaipur good as well but less immediate to play.
 
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Jaipur is good. I also suggest Coloretto, which plays surprisingly well with 2 but can also add more players, and is extremely simple to explain and play. I think it's around $10.

One thing to consider about Sushi Go is that if she's a hardcore vegetarian for ethical reasons, a game that is about eating things like raw fish might not appeal (EDIT: though you might say the same thing about the leather in Jaipur too!)
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Lost Cities is good and easy.
Jaipur is equally good and is easy but less so.
Battleline is better and still easy but a tad less so.
Patchwork is also better but even less easy than Battleline.

I think that you could give her Lost Cities or Battleline and she could easily read the rules and play the game with little frustration. To an uninterested uninitiated party Jaipur and Patchwork could be frustrating to learn without a teacher.

I loathed Biblios so can't imagine why newbies would dig it but am totally biased.

Agricola ACB&S is a very good game but is at least medium weight and not a gateway at all IMHO.

~Redward

PS Onitama could be good if you think she would be down for an abstract style game. It is beautiful as well so the aesthetic could really work.
 
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Something that scales up would allow her to share this amazing game, given to her by her brilliant co-worker, with more people and thus bring more gamers into the fold.

Bananagrams is easy and fast and would look cute tucked into a gift bag. Simultaneous scrabble, it's such an eye-opener to people who only know "old" Scrabble that they often come back eager to know what other "new" games are out there.

Fill or Bust is Farkle with a twist. It takes the familiar dice-roller and adds a deck of challenge cards for another level of push-your-luck temptation. It will also fit in a gift bag.

Qwirkle is an SdJ winner so it has gamer's cred. It's a fun, colorful and visually appealing abstract.

These are all available on Amazon for under 20.

Good luck.
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Mashpotassium wrote:
Jaipur is good. I also suggest Coloretto, which plays surprisingly well with 2 but can also add more players, and is extremely simple to explain and play. I think it's around $10.

One thing to consider about Sushi Go is that if she's a hardcore vegetarian for ethical reasons, a game that is about eating things like raw fish might not appeal (EDIT: though you might say the same thing about the leather in Jaipur too!)


I think Coloretto is a good option. It can be played with two players but also more if they if they have company over. I would go out of your way to anniversary edition with the much (much much much) better art.
 
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Jaipur


E Game for 2, very easy rules, low price, small box, language-independent, great components, short playtime. The cardboard tokens are even already punched.
 
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I'd go with Jaipur.

A fun, light, simple game with a lot of replay value for gamers and non-gamers alike.
 
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I agree with others here, definitely Lost Cities or Jaipur.
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If you want to stick to the Game of Thrones theme you could give Game of Thrones: Westeros Intrigue. It's really shallow though.
 
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Good advice everyone. I'm leaning towards Jaipur for a strictly 2 player game or Sushi Go for a second option.
 
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pfctsqr wrote:
Biblios and Agricola All Creatures Big and Small have very little chance of appealing to non gamers.

Lost Cities and Jaipur are decent suggestions.

But I would throw in Sushi Go!. You can find that at Target for around $10.



I have given Biblios as a gift three times, each time was to non-gamers. All of them LOVE the game. Never played Biblios with anyone that didn't really like the game when it was done.

Alternatively, I had a very intelligent family member pick up my copy of Lost Cities from the seller and they had the game at their house for over a month and didn't bother playing it because they couldn't get past the rule book. That family member owns and loves Biblios, which was a gift from me.

But who am I to talk?
 
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