Brendan Martin
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Hi and thanks for reading!

Me and my wife love board games, every Sunday evening my mum comes round for 3 hours or so to play games with us.

She has been playing games with us for a couple of months now and currently we play a few of the following each week:

1. Sushi Go
2. Carcasonne
3. Ticket to Ride
4. Splendor
5. Hanabi
6. Medici
7. Fuse
8. Biblios

She likes all of these games and I am interested in more games that are good for 3 players, ideally an hour or less to play. Bonus points if they expand up to 5 as we occasionally have a couple more round but that is not at all essential.

In terms of genres, she doesent really like too much scifi, horror or really strong fantasy roleplay stuff. Outside of games she loves puzzles and anything relating to murder mystery or problem solving.

Fuse was an interesting one, I didnt think she would like it but she suprised us all by actually being very good at it!

Have you got any good ideas of games that could take her to "the next level"? They cant be too heavy though. We tried Castles of Burgandy and although we got there, it took nearly 3 hours to finish!

Many thanks.

Brendan

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That sounds like a nice thing. I wouldn't worry too much about the next level.

Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise (Just a lovely game to play over the holidays)

Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King? (Like a deeper version of Carcasone.)
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Focusing on the murder mystery and puzzle-solving, perhaps take a look at Letters from Whitechapel (plays up to 6). It's a bit heavier than what you're currently playing, but if your mom is interested in the theme and the deduction element, I think it could go over well On the lighter side, Mysterium also has a mystery element, is quite different from your other games, and plays up to 7.


EDIT: just saw the one hour or less requirement... LfW will certainly go above that, Mysterium is about right
 
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I have recently played The Great Heartland Hauling Co. with some non-gamers. That can be expanded to five with The Great Heartland Hauling Co.: Badlands.

The least gamer of the four of us ended up winning and she seemed to really like it.

No Thanks! went over pretty well with my mother-in-law. Three players seems to work okay, but I think it really shines with five players.

I also think Explorers of the North Sea works well with non-gamers.
 
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Some games my mom likes that fit your criteria are:
Beowulf the Movie (aka Kingdoms)
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Bohnanza
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Through the Desert
Can't Stop
Rolling America
If Wishes Were Fishes
 
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Try to find a copy of Ra if you can.
 
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I think Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases would be a great option. Fits everything she loves outside of games, but in a game. 3 players is probably the max you'd want to play it with though.
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Hey, That's My Fish! is probably worth a look.
 
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Pandemic is great with 3 people. Another great competitive game is Takenoko. If your group grows to 5 you should check out Colt Express for competitive.
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monkeyhandz wrote:
That sounds like a nice thing. I wouldn't worry too much about the next level.

My initial sentiments as well, and I think the fact that you play games weekly with your mother is just fantastic. heart

I agree with a lot of the suggestions here, in particular Istanbul, Isle of Skye and Pandemic.

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It looks like you have a nice selection already, and you don't want to tire of playing by learning too many new games.

I agree that Isle of Skye would be a good addition as it has the tile laying puzzle of Carcassonnne with just a bit more.
I think Cottage Garden could be perfect.
Mysterium or Codenames are a similar weight as what you have but would add some variety.
And I haven't played it, but Mystery of the Abbey might work well, but I don't think its under an hour.
 
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Sorry for the late reply. I have been away. Thank you all for the replies, I am going to look at every recommendation. Perfect! Will bag me a couple and look forward to playing them at the weekend

The community here is just awesome!

Brendan
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What about Citrus
 
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I wouldn't worry about the next level either. Some of these might work.

Ticket to Ride: Europe
For Sale
Incan Gold
Dixit
Love Letter
Can't Stop
Takenoko
No Thanks!
Coloretto
 
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Pandemic is great with 3 people. Another great competitive game is Takenoko. If your group grows to 5 you should check out Colt Express for competitive.


Definitely should check out Pandemic and Takendo. Im not sure how Munchkin does with 3 players but its a game to look into
 
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+1 for Pandemic, Jamaica, and 7 wonders. Also, check out The Builders Antiquity.
 
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Orangemoose wrote:
The Downfall of Pompeii

Guaranteed she will enjoy chucking meeples into a volcano

For some reason, my head always link Pompeii with Survive: Escape from Atlantis! Must be the volcano thing.

Anyway, I think Survive will fit OP's needs. Plays 2-5 players, lasts under an hour and simple to learn.
 
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Eggs of Ostrich is a 3 player only, but is a really good game and would seem a good fit too.

San Juan? I think that might work.
 
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