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April W
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Being a pirate is all well and good, but even pirates need to relax after a long day of pillage and plunder.

The situation: sometimes at the end of the day I just want to play a game with my husband that is relaxing but fulfilling- something that doesn't turn into a brain grind fest. I want a game where, whether we win or lose, we've had a lot of fun! So, something that is more about the journey than the goal.

A few more specifications:

gooNot overly competitive but also interactive (not necessarily a co-op, but those are ok too)
gooNot a long setup
gooAs much depth as such a game can have
gooTwo player, obviously- it doesn't necessarily need to be BEST with two, but it certainly needs to work with two

I want a game that reinvigorates you, as if you've just stepped out of a warm bath and let all the toil of the day wash away to face your evening with refreshed purpose! I want it to feel like I'm sipping a cup of warm tea on grandma's porch during a cool summer evening...I want...I want tranquility!

Is there such a game? Can you help me, friends?

 
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The game that you're looking for is Pandemic: The Cure.
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I lose all the games... It's fun but!
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Whether you have fun or not is entirely dependant on the person(s) involved, not the game thumbsup

I play games for the social interactions, if I win - rad! If I lose, I will have had fun laughing and joking...
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The most fun I've ever had losing was playing Agents of SMERSH. It's a co-op storytelling spy game. The storytelling isn't the make-up-your-own type of story, but happens through choosing your response to random encounters. It's incredibly funny, and does have room for a bit of role-playing if desired. If you decide to try it, definitely find a copy with the optional encounter book -- much better than the limited cards. Setup isn't terribly fast, but it's also not too ridiculously long, and I've found that the game itself usually takes 2 hours or so.
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...and then, we held hands.
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The game you're looking for is:
Morels

It's a head to head set collection game that actually feels like taking a walk in the woods collecting mushrooms and then cooking them up for dinner.

It's the game my wife and I pull out when we want a competitive but relaxing game that plays in about 30 minutes.
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Targi, Asante, or a nice game of Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King! So relaxing

Goodluck finding that special game Pirate queenarrrh
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Julien K
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That would be Tally Ho! for me. Very relaxing, and definitely fun.
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Marvel Legendary and it's ancestors
Lords of Waterdeep (total blowouts not-with-standing, which can happen, but aren't real common - more often than not it's a good game until the last turn and engaging for both players).

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The Hanging Gardens is perfect for this.
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Your description made me think of Honshū!
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Very zen and relaxing - Haru Ichiban
Fun all around, and has that 'just one more' feeling - Trambahn
Dice rolling extravaganza! - Cosmic Cows is always a hoot to play. Qwixx would also fit in this category.

All except Qwixx are 2 player only and Qwixx is great with just 2. HTH

EDIT: I think I also spotted you around the PnP forums...so...Micropul is a 1 page fun little game that is easy enough to make and comes in a wide variety of designs.
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This is just personal tastes and probably not up your alley at all, based on your criteria, but X-Wing is a game that I enjoy playing whether I win or not. It's a game my brother and I keep talking about for like an hour afterward, like "Dude I can't believe you missed that asteroid by like a millimeter!" and such things. We just always have fun playing it.

And although I haven't played it in years, sadly, Blood Bowl is also so exciting to me that I don't care whether I win or not.

For both of these games, what happens in-game is so exciting that the outcome never really mattered.

Anyway, hope you find the game you're looking for!
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I'd say, and I am probably in the minority here, I enjoy 97-99% of the games that I play with my wife. Then again, also in the minority, I can enjoy almost any game I play. That includes Monopoly.

When you enjoy playing with the person(people), it doesn't matter whether you win or lose or what game it is, IMHO that is.
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Aeon's End.

Co-op game.
Set up is 10 minutes.
Losing brings you a lot of intel on the opponent. Winning is satisfying.
The game is fun even when you lose. You're setting up combos and taking decisions all the time.
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Even if you lose it's a lot of fun! Though the game itself isn't overly interactive as each person is building up their own village and besides grabbing the building/villager your opponent wants there isn't much you can do to directly hinder them.
Instead all the interaction comes from reading each other the story bits from the book of encounters - small choose your own adventure style story snippets that are read to you by the other player. Which turns the game into such a fun, relaxing experience for my partner and me. :)
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Ian Bennetts
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tellerium wrote:
The game you're looking for is:
Morels

It's a head to head set collection game that actually feels like taking a walk in the woods collecting mushrooms and then cooking them up for dinner.

It's the game my wife and I pull out when we want a competitive but relaxing game that plays in about 30 minutes.


I played this for the first time this week, didn't go down too well as we found the rules a little confusing, we needed to play the game to appreciate it. It also doesn't help playing a game about cooking delicious mushrooms while hungry, it turns out.

A quick setup 2 player game I'd go with is Lost Cities.
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CO-op is a good way to go if you wanna have fun win or lose.
+1 to Pandemic the cure, tho two player we normally add a shared third character

Karuba works well for me and my gf. can be a bit thinky but the small number of permutations makes it not to heavy in this regard. I always seem to win but my gf enjoys it all the same

Takenoko is another we like to play two-player, usually a bit more evenly matched as well
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This is rather a bad question, it is not the fault of the game, but your approach, if you concentrate on the fun taking from playing the game this will be enough, I have never felt bad because of losing because I like playing games more than I like winning.

That said - trying any of the Oniverse games, all are coop, all are fast, and none are too taxing.
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Another thumbsup for Pandemic: The Cure.
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Peegee13 wrote:

Tranquil? Really? I always find this an intense, brain burning exercise. I must be playing it wrong. I literally have a headache after every game!
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