My mother has finally decided to try some gaming. She's quite clear in what types of games she likes and what kinds she doesn't like.
Games that make you use your brain.
Easy to learn.
The occasional dice centered game.
Specific games she enjoys once in a while: Boggle, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Cribbage
Stuff thats vague or overly complicated.
Violence centered games.
Games she despises: Monopoly, Life, Risk, Axis and Allies
I'm looking for three to five game suggestions as I'm taking her to the game store tomorrow to see what looks interesting.
TransAmerica, because it is easy to learn and quick to play, and it has the "Just one more game" factor. Not as good with two as it is with four.
Ticket to Ride, because its play should be familiar to anyone who has played Rummy-style card games, and it is easy to understand and to play.
Ingenious, because it plays well with two, three and four, it has the "Just one more game factor" and it is easy to pick up.
Winner's Circle, because the theme is popular and well implemented, and the game play is easy to explain.
Recently I've been helping introduce new games to a few people who like Scrabble, Yahtzee, Mah Jong and Rummy. Your mom sounds like she might have similar tastes.
Ticket to Ride
Winner's Circle - They liked the gambling, although it was hard for some to grasp the concept that none of the horses was their pawn
Vegas Showdown - This was a surprise hit. I introduced this after they had been playing both California and Alhambra for a while. They say they like it better than either, but that it might have been too difficult to learn without having played California or Alhambra first.
Blokus - but they liked Ingenious better
They did NOT like:
Cleopatra and the Society of Architects - I thought the set collection was kind of Mah Jong like, but I guess I was wrong
Through the Desert - too dry
Colosseum - the scoring was too odd, and there was "too much going on
Primordial Soup - too long
Sounds a bit like my mother. She happily plays games, but mostly because it's a family activity. She loves word games and tends to prefer games she's played several times before rather than something new (though she tolerates my frequent "I bought a new game; let's play!" and has played most of my growing collection). She prefers games without overly complicated rules and doesn't like overly spacial games (she won't play Roborally or Master Labyrinth again and wasn't fond of Taluva).
Games that my mother (who sounds rather like your mother) particularly enjoys:
Carcassonne (any version; I'd recommend Hunters and Gatherers or Ark of the Covenant over regular Carcassonne as your mum may find the farmer scoring overly complicated) - 2 to 5 players
Blue Moon City - 2 to 4 players
Railroad Tycoon - technically 2 to 6 players; really 4 to 6
Other board games that might work well for you:
Ingenious - 2 to 4 players
Ticket to Ride - 2 to 5 players (my mum is growing annoyed with this one, but that's mostly because my sister's very very good at it and she's getting tired of losing)
10 Days in ... - 2 to 4 players (any game in this series - USA, Europe, Africa or Asia - my mum has requested playing "the Africa game" a few times)
And a handful of card games:
Ark - 3 to 5 players though I don't see why it can't play 2 (slightly more complicated than my other suggestions but not overly so)
Bohnanza - 2 to 7 players though the 2-player version is essentially a completely different game; best with 4 or more
Fairy Tale - 2 to 5 players; plays superfast (15 minutes per game)
Balloon Cup - 2 players
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- Posted Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:33 am
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First off well done for giving us some info. Most helpful.
I play with my Mum 4-5 days a week and she is a perfect match for your mum in terms of likes and dislikes.
She loves the following card games -
Bohnanza (over a 1,000 plays)
Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld
Gang of Four (only good with 4 though)
Bohnanza is excellent but takes a little to get your head around (keeping card order, bean planting and harvesting etc). But once you get it it is really good. Best 3-4+ players in my opinion, although Mum plays it mostly 2-player with my wife and really enjoys it.
She also loves Ticket to Ride but requests it less because she doesn't see the potential for some routes (down the track) and therefore she looses more than she wins.
and she likes Rummikub
Hope that helps.
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- Posted Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:24 am
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With my mother, I've had good luck with the Looney Labs pyramid games (especially Volcano), but putting together a set can get costly quickly. I've also had really good luck with Pickomino (she requests this just as often as Volcano) and Bohnanza.
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Sounds like my own Mom.
Ingenious has already been mentioned a fair bit, and that is probably my Mom's favorite. Plays great with 2,3, or 4, and there are only a few rules, so she can teach other friends & family to play.
Hey! That's My Fish! has been a similar hit. Even easier to learn and teach, but also plays very well with 2-4. Both games are short on rules but reward clever thought.
Her other favorites are Coloretto, Attika, The Penguin Ultimatum, and The Mother Lode of Sticky Gulch (Odd but fun little game, likely difficult to find these days, and really needs at least 3P. Disclosure: I know the designer, but had bought the game several months before I met him.)
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Lost Cities: Very easy to learn, but "makes you use your brain." Pretty much "Euro-Cribbage," I think, though some disagree.
Tichu: Not really easy to learn, but very rewarding to someone who likes "brain" games and traditional-style card games.
Basari: There is a very logic-heavy game buried under this fairly light exterior; lots of second-guessing and calculation.
Thanks for all the feedback.
I'm looking at one of the following now:
San Juan (remembered how great it was upon finding Jims San Juan on my HD)
Ark of the Covenant
Hunters and Gatherers
Ticket to Ride
I've explained what each game is like, and when we finally go to the game, store I'll let her pick out which one is the most interesting to her.