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Amy
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I've liked just sort of thinking over all the different types of games people I play with enjoy. And since all of those groups are at least half women, it's going here.

At family gatherings, classics like Rummikub, gateways like Ticket to Ride, and abstracts like Ingenious are the order of the day.

With my best friend, it's cards, any game you can play with a standard deck. And Odin's Ravens. And Cosmic Wimpout.

With my childhood best friend and her family, the meatier and more bits the better. San Marco, Tikal, and Through the Desert have all gone over smashingly. I know these themselves aren't considered meaty games, but this group is now clamoring for more complexity and depth.

With my sis and that group of girlfriends, party games like Time's Up, Pictionary, and Taboo are the order of the day.

With the 6 and 7 year old, anything goes, though they are at the moment particularly fond of LotR: The Confrontation, chess, Dungeon Dice, and Nexus Ops. They will absorb any game I put before them like a sponge.

With my traditional gamer friends, lighter and medium-weight euros win. Think Carcassonne and Ra and Settlers, but they have an impressive collection and once in a while less common games like Galaxy or Vinci come out to play.

Classics, gateways, abstracts, standard playing cards, Kosmos 2-players, dicefests, light, medium (and soon likely to include heavy) euros, party games, classic Parker Brothers games, and Ameritrash are the types of games the women (and girls) I play with enjoy.

And once I shanghai my aunt into learning Twilight Struggle, we can add euro-wargame hybrids to the list.
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Here's the recent play list of the last month or so.

Cassandra - 6
Guess Who (littlest pet shop preferred). Ker Plunk. Blokus. Ingenious. D&D. Incan Gold. Runebound. Hungry Hungry Hippos. Cadoo. Mouse Trap. Crokinole. Jenga.

Francesca - wife
D&D. BattleLore. Blue Moon. Crokinole. Abstracts (the game, not the type). Tsuro. Blokus. Ingenious. Incan Gold. Apples To Apples. Risk Express.
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Nice thoughtful summary, Amy. Good scattering of gaming types and situations.

You may have already seen this, but here's my Geeklist about my gaming group, consisting of me, my wife, Patty, and our 2 neighbors:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31940

Enjoy!
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My wife hasn't played many of the games I own but every now and then she will join me in a game. She likes some of the Kosmos 2 player games, in particular Jambo. It's a really good game that I think is overlooked often. This 2 player series suits her because they are mainly card games, which she likes, and they are usually quick to setup (she doesn't like long setup times).
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my wife surprises me when i comes to games. some i feel sure she will like only to have her be disinterested, other i know she'll hate then be shocked that she loves them. makes life fun but birthday gifts difficult.

these are some of her favourites:

Shogun
Catan
Catan: Cities & Knights
Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga
Nexus Ops
Drakon (third edition)
Puerto Rico
Domaine
Mall of Horror
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My wife is all over the board (Sorry). She likes divergent types depending on her mood.

Mostly she plays the following

Traditional card games: Euchre, Cribbage, Spades
Party games: Apples to Apples, Take Your Pick
Trivia games: Any of them as long as she is into the Subject matter.

On occasion though she does enjoy something a little heavier like

Chase
Dos Rios
RoboRally
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Here's a game my wife likes to play:

[Me leaving the house with games in hand]

Her: You're going to game night AGAIN. [big sigh]

Me: Just for a couple hours.

Her: That's what you said last time!

Me: But . . . .

Her: Fine, go ahead but . . . [insert your choice of response from the following list or just make something up (the way my wife does)]

we have to get up early tomorrow
we have to do the laundry tonight
we have to clean the house
the kids need to get [insert] ready for tomorrow and they haven't started
there is yardwork to do
I'm tired and I have X, Y and Z to finish for work by [insert day]
etc. etc.


etc. etc.
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My wife enjoys a wide variety of games,all dependant on mood and situation. If it's just the two of us, her preference is definitely Jambo, Hive, and any of the GIPF series, especially Tzaar.

In a group of gamers, she will always push for Power Grid or Puerto Rico. And if we have time, Advanced Civilization.

When introducing games to others, she loves Ingenious.

The older of my two daughters (26) is a big fan of Alhambra but loves a good game of Die Macher as well.

My younger daughter (24) took a little more convincing to play games but has come to own Citadels and Ingenious. And the last game I played with her, and she seemed to enjoy it, was Ticket To Ride: The Card Game.

And they all will play old reliables like Scrabble and Cribbage.
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my wife is a chess snob, having been raised in a family of nationally ranked chess champions. as such, she tends towards abstract strategy games with Yinsh, Abalone and Pente being games she'll usually play without too much of a push.

she also loves Scrabble (at one point in our early years we had a Scrabble game going on the dining room table for several months, playing game after game through dinner) and, lately, the number version of Scrabble, Numble.

i tried playing chess with her in those early years as well, but her personality changes so drastically whenever she plays that i've just conceded every game we might ever play.

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My girlfriend likes the same kind of heavily thematic games as I do. Lately we've been playing lots of Arkham Horror with the Dunwich Horror expansion, Marvel Heroes and tried the new Blackbeard. We also love older games like Merchant of Venus. Now if she only would play Magic Realm with me a bit more often...

-Jorge
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AndersSchm wrote:
Doctors and Nurses

Hilarious. Not to mention witty as all get out. How could anyone possibly top that?

amberaleman wrote:
The older of my two daughters (26) is a big fan of Alhambra but loves a good game of Die Macher as well.

Cool! I hope to break out Alhambra soon. A lot of my lighter games-oriented friends are turned off by artsy box artwork so I've let it sit in the closet…but upon looking over the rules yesterday (and trial-running it with the 6 and 7 year old) it looks like it's very simple to teach.
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With my wife we play lots of games, but really there are only two (technically three) Ticket to Ride: USA 1910, Ticket to Ride: Europe, and Balloon Cup. This means I usually lose but right now I am on a phenomenal winning streak!
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alkaiser wrote:
Here's a game my wife likes to play:

[Me leaving the house with games in hand]

Her: You're going to game night AGAIN. [big sigh]

Me: Just for a couple hours.

Her: That's what you said last time!

...
etc. etc.


OMG I didn't know you were married to my mother!!

Our game group meets twice a month and every time I mention a game night is coming up she says didn't you just play LAST weekend. Then insert all the comments you listed.

So I feel your pain.

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My mother likes Igenious and San Juan.

The other dozen or so women I play games with regularly are part of my game group. We play mostly Euros. Some current favorites are Power Grid, Entdecker, Ticket to Ride, and Shadows over Camelot (with chocolate seige engines). One of our ladies has a real love for all things camel, so we play at least one camel themed games when she makes the 2.5 hour drive down for a game night. Which she does about every 6 weeks.

Firekitty and I sometimes go out after work for drinks and a game, one of our current after work favorites is Ubongo: Duel. It works great to ease the stress from work while imbibing alcohol at Applebees. We are going to try Mr. Jack soon. At least that is what she keeps telling me.
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My wife's favorite game is Goa.

In general she likes:
deduction
resource management, planning
multiplayer solitare
low luck
low confrontation
mystery

My 6 year old daughter likes Go, of all things. (So far, we play a simplified capture version.)

My 2 year old daughter likes Go Away Monster and Don't Break the Ice.


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Any of the games she wins.
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My partner pretty much only plays Blood Bowl. Although she quite liked Illuminati as well, it's difficult for us to get enough people in the room who want to play it.

So we play Blood Bowl every week, and Backgammon every so often, and since my busy life doesn't leave much time for games nights currently, the rest of the cupboard is cold and lonely.
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My son and nephews really like risk 2210, but I could never get the wife into something with tanks or guns or anything like that.

She'd play simple things like monopoly or scategories, but I'd get tired of those in a hurry.

So I asked her to get me Catan this past father's day. I even told her she had to play it with us.

To my surprise, she loved it. We even got her mother playing and we've added the seafarer's expansion.

We're playing a couple times a week at this point. It's really given the family a lot more time together.

At some point I intend to introduce something a little more advanced with less luck like Puerto Rico to the mix.

Or if there's a good Euro that's a happy medium to get me from Catan to Puerto Rico, I'd love to hear about it.
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Meerkat wrote:
alkaiser wrote:
Here's a game my wife likes to play:

[Me leaving the house with games in hand]

Her: You're going to game night AGAIN. [big sigh]

Me: Just for a couple hours.

Her: That's what you said last time!

...
etc. etc.


OMG I didn't know you were married to my mother!!

Our game group meets twice a month and every time I mention a game night is coming up she says didn't you just play LAST weekend. Then insert all the comments you listed.

So I feel your pain.



These are the same people who watch hours of television every single night.
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Or if there's a good Euro that's a happy medium to get me from Catan to Puerto Rico, I'd love to hear about it.


Maybe Ra? Of course I am not guaranteeing it will get you to Puerto Rico, but at least, you know, you'll get to play Ra.

With my friends online, I play a lot of Amun-re. They also enjoy Hoity Toity and Mykerinos, but Amun-re is really their favorite. I wish Notre Dame were available online with an asynchronous interface (one of them is on dialup), because I'm sure they'd love it. I think we should probably try Tikal together soon, but I don't know how to play it yet....

My mom and sister have really enjoyed Bohnanza and Alhambra, and my mom also likes Ingenious quite a bit. I'd love to try out some economic games with my sister and see what she thinks, given her econ degree, but she lives far away so we haven't had an opportunity.

There are other women I play with as part of various gaming groups, but it's hard to separate what I play with them from what I play generally.
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These are the same people who watch hours of television every single night.

So true. I don't even tell people that I game online for an hour or two a few nights a week anymore. It earns so many disapproving looks! Though I've found that adding, "It's kind of like how other people watch some TV in the evenings. I just do this instead," kind of helps.
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Ibaimendi wrote:
monteslu wrote:

Or if there's a good Euro that's a happy medium to get me from Catan to Puerto Rico, I'd love to hear about it.


Maybe Ra? Of course I am not guaranteeing it will get you to Puerto Rico, but at least, you know, you'll get to play Ra. :)

With my friends online, I play a lot of Amun-re. They also enjoy Hoity Toity and Mykerinos, but Amun-re is really their favorite. I wish Notre Dame were available online with an asynchronous interface (one of them is on dialup), because I'm sure they'd love it. I think we should probably try Tikal together soon, but I don't know how to play it yet....

My mom and sister have really enjoyed Bohnanza and Alhambra, and my mom also likes Ingenious quite a bit. I'd love to try out some economic games with my sister and see what she thinks, given her econ degree, but she lives far away so we haven't had an opportunity.

There are other women I play with as part of various gaming groups, but it's hard to separate what I play with them from what I play generally.


Cool. Thanks for the lead.
Now after reading the reviews on it here, I think I'll pick it up.
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My girlfriend loves party games and games with cool bits. She's not really into games where you can attack opponents' positions (HeroScape being a notable exception).

Here's her top 10 from early 2008:
1. Starfarers of Catan (loves the bits)
2. The Three Things Game (hilarious home-made variant of Time's Up!/Celebrities)
3. Pictionary ("Great for a good laugh.")
4. Settlers of Catan ("It's always fun to say 'Do you have wood for my sheep?'")
5. Ticket to Ride
6. Scum / President (fun to move around between hands)
7. Leonardo da Vinci (because of the theme)
8. Coloretto
9. Lord of the Rings (based on her favorite series of books)
10. HeroScape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie (loves the miniatures)

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Well, myself I tend toward the Eurogames, but really I'll play just about anything. I'm dying to get in some Power Grid.

With my mom - my regular game partner these days. We tend toward tri-ominoes, backgammon, word thief, upwards and the like. Although she like Settlers, Through the Desert, Thurn and Taxis and just about any other game I've thrown out there. Its just that some of these don't play well with only 2.

With my step-daughter (age 12) - She is a true gamer geek. A girl any dad and step-mom can be proud of. Her faves at the moment ar Call of Cthulu RPG, Arkham Horror, The Alchemist (her bing Find from Gen COn last year), Last Night on Earth and the D&D BOardgame (dad usually GMs these and they are pretty fun).

With my daughter (age 9 months) - Patty Cake and Peek-a-Boo are big hits. We're working up to hide & seek. And I've added a ton of great looking kids games to my wishlist for when she gets a bit older.

With my "gamer friends" - Last game I treid was Wealth of Nations. A heavier Euro, and not as much fun as some others. Prior to that a group of friends introduced me to Blue Moon City & Mexica, which were both good. We also really enjoy It's Alive!

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