Erik Boyko
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I want to send a game or two to my mother and her new husband for Christmas. They play Scrabble a few times a week, but nothing else. They enjoyed Settlers of Catan when I brought it last Christmas, but I'm not sure if something similar for two players would get much attention from them. They rarely have friends over, so two-player is a must. Thanks.
 
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Hi, Erik;

I know you're probably looking for something very different from Scrabble, but here's one of my favorite games that you might try for them:

Bananagrams

You could always suggest it to build some credibility about other games you might recommend being fun, too...

Good luck!

Russell
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IMHO, you really only need one or two "make words out of letters" games, so I'm not sure I'd go with another word game. (And I say this as a fan of Scrabble and Boggle, but who has no interest in getting another similar game).

I'd try a light card game. Biblios is good if you can get it. If not, maybe Lost Cities or a myster rummy game (but mystery rummy has awful rules. My parents got one, and gave up, decided they couldn't figure out how it played).
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Maybe something like Qwirkle or Ingenious? These have some of the same feeling as Scrabble (albeit without words), especially two-player, when you have to be very careful not to leave too many good scoring opportunities for your opponent.
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Erik Boyko
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Great suggestions, thanks everyone.
 
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Carcassonne plays well with two.

Blokus Duo is a great two player game. Simple to learn and a lot of fun.
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didaskalos wrote:
coolpapa wrote:
Maybe something like Qwirkle


I second Qwirkle.


Yay for Qwirkle. I just taught it to 2 non-gamers, and they loved it. A very cool game.
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Werebear wrote:
Hi, Erik;

I know you're probably looking for something very different from Scrabble, but here's one of my favorite games that you might try for them:

Bananagrams

You could always suggest it to build some credibility about other games you might recommend being fun, too...

Good luck!

Russell


I second this. It's fast and you can use the tiles from Scrabble.

Basically turn them all face down, throw them in the middle of the table and everyone takes three tiles. Then everyone turns them face up at the same time. Whoever makes a word first calls out "Take one" and everyone takes another tile. You have to make your own crossword on the table, a veritable scrabble board without the board, continually adding to the puzzle with the letters you pick up. When the letters run out, the first one to finish their board wins!

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I've found Ingenious goes over well with a lot Scrabble players.

Not universal of course, but it's done good with most.
 
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How about Ta YĆ¼?

It has a grid board and thick tiles that should appeal to Scrabble players.
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The first thing that you have to do is ask yourself if they would really like and play another game.

There are plenty of people who will only play one game (and Scrabble is often that one game). There is absolutley nothing wrong with that.

Did they like Settlers enough to ask to play it again at another time or was it a case of them saying they enjoyed it and then not giving it another thought?

If you honestly believe that they would enjoy a new game and it would get played, then go for it. If, though, the truth is that, no matter how much you like games, it would collect dust on the shelf, it would probably be better to try and get a different sort of gift, one that would be more to their liking.
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