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Driver 8
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My girlfriend and I just played Through the Desert last night. She liked it, commenting on the cute camel pieces of course.

Then she surprised me. She said she liked the fact that 'you have to keep the other person from doing what they want while doing what you want'. I never realized before that she would like direct conflict. I just assumed she wouldn't like those.

Anyway, she said that she likes games like Through the Desert, Hey That's My Fish!, and Samurai (others we have played). So, I'm wondering what other games I should try out on her. I know we both prefer quicker games, and nothing too heavy. And we both like theme, no matter how thin, so I'm probably not as interested in obvious abstracts.

Any suggestions?
 
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Dare I suggest Wings of War and Memoir '44? These are good, light, fun games with a war theme.

Other than those, look at Roma, Hansa, Torres, Jambo, Attika is great with only 2, as is Taluva.

Lucky you to have a girlfriend who likes confrontation. Have fun!
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Try going for XXX next.

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Yspahan

This game is all about deciding whether to do what is good for you or what is bad for someone else. It also has 'cute' cameeples, so that might be a plus. Look at the links and the forum on the game page. You'll find a video review of how to play, and a link to the free PC version done by...uh...West Park Games (I think). The PC game is a great way to get familiar with the game and learn the rules.

Saint Petersburg

Another good game with conflict. My wife loves this game. There is an expansion or two out there. Additionally, it turns out there is a free PC version of this too, also by West Park (no, I don't work for them). Both of the PC versions have excellent AI's for solo play.

Power Grid

Including this one because, although slightly (just slightly) complicated the first time you play, it is perhaps my wifes favorite game. Not quite as much negatively impacting the other players (some, but less than the others), but more a balance between spending everything you have each turn without running out of money. Unlike the other two, which you can play pretty well with two players, PG is better with more players.

Other games you might check out...

Stone Age Scales well with varying numbers of players.

Airships Lots of dice, but less reliant on luck than most.

12 Thieves Lots of getting in the other players way. Fun in my opinion, but my wife doesn't like it so much. Has something to do with my always winning perhaps. ;-)
 
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Reef Encounter
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I disagree with Mary on the Wings of War and Memoir '44 (not to say your wife won't like them, but they aren't really similar at all in feel to the games you have indicated), but she is DEAD ON with her other suggestions:

Roma, Hansa, Torres, Jambo, and Attika are all about choosing between how much can you help yourself without leaving an opening for your opponent. San Juan and Puerto Rico also might fit in there too. Carcassonne as well.
 
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Clans is a game from the same family of fun, short abstracts. We enjoy it a lot as a 2P.
 
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Driver 8 wrote:
...And we both like theme, no matter how thin, so I'm probably not as interested in obvious abstracts.
Oddly, the three games you give (TTD, Samurai, and HTMF!), I'd call them all abstracts with pieces in funny shaps as the only "theme." Given that, I'd say to try Cathedral and Biblios.

Edit: Especially Scripts & Scribes. That's an amazing game, works great with 2 or 3 players.
 
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Agricola has a big cuteness factor (especially with animeeples), and it's all about blocking the other person while doing what you want to do. Too heavy or too long for what you're looking for? Not sure.

Pillars of the Earth is about taking the good spots and the good cards. Again, too heavy or long? Not sure.

Stone Age is fun, not sure if there's enough conflict/blocking, but it's probably worth trying out if a friend or your FLGS has a copy.

Maybe Kingsburg... a little faster and lighter, and you want to claim a space before your opponents.

Settlers of Catan? Placing the robber might be fun for her.



 
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I disagree with Mary on the Wings of War and Memoir '44 (not to say your wife won't like them, but they aren't really similar at all in feel to the games you have indicated), but she is DEAD ON with her other suggestions:

Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that these light war-themed games are in the same category as TtD, Hey! That's My Fish and Samurai; but they are games with conflict. If his girlfriend can handle conflict, she may well be an unacknowledged war gamer.

Wings of War is about outmaneuvering your opponent while keeping the upper hand. And it's oh-so much fun to shoot down your SO.

Memoir requires you to think ahead, using the cards in your hand to the best of your ability for this turn, and a turn or two ahead as well. But, like the games his girlfriend enjoys, sometimes you have to feel for the right time to make your move.
 
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chuckles2000 wrote:
I disagree with Mary on the Wings of War and Memoir '44 (not to say your wife won't like them, but they aren't really similar at all in feel to the games you have indicated), but she is DEAD ON with her other suggestions:

Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest that these light war-themed games are in the same category as TtD, Hey! That's My Fish and Samurai; but they are games with conflict. If his girlfriend can handle conflict, she may well be an unacknowledged war gamer.

Wings of War is about outmaneuvering your opponent while keeping the upper hand. And it's oh-so much fun to shoot down your SO.

Memoir requires you to think ahead, using the cards in your hand to the best of your ability for this turn, and a turn or two ahead as well. But, like the games his girlfriend enjoys, sometimes you have to feel for the right time to make your move.


Yes, Memoir 44 is on the list of games to play! I have 2 copies of the base game, Eastern Front, Terrain Pack, and the Desert/Winter map. I think I'm ready to unleash it on her. And I think she'll give it a try. I just wish I could find some good balanced scenarios to play (since we may not have time to play the same scenario twice, each playing one side). Perhaps that's another forum question in itself. Please geekmail me with suggestions!
 
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Driver 8 wrote:

Then she surprised me. She said she liked the fact that 'you have to keep the other person from doing what they want while doing what you want'. I never realized before that she would like direct conflict. I just assumed she wouldn't like those.


I made the same assumption about my wife, but was surprised to discover that Titan is her favorite game! So I guess Titan is my recommendation.
 
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Babel !!!!

the only game.
only for 2-players
a completely direct-confilct game
 
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Great two-player games. No themes. so make 'em up.

Also, Balloon Cup.
 
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Jambo is great, and I'd also throw out Arkadia. Both can be played by 2 people.
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Conquest of the Fallen Lands is a tile-claiming game with a type of player interaction that is very similar to Through the Desert (play in chains to cut off opponents) and Samurai (win a tile by surrounding it with sufficient units), and with just slightly more theme. It also has a random modular board with different values on each tile, kind of like Hey That's My Fish.
 
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Take a look at Pick & Pack. A quick two player game where you pick crates of apples (no, really, but it works) and try to get the best crates for yourself while at the same time hindering you opponent from getting a position to get good ones. And there is direct conflict in the form of "take that" tiles (stealing crates frm your opponent etc.). My wife loves that too!

Not a game to take the place of, say Stone Age or some other meatier two player game, but quick and fun it is.
 
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Theme + Direct Conflict + Quick Playing Time = War for Edaðh
 
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I wasn't sure about was do you mean 'fighting conflict' or just frustrating your opponent. If the latter can I recommend:

Jamaica (piratical races around the carribean) around an hour
I'm the boss (a cut throat negotiation came that can get quite chaotic and where you frustrate your opponents to get them out of the deals). 45 minutes per game
and my favourite of favourite games Junta - set in Bananos del Los Republicas the game where the ruling families vie for Presidential office and cabinet positions to get as much foreign aid into their swiss Bank accounts as possible. It does have military combat, as well as negotiation and luck.And it can take 3 -5 hours if you let it.



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