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Ben Bateson
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Currently, my 'at home' game time is being dominated by the Settlers of Catan Card Game. I personally am beginning to find it somewhat dreary and repetitive after half a dozen plays or so, but my wife is apparently fascinated by the city-building aspect.

So, really, it's recommendations please for what I can get next to keep her city-building cravings fulfilled and - more importantly - prevent me from going into a dice-rolling trace. We already have Race For The Galaxy, for which I am trying to persuade her is well worthwhile a battle through the manual, but she's no fan of a sci-fi theme. What next?
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Before I read race for the galaxy, I was going to mention San Juan.

Man... my checks from Rio Grande and Asmodee should be huge this month.
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I've not played San Juan, but I gather it is just RftG with a different theme and artwork.

And good luck with the cheque - I think Leo Colovini must owe me a fortune...
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How about Alhambra
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Or Master Builder
 
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ousgg wrote:
I've not played San Juan, but I gather it is just RftG with a different theme and artwork.


They share similar mechanics but San Juan is much easier. Not so many rules or icons. It also has a nice 'building' feel to it that she might appreciate.

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ousgg wrote:
I've not played San Juan, but I gather it is just RftG with a different theme and artwork.



San Juan is simpler and the role selection works differently. If the theme and complexity are problems vis a vis RftG, San Juan might be a good fit (and will also make RftG easier to teach).
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Also

Saint Petersburg

of course there's also

Puerto Rico (2p variant is good)
Agricola (great 2p)
Caylus


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I see you have Agricola - has your wife played it? That's what satisfies the building urge in me. You could also try Arkadia - you build buildings to create a town, and build a central castle vertically. The same castle pieces are used in Torres. If you have three or more players, you could try Princes of Florence. Not sure if it would satisfy her, but there's also Stone Age.
 
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My husband is big fan of the Catan Card Game, and I also find myself looking for similar games. Do you have the expansions? They might spice the game up for you, and give you both some variety.

I wouldn't recommend San Juan, as it's lighter than the Catan Card Game, and much less immersive. It just doesn't scratch the same itch, in our opinion. Instead I suggest Glory to Rome, La Città, or maybe Elasund: The First City.
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try Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization. It's a civ building game and me and my girlfriend really enjoy our time when we build our civilization. You really reap what you sow. It's a good 2 players game and scales well to 4 players. If you want a more friendly game of civ, just remove the raid and war event.
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My wife loves my gaming and the friends I have through it!
 
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cferejohn wrote:
ousgg wrote:
I've not played San Juan, but I gather it is just RftG with a different theme and artwork.



San Juan is simpler and the role selection works differently. If the theme and complexity are problems vis a vis RftG, San Juan might be a good fit (and will also make RftG easier to teach).


Bippi, cuzzle and Chris are right: San Juan is excellent, easier than RftG, has a more palatable theme and is all about the building.

Plus after 60-some plays in 2 years, my Shenomad still loves it, and so do I.
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If she likes the building of Catan Card Game, you might also try San Juan (as has been recommended) and Kingsburg. Both are fairly easy to learn, and are filled with little buildings that confer various powers upon you.

I also love Glory to Rome, although experience has shown me that most non-gamers do not comprehend or enjoy it during the first play. (If your wife is willing to take time to learn a game though, it has fantastic replayability and plays faster than Catan. Also, it's much better. And it's cheap.)
 
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I see you own Blue Moon and rate it fairly high. Not sure how your wife rates it, though.

But I would suggest Blue Moon City.

My wife and I really enjoy it as a two player game. I recently taught it to another couple who enjoyed Blue Moon and they really liked it. Enough so much that they were considering buying their own copy.

It works well as a 2player game and scales nicely to 4, but it does become a bit different strategically.

My wife and I bought this without ever having seen let alone played Blue Moon.
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Two things that might soften her up for Race:
Dominion, which is about building your fiefdom in a similar mythic middle-ages type of setting, but relies heavily on the interaction of cards to create little economic engines, which you also will set up in Race.

Thematically, you could try Spacefarers of Catan, which will be somewhat familiar in concept, but traveling at warp speed in the deep recesses of space.

But let's be honest, there's not a lot you can do to prepare someone for learning Race. It's awesomeness has to be experienced, and after only 5 or 6 plays, you will actually understand what is happening!
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Thanks, everyone. Good solid suggestions.

She is currently throwing a tantrum at Agricola because she loses at it all the time. Perhaps I ought to throw a couple of games deliberately...

And then, possibly, Dominion to go on my birthday present list and make a good effort at getting to grips with RftG over the summer.

Any less well-known games springing to mind? I have a soft spot for the obscure ones.
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My wife beats me all the time at Race for the Galaxy.

And she is most definitely not a SF fan, but she doesn't mind this. To be honest, you just need to understand the signs on the cards and you're ready to go. The game is easy enough, and you can ignore the pics on the cards. they're colorful and nice, and that's all there's to it. Sure when you're bored or waiting you'll check it out, but hey, it's not that big of a deal, SF-wise.
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ousgg wrote:
Any less well-known games springing to mind? I have a soft spot for the obscure ones.

Biblios - best card game of 2008
Die Fugger
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Attika - scratch the 2P building itch, highly recommended as a couples' game.
Genji - what woman could resist wooing japanese princesses with poetry? Great game, to boot, and plays 2P-6P!
Oltre Mare - trading, racing, and a healthy dose of screwage
Santorini - abstract, but as build-y as they come
Taluva - gorgeous build-y, vicious
Thurn and Taxis - nice 'big' game for 2-4P. build post offices.
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That's an interesting selection. We both enjoy Thurn & Taxis, but I'll check out the others.

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8 1/2 years later my wife put her foot down about gaming...and said your hours of work are keeping you from any gaming so maybe it's simply time to become a Part-Time Professor so you can enjoy your games.

And so we did!

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Currently, my 'at home' game time is being dominated by the Settlers of Catan Card Game. I personally am beginning to find it somewhat dreary and repetitive after half a dozen plays or so, but my wife is apparently fascinated by the city-building aspect.

So, really, it's recommendations please for what I can get next to keep her city-building cravings fulfilled and - more importantly - prevent me from going into a dice-rolling trace. We already have Race For The Galaxy, for which I am trying to persuade her is well worthwhile a battle through the manual, but she's no fan of a sci-fi theme. What next?



If city building is her thing then Suburbia may be a good move its simple and its all city building
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How about Between Two Cities? Quadropolis? Perhaps 7 Wonders Duel?
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How about The City. It's not available in English but paste ups are around, the game is designed by Tom Lehman and regarded as the predecessor to RftG...
 
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