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I'm trying to build a good, well-rounded collection of non-"Ameritrash" games. So far I have Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne (with some expansions), Ticket to Ride, Hive, 1960: The Making of the President, several party games, and many of the old American standards.

I play games with varying numbers of friends, but for the most part it's just me and my wife. She likes all the "Euro"-style games I've bought recently. We haven't played 1960 yet, but that should be a shoo-in, as my wife and I can both be political junkies at times and the fact that you learn a lot about that particular presidential race is a plus. I'm doubtful that she would like war games, but I'm still strongly considering Memoir '44, as it reminds me of my younger days of playing Axis & Allies, but with the added bonus that the games don't last 5 hours. Don't get me wrong, I love an epic as much as the next guy, but I highly doubt it would fly with most of the people I game with.

Stone Age has been at the top of my list for several weeks now. It seems like the perfect weight for my wife and friends and I need a worker placement game to help round things out.

I'm really embracing the whole "Gateway Games" strategy. It helps that I'm enjoying myself along the way. I can see a purchase of Agricola in the next 3-6 months and I expect my wife to really like it. I would consider that a great success.

So...based on all that information, what games/game types should I be looking into?

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Stone Age seems like a good next step for you. If you're looking for something a little different, you could look at auction/bidding games. If it'll mostly be you and your wife, look at Before the Wind or Phoenicia. The Princes of Florence is great, but needs more than two. Agricola has been one of the most worthwhile game purchases we've made. Sounds liks a good plan!
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I would recommend taking a look at the following games for your consideration:
Indonesia
Genji
VOC! Founding the Dutch East Indies Company
Wasabi!
Pandemic
Timber Tom

I hope some of these prove interesting and wish you the best of luck!

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Thanks Indigo! I've seen many people mention auction/bidding style games. I'm not sure I've ever played any. That should be remedied.
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I've played Pandemic and liked it a lot. I have a friend who has it, but will probably pick it up sooner or later. The rest of those are unknown to me. I'll definitely look into them. Thanks!
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Lost Cities. Good two-player game, good value for money.
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Do you mean the boardgame or card game? I've always been a little skeptical of card-based games. My wife and I both grew up playing a lot of different card games with a regular deck of playing cards. I'm always worried that after playing a few hands of a card-based game, I'll find out that I could have just used a deck of playing cards. I know that's not true for most card-based games, but the fear persists.

How does Lost Cities stand up to my paranoia?
 
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Check out Gateplay's game bundles for some good choices:

http://www.gateplay.com/gateway-board-game-bundles.aspx
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Honestly, buy what you like. I gave up on the whole 'well rounded' notion a long time ago. And if at all possible play it before you buy it.
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Jungle Speed belongs in every collection. You'll be suprised how often you pull it out.
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Good collections are not planned...they grow organically and exponentially.
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Nate_001 wrote:
Do you mean the boardgame or card game? I've always been a little skeptical of card-based games. My wife and I both grew up playing a lot of different card games with a regular deck of playing cards. I'm always worried that after playing a few hands of a card-based game, I'll find out that I could have just used a deck of playing cards. I know that's not true for most card-based games, but the fear persists.

How does Lost Cities stand up to my paranoia?


Genji is a card game, but a very beautiful and unique experience in my humble opinion. Just wanted to let you know that given your background with card based games.

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Thurn and Taxis can be quite fun and can accommodate up to 4 players. I don't think anybody has mentioned it yet...
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Nate_001 wrote:
Do you mean the boardgame or card game? I've always been a little skeptical of card-based games. My wife and I both grew up playing a lot of different card games with a regular deck of playing cards. I'm always worried that after playing a few hands of a card-based game, I'll find out that I could have just used a deck of playing cards. I know that's not true for most card-based games, but the fear persists.

How does Lost Cities stand up to my paranoia?


It's pretty much the justification for it - while it is very interesting, it indeed can be played with any standard deck of cards - get a copy of the rules, remove Jokers, use face cards as Wagers/Investments/Whatever They Call Them In-Game, and you're ready to go...for a card game that can't be played with a standard deck and is particularly easy and appealing to inexperienced gamers, try Dominion or the upcoming Crunch: The Game for Utter Bankers, due to hit the US next month.
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Thanks for all the recommendations! I certainly want to avoid making a collection of museum pieces.

One thing that attracts me to card games is their portability. We travel a fair amount and I like to bring games with me when possible. I need to look at Dominion a little closer, but it seems a little too big to play in transit. I'll look at Genji as well.
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Just buy all the games that I own, and you'll be set!
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Nate_001 wrote:
Thanks for all the recommendations! I certainly want to avoid making a collection of museum pieces.


And what's wrong with doing that!

Some of us collect games far more than we play them. At least I have been able to play a few recently, but the compulsion seems to keep coming back.

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Our group started with the excellent card game Citadels, so I would highly recommend it. Relatively quick & certainly great fun. Pandemic is a great new cooperative game that our group enjoys. But by far the best, hands-down, is Arkham Horror. It very popular, it is my wife's favourite game. Yes, it is epic and takes hours, but you're so involved, time just flies by.
I hope your bank account can hold out until you have rounded out your collection.
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Our group started with the excellent card game Citadels, so I would highly recommend it.


Yes! Citadels is an excellent game!
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I'm in a similar situation with my girlfriend and family/friends. She loves Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride: Märklin, likes Catan. Other games we love to play are Jambo and Catan Card Game, though the latter can run a bit long (there are suggested variants in its forums to shorten it). I think I sprung Agricola on her a bit too quick, she's a bit overwhelmed.

I've put a lot of time in researching various games, trying to find gateway games to indoctrina... err.. introduce her to the hobby, maybe you can benefit from that. My last round of purchases (will Friday never come????) includes Stone Age and Caylus Magna Carta. In the near future, I plan to pick up Thurn and Taxis (think I'll find it a bit more satisfying than TtR), Alhambra (probably the Big Box), and (with fingers crossed) Amyitis. OK, guess you can look at my wishlist if you like rather than me reproducing it here. I don't think CMC and Amyitis can be considered "gateway" games, but trying to splash some gamer-ier stuff in there. She's comfortable with card-driven games, so that helps CMC. I think she'll appreciate the theme in Amyitis.

I also traded for Puerto Rico, but I don't even think I wanna let her SEE that one yet! whistle
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I've been pondering Alhambra and Thurn and Taxis myself. They may jump a bit higher on my wish list. And let me know how Stone Age goes over.

Thanks!
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tantalon wrote:
Pandemic is a great new cooperative game that our group enjoys. But by far the best, hands-down, is Arkham Horror. It very popular, it is my wife's favourite game. Yes, it is epic and takes hours, but you're so involved, time just flies by.


I've actually been looking at AH lately. It would be a hard sell at this point. If I were to get by with an epic co-op now it would be Battlestar Galactica, since we've seen the whole series and my wife and friends are intrigued by the whole "who's a cylon?" twist. Arkham Horror would take some more work as none of my friends nor I have read any Lovecraft. We'll see.
 
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Hi Nate - Like you, most of the games I play are with just me and my wife. We are both kind of new to board gaming. So far, my wife and I really enjoy playing...

Ticket To Ride
Kingsburg
Carcassone: The Discovery
Lost Cities

I've got many more games on the shelf waiting to try. I'll keep you posted

Enjoy,
Tony
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A year and many games ago, I was in the same boat. I laid out my thought process and got lots of helpful replies in this thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/309023

I don't regret any of the games I bought initially, although I did buy a bunch of games since
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Thanks Allison! I have a lot of stuff to look into now. The hardest part at this point is trying not to gorge myself on games that I have only a passing familiarity with. The urge to research and buy games is almost stronger than the urge to actually play them. I think I'm dangerously close to becoming a collector.
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