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Subject: Couples Game Night - What's the next best game? rss

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Scott Hinze
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My wife and I have been playing with a couple of other married friends both at home on vacation. Well, now I'm planning the next game to introduce and we've seemed to bring the experience up to a light/medium level. By now, we all love Settlers of Catan, Alhambrais fun in moderation and I recently scored a big hit with Stone Age which we'll play any time but I need something else that's:

1) 4-Player

2) Gender-neutral/balanced

3) easy to teach (I stink at it) but mid-weight

4) either in my collection or cheap (a bathroom remodel is keeping me in inexpensive board-gaming and out of video-gaming, not that I mind)

Any help?

Thanks!
 
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I have found Apples to Apples is very successful in having a laugh.
Pandemic can work well.
Thebes is excellent.
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Tinners' Trail would be a great choice.
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Looks like you've got Acquire (and you want to play it)! Solid game for 4 players and is very simple to teach but has a nice mid-gaming weight to it.

If you're looking at spending any money something like In the Shadow of the Emperor or even Yspahan fits your bill (Gender-neutral/balanced, easy to teach and both are under $30 each).
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Carcassonne would seem an obvious choice. It's probably on a par with Settlers or Alhambra in complexity, and theming is fairly neutral, IMO. Teaches well, except perhaps the farmer.

Zooloretto plays well with 4, and has that zoo animal cuteness, but some stick-it-to-your-opponent in the filling of the trucks, which might make a nice balance. Seems easy enough to teach.

Thurn and Taxis would again be pretty neutral in theme, with pretty different gameplay from Settlers, Alhambra or Stone Age.

I think any of these three would make sense. Of the ones mentioned in earlier posts, Acquire can be pretty mathy, which might be a deterrent to some. Apples to Apples would be heading back toward light, and away from mid-weight. Both good games, but perhaps not what you want *here*. (I don't see that you own any of the others mentioned.)

Anyway, all IMO. Good luck.
 
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From your collection i´d say Ticket to Ride: Europe and Thurn and Taxis might work good.
Further i´d recommend Fresco (about the weight of stone age) and maybe Fiese Kühe and Don Quixote(both lighter)
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4-player? Even better, 2 couples?
Gender-neutral?
Easy to teach?

The first game I would pull out of my collection would be TAC then. IMHO this is the ideal game for the above configuration. An english version is available.

But your 4th feature is a problem. That game isn't cheap, sorry. It's beautiful though, which can lead to good WAF. That might help.
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If you're playing as couples, it might well be looking at some good pairs games.

Tichu, Knights of Charlemagne and Iliad all play well in foursomes. Or there's always bridge...
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Inkognito could be good for a fun couples game. I can't imagine a better time to play it.
 
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If you're fans of climbing games or trick taking games, Tichu is fantastic. It's a natural fit for couples because you have 2 teams. If you guys are fans of Euchre, Hearts, Spades, etc I'd look into Tichu.
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I would recommend Medici, Ra and Dream Factory.

I agree that Ticket to Ride is likely to be a hit. I would leave Puerto Rico, Power Grid and Tinner's Trail for a while personally as they are a bit more hardcore in my opinion.
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What does "gender neutral" mean?
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Rastak wrote:
What does "gender neutral" mean?


Yeah, I don't know - probably a poor choice of words. I think I mean that it needs to have a superficial theme (or lack thereof) and mechanic that appeals, generally, to everyone. I've read many threads about the heinous use of 'female-friendly,' etc. so I was trying to be sensitive? shake

I think just posting games the particular group likes is the better way to go.
 
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scotthinze wrote:
Rastak wrote:
What does "gender neutral" mean?


Yeah, I don't know - probably a poor choice of words. I think I mean that it needs to have a superficial theme (or lack thereof) and mechanic that appeals, generally, to everyone. I've read many threads about the heinous use of 'female-friendly,' etc. so I was trying to be sensitive? shake

I think just posting games the particular group likes is the better way to go.


I think the term "general appeal" works well.
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I second Pandemic, it's co-op. You and the humans vs the board, very enjoyable when you don't want to compete. Another interesting game is Robo Rally. This is a vs game but the rules include team play as well as much room for customization.
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We introduced a couple to Ticket to Ride: Europe last night, and it was big hit! So I second that.

I also second the recommendation for Tichu, if they like card games like spades or hearts.

I cant seem to think of anything not already listed on the thread

Since you said light/medium, I would stay away from Power Grid and Puerto Rico for now.
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I would agree with many posted here:

Finca
Pandemic (or it's "little brother" Forbidden Island)
Tikal
Any of the Ticket to Ride series (we enjoy Europe and Marklin)

We have been enjoying Samurai and Dominion lately as well.
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FYI - we play Puerto Rico, Ticket to Ride... I do need to reintroduce Forbidden Island. Staring at Thurn & Taxis really makes me dream of a US map & cards just to make it more palpable for gamers that need more convincing (my wife).
 
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Since you love settlers and stone age was a huge success I would say look at why you like those. Both use dice so randomness is a plus. Modular boards might be part of it too. If it is the worker placement aspect of Stone Age you like then look for things that combine those traits!
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Alhambra is greatly improved by adding expansions. I didn't think much of the base game but really really like the extra options the expansions give. Honestly, they really make a big difference.

Edit: And did you have any luck with Dominion? I really like the speed of it.
 
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Of your current collection, I would have thought Dominion would be well worth a go. Also, Thurn & Taxis, and Carcassonnne. Perhaps Small World, unless you think the fantasy element might not work.

 
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We will try Dominion next time because the curiosity has peaked and I don't think the group will be scared. I would love to get us to the point of Dungeon Lords and Caylus though.
 
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