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Derek
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Hey all, are there any light Civ games out there that a non-gamer could get roped into?

Preferably something that will play with 2 players or more... not too deep on rules or long on time.

I'm basically hitting my fiance with every gateway game out there hoping she starts to desire more complex rulesets.

I have Cyclades in mind, I own Settlers but it's 3 players (I know there are variants)... any other suggestions?

(she loves Forbidden Island, btw)

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Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
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Take a look at Peloponnes,
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+1 for Roll Through the Ages. Good, light civ game, can be played in a half hour with two players.

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bwingrave wrote:

This is definitely the one to start with. Civ theme, and you do kinda, sorta feel like you're building something up. But the dice rolling is accessible for almost anyone. Simple to learn, quick to play. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than I expected to.

If that goes well, then +1 for Peloponnes. True civ fans don't like that it lacks military, and probably feels even less like you're building up a civilization than RTtA. I have only played a couple times, but am very eager to play more. It has traditionally been hard to get in the US, but CSI is carrying it now.

Also, see: What would be your recommended light, medium, and heavy civilization games? (Hmmm...someone should turn that into a geeklist!)
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Definitely have a look at Innovation- A card driven civilization themed game that takes about 60 min and also 7 Wonders, which is a must have according to me.
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I personally like Ra: The Dice Game over Roll Through the Ages. Ra: TDG has way more interaction between players and it actually uses a board, which is a big plus for me when I'm playing board games.

+1 7 Wonders, although I'm not sure how well it plays with two.

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thedacker wrote:
I personally like Ra: The Dice Game over Roll Through the Ages. Ra: TDG has way more interaction between players and it actually uses a board, which is a big plus for me when I'm playing board games.



Thanks for pointing this out! I didn't know Ra: TDG even existed.
I hated Ra and left me confused the first time I tried it. I was considering Roll Through the Ages back then but hated the quality of the dice.
 
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bwingrave wrote:


RTtA wasn't a hit with us. It has a civ theme but I really wouldn't call it a civ game. It does have a few choices, but it's still more towards the Yahtzee end of the scale than the Civ end.

The free "Late Bronze Age" add-on for it is better though.

There are a lot of videos for Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game. Maybe try find one or two that you think might appeal to her, then sit down and watch them with her. See if she's interested. The game isn't really terribly heavy, it just seems like a lot to get in to. If you go this route, take your time trying things out and explaining things the first few games. Try a few military encounters, but don't go full military and beat up on her. The more familiar you get with the game the quicker it will play, but expect the first few sessions to be a few-hour time investment.
 
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I'll give another +1 to Peloponnes. I used to own it but sold it off only because I couldn't get it played as much. Really enjoyed it though, flirting with the idea of getting it again...
 
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thedacker wrote:
I personally like Ra: The Dice Game over Roll Through the Ages. Ra: TDG has way more interaction between players and it actually uses a board, which is a big plus for me when I'm playing board games.

I really like Ra Dice as well (I prefer it over Ra). However, it feels much less like a civ game than RTtA. In Ra Dice, I feel like I'm placing cubes to score. In RTtA, I kind of feel like I'm building something.

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+1 7 Wonders, although I'm not sure how well it plays with two.

I haven't tried it, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it because the shared neutral player seems like it would add a level of direct conflict that I don't like. For a lot of people, of course, that would be a positive, not a negative.
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