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Jorge Alvarez
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Looking for great light games that have a lot of depth as well; something you would hesitate to call simply a filler game.
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A little more info in order to let us recommend you a game?
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Duell (play using the En Garde rules)
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7 Wonders
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If I get you right, you want games easy to learn but hard to master.Go would be the classic.

Regarding modern games I´d suggest

Quoridor
The Bridges of Shangri-La
ZÈRTZ (and the others form the Gipf series)
Isaac
Quarto
ConHex
Hive
Duell

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Here is a post I made some days ago about the same subject I think:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/786814/best-euro-in-45-m...
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plays in half an hour and punches well above it's weight.. small box, very simple rules, semi card driven 'wargame'..
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Railways of the World Simple Rules, lots of depth on the game board. We usually only play light games and this one was a hit.
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light game that has depth? that would be a game with depth, and not be considered light anymore, right?
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If by "light", you mean somewhat shorter play time and low rules complexity, both Samurai and Through the Desert are excellent. They are great games to introduce to folks without a ton of gaming experience, because they can enjoy their first play without being overwhelmed by rules and you can enjoy your play by exploring the strategic depth.
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This one:

Kingdom Builder
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How about JAB: Realtime Boxing?

It packs a punch! Get it?

Seriously though - I've never played it so don't know if it fits the bill.
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I just bought Mr. Jack Pocket and love it. It's so simple and portable with sturdy pieces (none are thin plastic nor paper, not even the cards) and you can take it anywhere.

However, the game is all about game theory. Anticipating your opponents moves each round and (usually) trying to take the move that allows your opponent to screw you the least is what it's all about. This takes only 2 games (or 30 minutes) to really stop having the game play you and you to go beyond the game where it's just you and your opponent in a battle of wits.

Asynchronous end goals make it all the more nailbiting, as at the end of every round you BOTH can have made nice gains.

This game is to good to be true, I can't believe noone's found how to break it.

For parties, you cannot beat The Resistance
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The End of the Triumvirate

My favorite simple-but-deep three-person game.
 
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stinkoman wrote:
How about JAB: Realtime Boxing?

It packs a punch! Get it?

Seriously though - I've never played it so don't know if it fits the bill.


I came here just to make that same stupid pun. Oh well...
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Would "Go" fit the bill?
Also, +1 Konig von Siam
 
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+1 for Through the Desert. It looks so simple on the surface, but you're constantly evaluating, thinking, and deciding what to sacrifice in the hope that you might gain more.

I also find Ticket to Ride to be light, but deep, particularly the more aggressive 2-3p maps like Nordic Countries and India. India, in particular, seems to be very tough to master and play well.

Airlines Europe fits this category for me, too, as does Thurn and Taxisand even the "tiny" Times Square.
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You don't say how many players you have but I will

+1 Kingdom Builder which has been a megahit at our house, we play both 2 and 3p. At first it seems to be too luck driven but as you get into it you start realizing how much control you actually have.

+1 Aton which is a 2p only game. This is lots of fun, too. A thinly veiled abstract with a card mechanic that I have not seen in any other game. Simple with agonizing decisions.

And I will add

Metropolys for 2-4p, great fun, cat & mouse in that you are trying to maneuver your opponent into allowing you to go where you want without him realizing it. Secret objectives, simple auction mechanic that works for 2, and quick play.

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+1 Magnate
Utopian Rummy
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age + free expansion
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+1 Kingdom Builder
+1 Dominion

Summoner Wars also fits the bill IMHO.
 
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Taluva. 45 minutes to play, rules almost fit on a business card, plus it's gorgeous on the table.

+1 for Metropolys.
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Jorge Alvarez
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Hey, thanks everyone! I forgot to subscribe to the post, so I thought I had no replies, ha!

Viki3m wrote:
A little more info in order to let us recommend you a game?

Yeah, I realized I hadn't really given you guys much. I play mostly with my girlfriend (but have aspirations to one day have a small gaming group.. one can dream!) and we're both fairly new (< 1 year) to the hobby. So far she loves it, and even though we started with something like Carcassonne, I got carried away and started buying games that where a little out of our reach yet (ahem.. War of the Ring... ahem). Although I'm willing to jump right into these games, I feel she gets a little stressed when there are too many or complex rules (though she's awesome and is still willing to play all of them).

I recently bought a copy of LotR: The Confrontation DE and it seemed to be perfect: quite easy to get into, but with interesting strategy and decisions and lots of re-playability too. So I figured I needed more like this. I'm also thinking on getting 1 or 2 Carc expansions.

In short:

- Easy to get into/grasp rules
- Depth and rewarding strategy
- Don't mind a little luck as long as player strategy is more important
- Any # of players is fine, but preferably plays well with 2.
 
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