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Grant Holzhauer
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We've been amassing and playing a ton of board games as of late, namely the following:

Fortune and Glory
Last Night on Earth
A Touch of Evil / Something Wicked
Tobago
Dread Pirate
Defenders of the Realm
Twilight Imperium

Hopefully that gives you an idea for what my wife and I like (highly thematic games, lots of great pieces, some strategy (but not TOO much), and of course, lots of fun.

I just got $80 to spend on games on Amazon, and the following top my list:

DungeonQuest
Sky Traders
Fury of Dracula
Mansions of Madness
Galaxy Trucker
Merchants and Marauders
Arkham Horror
War of the Ring

Keep in mind most games we play are just two people, with the occasional social gathering where we get 4-8 people playing.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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If you like coop games you can't go wrong with Arkham horror.

I'd take a look at Race for the Galaxy, and although you didn't list any worker placement game, if you happen to want to try Agricola is always a must
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While I'm assuming that Space Hulk is beyond what you're willing to spend, a 2-player game very, very much inspired by it, Incursion is set in an alternate history WWII setting where American G.I.s wearing diesel powered power armor take on hordes of Nazi zombies and werewolf super soldiers

If you've ever had a Space Hulk itch, it's the next best and certainly cheaper way to scratch it. The biggest difference and the main reason for the reduction in price is that Incursion comes with really nicely detailed thick cardboard stand-ups instead of miniatures. They look darn good though. Of course there's a full line of miniatures out there for sale for those who want to upgrade.
 
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Of the ones you list:

If you want big, epic, and deeply thematic, go with War of the Ring.

If you want crazy fun, go with Galaxy Trucker.

If you want a giant co-op, go with Arkham Horror.

If you want a game without very many meaningful decisions--and pretty much just a see-how-my-luck-treats-me game, go with DungeonQuest. I hated it.

I haven't played any of the others.

I personally like Galaxy Trucker and War of the Ring.

Good luck!
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thedacker wrote:

If you want a game without very many meaningful decisions--and pretty much just a see-how-my-luck-treats-me game, go with DungeonQuest.


That is a very good one sentence description of this game. But I have introduced DungeonQuest to 7 other people, ranged from ages 9 to 52, and they all enjoyed it. I enjoy it as well.
 
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Galaxy Trucker would be my pick from that list because it's unique and hilarious.

Arkham is decent as well if you're in the mood for a theme-y multi-hour roll-and-move.
 
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I would recommend Merchants and Marauders and Fury of Dracula.

Merchants and Marauders is a beautiful game and its fun attacking your friends ships.
Fury of Dracula has an evocative theme, and some nice artwork on the character cards.
 
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I've been leaning away from Arkham Horror, just since we haven't played it yet, and we have A Touch of Evil, which is similar in theme (and somewhat in play).

Merchants and Marauders is high on my list, but not so much on my wife's, although I think I could get her into it.

Thanks for the suggestions! I will continue pondering, and keep them coming.
 
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Merchants and Marauders and Galaxy Trucker from that list. Both are superb games and very different from each other.
 
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dojogrant wrote:
I've been leaning away from Arkham Horror, just since we haven't played it yet, and we have A Touch of Evil, which is similar in theme (and somewhat in play).

Merchants and Marauders is high on my list, but not so much on my wife's, although I think I could get her into it.

Thanks for the suggestions! I will continue pondering, and keep them coming. :)


My wife and I have played Arkham Horror, Mansions of Madness and Merchants and Marauders, all two-player. Arkham Horror is our favorite by a mile. Probably our all-time favorite game. We like the co-op aspect of it and the story-telling.

Mansions of Madness did not click with us. It doesn't flow in the same way as AH and a lot of the time neither of us quite knows what is going on.

Merchants and Marauders was a bust the only time we played it. There are lots of fiddly rules, especially in regards to combat and it just ended up frustrating my wife. We almost had to quit before the end. AH has the reputation for fiddly rules but once you get into the spirit of the game they seem much more intuitive than those in Merchants and Marauders.
 
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Galaxy Trucker is going for $53, and War of the Ring is $65. Removing Mansions of Madness and Fury of Dracula for now. Also removing Sky Traders (still too unknown).

So that basically leaves the following as viable options:

1) Galaxy Trucker + a small expansion for a game we own
2) War of the Ring + perhaps Forbidden Island (also on our list)
3) Merchants and Marauders + Arkham Horror (would just be over $80 total)
 
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