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Alexandra Logan
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My grandmother is coming to visit for a month.

I'd like to take this opportunity to play some games with such a willing and captive audience.

She likes rummy style games such as: Cribbage, Rummikub, Canasta, etc. She's also pretty good at Bananagrams.

I was looking for recommedations for games which suit this style yet are more interesting in theme. If they are print and play, even better (crafting brownie points!).

I have got a double Decktet so some games for that would also be good.
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Geert Vinaskov
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Check out Ticket to Ride. It's a board game, and the cards aspect is very reminiscent of Rummy.

Edit: Oh, I see you already have Ticket to Ride: Europe. I'm just a sucker for games with a real board and pieces.
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I´d say Qwirkle should fit her taste.
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I assume it's just the two of you?

loganbreath wrote:
I have got a double Decktet so some games for that would also be good.
I don't know the deck personally. But from the description I'd probably just try to play Rummy with them and see how it goes...

Games from your collection I would try: Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Island and Zooloretto. Mechanics-wise maybe even Carcassonne.

Bohnanza could work, although you'd have to print out the two player variant which is quite different from normal Bohnanza but sounds similar to Rummy. But it's a great game to have anyway.
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Drive is rummy with different size and value suits.

Archaeology: The Card Game also has different size and value suits, but then adds trading (with the discards).


(and you already have Lost Cities)
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If your grandmother likes cooking, consider Raid the Pantry, released earlier this year by SchilMil Games of Auckland. You can buy it from the Games Shop in Melbourne.
This game was designed by my partner and lucky me, I got to eat the veal marsala after she photographed it.
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I highly recommend the Mystery Rummy series. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper and Mystery Rummy: Jekyll & Hyde are both widely available. Jack the Ripper is actually my favorite, while Jekyll and Hyde is my least favorite.
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Perhaps one of the games in the 10 Days in... ?

Reminds me very much sometimes of Gin Rummy in that you need a complete 10 card 'run' in order to go out.
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I like the card games you mentioned as well as these - Lost Cities, Oden's Ravens, Balloon Cup. As well as Phase 10 or Contract Rummy with more than 2 players.

Here is a site with lots of card game rules you may find interesting. http://www.pagat.com/alpha/
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CrankyPants wrote:


+1thumbsup for Coloretto

I would also add Finca. It's a favorite of my mother-n-law who loves set collection type games.

Good luck!
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+1 to Qwirkle (preferably cubes)
How about you just play cribbage?!
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Glory to Rome

I personaly feel that if your grandmother enjoys Canasta or other Rummy type games, that she might enjoy Glory to Rome.

I would also suggest Jambo.
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winterplum wrote:
Jaipur
Roma
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Glory to Rome

I personaly feel that if your grandmother enjoys Canasta or other Rummy type games, that she might enjoy Glory to Rome.

I would also suggest Jambo.



Definitely not Roma.
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thumbsup Archaeology: The Card Game
thumbsup Keltis: Das Kartenspiel
thumbsup Parade - Not really Rummy-ish, but could be appealing.
thumbsup Utopian Rummy / Plato 3000

thumbsup Finca - I have had great success with this game and getting new players to try something completely new and different.

Other little games that could be fun for her to try:

Carnival
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somewhere in the decktet forum I posted a Rummikub variant I called Rummibear or some such pun. Probably posted in the general forum category.
 
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Thanks for all the responses. So many games for us to try out - and many good suggestions from my current collection.
She's here now so I will give some of these a try. We also have some other family members around so would be able to play with more than 2 players some of the time.
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not rummy, but one of the best 2 player games I've played recently and it's entirely based on traditional card games (chinese climbing games family):
Haggis

Carcassonne and Coloretto also seem like a neat idea. Maybe also something like Lost Cities or Battle line/Schotten-Totten?

Check Lamarckian Poker (find rules online, played with ordinary deck of cards) - you're bidding with cards from your hand to build the best poker hand by the end of the game.
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Agree with the previously mentioned Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
and Bohnanza. For JtR, if grandmother is not bothered by the grisly theme, first download the player aid by Liumas in the game's FILES section. It's an excellent rummy variant, but the original rules are very confusing. For Bohnanza, the 2-P variant is fun and generally produces very close games. My player aid in FILES may be helpful for this one.

Another excellent choice is Morels which has a slight rummy feel to it. It is a new game that is rapidly becoming one of our favorite 2-P games. Right now, only available from the designer (and fellow BGG user) Brent Povis at www.twolanternsgames.com. Easy to learn, fun to play and has an excellent rules booklet that has answered all of our questions.

Happy gaming!
 
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I would think Wyatt Earp would be perfect. It's rummy-based and scales well, and you can find it pretty cheap.

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My recommendation would be to meet her on her own ground, and play games she's comfortable with. Nothing wrong with asking whether she's interested in learning something new, but pay close attention to her reaction and don't put her on the spot.

I never played anything but scrabble and boggle with my grandmother when she was alive, and those aren't really my sort of games, but I'm glad I spent that time with her doing what she liked.
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Geert Vinaskov wrote:
Check out Ticket to Ride. It's a board game, and the cards aspect is very reminiscent of Rummy.

Edit: Oh, I see you already have Ticket to Ride: Europe. I'm just a sucker for games with a real board and pieces.


+1 to this my grandmother loved "that train game we played" too lol
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Rebekah Bissell has a very good Print & Play rummy game that I like to recommend: Untamed: A Rummy Revolution. I see that you already have Rebekah's Livestock Market: the Card Game in your collection, so perhaps you may enjoy her other design as well....

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