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Dmitry Volevodz
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So, I have quite a large amount of games to play with my geek friends, you can check my owned list, but they don't fit for playing with my girlfriend since she is not a geek and not much into gaming.
We have played Settlers and Citadels couple of times and Discworld maybe once. She liked those, then we tried civilization and she got bored pretty quickly and could not play it.
I understand that people have different levels of concentration and so on.
What games can I play with her so they are not too hard on her, and at the same time not too bland for me? How can I introduce new games to her the way that she might like them?
I have ordered Battlestar Galactica also, she might like that, as the mechanics is neat and not hard, but can't play that with two.
Also if at all possible, those games should have little text, as she is not good with english unfortunately.
 
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Voley wrote:
So, I have quite a large amount of games to play with my geek friends, you can check my owned list, but they don't fit for playing with my girlfriend since she is not a geek and not much into gaming.
We have played Settlers and Citadels couple of times and Discworld maybe once. She liked those, then we tried civilization and she got bored pretty quickly and could not play it.
I understand that people have different levels of concentration and so on.
What games can I play with her so they are not too hard on her, and at the same time not too bland for me? How can I introduce new games to her the way that she might like them?
I have ordered Battlestar Galactica also, she might like that, as the mechanics is neat and not hard, but can't play that with two.
Also if at all possible, those games should have little text, as she is not good with english unfortunately.


What about Carcassonne + some expansions? The best ones are all in the Carcassonne Big Box. Or a version of Ticket to Ride that's not the base game (like Europe or Marklin)? Or maybe a pick up and deliver train game like one of the Mayfair crayon rail games?
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Me thinks you're on the wrong site for asking about games to be playing with your fiance!

 
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Stefan D
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My wife loves:

Carcassonne + many expansions
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Settlers of Catan
Lemonade Stand
Zooloretto is up her street
Farmageddon
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Adrian Iordache
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You could try Jaipur or Finca.
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Easy games that are fun:
Vegas
King of Tokyo
The Dwarf King
Guillotine
Balloon Cup (best game for 2)

... after you get married you can start into the 3hr+ gamesdevil
 
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Byron Campbell
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My wife's favorite games are

Hey, That's My Fish

Forbidden Island

Battlestar Galactica (but be careful here, it is long and best with 5)
 
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Kathy Sheets
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+1 Finca

Trollhalla-this game is great fun at all player counts. Don't know why it doesn't get more love!

Cartagena-race to the boats!

Pickomino-a fun push your luck dice game with a twist.

Kingdom Builder-my non-gamer husband's absolute favorite. We've played over 150 times, at least half of those 2p. Never get tired of it.




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I just introduced my girlfriend to tales of Arabian nights. She is a big fan of it, especially when I got enslaved and had to give her my treasures

It's a great recommend if u want a themey fun game rather than dry mechanical styley!
 
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Byron Campbell
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kittenhoarder wrote:
My wife's favorite games are

Hey, That's My Fish

Forbidden Island

Battlestar Galactica (but be careful here, it is long and best with 5)


I should add that, since you're getting BSG anyway, if you want to try it with the fiancee, consider the Ultra Short Variant. It loses a bit of the strategy, forcing Cylons to show their hands earlier, but is great for introducing the game, and plays very well with 3 players in about 2 hours.
 
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+1 for Jaipur, Carcassonne and Finca. Great games!

Tales of the Arabian Nights is a great story-telling game, but it's very language dependent, so it likely wouldn't work.

A few other language independent games (not counting the rules) that may work are Masons, Pergamon, Two by Two, Coloretto and Dragonheart.

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Bill Scott
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I say break out the Pandemic and Forbidden Island, since you already have those on your list, and add a few filler games like Zomie Dice, Martian Dice and Seven Dragons. Then you can add Zooleretto to the mix, if not earlier. These are the staples at our table and my wife enjoys them. Then we occassionally break out bigger games like Arkham Horror, Last Night on Earth and Touch of Evil

If she gets the gaming bug by then, introduce her to bigger games but show her videos of them first to see if she's interested
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Potion-Making: Practice. Works great with 2-6 players and it being a Russian game should get around the language barrier. It's pretty easy to play and has always been a hit with the ladies when I brought it to the table.

I also second Ticket to Ride: Europe, Zooloretto and Pickomino or King of Tokyo
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Here are the games that have gone over well with my fiance (she is open to gamer games, but gets bored by spreadsheet games and we havn't yet tried anything too nerdy yet like Arkham Horror).

Games that went over real well:
Mr. Jack in New York - (our current favorite, as it's 1 v 1, with a smooth game/deduction engine)
Jaipur
Carcassonne

Games that went over ok:
Agricola
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia

 
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Voley wrote:
We have played Settlers and Citadels couple of times and Discworld maybe once. She liked those, then we tried civilization and she got bored pretty quickly and could not play it.
I understand that people have different levels of concentration and so on.


Civilization and Battlestar Galactica are both a lot heavier than Citadels, Discworld and Settlers. Maybe you should be trying lighter games? Even if Battlestar Galactica seems easy to you, it is actually pretty complex to most people.

Maybe try:
- Ticket to Ride
- Hive
- Lost Cities
- Forbidden Island (or some other light coop, like Castle Panic)

for starters!
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Give The Castles of Burgundy a try. Has gone over well with my wife.
Otherwise Le Havre is pretty easy to learn.
 
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