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My wife loves playing games where she can build things, and pretty much dislikes any game where she can't.

Her favorites are Agricola and Railways of the World. She also likes Settlers and Carcassonne okay.

She absolutely will not play games like Merchants and Marauders and Race for the Galaxy.

I was looking at Terra Mystica, but I've heard that it isn't as good with 2.

Thoughts?
 
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LunarSoundDesign wrote:


Belfort looks super fun to me, but I heard it was lame with 2?
 
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Check my first post, I added a couple more,
 
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LunarSoundDesign wrote:
Check my first post, I added a couple more,


Sweet! What do you think about belfort with 2 though?
 
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Ummmmm, Suburbia? You build a freaking city!
 
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indigopotter wrote:
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I've also heard very good things about Castles of Burgundy, and also that it plays very well with two people. I plan on buying it to try and tempt my girlfriend, who will currently only play Agricola...not that I mind playing Agricola.
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Combatchuck wrote:
She absolutely will not play games like ... Race for the Galaxy.

I'm curious about that, since you are definitely building up a tableau in Race. Does she not like the theme? Or the icons? Either way, San Juan is a great alternative that is quite similar, but simpler. Personally I prefer San Juan. My own bias is away from heavy games, which may or may not align with your tastes.

Walnut Grove lets you expand your farm via tile laying. You have to feed your workers every year (like Agricola), but in WG you also have to heat them. Some people find it a bit stressful/punishing, but I enjoy the challenge. It plays quite quickly, thanks to a lot of opportunities for simultaneous execution.

Vegas Showdown has you building up a casino via auctions. The 2p variant posted on BGG works quite well. I understand the same is true of Homesteaders.

What player counts are you most interested in?
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Combatchuck wrote:
LunarSoundDesign wrote:

Belfort looks super fun to me, but I heard it was lame with 2?

Yes, I'd agree with this. The 2-player variant for Belfort doesn't exactly fail, but it definitely doesn't excite.

Oh, and my recommendations:

Keyflower - I hadn't played this yet with just 2, but did tonight... it worked perfectly well. This is the rare game which plays great with 2 or with 6. Amazing.

Florenza - tons to build here!
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Le Havre - (or Ora et Labora, but don't get both... too similar)
Shipyard - you're building ships, but you most certainly build them!
Vinhos - build your vineyards, cellars, etc. Not an easy game to figure out, but good.
The Castles of Burgundy - the buildings don't feel as "building-y" as some of the other games, but this is certainly a great game with two.
Homesteaders - plenty of buildings. 2-player auction mechanic works exceptionally well.
At the Gates of Loyang - not exactly building, but gardening (Agricola-ish in regard to growing crops)

As you can perhaps guess, my wife and I play a lot of these sorts of games. You could just look at the highest-rated stuff in my collection and get some ideas. (But we also play with 5 a lot--we have 3 kids--so not every 2-player-capable game we have really works with 2 players. E.g. Belfort, Hansa Teutonica, etc.)

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A filler that your wife might like is Cities.
 
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Edo is kinda different in that it uses simultaneous action selection. You are building fortresses and cities with your samurai meeples. You also have to feed your workers. The game also looks really good and is well produced.

Another idea is to get expansion maps for Railways of the World. Railways of Europe and Railways Through Time are nice expansions that will add some great variety to a game you already love.
 
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+1 Suburbia
+1 Castles of Burgundy

also:

Tournay

Glen More

Myrmes
 
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Also check out Ginkgopolis

You may find this geek list helpI too:

Euro games with visual appeal
 
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Combatchuck wrote:
Belfort looks super fun to me, but I heard it was lame with 2?


I find it works really well with two.

Of course, it's better with 3 or even 5, but it sure isn't "lame" with just two.

They add two dummy players, which are controlled by the other players (one each), so basically, you have some neutral buildings to place in addition to your own to mess up with your opponent. And you have control over which of the two neutral players you get, which IMHO makes it a very interesting mechanic for the two-player game.

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Have you looked at Alhambra?

Maybe Lords of Vegas? (Building and taking over casinos)

+1 for Asara and Suburbia.
 
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Alhambra should fit the bill.

Maori is a nice light game. you build your own Island
This is also teh case in Mondo, but here you play simultaneously against time!

Egizia is more deep euro where you build pyramids, monuments (together with other players) etc. Very good game I think.

Power Grid could be interesting for you, too.

Ta Yü as a pure 2player game.


 
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actaion wrote:
Egizia is more deep euro where you build pyramids, monuments (together with other players) etc.


I nearly added this, too. Egizia is a very good game.

The only issue with 2 players is a minor one--there's a bonus card which is simply overpowered. (The one that gives an extra point for every 10 points.) It works fine for 4 players, but with just 2 players it's doubly powerful. We play that it gives an extra point for every 20 points instead.
 
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indigopotter wrote:
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Castles of Burgundy


Add my voice to this. Both of these are great games that involve building up something. My wife and I play both of these games quite often, and they both play fantastically well with 2 players.

Edit: Also +1 Alhambra. Another solid choice.
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If you're looking for something light, portable and 2 players only, take a look at The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel.
 
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peakhope wrote:
Combatchuck wrote:
She absolutely will not play games like ... Race for the Galaxy.

I'm curious about that, since you are definitely building up a tableau in Race. Does she not like the theme? Or the icons? Either way, San Juan is a great alternative that is quite similar, but simpler. Personally I prefer San Juan. My own bias is away from heavy games, which may or may not align with your tastes.

Walnut Grove lets you expand your farm via tile laying. You have to feed your workers every year (like Agricola), but in WG you also have to heat them. Some people find it a bit stressful/punishing, but I enjoy the challenge. It plays quite quickly, thanks to a lot of opportunities for simultaneous execution.

Vegas Showdown has you building up a casino via auctions. The 2p variant posted on BGG works quite well. I understand the same is true of Homesteaders.

What player counts are you most interested in?


I think its a visual thing for her. She doesn't like card games at all, which sucks because I love race.

We have Castles of burgundy and like it, and powergrid, but its not a favorite.

We're definitely looking for two player games, but if they translate to more, that's great.
 
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Totally different suggestion (and very light but good fun): Mondo
 
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I've mostly played Belfort with just two and I think it works just fine.
 
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