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I agree it would be very hard to define the perfect game. I'd say Scythe is my #1 game, I think the player board mechanic of improving two things with each upgrade is the biggest stand out feature in a game that doesn't have any major weak point IMO. Several worker placements (Architects, tzolkien, anachrony) or deck/engine builders (clank, terraforming) are a close second, but that is definitely due to our preference. I'm certain the dungeon crawlers that we absolutely despise are some else's perfect version of a game.

1. Games I thought my wife would enjoy:

  • #Call to Adventure - This wasn't a hard bounce, but after playing a few times, my wife still feels like there should be slightly more to add to the decision making as it's very lightweight and doesn't have much replayability.  The narrative aspect is great, which is what I thought she'd enjoy, but I think we both feel the gameplay is too straightforward to be enjoyable after 3 or 4 plays.
  • #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion - This was because my wife was drawn to the support role description of the voidwarden and that class just doesn't play very well at 2 players for someone new to that type of game.  Our five game sessions were pretty frustrating experiences for her, which, in turn, were frustrating for me.  Neither of us found the card efficiency gameplay to be fun either, which is really the core of the game.  She felt like the voidwarden's cards were so situational that as soon as the board state changed during a round, her choices immediately became significantly worse and limited.  Satisfying turns were few and far between.  I thought that because the card play was based in more of an efficiency puzzle, it'd be a good option for a cooperative, dungeon crawler for her, but we'll likely not play another session.

2. Current high hopes for games I think my wife will like:

  • #Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula - This game seems to play in a way that is a bit reminiscent of other heavier euro games that she enjoys and that we have enjoyed together.  We found it at a game store we traveled to over the weekend, and our first, slowly-played game last night seemed to go over well.  We'll see how this one goes over the next few plays, but I'm hoping it will ultimately land well.  
  • #The Shipwreck Arcana or #The Search for Planet X or #Mysterium Park - This is really just a spot for a good deduction game, which we don't really have.  The puzzle solving inherent in these games connect a lot with her, so I'm still deciding which of these games would be best.  Once she became more comfortable with trick-taking after playing Fox in the Forest and Pinochle, #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine delivered those kinds of deduction success moments. Funny enough, she doesn't seem interested at all in Fox in the Forest Duet, which I think means that it's the deduction of The Crew that's fun for her, not the cooperative trick-taking that's the hook.

These questions are definitely easier to answer for my wife than other friends we play games with.  As soon as I think I know what they might like, there are inevitably some games or preferences or reactions to certain games I find pretty unexpected.  Sometimes it can be hard too because some games need the right context for them to land well.  We have bigger games that we've been wanting to introduce to our friends for a while but we never seem to find larger chunks of time on a weekend to do so.

The main thing I want to see in a boardgame cafe is myself....LOL

Their are several things to keep in mind:

  • You need to make sure you have the population center needed to support such an enterprise. Then you need to make sure that the local population is open to that sort of gaming. If the local gaming scene is DnD and Fantasy dungeon crawl focused.... then that sort of cafe would possibly be quite good. If your local scene is more into 18xx and Vital Lacerda...... That strong a theme in a boardgame cafe may be an active discourgement.
  • The paperwork for selling food and drink can be a bear..... You have to make sure that you have those permits figured out ALL the way before you invest too heavily in infrastructure. You don't want to plan something and then figure out that that won't come up to code for what you want to do with food.....

Those things being said.... What would I want in such a cafe...... I would want something fairly neutral, in fact, I would want something pretty similar to a public library.  I would want something I could play a really dry Euro game in, or a thematic fantasy game, or a historical wargame, or...... whatever without feeling too out of place. I think I would also like to have the cafe maybe be a seperate from the gameplaying area..... But, that's just me.

I also enjoyed that podcast episode a lot! 

I have such a list of games that I want to get to the table with 4+ people, as have been solely two-player for a year at this point. But if I had to choose I think the following would be my first game night post-covid:

We'd start with a quick game of #Flamme Rouge, it's great at two but there would be so many more hilarious interactions at four, plus it can play in twenty minutes so is a nice straightforward intro game to get everyone's brain working. 

Ideally, then another friend would turn up late so I could follow that up with game of #No Honor Among Thieves at 5 players. It's a superb game of negotiation and betrayal to really shatter the friendships with people I haven't seen for months. In actuality the betrayals don't feel bad as they are mechanically baked into the game and happen enough that it doesn't feel as much of a gut punch as some games.

Finally, I'd get everyone to be friends again I'd get them all playing a game of #Catacombs (Third Edition), an excellently thematic dexterity dungeon crawler. Doesn't take too much thought so a good one to end on.


I also am desperate to organise a day/weekend of #Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition for a group of my uni friends, so there's that.

#Dice Throne Adventures & Season One: Rerolled! - I have decided I am 100% not a dungeon crawl person.

#Dune: Imperium - I have decided I very much AM a Dune Imperium person. :)

Very good assessment and good question.  One of the reasons I watch channels like Heavycardboard and Actualol and Watch it Played and Boardgame Night are to get a feel for a variety of different games.  I think quite a few of those end up being more "popular" games but Rahdo hits on quite a few that aren't quite as popular and end up being good games.

I think my collection reflects more of the popular games than not. #Firefly: The Game might be one of the more offbeat games I really like. #Heaven & Ale is a bit lower on people's list for a game I find to be one of my favorites.  There are games I end up liking and I think are popular because they are simply very well designed. #Gloomhaven falls into this category.  I used to own #Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) and #Sword & Sorcery: Immortal Souls and #Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia and in general I found those games to be 'ok' but as a general rule didn't enjoy dungeon crawlers quite as much.  Gloomhaven ends up being so well designed (I played a friend's copy for 6 months before purchasing my own) that I decided the game was worth the price point.

Speaking of price, #On Mars falls into that range of games I would love to play but are priced beyond my willingness to grab it quickly...especially since I don't think I could get my family to play. #Crokinole I pulled the plug on when a Kickstarter got the price down to $99+shipping and I knew that my family would play that. #Food Chain Magnate is another game I'd love to try but the pricepoint is just out of reach for me. #The Gallerist is the same but someone else I believe is getting that for me this season so I am lucking out a bit there.

#Turin Market is a small box game I saw played one time and I really liked it and have been looking for it.  If I happen to come across a game I enjoy I would attempt to grab it regardless of popularity and plan a gamenight around it.  One of the reasons I would love to playtest games is to get more experience trying out games that may or may not hit the 'popular' market.  

Hopefully I didn't stray too far from topic there.  Good question.  

So like dungeon crawls? I always liked #Level 7: Omega Protocol

1.#Inis looks like an interesting game that I would love to play if I won it 😃

2. For the sweet $200 I would get#Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game and#Concordia and#Anachrony (I might hold on to some money and try and get my hands on #The 7th Citadel)

3. If i won a RPG-kind of game or a dungeon crawler i would trade it or give it someone else to cherish 😃

Haha, I'm there with you on RPG/dungeon crawlers. Not really my thing.