What are your favorite games to play with your spouse/SO?

So far ours have been:

1. Wingspan

2. Century: Golem Edition

3. Carcassonne

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Supporter13 months ago

Forbidden Desert
Ticket to Ride (she loves to travel so anything withthat theme could work :) )
Monopoly Deal if we don t have much time

Supporter13 months ago

My wife is not into board games right now. We’ve got three kids and they take up most of our time. My wife also stays at home with the kiddos so that drains more of her energy. Back when we were first married we did a lot more gaming together but once the children came her energy for learning and playing games evaporated. 

13 months ago

Ah that's a bummer. Maybe you could set a weekly or monthly date night where you play a game? I could see someone being more willing to learn a game if there was time specifically set aside for doing so.

Supporter13 months ago

Some of my wife's favorites have been Clank!, 7 Wonders Duel and Paperback. 

Supporter13 months ago

Oh and Tiny Epic Galaxies

13 months ago

I've never played any of the Tiny Epic games. How do you like it?

Supporter13 months ago

Lost cities 

Dominion

Race for the Galaxy

13 months ago

Definitely want to try Dominion! I have a friend that owns it so I should be able to borrow it. I like Lost Cities a lot but it's not to her taste unfortunately.

Supporter13 months ago

Then we are swapped. I like lost cities. It's ok. It's gamer Racko. I do enjoy it, it's pleasant, but my wife really really enjoys it. 

As for dominion. Yes you need to play it. It is awesome clean simplicity that conceals a amazing amount of depth. With the base game my wife and I can whip out a game in 15-20 minutes. And I've played some expansions. But I have well over 100  2 person plays with the base game by itself and it hasn't gotten old yet. 

13 months ago

Wow! I will make Dominion a priority to play, in that case.

Supporter13 months ago

We liked it and played it quite a bit. But then we read a strategy guide that islaythedragon had written. Then is when it really took off for us. 

Supporter13 months ago

Right now its

We’ve been playing a lot of each of those and many others with our friends but those have been the ones we play most often 1v1


13 months ago

I saw your Tiny Towns video and it looks like a lot of fun. We like Azul as well, so I definitely want to give it a try.

PARKS looks so pretty, I think we'll have to get our hands on that for that art alone!

How thinky/strategy heavy is Viticulture? My wife isn't too confident in games where she feels like she has to think far ahead or make too many strategic decisions.

Supporter13 months ago

Viticulture is really well built for any level of strategy thinkers. The cards basically create hand rails for strategy. The overall structure of the game fits the theme really well which makes it easy to think about the steps of planting vines, making grapes, turning it into wine, and fulfilling orders.

Essentially the way to guide your decisions is, get a purple (order fulfillment) card and build everything to meet it. It's much more approachable than other worker placement games like A Feast For Odin where you really need to create your own strategies.

13 months ago

Sounds like a good match for us! I will add it to the list :)
Thanks!

13 months ago

My lady is does not love complex decision making games so things like Carcassone, Kingdomine, 7 Wonders Duel are winners. Lately Quacks of Quedlinburg is also a winner. We do not own it but Sequence is something she is obsessed with lol. 

Supporter13 months ago

I've wondered if my wife would like Quacks because she really likes Incan Gold. 

13 months ago

Wingspan is now on our list (thanks BGA!). We also enjoy Splendor, Patchwork, Terraforming Mars, and hopefully Outer Rim becomes a hit with her as well. Also she really likes Roll for the Galaxy (and usually always beats me).

Supporter13 months ago

Glad you and your wife are enjoying it! Let's see who's the next winner ;)

13 months ago

I've been thinking about getting Patchwork, but it's a bit further down the list for me.

I've seen Terraforming Mars recommended many times, but I'm just not sure about it. Because she enjoys Wingspan and Century: GE so much, I've concluded that my wife prefers engine-building games (especially if they look pretty). She says she likes they way they make her feel creative in figuring out how best to use her turns. I understand TM is considered an engine builder as well, but I worry it is too complex and weighty for her to enjoy it. Any thoughts on that?

13 months ago

Patchwork is really a fun game!! It looks like it would be simple but there are some interesting decisions to make, highly recommend. 

13 months ago

I'll move it up the list a bit!

13 months ago

Terraforming Mars plays well. It is considered engine building, yes, but there really isn't much of an engine to build. TM can be quite a bit, which is why you need one game to figure out how to actually play, and then another to start playing with some semblance of a strategy. After that it shouldn't be too difficult. If she likes Wingspan, you may find she really enjoys Terraforming Mars, as those are two of my wife's favorites. Of course, it's difficult to say without knowing her personally, so if you have a board game cafe around, or know someone who has it, you may consider borrowing it or playing it elsewhere before committing. I'd suggest giving it a go at least. 

13 months ago

Good info! I definitely want to try it, but it is probably too pricey and too big a risk that she won't enjoy it to just take a gamble and buy a copy for ourselves. We don't really have any cafes in our area, but maybe one of the FLGSs we have nearby will let us try it!

Linked Games
Wingspan
Century: Golem Edition
Carcassonne