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My Top 5 Games That My Wife Doesn't Really Like

Let me preface this by saying that I am very blessed to have a wife who enjoys playing games with me. She enjoys most of the games I buy, and I do my best to buy games that she will like. That being said, they aren't all winners in that department. So, here 5 of those, in order of how much I like them.

  1. #Santorini - this is one of my favorite games overall (probably top 5). So far she hasn't enjoyed it. I don't think she likes abstract strategy (more on that further down). There may be hope, though, as she has agreed to give this another shot.
  2. #The Fox in the Forest - I don't think she likes trick-taking games. Either that, or they just haven't "clicked" with her yet. Anyway, to me, this is a nice little game with good decisions and some nice tension, but not too much tension.
  3. #Hive Pocket -  abstract strategy. This is a great little game. She's said she'd play it with me on trips, since it's such a good travel game. We'll see.
  4. #Lost Cities - feels too mathy and abstracted to her. I also think she doesn't enjoy the tension you feel all the way through this one. I do.
  5. #Jixia Academy (Hanamikoji) - she HATED this one, haha. I gave it away. I enjoy this game, but I kind of get where she's coming from. Because there's so much hidden information, it's hard to actually formulate a plan that's better than guessing. You can do it, but it's not easy or apparent.

She hasn't actually played #Dune, so I'll leave it off the list, but I'm just assuming she wouldn't enjoy it, haha.

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Supporter2 months ago

Umm this is basically my top (all of my games) that my wife doesn't like, haha!

2 months ago

lol, that's too bad!

2 months ago

mu wife dislikes "dudes on a map" games; no need to make a top 5.
#Paladins of the West Kingdom doesn't seem like something for her but I'll win her over with Everdell :D

2 months ago

I don't think my wife has really played a dudes on a map game yet, but I kinda think she wouldn't be into it due to the direct conflict. She does, however, love #Everdell! If your wife can pick up the rules pretty easily (it's not too complex), then there's a pretty good chance she'll be into that one.

2 months ago

Great idea. The list for me is:

1. #Too Many Bones this one looked too intimidating when it was set up on the table so she noped out, but she's warming ot the idea of giving it a try

2. #Great Western Trail "it's a jumbled up mess of random elements"... still bitter to this day about that take!

3. #Irish Gauge "it's too hard to get back into the game when you're losing" definitely truth to that, it's meaner than it looks 

4. #Arctic Scavengers: Base Game + HQ + Recon "its so bleak"

5. #Chronicles of Crime "it devolves into random scanning after a while" I agree with this as well. #Detective: A Modern Crime Game is my #1 crime mystery game by an incredibly long way. I think it dunks on consulting detective and while I respect chronicle's design, the app's not for me.


2 months ago

Haha, going through a bunch of old posts? Nice list! Yeah my wife does not like mean games either, so train games are pretty much all out for us, not that I have any interest in them anyway. I'm surprised at that take on GWT, considering how high it is on a lot of lists!

Owner5 months ago

Fun list! Now that would be a report I'd love to hear about, your wife playing #Dune with you haha

I wonder what made her want to try out Go? Like you said, it's basically at the top of the abstract food chain xD

5 months ago

Haha, she's said she would be willing to learn, but understands that she probably won't like it.

And I'm not sure. I asked her when she said that, and she said something like "I don't know, I guess the creativity with the strategy", which, to me, could be applied to most games, so I don't know why this is one that stood out to her.

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