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BoardGameGeek's advanced search can be used to find a large list of co-op games. You can then sort or filter this list in several helpful ways. This form is a little bit daunting, but powerful. From the "Board Game Mechanic" list, select "Co-operative play". You will probably also want to check the "Filter Expansions" box and, if you are interested in widely ...


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Online, I think BoardGameGeek is a great resource. It's kind of to board games what IMDb is to movies - tremendous repository with lots of rulebooks, user reviews, and more. It can be a bit hard to know where to start, but they also have a dedicated recommendations forum, and most people are happy to help. If you live in an area with a hobby game store or a ...


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Check out http://boardgamegeek.com/ and play with the advanced search feature. You'll find everything you need. It probably will be a better source of knowledge than your local game store, as BGG is not limited to what it has on the shelves and does not try to sell you something. (btw, the game you played was most probably K2) The link to boardgamegeek ...


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Puerto Rico is an economic game but it's hardly purely capitalistic. While you can trade goods for money, you get at least half if not more of your victory points by shipping goods, and each type of good is worth one victory point regardless of value. However, I'm not sure what you mean when you say Catan is capitalist. It's a pre-capitalist barter ...


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Since games usually need a winner, crushing your opponent is often just part of the process. This is why I sometimes like to play cooperative games. My favorite is currently Pandemic, but it is not an economic game like Monopoly/Catan (Pandemic's economic component consists mostly of making efficient use of limited actions and limited turns).


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You may want to look at Indonesia. It's still outwardly capitalistic, but the concept of cooperation, mergers, and acquisitions gives you an alternative route to achieving your objectives. It's a shipping game, and you can play as a production company, a shipping company, or a combination of both. Production companies must to rely on shipping companies to ...


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7 Wonders Plays 2-7 Doesn't slow down with more players because turns are simultaneous Bonus: Highly portable


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No one can really answer your question directly, but I can give an overview of the four different games and their play styles. Agricola Complex rules and might be a bit heavy for a non-gamer initially. About building a farm. Everyone likes building a farm. "Aggressive" play comes from resource denial Most games will take 30 minutes per player to play. ...


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Collectible Card Games (CCG) wax and wane in popularity.... For example, both Pokemon an Yu-Gi-Oh! cards were extremely popular over a decade ago. There are still sales of these cards and older cards sell well, but both games have shrunk considerably. The exception: Magic: The Gathering which has had pretty solid sales, organized play, and card values ...


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I see three kind of games: 1. Just for fun games In these games, there is no point in winning, just having fun is enough. What comes in mind is Aye, Dark Overlord!, where the goal is to explain to your Overlord, as a minion, why you totally screw up the very important mission he just gave you. It's basically a speaking-only game and there is absolutely no ...


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If there's one wrapped gift per person, you could do it as a white elephant exchange with pick position determined by a game of Settlers. Or Dominion, or Agricola, or anything else that produces a score that can be used to determine not just who won but 2nd place, 3rd place, etc. Whoever got the low score opens a present. It's theirs! For now. Now, ...


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By far my best source of recommendations for games that are new to me are my gaming friends. In the past decade, I also find myself using funagain.com for recommendations, as follows: I start with the All Time Best Sellers list to see what has been popular with gamers over time. If I'm looking for a certain type of game, I choose one of the filters from the ...


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I would go for Munchkin. My 8-year-old nephew LOVES it (I like it too), it has a lot of replay value, and while there are a ton of expansions, they're cheap, cheap, cheap compared to the booster packs you'd be buying for Magic. That said, there is zero collectible element to Munchkin. Fantasy Flight Games also has a bunch of what they call "Living Card ...


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I think games like Descent is what you're looking for. It's a boardgame where a GM plays against a group of adventurers, and you can add as much roleplay as the group sees fit. If Star Wars is your thing, Imperial Assault is basically Descent re-themed.


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I was going to say CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders, because as annoying as they are they are still a huge hit with my 4 year old. I am hoping that she will soon be old enough for Catan Junior! She already wants to play Catan with Mama.


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You have Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, in which the goal is to find the truth in the smallest number of steps. You can never lose to SHCD, you can simple have a very bad score. In Shadows over Camelot, each quest will give you either white or black swords. The game ends when the players collected 12 swords or more and they win if more than half of ...


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BoardGameGeek is a very comprehensive list of board games, their relative rankings, and reviews, commentary, and more for all things board games. They also have a convention, the BGG.CON.


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Our group plays a game of Werewolf, we call our holiday version Santa vs. the Grinch, that is combined with the gift exchange. Here is the link to that file on BoardGameGeek.com: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/50348/grinchwolf-gift-exchange-for-30-or-less-players It's fun and handles a good size group, up to 30.


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There are a lot ! If you are into pure strategy (like chess, you know)… You have: Chess (duh) Gipf project (6 games with similar strategies but not quite the same). Lots of games by Gigamic, like Quoridor, Quixo, Quarto, … A whole lot more of games! Most of strategy games are for 2 players. If you are willing to play on a more hasardeous and/or ...


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Staff in game stores (or other customers) are often very helpful. In my experience, small, independent game stores are staffed by people who love games and play lots of them, and they're happy to talk to you about it. Also, many game stores keep store copies so you can try it out before buying.


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I think some great games have been named, but we should not forget (Peg) Solitaire, one of the best known games made specifically for just one player.


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Some recommendations follow. First though, here's how I would think about this. What your wife will enjoy playing will depend on a variety of factors (theme, mechanics, play time, competitive intensity, etcetera). As you try different things, hopefully you'll get a feel for some of those factors. For example, my wife prefers historical, fantasy or modern ...


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As well as games that can be played just through talk, it's good to consider games that would be fun to play blind. Primarily tactile games with open information would hopefully fit the bill, although they might test memory a little more than usual. More traditional games like Chess would be workable, but very difficult. I think a great option would be a ...


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I would keep tabs on this kickstarter that got successfully funded. Board Games Now Blind Accessible


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A few games come to mind as readily modifiable for blind play, and a few as playable out of the box. Out of the box Versions of Othello have been released in the past with raised lines defining the spaces; the pieces in that are slightly concave on the black side, and flat on the white. Othello Classic appears to be the current title for this, but I can't ...


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With 2-3 sets, you could play Button Men, a Cheapass Game about capturing dice. Lots of entirely free characters available.


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HeroScape is a miniature game where the battleground had complex 3D terrain. Line of sight was determined by where in the miniature the "eye" was.


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This is a great (the best, far and away, IMO) offline randomizer with a TON of options. You'll love it. disclaimer: I wrote the app :) Get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gajlaijicbmdnbpdficpdlkhgajhgkkd Not real sure why this recommendation keeps getting deleted. I'll try one more time and if it gets deleted this time I'll appeal to ...


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I found that site that has good price and a vast inventory : http://www.fungamescafe.com/fgcIndex.php. With BoardGameGeek they are our two major provider of idea for new games.


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The BoardGameGeek has a fun annual convention in the Dallas area in the Fall where you could get hands on experience with a wide range of games in a very flexible atmosphere. Getting tickets is hard unless you get them at the exact right time in the spring though. Their site is a must-visit for anyone interested in games in my view and I agree with the ...


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