My wife and I are research scientists working in New Jersey. We currently have a nearly three-year old son that we're hoping will grow into a gaming partner for us, so we're on the lookout for good games for young children. Other than that, my wife and I are always looking for good two player games for both of us to enjoy on the weekend. You can see a list of some of the games we've played here: Newbie Couples Games
I've realized that while I like most games, what makes gaming fun is the people. When I was younger, one of my favorite memories as a kid was my mother teaching me to play Mastermind
. I remember playing Fireball Island
with my sister while my parents worked. My next gaming memory was having all night sessions of Risk
with my friends. Later, I ended up joining the Chess
club in high school.
Boardgaming kind of faded away in college under the weight of studying but also because most of my friends preferred computer games. This was around the time that ethernet was introduced in the dorms, so we stayed up playing games. This changed in grad school, when things started getting busier. Trying to find a new way to have fun with friends, I stumbled upon an article talking about this new boardgame called Carcassonne
. It looked interesting, so I walked down to Games of Berkeley and picked it up. We had a blast and that's when the addiction started. Next came more Carcassonne expansions, followed by finally stumbling onto this website.
What has really fueled this addiction is playing with my wife. Although not as geeky as I am, she's a certified geek in her own right and enjoys playing games. Since we're new to the area, my girlfriend is my primary gaming partner, so our focus has been mostly on two player couples games. We've tried quite a few of the classic gateway and two player games with much success. Even on a tight budget, gaming is still cheaper overall than going out to see a movie. And better yet, we get time to spend together. We're always on the lookout for the next great two player game!
Since this site has been so helpful to us, we're trying to contribute with a series of "Newbie Couple Reviews"
of games that appealed to us. Many of our thoughts are also compiled in this Newbie Couples Games Geeklist
as well. Hopefully that will help other newbie couples out there.
According to Matthew Grey's
cool cluster analysis tool
, we're mainly big fans of Eurogames:
This is most likely because we started out playing a lot of Family Eurogames, but we are slowly transitioning to more Core and Heavy Eurogames. At this point, I think we've reached a crossroads: we've tried a lot of the gateway/newbie two player games, and while we'll always love fun, short, medium weight games, we're probably ready to take the next step into longer, more complex games. Agricola
has been an amazing success in experimenting with heavier Eurogames---we both really love it.
Still, I think we'll always give anything a shot and see how it goes. When I asked what my girlfriend likes about boardgames, she replied that she really likes games that have the need to juggle different components that have special abilities---so this includes things like building, hand management, resource collection, card combinations, etc. In that respect, Agricola
with its CCG-type card combinations and farm building hits a bullseye.Recently Played:
Our Top Ten
are games that we have been enjoying recently.
Our Hot Ten
are games that look interesting to us, but we haven't played yet.