The Quintessential Wife, Girlfriend and Spouse Recommendation GeekList
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I wanted to make a list of the most popular games to play with your wife/ girlfriend/ spouse as chosen by the members at bgg. I am doing it as a reference point for myself and, I hope, others here at bgg. I’ve went through every Geeklist with a Tag of “wife,” “girlfriend,” and/or “spouse” and recorded each game that was added as an item in a positive manner. By “positive manner” I mean, if a game was added either by the owner of the list to say that he and his significant other enjoyed it, someone added the item as a recommendation or when positive feedback came to an item added by someone looking for recommendations. I went through about fifty-five Geeklists, recorded over 200 individual games and over 500 votes for those games. What will follow are the TOP 25 vote getters of Games Recommended for Wives, Girlfriends and Spouses.

One of my highest priorities when buying a new game is to ensure my wife, Jen, is going to enjoy it as well. Jen is my main gaming partner and if she doesn’t like the game, it doesn’t get played and judging by what I read on the other Geeklists, it is much the same for everyone else.

Each game will have its Name and Votes Received.

*Any comments made about the games are Jens and my opinions. Please remember that the point of the list isn’t what I think, but what we have all contributed to the Geek on this matter. I am adding comments, as I hope others do, only to add extra information to the statistics provided.
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26. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:295] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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No surprise that I'm recommending this huh? I recommend it a lot because I have never met anyone who didn't get hooked on it after their first game. HeroCrack. I think the only people that don't enjoy this game are the TRUE geeks that can't deal with simple games.
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27. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:451]
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Seattle
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This was a hit with us.
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28. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:71]
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United States
Seattle
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This is our FAVORITE game. Great for two people.
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29. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:369]
Renato Tavares
Brazil
Goiânia
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I suggest Ingenious. My partner loves this one too!
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30. Board Game: Express [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4034]
Andrew Long
United States
Troy
Michigan
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My wife doen't like games very much but she LOVES this one and it's almost impossible to beat her.
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31. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:234]
Mark Wendt
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Melbourne
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We've enjoyed this game a bit with just the 2 of us. Its real cool if ya like the theme and want something a bit more than a filler.
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32. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:871]
Bob
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This is my wife's favorite! And I rarely beat her at it....
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33. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:582]
Geoff Dunbar
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Well, it doesn't have beautiful bits, and it's not the latest trend, but there's a good chance her Mom and/or Grandmom play, and that might be just the hook you're looking for.

In my case my wife was the one who wanted to learn bridge; she's always up for a game now.
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34. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:369]
Jeff DeBoer
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Eugene
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One of the few my wife will play with me....you guys are all so lucky!!
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35. Board Game: Fire and Ice [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4824]
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The other one she will play with me....guess she is into abstracts...it is fun whatever she will give me in the gaming area....thank goodness everything else about her is so wonderful!!
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36. Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1622]
Riccardo Myszka
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Usually girls find some special pleasure in being Cleopatra against the rude Caesar... some rolegame
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37. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1005]
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My girlfriend loves this one, though she loses most of the time.

The "domino effect", the beautiful game bits and the concept of placing bridges/taking over islands appeals to her. The fact that it is a tense game, short and easy play, fast to set up makes this her favorite game.
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38. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:844]
Adam Skinner
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Concord
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This is a great game for 2. I've had a lot of success with it. Simple to learn, plays quickly, and fun!
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39. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1236]
Stefano Castelli
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My girlfriend really love this one. I did'nt knew about it and then Christophe Boelinger (Dungeon Twister's author) told us to try it at a gaming convention. Great advice!
Very nice when one of the two players say "Ok, this tile cannot be placed!" and the other one shows a large smile and says "Oh, yes! It it CAN be placed!".
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40. Board Game: Theophrastus [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:6386]
Filipe Silva
Portugal
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One of our favourites - plays very well with two players and my gal simply *loves* it.
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41. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:221]
Marcin S
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This geeklist begs for Hive. Even though my wife hates insects (and abhors spiders), she really likes this game. Quick abstract, with very high quality of components. And gorgeous sound effects - the clanking of the bakelite pieces is sooo calming!
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42. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1931]
William Hostman
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Alsea
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While my wife doesn't like this, due to the "Polish auction" mechanic, I've played this with several friend's wives. And while the experience is very different with 2,3,or 4, it's a fine game in all cases.

Many women I've played with love it, but the double dose of two different kinds of auction are pretty tough for some. (Polish auction to get cards; blind bid auction for score)

For those who don't know, a "Polish auction" starts high, and the price is lowered progressively until it sells or hits reserve.

Moreover, the blind bid is paid win-or-lose...

11 votes recommend it for two. (14 say best with three).
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43. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:26]
Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
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Perfect with the familiar and the expert mode. She always asking to play once more
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44. Board Game: Architekton [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12728]
Roberto Bueno
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Enjoyable 2 players game, a taste of carcassonne, but faster
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45. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1387]
Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
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Better with more people, but she loves it
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46. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:487]
Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
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Another one i play a lot with my fiancee.. so funny seeing the meeples run away from the volcano
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47. Board Game: Giza [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7671]
Roberto Bueno
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Fast and addictive, never play just one game
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48. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:49]
Fortune
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This one works perfectly with two.
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49. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
 
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Why not just play chess? It's an exciting game for two. If one of you is a more established player, he or she should give some advantage. say start with 9 pawns.
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50. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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Good fun for two.
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