31 August 2012

Top 10 Games We Play Together - #1

This is the end...It is time to reveal our favorite game to play with just the two of us. For those who have been following us for awhile, you probably already have a good idea of what it is, and if not, I am sure you can see it on the post somewhere fairly quickly. But if not, I bet the anticipation is not even close to killing you. Let's get to it with a rundown of the first nine games and a quick snapshot of what the qualifications for the list were. First, these are all games that my wife and I enjoy playing together. They are not necessarily the best games to play with 2 players or the best games out there. These are ones that we just love to bring to the table. These are mostly games that can be played in less than an hour, and are not going to fry your brain with complexity.

Top 10
10. King of Tokyo
9. Can't Stop
8. Agricola All Creatures
7. Rivals for Catan
6. Lost Cities
5. Revolver
4. Dominion
3. Fastrack
2. Crokinole
And Finally, Number One!
#1 Carcassonne
For those of you follow the site, this is probably not a surprise. As I have said over and over again, we love this game. Since we have played it so many times, we can knock out a game in about 45 minutes, even with 4 of the large expansions. Although we like the extra tiles that come with the expansions, we we mix and match which rules we use. The game is great as we compete to see who can build the largest city and longest roads. We also love to try to sneak in on each other's territory. Although we like to play this with more than 2, it just seems to work the best when it's just the two of us.

Carcassonne has that "comfort" game feel to it for us. You know you have your "comfort" foods and "comfort" movies. Those go to things that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They make you feel as though nothing else in the world matters at that moment. We also have great memories with this game. It was one of the first euros we started to play and it has kept a place in our hearts. I love the feeling of building the landscape especially since each time you create a completely unique board. One that will probably never be duplicated. This building gives you a sense of accomplishment even when you lose.

Finally, the game has little to no confrontation. So at the end of it all, you don't feel like you need to hold a grudge against anyone, or that anyone directly caused you to win or lose. The combination of these things keeps us coming back to Carcassonne. We play it often enough to remember that we love it, but not too often to wear out our welcome. Having cookies for dinner every night can make you sick after awhile, and the same is true with a good game. However, having a cookie for desert once a week is just enough to keep you coming back for more.

I hope you enjoyed our Top 10 Game We Play Together. If there are anything you would like us to do a Top 10 list on , please let us know.

2 comments:

  1. Ah yes a great game, love this one get this out for a best of three every now and again. Chuck in a random expansion to liven things up just a tad but not make the game drag or the table seem too small.

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  2. Eh, this game is very aggravating. My friend and I played it with a couple who loves the game for its serenity. They were fuming mid game. Guess they never experienced playing the game we do before.

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