Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Great Big Table podcast - Episode 001 - Good Games for Couples

It's a bit late, but we're back in the saddle with Episode 1 of the Great Big Table podcast!

In this episode, we learn that we have listeners and, not only that, but they have offered feedback and contributed our first audio segment.

Yeah, we're as shocked as you.

We also discuss what traits make up good, and bad, games for couples. Then we dive into our list of games that have worked for us, as a couple, and may work for you.

Some of the games mentioned in this episode include:

1960 Making of the President
Balloon Cup (out of print, so here's the Board Game Geek page for the game)
Battle Line
Carcassonne: The Castle
Haba Bear Dominos
Haba Bock-Springen (Jump-A-Sheep) (out of print, so here's the Board Game Geek page for the game)
Haba Catch Me Game
Lost Cities
Puerto Rico
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
San Juan
Small World
Sorry Sliders
Ticket to Ride

Adrienne also found that the Mazes and Monsters DVD is available from Amazon. Enjoy the horror, folks. Enjoy the horror.

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  1. Hi folks,
    Tom G of Go Forth And Game here. I just finished listening to Ep. 1 and enjoyed it. I really like the conversational feel of the podcast so far. I can tell that you are having fun and that is very important.
    Couples games - I don't have any experience with this as my wife doesn't play games. But I can speak to two player games because my kids are gamers. We like Hive a lot. It's relatively easy to learn and has the most awesome tiles ever. Memoir '44 is another that is a big hit with my son and I. I've recently picked up Omen: A Reign of War and Hemloch from Small Box Games. Both are two player games and Omen is quite good. I haven't played Hemloch yet. We also like Pandemic and Forbidden Island is a very big hit. I'm interested in Jaipur and 1960 so thanks for mentioning that.
    I would recommend the Gipf series. These are fun abstract games that make you think.
    Anyhow, congrats on the show. I like it.
    Go Forth and Game,
    Tom G

  2. Hi Tom,

    Thanks! We're definitely having fun.

    Hive looks great with those really tactile pieces and easily explained dynamics. Would it work with elementary school ages? I'm sure the strategy can far exceed their age group (sometimes the simple mechanics create the most challenging arenas).

    We were fortunate enough to hear Richard Borg speak at Gen Con and speak with him afterwards, so Memoir '44 tempts me despite my general avoidance of recent-history war games.

    I'll check out a copy of Omen from Gen Con Indy's game library. Keep us posted about Hemlock!


  3. Hive is absolutely good for elementary aged kids. My son is 10 and loves it. I think John Clowdus of Small Box Games will be at GenCon so stop by and talk to him about Omen and Hemloch.
    Tom G