Marriage changes a man. For instance, it gives him a dedicated gaming partner who is, more often than not, willing to play a game or two during those quiet weekend afternoons when the two of you have just woken up from a nap. What helps is that we now have a board game table to get us into the mood to sling cards, dice, and a few wails of frustration here and there. At least, that’s my observation 5 months into my married life.
5 months doesn’t give me a whole lot of wisdom to impart, but all the games we’ve played in those 5 months makes me capable enough to provide a list of games that work well for gamer couples. Busy gamer couples, to be exact. Without further ado, here’s the list of games that have managed to hit our table early and often and why they entertain us so:
Maybe it’s the fact that my wife is a beetles fan. Not because of fabulous fours singing of yesterday, but because it’s a versatile trooper that is offensive in its annoyance, what with being able to climb on top of the other insects to trap them or act as a conduit to deploy more insects. Playing around with insects has its charms; games consist of pronouncements that the grasshopper will hop all over youuuu or feelings of antsiness next to the queen bee. The myriad troops at your disposal presents possibilities in deployment and positioning giving you a lot to think about strategically. I never seem to have issues getting my wife to play this one until I start winning too much.
Now Patchwork is a game that fits remarkably well with couples. It’s you and your gaming partner, putting together a quilt in a way that feels personal, even intimate, resulting in much emotional attachment. Each turn, you choose from 3 pieces of cloth from which to add to your quilt. In the course of making a decision, you need to expend time and precious, precious buttons to make it all stick together. Some pieces will give you more buttons to work with down the line, but time is finite! Use up too much of it and you may find your Patchwork quilt to be wholly holey. Play wisely, however, and a wonderful tapestry is all yours to show off.