So this might not be a good game to spring on the wife? Hehehe. I just love games with lots of playing pieces. Especially the Axis and Allies series.
So you're looking for a game with nice bits, but something simpler that could be taught to the wife easily. Hmm...
Nice looking board, with very simple rules. Great for a quick game.Memoir '44
Good strategy, but very simple rules and nice looking pieces. Very good game.Star Wars: Queen's Gambit
Very nice bits along with fairly simple rules and the ever popular Star Wars theme. Decent game. Good if you're a Star Wars fan.Through the Desert
Not my favorite game personally, but chicks dig the bits and the rules are simple and fairly fun.
And if you're in need of something to keep yourself happy, you'll be pleased to know that the remake of Conquest of Empire (the spiritual father of Axis & Allies) was just rereleased recently (I think it's out now, if not it should be soon).Conquest of Empire
Just off the top of my head...
Hehehe, thinking on the same wavelength.
We just got Carcassone, and Memoir '44. And I actually have the old old Conquest of the Empire from when I was a little kid! I'll have to look at the remake. I think we broke most of the pieces... or I should say my sister's broke most of the pieces! Everytime they'd lose, pieces would go flying all over the place... then get stepped on.
I'd never even considered (or looked closely) at Queen's Gambit. I thought it was a sissy game for young girls of Barbie playing age :lol: but reading what it's actually about, it looks like we would enjoy it a lot!