hepcat wrote:I don't mean to be sexist, but Twilight Struggle is pretty much a "guy's game". I personally love the combination of sacrifice (should I use my card for ops points or the event bonus? if i use this enemy card for ops, how badly will it hurt me?) and strategy (how quickly can i take over western europe?).
I hate to say it, but Hepcat is right here. Unless your wife is a history buff, then you aren't going to have any luck. You might
get your wife to play 1960: The Making of the President (my wife didn't like it) as it is shorter to play, same mechanics, and a little "easier" to find a strategy - although I found it a drier game than Twilight Struggle.
I suggest, if you want something the wife will play, look into Small World or El Grande. Both are area control and El Grande uses cards (a little like Twilight Struggle) to decide moves. My wife enjoys Defenders of the Realm, Kingsburg, Last Night on Earth, and Agricola most of all, and she really like Puerto Rico on the off times we have 3-4 players. Dominions is also a good wife-game, but I would skip Thunderstone or Race for the Symbols
Galaxy, as both of these have themes that my wife doesn't care for and are more convoluted than the relatively streamlined Dominions.
If your wife really loves Arkham Horror, then I suggest Ghost Stories, if you only have two players, or the upcoming re-release of Betrayal at the House on the Hill, if you regularly have 3+ players. Both are similar to Arkham Horror, play much much faster, and have that same story building experience. Tales of the Arabian Nights is also supposed to be go for this, but I have never played it.
I just ordered Constantinopolis, as it is supposed to basically be "two player Puerto Rico." I also got Age of Empires III in a trade (for 1960, actually) and should be getting Titan soon in another trade.