The hidden gamer in my wife
I think it was Tom Vasel who recommended some time ago, that in order to get the nongaming partner more involved in your hobby to ask them to pick a game they would enjoy. So me and my wife went to our FLGS last week, and picked a couple of games that interested her for whatever reason:
1. "Alhambra....hey... looks like Carcassonne and we actually went there in July"
2. "Caribbean? Pirates? Interesting. We are from down there so why not."
A week later we got our order from TWS. Tonight we played Alhambra twice. I explained the rules which she picked up pretty quickly. Still, during the game tried to correct her subtle mistakes in a gentle way. I considered losing on purpose to not discourage her from playing HER game again, but the devil on my shoulder pushed me to give it my best. So I did. I won: 126, dummy player 9something (there are rules for a dummy player for a 2 player game), wife 82. So we decided to follow this with another round. It was pretty interesting how quickly she learned from my devious ways. I gave it my best shot again. Score for the second game: Wife 123 and a huge grin, dummy 105, the other dummy (me) 86. We'll be playing Caribbean tomorrow or Sunday...
It's all about gently nurturing the hidden gamer in her.