So the lockdown has really reduced by chances of playing a new boardgame with anyone except my girlfriend. She likes boardgames but hasn’t touched one for years, is pretty competitive, and will probably only enjoy games with absolutely no take-that in them (or a small fun amount which leaves no bad feeling).
To keep it as a fun date-night activity, I’m looking at a lot of co-operative games and ones which are just joyful experiences. I got Azul: Summer Pavilion at the start of the year, and sure it’s competitive and you can technically take pieces to stop your opponent having them, but it’s fun handling the clacky tiles as you build your own board and she loved it overall.
So what are people’s recommendations for games which have NO bad feeling toward your opponent at the end of them? Either co-op, or with a theme that just so nice you end up feeling good about what you just played?
I want to avoid anything where you CRUSH your opponent and then they know for half the game they are so far behind that they cannot win, etc.
(We are never playing Dune. Or Pax Pamir. Or Diplomacy).