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Brittany Anderson
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Looking for another great board game recommendation that players very well with 2 people, but can scale to 4 (or more), since 90% of the time it's just my husband and I playing.

These are the games we currently have:

-king of Tokyo
-dominion intrigue
-five tribes
-settlers of catan
-tiny epic galaxies
-mysterium
-power grid
-love letter
-citadels
-keyflower
-carcassone
-pandemic
-lost cities
-hanabi
-Avalon resistance

Since we have a lot of worker placement games and games like dominion something different would be nice. We recently played Dragoons and that was a lot of fun, but heard it wouldn't be as great with 2 people and it would be too difficult for family game time, since it's pretty involved. Smaller footprint games would be great too!!

Thanks in advance!
 
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Pietro Lafiguera
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How about these:
Glüx (works very well for 2 Players, but also for 3 or 4 players)
7 Wonders
Istanbul
 
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Srdj
Croatia
Vancouver
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Royals
Ascension
Lords of Waterdeep
New York 1901
Port Royal
Small World
Ticket To Ride
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Lena Mangoldt
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PietroLa wrote:
How about these:
Glüx (works very well for 2 Players, but also for 3 or 4 players)
7 Wonders
Istanbul


I don't know 7 Wonders, but I can defenitely support Istanbul and Glüx. And what about Alhambra ?
 
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mister lee
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Imhotep
This plays well with 2 but better with more.

Kingdomino
Great filler that plays well on all player counts.
 
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Kasper Lauest
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I think Castles Of Mad King Ludwig is the game you are looking for.

- It is best at 4, but plays very well at both 3 and 2.

- It is medium-light like most games you already have, but definitely has some meat to it.

- Has lots of replay value.

- Is just downright fun. Even if you lose you have still built a crazy castle.

This game is now my "gateway" game of choice. It is a bit more complex than Ticket To Ride/Carcassonne/Settlers Of Catan, but it plays really intuitively and is more fun than any of those games, IMO. I have had a ton of success introducing new players to this game.
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Dirty Chicken
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+1 for Ticket to Ride, once you get comfortable you can play the base game where you both can't take double routes to make it harder, I suggest getting the 1910 expansion as well.

Also check out Glass Road, has minor card play differences for
2 to 3 or 4 players. One of my favorite games
 
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Some games that my girlfriend and I enjoy, fit your requirements, and are a bit "different":

Blokus (We use the Blokus Duo rules with the regular board when it's just the two of us playing)

FUSE

Splendor

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game

 
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Pascal L
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Kingdom Builder
Suburbia
Agricola
Abyss
Bruges
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Linda Chov
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We are the same... we mostly play as a couple and then play on the weekends with friends. So my (Linda of trevorandlinda) suggestions off the top of my head are:

The Voyages of Marco Polo - a really nice game of collecting resources, traveling, and rolling dice

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game - this is a great co-op game based on the films, plays well with two (we'd play 2 people each to make it a bit harder) or four

Alchemists - a great deduction game but a bit more complex, better if you can play it a few times to get the hang of it

Lewis & Clark - a nice racing game with a unique card mechanic

Mexica - one of my new favorites, an abstract game that makes you all hot and sweaty from all that hard thinking

Mombasa - a controversial theme but a great game of stock and making the most money

Suburbia - a light classic city-building game

Viticulture - a pleasant worker-placement game that leaves even the losers feel like they succeeded in making and completing wine orders

Ok, I'll leave you with 8 recommendations.
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Alexandra Fischer
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PietroLa wrote:
How about these:
Glüx (works very well for 2 Players, but also for 3 or 4 players)
7 Wonders
Istanbul


Those three seem to be a pretty perfect selection.
 
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Balaji Iyengar
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If you are looking for games similar to Dominion, I'd suggest Marvel's Legendary. It's awesome! Plays well with 2 players and scales upto 5 very, very well! The community here is huge and the game also looks to be a big hit!

Another game which I'd highly recommend is Dungeon! The first base board game by Wizards of coast.

I dunno if you'd like Stratego, but they have come up with a new 2-4 player game called Stratego Conquest I haven't played it, but it's just base stratego on a board which accommodates 4. So I imagine it has the potential to be awesome.

Note that the base 7 Wonders game is for 3+ players. But, you bend the rules to create a 2-player variant of the base game.

Still if you'd like more suggestions, look up this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mStke7lUY8E

 
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Milki Kaplanski
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The Big Book of Madness (magic themed co-op deckbuilder) & Oceanos (very beautiful low conflict competition for victory points) are both 2-5 player games and scale very well. Player count doesn't really affect playtime either, which is always a great concern for me when playing with more than two players - some games just take so long with 3+ players. :/

They're both very fun as well. :>
 
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Raymond Adorno
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Some of my faves are


Legends of Andor - Awesome cooperative experience, especially if you're a fan of fantasy, LOTR, etc. The game can be tough and If you don't mind using two heroes each in two-player, it will considerably lower the difficulty. The game is also completely winnable using only a single hero each in two player.

Among the Stars - There's an awesome two-player variant on bgg(which they integrated now in the rules of the Ambassadors expansion) which makes two-player much more viable. Another that scales well

Covert Definitely best with 2 and 3 players, can be a bit on the long side with 4, but I think it can still fit the bill here.

Imperial Settlers Another that is best with 2 and 3 players, with 4 players adding more time to the game.

Shadowrun: Crossfire - A very challenging, but fun two player game. that gets marginally easier the more players are added. Of course you can control 2 heroes in your two player only sessions to mitigate the difficulty

Roll for the Galaxy - Scales very well at all player counts(2-5) and is a great game. I'll give a nod to Race for the Galaxy, but I favor Roll, since it's easier to learn

Elysium - Has two player variant rules, which works great, and scales really well with all player counts.

Madame Ching - This game usually fly's under the radar, but it actually is a solid medium-light game. Scales very well.
 
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Jason
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+1 for Glass Road
 
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