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Top 10 2-Player Card Games - #4 & #3

Jason Moslander
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As I have been going through this list, I believe I may have put a couple games in the wrong positions. #5 Jaipur, should really be in my #4 spot on this list. And number #4 should probably be my number #5. So, keep that in mind when you are reading here, because I know that my #4 game is going to shock some of you. I also tried to sway from the safe picks, sometimes I like to shake it up, and I think #4 is going to be a big shake up.

4. Revolver
What? Revolver? Really? Yes. Really. Now, as I said in the intro, this should probably really be number 5, but either way you slice it, it is still in my Top 5 2-player card games. I know that many of you will disagree, but Revolver has been one of our "go to" 2-player card games over the last year or so. First, we love the western theme. It is a theme that has been used, but sparingly. I love that it also has a story line that gives you the feel of being in a Western. The story is classic Western. A gang of thieves robs a bank and kills the sheriff in the process. So a group of men who stand for justice chase them down and kill all the members of the gang. At least, that is their plan.

The game play is a lot fun, and there is quite a bit of strategy. I know lots of people say you just play what you draw, but I believe there is much more to it than that. It's all about hand management. Can you hold onto that really awesome card until it is time to use it, or will your hand be forced to play it earlier than you really want. Do you want to get ahead early or go for the kill late in the game? The decision making in this game keeps us coming back. And now, with the expansion packs that they have been releasing, the game has a whole new dynamic as you can construct your own decks (Living Card Game Style). This allows for a custom strategy that your opponent may not see coming. Finally, the last reason that I have this game ranked so high, is because Mrs. Games with Two loves it. This is one of the few games that she will suggest to play on a regular basis, and if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for me.

3. Morels
Morels has a bit of the opposite effect of Revolver. Mrs. Games with Two really doesn't care for this game. I am not 100% sure why, and I don't think she really know either; just, for some reason, she hasn't fallen in love with it. I, on the other hand, really enjoy Morels. The only problem I have found is that none of the people I have played with have fallen in love either.

Again, the first thing that draws me to this game is the unique theme. Hunting for mushrooms in the woods isn't a theme that many designers go with. However, Two Lantern Games, decided to pull the trigger on this theme and it was a hit. I believe it was one of the stars of GenCon 2012. And that is no easy task considering the amount of publishers and game releases at that convention.

The game play for Morels is also one that is fun and engaging. The Rummy-style game play along with again having to manage your hand works well for this game. The game's hand limit rules make it difficult to hoard great cards and you may have to score some minor points in order to free up your hand. I find that the decisions in this game are never easy, and when you finally do make a decision you feel that you may have made it a turn or two too soon. I love that about Morels, you are always second guessing your decisions and that is what keeps me coming back. I only wish that I could some others to come back with me.

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