Games listed for 3 or more players, but work with 2.
David Turner
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A couple of my favorite 2-player games are listed for 3 or more player. What games work well with 2 players that are listed for 3 or more players?

This may be a short list, but will be helpful in my future game purchase decision.




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1. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
David Turner
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There are several variants that make this game a wonderful 2 player game!


 
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2. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
David Turner
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My favorite 2 player game. I can not fathom why it is listed as 3+.
 
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3. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
Daniel He.
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M√ľnster
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My girlfriend and I enjoy this with just two players (each players controls 2 knights or 1 knight and 1 squire) even though I must admit that it is more fun with more when you can add the traitor.
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
Martin Villemaire
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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There are lots of great 2-player variants for this.
 
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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There is an official 2 player variant for this game, but I much prefer the variant listed by NickB on BGG.

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6. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
Pat T
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I keep suggesting this one, but it really does fit in with this list. Great with two players. I am looking forward to playing it with more though.
 
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7. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:759]
Matthew Barratt
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It was only after finishing a successful 2 player game of this that it should be for 3-5 players. In fact I feel it works better with 2 than 5 due to there being too much down time with 5.

The only issue is that you could run out of men for colonies near the end if you aren't careful, but as long as you are aware of this then you won't have problems.
 
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2368]
Chris R.
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The variation depends if you want Saruman to be controlled by Sauron or acting independently.
 
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9. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
Scott Nelson
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This game has a nice 2-player variant. Played very well the first time I played it.
 
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10. Board Game: Frachtexpress [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:6062]
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This game played right out of the box with 2-players, though it is listed as 3-4. Maybe it was too long for 2 players? who knows? Anyway, this fits the criteria of this list.
 
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11. Board Game: The Bridges of Shangri-La [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1168]
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This one worked very well needing no special rules except using 2 color each. And the other variant for this was roping off 1 more town (than 3 player) as inaccessible, and then play with normal player rules. haven't seen the 1 town more roping off rule on the geek, must've been somewhere else, or not listed under the title. Either way, very non-gamer,spouse-friendly game.
 
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12. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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We played it for a while with 2 and didn't even know you were supposed to play it with 3. Works just fine.
 
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