Need a Medium/Heavy Game for Two.
Cuppa Jack
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The discovery of "these games of our" in the past few months has been somewhat of an awakening for me and the long-slumbering gammer within has stirred and now demands to be fed.

Unfortunately it is tough to get a group together these days as everyone is busy-to-the-point-of-burnout and modern-life presses in from all angles.
Fortunately though my wife is a gamer and has taken to Euros like a meeple to a sprawling farm.

In my first attempts to find games she would like I consulter the usual suspects of "Wife and Girlfriend" recommendation geeklists and found Lost Cities, and San Juan, and Jambo which were all hits. But somewhat surprisingly her favorite games so far are all med to med/heavy weight.

So I'm looking for some heavier fair to try-out, but most of the "go-to" heavy games are either OOP or 3+ players.

What is a medium/heavy to heavy weight game that plays well with 2?
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Her current favorite is on the light-side but it gets more play that PR b/c it works so well with 2...
 
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This is the game that "hooked" my wife on Euros. I push to play San Juan if it is just the two of us B/C of PR's set-up time.
 
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I cannot win a game of this, but they are ALWAYS close...
 
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The "meatiest" thing in my collection and Julie can't get enough of it.

It helps that I have yet to win a game...
 
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I just scored this in a trade...
Julie calles is "the Lamest Name Game"
 
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Yes, I realise it fits EVERY criteria that I have, but I cannot seem to score a copy of this. I'll get it when the reprint hits, but until them I'm going to pretend that it doesn't exist.
 
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I'm curious on how this would work for us?
I've heard very conflicting reports on how it plays w/ 2.
I'm also concerned about any "take that!" element to the game...

Thoughts?
 
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This is near the top of the list, but how does it play with two?
 
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Get the reprint from Z-Man. Plays great with two and using the advanced rules (which I would suggest for 3 or 4).
 
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Just shy of medium-light if you ask me. Rates a 2.61 weight on BGG... great for 2 and like Reef Encounter above the playable area scales with the players, so it works well with all.
 
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I think that this is a great game for two.
 
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Power Grid isn't at its best with 2, but it's still fun.
 
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This should work well if you two appreciate abstracts.
 
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If you're looking for a medium to heavy two player game, look no further. This is IT. It plays in about 90 minutes to 2 hours and is highly strategic. It is very different than the Catan board game, so don't go in expecting that. The expansions make the game even better and increase its replayability almost infinitely.

Here is a link to a great strategy site created by a couple (literally) of fans:
http://people.smu.edu/rlevins/

My standard warning about this game - your first game or two may seem a bit dry and boring. Don't let that sour you on the game. Once you start figuring out some of the strategies you will really enjoy it.
 
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We very much enjoy St. Petersburg as a two-player game, though there might be some runaway leader issues until you get the hang of the game. Since it's easier to get to the maximum point level for Aristocrats, overall strategy is different from the 3 & 4 player contests.
 
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May I suggest some games from the GIPF series? Granted, they are abstract, but they have soul, baby. YINSH, DVONN, ZERTZ, TAMSK.

Another option might be Rumis.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/6411
 
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If you want to try something that's been described as "military chess", go for Bonaparte at Marengo. Rules are about the complexity of Puerto Rico, and though a wargame, it has the feel (and I say this as a very beginner chess and go player; I wonder what good chess or go players think of BaM) of an abstract like chess or go.
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Even though this isn't a terribly complex game, it's a game that requires a lot of thinking and planning. You have to like Lord of the Rings, of course...
 
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Perfect for two, like Carcassonne mixed with Go or Othello, and really slick.
 
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Perfect game for two, very tactical.
 
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Perfectly abstract, perfectly great. GOTY for GAMES magazine too.
 
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Great game for two. Chess-like without the time commitment.
 
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If you want a medium-weight game that plays great with 2 players then Torres fits the bill perfectly. Pictured is a photo of a 2-player game I played of this, and I generally play this with only 2 players, even though it accomodates up to 4 nicely. It's a great game, with plenty of options, due to the Action Point mechanism, and it also comes with plenty of variant suggestions for when you want to change it a little, such as starting with the cards in your hand, or using the included "Master" cards. Definitely check this one out!
 
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People are split on how this works for two. I think it is pretty good
 
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I would definitely recommend Alhambra. My wife loves this game and can't get enough of it. I would say it's a medium style strategy game. Plays really good with two players. The game is a lot of fun and plays great even up to 6 players!
 
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