3p+ Games that need a Dummy for 2p
Gary Sonnenberg
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My wife and I prefer 3p+ (aka multiplayer) games that can also be played 2p, with just a few exceptions like Jambo. But we don't care for those where a dummy player is required to make it work for two.

This list highlights such games. As of this writing, we haven't played all of them yet. I understand from the reviews that some of these are okay even with the dummy and that you may enjoy the 2p version of those we've played, even if we didn't.

That said, this list is intended as sort of a warning to those couples looking for 3p+ games. Beware the dummy!

Please add others you know of that fit these requirements.
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1. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:401]
Gary Sonnenberg
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Love this one with 3p or even 4p. Won't play it with "Matt", as he's called in our version.
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2. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:251] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Gary Sonnenberg
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Passable with 2, but "Leonardo" seems to get in the way a little too much. Then again, there are the expansions included in the base game box that don't really seem necessary either.
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3. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:371]
Gary Sonnenberg
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I've only played this once so far and was really sad to see that 2p requires not one but two dummies! I think we'll stick to 3p+ here which is too bad because I really liked this one.
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4. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43]
Gary Sonnenberg
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I've only played this once and don't own it, so I can't really comment on the 2p version.
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5. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:263]
Gary Sonnenberg
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Another one I'm sad to see requiring a dummy. I haven't played/don't own this one but have it on my wish list. Should I knock it down a notch? Apparently not.
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6. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:521]
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I don't really know anything about this one. Found it referred to in another GL.
 
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7. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1006]
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I don't really know anything about this one. Found it referred to in another GL.
 
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8. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:307]
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I don't really know anything about this one. Found it referred to in another GL.
 
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9. Board Game: It Happens.. [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3061]
Ed
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The ghostly third player is split between player 1 and 2. Silly game that I enjoy.
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10. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:633]
James Nicholls
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Glastonbury
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Quick filler, we use a dice to determine if the 3rd player (Indy obviously) stays or flees
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11. Board Game: IceTowers [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4479]
Russ Williams
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There are 2-player rules which add a "ghost" player. It seemed to work OK but did feel different from true multiplayer.

However there are many other good games playable as true 2-player games using Looney Pyramids, so I recommend the pyramids in any case.
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12. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:561]
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Adds a dummy player for 2-player games which we don't find intrusive and actually goes quickly. The "Dummy" grabs the best tile plus 3 other random tiles each round. It is done at the beginning of each of the 4 rounds and becomes 2nd nature.

We absolutely love this game and have only played it 2-player. A great, tense game. My #1 game for over 4 years running.

It was recommended to me as an alternative to El Grande for lower player counts.
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13. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:607]
Thomas Fuhs
United States
Goldsboro
North Carolina
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The children have grown & moved on. The wife & I love this game, but it never goes well (lose every time) with 2 players.

If my daughter Sara isn't available to join us on Skype, the wife & I still add her as a 3rd; we control her pawns actions. It's a co-op game so it doesn't matter if we see her cards / move her pawn as we see fit.
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14. Board Game: Alhambra: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2656]
scott Murray
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Ridgewood
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the card version brings in Dirk to make up to 3 players.

How well he does is totally luck based. But sure enough, he will annoy you
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15. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:274]
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Colors for a 3rd and 4th player are used to fill in spots on the board. Since I often have the piece that lets me go to a spot even if someone else is already on it, I don't really mind. It's not like playing a turn as another player (or managing two colors, which I hate), it's just placing markers on the spots that are chosen with the dice.
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16. Board Game: Mykerinos [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:820]
Todd Walden
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17. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:188]
Robert Lavarnway
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DL needs double dummies for 2P.
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