Your Favorite 2p "Weeknight" Games
Chad Roberts
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So I've been going through my collection as of late, and its loaded with some (what I consider) okay and fun games. However, as of late, due to hectic schedules and lifestyles, a lot of my collection just doesn't get played due to longer setup and play time. I'm hoping to share some of our (My GF and I) "to go" choices for fast, quick fun we can set up, play, and clean up after dinner and before bedtime.

I also hope to learn some new games to check out in the future as well, so PLEASE, if you know of something not on the list... Please feel free to add it!
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1. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:673]
Chad Roberts
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This is something we have enjoyed a great deal. Open the box, pull out the bag of tiles, and go! Nice, shorter length and dump all the tiles back in the bag, and it cleans up just as quick as setup.
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2. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:293]
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This is one of the SO's favorite games, and it's super quick to set up as well. You can manage 3 games in a hour, and that scratches my itch just fine.
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3. Board Game: Mille Bornes [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6596]
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Another card game (there are several card games, as they usually are quick to set up and put away), we both like this due to the variable options (race length, etc).
 
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4. Board Game: Aquarius [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3642]
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Yet another card game! This one is fun and colorful, and we find it neat to match the patterns, and as a sub-game, we try to see over how long we can make a rainbow.
 
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5. Board Game: Yikerz! [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6381]
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This one we learned about from a Canadian friend..

This one is a very light territory claiming game that uses magnets.. with the added bonus of having the tense moments you get from games like Jenga/Operation when you place pieces and you are HOPING it doesn't set off a magnetic chain reaction.

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6. Board Game: Doomworks [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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This one we have played a couple of times.. Another card game, but gives us the "set collection" we like from Ticket To Ride in a much faster and compact form.
 
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7. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:830]
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8. Board Game: Magnate [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3585]
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9. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:653]
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10. Board Game: The Great Heartland Hauling Co. [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1030]
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12. Board Game: Utopian Rummy [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:6148]
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13. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1862]
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Don't be put off by the "M" word. This is a fast and very fun game with plenty of conflict, theft, sneakiness and gloating. It's really popular with my family and you can play a two-player game in as little as fifteen minutes. Set-up time is almost negligible. A great spur of the moment game.
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14. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:220]
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In one round, my fiancée went from "is that it?" to "this is brilliant!" It is, too. Not everyone likes it with two, but it's being requested more and more... and who am I to refuse?

For something a little longer, my partner also loves London, by Martin Wallace.
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15. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:336]
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How could I forget this one! Citadels is at it's best, IMHO, as a 2-player game. Since each player gets to draft multiple roles per turn, not only are you able to get some interesting synergies going between your own role selections, it adds a huge deductive layer and element to the game that doesn't exist when playing with a bunch of people. Fantastic 2-player game - and the included expansion gives a lot of replayability through different character mixes.
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16. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1457]
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Have you looked into VivaJava Dice? It is currently Kickstarting right now. It is a Euro dice game with King of the Hill and engine building elements in the gameplay. It takes about 20 minutes to set up and play. Depending on your mood there are pre-made ability boards (called coasters) or you can for variety make your own with ability discs you place on a blank board. My wife and I have played the beta pnp - and she loves it!
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17. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:341]
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Quick, simple yet challenging game play. A Knizia clasic which, in my view, is best with two. Based on the games you suggested it may best suit your playing preferences.
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18. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1060]
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Another short, but interesting game that my spouse and I are currently enjoying on weekday evenings. Beautiful looking game and easy to get at least two games in 30mins with overheads...
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19. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:189]
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If you are after a little heavier game, you might like to try this one. My non-gamer spouse enjoys it - cute animeeples and all. It can be played in under an hour without the complexity (and frankly stress) of Agricola.

Ideal for mid-week.
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20. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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This is the current game me and my wife play often, weekdays and weekends!
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21. Board Game: Keltis: Das Orakel [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2160]
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Beautiful ambience with non-trivial game play and some opportunities for player interaction via the race for various limited bonuses and shared player control of the Oracle token. Ordered this from Amazon.de and use the rules translation here on BGG. Works well with gamers and non-gamers alike, if you ever want to play with others.

Note: Ordered on Amazon.de from a new & used third-party seller, since they won't ship this title to the USA for some reason, unlike other Prime shipping marked games. In retrospect, gamesurplus.com would have been quicker at about the same price.
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22. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:334]
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My wife and I really enjoy this game. Lots of player interaction from the area control conflict, the race to add cards to your point generating engine, and the dynamic hand swap at the end of each turn. More of my thoughts on the game may be found at A Natural Topology Variant for 2, 3, and 5 Players.
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23. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:167]
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The latest game that my wife and I have been playing weeknights. Lighter than Ginkgopolis but the card draft to build a point generating engine is somehow reminiscent, while the addition of dice drafting makes for an element of randomness that Ginkgopolis lacks. Fun game!
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24. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:473]
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This got played yesterday. We've also played Seasons, Coloretto, Qwixx, Onirim, Urbion, YINSH and Morels.
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25. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:234]
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This has seen a lot of action lately.
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