What Should we buy next? (2+ player)
Adrian Alba
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We are very new to these types of games and would like some recommendations on which games we should go for next. The biggest requirement is that the game plays well with two players, as its usually just us, but sometimes we play with four. Besides that requirement we are pretty open.

The games we currently have:

1. Lost Cities - Very fun, but essentially just a card game with no story. We still play it often though.

2. Settlers of Catan - Only had the opportunity to play it once so far as it doesnt seem to play well with only two players, but it was fun.

3. Small World - Just getting this one today, not sure how well it will play with two, we'll see.

4. Forbidden Island - Very fun with 2 or 4.

What should we get next?
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1. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
Adrian Alba
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Never played these types of card games before, but hear good things. If we were to get a card game its between this and Dominion.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Adrian Alba
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Dominion or Android: Netrunner?
We like that Dominion can be played with up to four, but does it play as well with 2?
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3. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
Adrian Alba
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Number one rated game on BGG, looks complex and long but absolutely love the cold war theme. Worth it?
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4. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Looks really cool, but is it good with just two players?
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5. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:18]
Adrian Alba
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Looks interesting.
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Adrian Alba
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Hear that its a classic, but is it better than the newer games?
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Adrian Alba
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Very highly rated, but it looks extremely similar to Settlers of Catan. What do you think?
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8. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
Adrian Alba
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Dont know much about this one, read it in a list.
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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
Darin Boatwright
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This is a dice game with a simple level of strategy. Be the most powerful monster to mess up Tokyo.
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10. Board Game: 10 Days in Asia [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1796]
Diz Hooper
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Any of the 10 Days series would be a good addition to your collection. It's laid back and easy to set up, which is perfect for a bit of gaming after work when you feel too tired to set up a more involved game. It's fairly cheap, so it's easy to add to an order. As for which one to get, just choose the map that appeals to you the most. You don't really need to own more than one of these.
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11. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:376]
Carl Garber
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This one works well from 2-4 players.

I would also recommend both Carcassonne and Stone Age! both play well 2p and up. They are also both in a difficulty level that would be best comfortable for you. Agricola is quite a step up so beware! If you want more complex games try something like Castles of Burgundy which is a step higher than Settlers, Small World, Stone Age, etc. but a step lighter than Agricola. Castles of Burgundy is also a really good 2p game. If you like Co-op play you should check out Flashpoint:Fire Rescue, although I must warn you that it has the worst rulebook I have read to date.

Hope this helps!!


PS- I think Stone Age and Carcassonne belong in pretty much any collection(They also get you use to both worker placement and tile laying mechanisms which many other more advanced games use).
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12. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:367]
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We love this game. my wife likes it two player better then with four but it still is really fun. this is my wife's number one game.
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13. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:620] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
James Van
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I just got this game for my birthday and it has quickly become one of our most played games. it plays great two or four player. also the expantion is cheap and a great addition to the game.
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14. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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this is a great game. really funny and plays great with two players.
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15. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:635]
Bill Kunes
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If you like Catan but typically only have the two of you, consider The Rivals for Catan. It is a 2p Catan game with a variety of theme decks which can be played individually or in a combined game. Worth checking out.
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16. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Bill Kunes
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If you like Forbidden Island, its "big brother" is Pandemic which is a bit more complex and involved and scales well. We started with FI and picked up Pandemic this past Christmas... it is our most played game in 2013. Everyone we've introduced it to really enjoys it. (We mostly play 2p)
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17. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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great little 2 player card game!
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Eric T
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The India map is my favorite TTR map. The disadvantage of this choice is you will also need to have either TTR USA or TTR Europe. Both of the base games are great and play equally well with 2-4.

There is an iOS version but I don't think it captures the flavor of the board game and India is not offered yet.

A family favorite for us.
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19. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:447]
Eric T
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This is a fantastic game! I looked forever to finally find a copy. It must be somewhat popular because it is finally getting a reprint this year.

This is a game that is easy to teach and I have always had requests for a second game after we are done.
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20. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Eric T
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This game is ok with just the base. The Big Box gives unlimited variation and game play. This was well worth the $50 and has been played many times.

The official two player variant is a dummy player. Some people have mixed reviews about it but there is a subtle strategy to playing "Dirk" the dummy player properly.

*edit--added "Dirk" info
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21. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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My favorite game of all time. Superb with 2, 3, or 4. Buy this one. It's under $20.
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