Best Two-Player Husband/Wife games!
Ben Wand
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Chesterfield
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My wife and I have recently been spending a lot of time playing two-player games and are now looking to add more.

The "rules" for this Geeklist are only that the games be (edit) playable with two, and should be relatively easy to get into.
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:306]
Ben Wand
United States
Chesterfield
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This is the one that we started with. We enjoy it a lot, easy to teach and get into, but lots of depth and replayability.
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2. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:115]
Ben Wand
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Chesterfield
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We just picked this one up last week, and we love it. We both enjoy the pace and there's a decent amount of depth.
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3. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:551] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
T. Nomad
Netherlands
Den Bosch
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We had played 50+ games of this when we tried Jaipur. We immediately returned to Jambo.
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4. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
T. Nomad
Netherlands
Den Bosch
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Excellent game, beautiful components. Our #1 "one more time" game.
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5. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1190]
T. Nomad
Netherlands
Den Bosch
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Historical game of cat and mouse. Unique (but easy) mechanics.
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6. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:453]
T. Nomad
Netherlands
Den Bosch
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Brain-melting fun goodness for 2P.

edited after seeing Dave's astute comment
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
Tom Rose
United States
Skokie
IL
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Two-player abstract, somewhat like chess, where the pieces each have their own rules for movement.
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8. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:701]
Vincent Streuner
United States
Concord
North Carolina
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My wife and I keep an active watch for good two-player games, and this one is among the more enjoyable that we've found. There are currently two expansions for it as well, which add even more replay value to an already variable playing experience.
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9. Board Game: Ubongo: Duel [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1765]
Vincent Streuner
United States
Concord
North Carolina
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If you both like puzzle games, then this one is a must have.
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10. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1213]
ted anderson
United States
southington
Connecticut
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Our favorite 'strictly two-player' game. Usually she beats me at it too. I guess I taught her too well!
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:540]
ted anderson
United States
southington
Connecticut
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This one takes some getting used to but we love the Carcassonne series as a whole so we were bound to try this at some point. We love it. It feels familiar yet different enough to be distinctively different that base Carcassonne. Probably our third go to for two-player only games after Fjords and Yinsh (which I won't add since it's already been added).
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12. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1371]
Alistair Stafford
New Zealand
Auckland
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Simple little election game. Options for limited deck building.
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13. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:208]
Alistair Stafford
New Zealand
Auckland
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Agricola without all that annoying family feeding. Plus a small table footprint.
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14. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:951] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Kathleen Nugent
United States
Tamworth
New Hampshire
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Or Arena: Roma II - you don't need both. Also Battle Line, Aton, Memoir '44, and Backgammon.
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15. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194]
Luke Morris
England
Faversham
Kent
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My wife and I used to play Lost Cities....then we discovered Battle Line.


We've not played Lost Cities since.
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16. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:634]
Matt Miller
United States
Brunswick
Maine
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We're pretty fond of Morels as a strictly 2p game.
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17. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:122] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Toms Leikums
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Well, certainly not for everyone, since the theme might not be husband-wifey.
But one of the best 2 player games out there.
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18. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:895] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Vivienne Raper
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One of my favourite games for two. Lots of bluffing and anticipating the opponent - the closest you can get to another person with all your clothes on.

Very simple rules, but very replayable - it supports a tournament scene.
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19. Board Game: Revolver 2: Last Stand at Malpaso [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3000]
Perry Loh
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
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I'd been on a hunt for good 2p only games. Found most of what was mentioned on this list. But I was recommended to give Revolver a try. And we did. Was easy to teach my partner too!
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20. Board Game: Blueprints [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:790]
Chris Whitpan
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Pennsylvania
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This is really fun with two players too. Very different with 3/4 though. I like the defensive element in the 2p
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21. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:932]
Joe Salamone
United States
Billerica
Massachusetts
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Abstract strategy game that involves each player secretly assigning cards numbered 1 - 4 to a set of 4 actions. The numbers on the cards determine player order, where on the board you are allowed to add or remove wooden discs, and how many discs you are allowed to add or remove. Each area of the board has its own rules for scoring points. Easy to learn, easy to play, but definitely a lot to think about when you are assigning your cards.
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22. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Mia
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Very good two-player game (but up to six players if needed), an immense number of addons which can very the game from friendly to aggressive, and make it more or less complex. Having lots of fun just the two of us, but also playable with kids (6+ years of age).
We got over 20 addons and it never gets bored, can customize it to our need in terms of time and complexity. Great fun, recommend to all!
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23. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:148]
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Great game, easy to learn, and scalable from 2 to 5 players ! Way to go for one-on-one battles and friend / family wars The addon "Hades" makes it even better
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24. Board Game: Famiglia [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1616]
Bleicher
Brazil
Belo Horizonte
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A nice and cheap 2p card game that fits anywhere.
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25. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:667]
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Brazil
Belo Horizonte
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This one was actually chosen by my wife when we were visiting a FLGS in Seattle, and it was a nice addition to our collection. The name may suggest it's simply a "travel-size" edition of Mr. Jack, but it is actually a different game.
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