My favorite two player games
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So far my kids are still too young to truly get involved in (real) gaming. I'm hoping one day to have awesome game nights with my family, but until then - I'm stuck with playing (real) games with just my wife.

This is not a bad thing. She actually picks games up rather quickly, however, I tend to win a large portion of our games still.

So without further ado, my favorite two player games...in no particular order.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly Deal Card Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1903]
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I can already feel the negative vibes coming from many in the BGG community. A monopoly game? Really!?

Well, yes. Really.

I absolutely hate the board game monopoly, but this is actually fun to play. It's quick and can be cutthroat. My wife and I really enjoy this underrated card game. I feel that if this game had a different theme, it would be more popular.

Oh...and don't pick up the Millionaire version. That edition ruined the game.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:76] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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I got this game for Christmas and let it sit on my shelf for over half a year. Yes, you heard right - over half a year! What was I thinking?? Sure it got fantastic reviews, I just didn't think I'd like it.

Boy was I wrong! This game is super fun to play. I only have the base set right now, but I really like Cellar and Chapel. I'm hoping to pick up Intrigue this Christmas though.
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3. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:213]
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Wow! This is a fantastic abstract game. I only play with the two expansions though. The best part about this game is how portable and durable it is. Feel like playing on the wet sand at the beach? No problem!

I'm not a huge fan on the Carbon edition. The colored pieces of the original really add to the experience.
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4. Board Game: Revolver [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1518]
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I am impressed with this game. Great artwork and great game play. The best part is that each side is different to play - this increases replay value.
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5. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:114]
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I had a hard time choosing which game I wanted to buy (and try), either this game or Jambo. I had heard good things about both. I'm happy I picked this one though.

This game is easy to teach and play. It plays quickly and makes you want to play again. Great two player game.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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This game was a beast to teach my wife. And I mean a huge water buffalo-sized beast! However, after several games she slowly picked it up.

Now, this is probably my favorite game of all time! It is simply a masterpiece. I play with only the first expansion, and have been thinking about adding the second. I have absolutely no interest in the third.

I'd like to try San Juan someday.
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7. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:122] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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There is nothing that needs to be said about this game. Just go play it.
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8. Board Game: Star Fluxx [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1834]
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Okay, this is not really that good with only two players. But I'll still do it. There is something about this game I enjoy. I can't put my finger on it though.
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9. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:319]
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I love the theme...even though it is just pasted on. This is a fun little game. Too bad you don't chuck the dice!
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:151] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This game is unique and fun. I only play with the first two expansions. I think the Dragon one is dumb. However, the Abbey and Mayor one looks half way decent. I might have to pick that up one day - I'm just not looking forward to the extra tiles! Every expansion adds like 12 minutes to the game!
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11. Board Game: Jack Straws [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:16751]
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Yes...that's right. Jack straws!
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12. Board Game: Rivals for Catan [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:701]
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I hate Settlers of Catan! This on the other hand...not at all.
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13. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:306]
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I'm not sure which I like better - Battle Line or this game.
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14. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194]
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I'm not sure which game I like better - Lost Cities or this game. And, yes, I play with the expansion.

Oh, and who did the artwork? It sucks.
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15. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:636]
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My wife and I really like this game. The artwork is unbelievably good. The game is also very well balanced. I can't tell you how many times it has come down to the last tile!

Also, if you haven't played with different island layouts you are missing out!
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16. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:838]
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Tsuro or not Tsuro. That is the question.
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17. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:353]
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Not too bad. Better with more people. The two player variant works well.
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18. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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First off, everything after Tempest started to take (read: dilute) the game beyond where I was willing to go. My favorite expansion was Ice Age.

I miss the old days!

Magic has too many cards now. I wish they would have stopped after Tempest - or at least after Exodus.
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19. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:173] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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Okay, I don't actually own this game. But I want too! I've seen the reviews and I know I'll like this. I used to be a huge Magic fan, but got tried of the collectible aspect of it.
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20. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:639]
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Here is another one I don't own. I can't find it anywhere!! However, it looks incredibly fun!
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21. Board Game: Shenanigans [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Adorable rainbow art-- intriguing mechanic of you must HAVE a set of X cards to declare Shenanigans and go out-- but you must also USE those cards to GET the colors of the set you don't have-- light and funny but a new fave.
 
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22. Board Game: Pico 2 [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:7549]
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A spectacular minimalist design. 11 cards. A whole game can take 3 mins. One of my faves.
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