Games perfectly scaling "Number of players".
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Most board games can be played with a different number of players usually ranging from 2 to 4 or 5 players. However, lots of these games, are designed for a fixed number of players and work best with that particularly number.
Sometimes the maximum number of players gives more downtime or ad unnecessary complexity to the board game while the minimum number of players has special rules, giving the starting player a big advantage or plays with a neutral player.
I have four other players in my gaming group but more than often we end up only being two in a gaming session.
This is why this is a geek list about board games ranging from 2 -> players which scale perfectly in a wide number of players. The strategy doesn’t need to be the same whether there are max or min players but at least they should be balanced and with minimum downtime.
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1. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:180]
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A great game with a huge replay ability whether it is with two, three or four players.
 
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2. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:198]
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Was surprised how well this civ-like game plays with only two players.
 
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3. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:332]
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Scales from two to seven players!
 
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4. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:885]
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Nice brainburner even with two players.
 
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5. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:96] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Have only played this as a two player game and it worked fine.
 
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6. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1317]
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Played with 2, 4 and 5 players and it played equally well, although each a bit different. Haven't played 3 yet, so my opinion might change after I get the chance for only 3 players.
 
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7. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:340]
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Works very well with two, three and four. There's even a team version of four-player Ingenious that's even better than the regular.
 
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8. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:420]
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Scales perfectly from two to four.
 
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9. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:530]
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Here is a great game that scales very well for 2-5 players.
I'm amazed how well it plays no matter which number you have.
Maharaja is always tight and a lot of fun.
With the added bonus of itt moves quickly enough that you are never bored.
Those that have yet to discover this gem are really missing something.

Now there will be those folks that always complain about "chaos" when there are the maximum of 5, but don't believe them.

Play it and see for yourself.
 
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10. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:46]
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Surprised no one has mentioned this one yet.

Like Maharaja above, this one plays equally well from 2-5.
It is true that each number at the table does create a remarkably different game.
2 is almost like a chess game and with 5 you get squeezed so hard you feel like your eyes are going to pop.

But, be that as it may, this is still one of the great heavier games out there and easily gets my vote for "Game of the Year"......
 
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11. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:689]
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Scales well from 2 to 6P.

There is no horse ownership, it's field betting & movement.
 
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12. Board Game: The Ungame: Christian Version [Average Rating:3.30 Unranked]
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I believe that this game scales from 2-8 players almost perfectly.
 
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13. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:588]
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Very well from 2-5.
 
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14. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:15]
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Very well from 2-5.
 
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