My Favorite 2P Games
Kris Ardianto
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DKI Jakarta - Jakarta Utara
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Sometimes, getting friends around for a game night is not as easy as you think it would. I have several friends and gaming groups that I like to play with but not all of those can be at the table anytime I want.
Luckily I can always play with my girlfriend, so no worry for the lack of player count.

These are the 2P games that we like (or not necessarily have to be 2P games) to play with, and I hope this list can help others playing with their single friend, spouse or girlfriend.
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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:12]
Kris Ardianto
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Oh yeah, this is my girlfriend's most favorite game from Stefan Feld (though I disagree, I choose Trajan)
It's a simple but very interesting tile laying game with city building aspect and dice allocation.
It's a hit and has a soft spot for casual, new and heavy gamers alike.
The 2-player count does not decrease it's appeal though there are some changes to the game play. In 2P games, not all the tiles are revealed and this add more random draw to the tiles. But nonetheless it's still as good as full player count.
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2. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:438]
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We fell in love with this game when a friend introduced the game to us and not long after that we managed to buy his copy for ourselves.
It's heavy, complex and fiddly with high learning curve. Not suitable for new players (in fact based on our records, it's impossible for new players to win this game against returning players).
The objectives do make great impacts on how players play the game, which I find very interesting.
So what's so good about 2P count for this game? Well the main reason is since most of this game is done in such multiplayer solitaire fashion (just like Castles of Burgundy) the game does not heavily affected by player count. And more of it, with fewer player, shorter game time.
 
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3. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:71]
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The best of Stefan Feld's games (at least for me) and it's similar to Castles of Burgundy in player interactions. I am so blown away by the novelty of the mancala mechanic. It still has better interactions than Castles of Burgundy and Shipard thanks to some spaces in the board (building, senate, military and forum).
It works really well with 2P.
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4. Board Game: Revolver [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1358]
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Actually I am the one that really like this game (love it). I am sure that my girl just agree with me to make me happy.
It has asymmetrical deck, different objective and dripping with theme, though the take that aspect really boils down to the random of the card draw.
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5. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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We (or at least me) love deck-building and this one can be played really really quick. Very easy, simple and quick.
Very straight-forward and take that. Never had the chance to play team mode.
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6. Board Game: Grand Slam [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:7888]
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Just recently bought this game and instantly became a hit.
We played it several times already and though the double play is more interesting than single, we still enjoy single play.
 
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7. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:215]
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This on is a must in this list. I can't remember how many times we played this game over and over again with just the two of us.
Very straight-forward take that deduction and bluffing game. Even you can get eliminated before your turn.
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8. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69]
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The game works best with any player count. We usually play in 2-player count to try different strategies and see how it comes out.
The engine building railroad is very interesting and after several plays we must admit that white rail is still the best point generator so far.
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9. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:214]
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This is my girlfriend most favorite game. She bought and owns it by herself. For me, I dislike the luck of the die and random draw of the cards. But we played this one several times and 2P count is good.
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10. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:599]
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Do not own this one, but played my friend's copy several times. It's good though quite brain-burning with all those routes and excavate temples.
The challenge is entertaining to be the first to excavate 6 temples and also the goal cards really added multi-layer challenges in the game rather just being a race game, actually not a race game, only racing to trigger the end game.
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11. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Microcosm [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1908]
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One of the best 2P microgames there are.
I just love how the game plays, very quick but has enough meat to think about.
 
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