Newest 2-player Hotness? (Recommend and win GG!)
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I'm wondering what the new, cool 2-player hotness is these days? Criteria:

* 2-player. By this, I mean plays very well with two. The need to have a "dummy" player is a real turn off, for example.
* Euro-style
- Not an abstract, like the Yinsh series or chess
- Not a "battling" game where it's all hit points.
- You know, "Euro", victory points, resource manipulation, etc. etc.
* Medium weight
* Plays in 90 minutes or less

The submitter of the "chosen" game wins 20 geek gold!


So, now that Christmas is here...

I put this geeklist together for the wife of a friend of mine, and I didn't want to announce the winner, because the winner would be the game I recommended she get. I sent 20gg to the "Pagoda" submission, and a runner-up of 10gg to the "Patchwork" recommendation. Patchwork, at the time the purchase needed to get done, wasn't available yet.
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2. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:82]
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Patchwork came out at Essen this year, and should be releasing very soon here in the U.S. It's a Uwe Rosenberg design that would feel right at home in the Kosmos 2 player series. It features the time track mechanic from Thebes. I predict this game will be an excellent couples game and rocket up the rankings. The game also features a refreshing theme: making patchwork quilts.
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I'm not sure this is exactly medium weight, it could be closer to light/medium at least as far as learning the rules goes, but I think it's a game that will reward multiple plays. It's plays great with two players, even though it goes up to 4. It doesn't require ANY adjustments for the 2 player game, and it's quite satisfying at that player count. It's quick as well. You could probably get in two games in 90 minutes. This is a game that shows its charms the more you play.
 
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A really nice non-filler, but not-too-long 2-player game from 2014.

I have three other sort of recent 2-player games I like a lot. They're all from 2012:

Targi
Antike Duellum
Le Havre: The Inland Port

What I like most about all four of these games is that they're NOT fillers. They have some substance to them. Antike Duellum is a longish game. The others take at least 30 minutes to play, probably a little more for most players.

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This is a really fun take on deck building. All cards are worth points, but only if you stash them in your tomb, thus effectively removing them from the game. Basically you need to balance wonderful card powers with entombing valuable cards in order to maximize your score.

It isn't uncommon to have decks that are 5-10 cards (or even less) due to all the entombing and trashing of cards that happens in this game.
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I can not recommend this game enough. It is a 2 player game only, and each side plays a bit differently.

Sparta is stronger on land and starts with strong trade routes, Athens is stronger on water and needs to protect it's trade routes.

Plays quickly, lots of decisions, really a great game that meets everything you are looking for.

Give this one a try! It just gets better the more you play it.
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I know how it looks, but do not let the look of the game fool you, it's an euro with some interaction, but without battles.
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This is suppose to play best with two. I haven't actually played it yet, but I'm looking forward to trying it during my time off during Christmas.

Anyways, rahdo has a very good video available for you to get a feel for how the game plays.
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Hasn't been a ton of buzz about this, but from what I've seen, people seem to really dig it. Variable set up from game to game and variable end game triggers. From the prolific Bruno Cathala.
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just recently got introduced to this.. great 2p card war game with some good strategy!
 
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This game looks simply superb! I think it's on the threshold of your criteria in terms of weight and time but nonetheless, you should check it out!
 
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