Introducing two players to the hobby - and playing along
Sarah Langer
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Vienna
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I love gaming - and I love to find new people who also love gaming :-) Recently a colleague asked me where she and her boyfriend could lern new games, sadly Vienna does not offer a Boardgame Cafe like she had in mind. But of course I offered to teach them some games myself!

Now I need ideas for fun introductory level games that are good with only two players (meaning, they can play it at home without me or other players) but are not pure two-player games, since I don't just want to watch them play when we meet up ^^

Feel free to add to this list! And please comment on my choices as well.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Sarah Langer
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A classic I guess, plays very well with two and three. I would recommend something other than the base game though, even the new edition is not very pretty. I liked Carcassonne: Gold Rush and Carcassonne: South Seas.
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Sarah Langer
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Probably plays best with three, but it can also be fun with two.
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3. Board Game: Saint Petersburg (second edition) [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:478]
Sarah Langer
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Thus far I only played it two players, but I can see it working with more than that.
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Sheep [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1210]
Sarah Langer
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Playes probably best with two, but I also enjoy it with more. Board lookes different every time, it plays really quickly and the rules are super easy.
 
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5. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
Sarah Langer
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Haven't played this with two yet, but I imagine it would be an interesting head to head game.
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6. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
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Small and easy to explain co-op. Works well with all numbers, might be a little more intersting with more though.
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:450]
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Played it some, but never with two. Should work, i think.
 
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8. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:587]
Sarah Langer
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I like Forbidden Desert better, but this one is easier to introduce people to. I think it gets a little easier with two, because you can react to situations faster.
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9. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:661]
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Matching shapes and colours - doesn't get more introductory than that. Has a nice visual appeal.
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10. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:434]
Sarah Langer
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The plastic camels look really cool. The rules are simple, but there are quite a few things to think about.
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This is good as it's designed for 2 or 3 players. The tunnels and ferries aren't too complicated as opposed to the original game.
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12. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:689]
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An easy, quick card game with lots of strategy.
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13. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:676]
Sam Carroll
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This one is definitely worth a look. Plays well both with 2 and 3; cute theme but can put some burn in your brain.
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This one may not be easy to get, but it's a very good game. Particularly good with 3, but my wife and I often play 2-player and it's still decent.
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