2 Player games that work well multiplayer
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A list of games which I think play well multiplayer and are also good and solid played 2 player. Created for a colleague at Medway Area Boardgames Club. The games are listed in order of complexity rather than order of preference (most complex first) though some are a little misplaced.
I have limited the list to those that I have access to (so he can try them out if he wishes), have a high geek rating (so are popular) and which are still available to purchase in the UK.
I am sure there are some I have missed but I was trying to get a good mix of mechanisms, themes and complexity and keep the list to under 50.
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1. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:13]
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Probably one of my current favourites for an in depth game, luck is minimal but number of players can affect how well a race will perform.
 
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2. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:24]
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A lovely game, a bit pricey but the bits do fill the box so you get lots for your pennies. A very nice resource management game with plenty of routes to victory.
 
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:35]
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Highly recommended civilization game, this tops many others as it plays well 2 player and has 3 levels of play and a couple of variants so that you can tailor it to your preferred playing style.
 
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4. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:41]
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An excellent example of the resource management games of which there are many.
 
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5. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:74]
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Using mancala as the driving mechanism, it is about as near perfect a game as you can get which stands up to multiple plays, there is a bit of luck in the set up but a good player can easily recover from an unfair start.
 
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6. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:70]
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My favourite game from 2013. After 2 years of playing it I still enjoy the challenge from attempting different strategies.
 
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7. Board Game: Pergamon [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1122]
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The ultimate in straight set collecting. You cannot win this game without planning ahead and as everything is open a good all round strategy game - a bit dry but otherwise very nice.
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8. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:38]
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Although not a favourite of mine the cog mechanism and its adaptability to 2 player play makes it sufficiently different from others to place it on this list.
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9. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:168]
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I am not a fan of deck building games but this is one of the better ones as it involves more than just collecting cards, forward planning and good timing are important.
 
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10. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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I play this about 30-40 times a year and I still do not get tired of it. This is a fantastic game and well balanced (although the 3 hut card in a 2 player game can be a bit of a joker). It plays in under an hour and would be my first recommendation for anyone interested in resource management/worker placement games.
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11. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:266]
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This is hear as it works very well no matter how many players.
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12. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:316]
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This is another game that I will always happily play, it is not deck building but is card collecting. Well balanced except players who know the cards in the decks will be at an advantage - but previous knowledge is an advantage in so many games.
 
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13. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:300]
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This is one of the better games I know for introducing first-time gamers into the hobby that has a bit of meat to it. The mechanisms are well balanced and rolling a few low numbers is not the disaster it can be in other games.
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14. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1350]
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A nice small box game with an interesting mechanism of overlaying cards to make patterns to gain victory point chits. It can turn into a bit of a memory game but you can play with open tiles.
 
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15. Board Game: Maori [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1861]
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A great game and highly strategic 2 player, this game has 3 levels of play so giving it a nice bit of variety and being able to be set to match the players abilities.
 
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16. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:262]
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I like this set collecting game and although strategies are limited it is a very engaging game.
 
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17. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:18]
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Route planning, resource gathering and a bit of deck building all brought together for a nicely balanced game.
 
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18. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:501]
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For route laying games this one is a little different, the targets are set for various goal cards which are different for each game. Terrain and cities play their own important role.
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19. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:242]
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Players choose their own goal cards to pursue, lovely pieces and another which is a good introductory game for first-time gamers.
 
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20. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:676] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Tile collecting at its best, and with cute animal tiles. Luck plays its part but it is calculated luck.
 
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21. Board Game: Glastonbury [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:4154]
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This was just a 2 player game back in 2001 and from me a highly recommended one that now plays up to 4 in this version. Set collecting from a display some cards collected give additional powers.
 
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22. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:760]
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Most successful board games are eventually coming out with a dice version nations is no exception. This is a good implementation and is a fairly easy game to explain thus making it a nice introductory game.
 
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23. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:215] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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I still prefer Vinci, however I know I am in a minority. This implementation of the game is more flexible and has some great art work. If you like fantasy themes this is an excellent game choice.
 
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24. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:289]
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The first co-operative game in this list, there are many co-operative games to choose from but for me this one is the best, the dice rolls can be punishing but with co-operative games sometimes its the journey that makes the game interesting (especially so in Flash Point), a positive outcome is just added icing.
 
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25. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:778] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Best described as a dice collecting game, the fantasy theme makes this an interesting game as different creatures and spells are put out for different games so has a lot of replay value.
 
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