Top 2-player only games per Internet Top 100 Survey
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Lots of games good for more than two also claim to be good for two, but this should be suspected. Only with a two-player only game can one be sure it works well with two, if it works at all. As of September 2002, what are the top rated games of this type as voted at http://scv.bu.edu/~aarondf/Top100/ ?

As of October 12, after positive comments on the German games newsgroup, I decided to expand the list to the top 25.
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1. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Yet another "We the People" inspiration, this time treating the first world war. By Ted Raicer. 6.70
 
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2. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
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Getting quite a variety of choices here from card games to military to this classic abstract, said to be once again on the upswing in Japan, thanks to recent television exposure.
Average score: 6.62
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3. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:134]
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Lighter than traditional wargame by Mark Simonitch. Shows the popularity of the "We the People" system.
Average score: 7.02
 
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4. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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Some may be surprised by this, others dismayed.
An expedition card game by Reiner Knizia.
Average score: 7.09 / 10
 
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5. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
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The Avalon Hill military card game by Courtney Allen also had at least two expansions. 6.45
 
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6. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:370]
 
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Knizia card game about resetting property markers in Scotland. Re-done by GMT the wargame maker as Battleline, which because of the similarity I have omitted from this list. If in, it would be positioned between Go and Babel with an average score of 6.80.
Average score: 6.86
 
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7. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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The old warrior was bound to show up somewhere. 6.23
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8. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:478] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Interesting that the most popular of Kris Burm (the man who makes abstract games for the rest of us) is the third outing. 6.64
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:545]
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With Star Trek already in the list, it stands to reason that Star Wars would show up as well. By Alan Roach, Craig van Ness and Rob Daviau. 6.79
 
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10. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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Hasbro's version of the American Civil War fought out with plastic figures. By Richard Borg, and there he is in the middle of the photo.
Average score: 6.79
 
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11. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:740]
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The card game version of the ever-popular Settlers of Catan by Klaus Teuber.
Average score: 6.49
 
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12. Board Game: Starship Catan [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:809]
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Catan returns in its outer space guise. 6.70

If the list could be expanded even further, the next one would be another old AH classic, Wooden Ships & Iron Men.
 
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13. Board Game: Breakout: Normandy [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:941]
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One of the most popular introductory military games. (Surprising that at this time is no image available for this one.) 6.53
 
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14. Board Game: Quoridor [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:999]
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Another of the more interesting abstracts, this one from Italy and Mirko Marchesi. Price probably keeps it from having more voters, only 19 at this time. 6.95
 
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15. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1032]
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Here's the original, on the American Revolutionary War. By Mark Herman.
Average score: 6.84
 
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16. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1042]
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One of the longer and more complex society games for two by Uwe "Bohnanza" Rosenberg and Hagen Dorgathen.
Average score: 6.77
 
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17. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1062]
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A classic of the Avalon Hill variety by John Edwards also points up the popularity of World War II eastern front combat among grognards for not the first time in this list. 6.54
 
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18. Board Game: Strat-O-Matic Baseball [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:1136]
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Here, it seems, will be a real surprise: a baseball simulation from 1960 by Hal Richmond.
Average score: 6.72
 
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19. Board Game: EastFront [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:1341]
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The most popular of the popular military "block games" by Craig Besinque and Tom Dalgliesh. 6.78
 
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20. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1410]
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Richard Borg's entry in Kosmos' very successful two-player series. 6.43
 
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21. Board Game: Caesar & Cleopatra [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1432]
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Yet another Kosmos winner, designed by Wolfgang Lüdtke. 6.32
 
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22. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1671]
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The long-running space war game inspired by the evergreen Star Trek series. Designed by Steven V. Cole. 6.56
 
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23. Board Game: Terrible Swift Sword [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:2677]
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Richard Berg's epic of the three most famous days of the American Civil War is the only monster game on the list. Possibly more admired than played these days? 7.21
 
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24. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3157]
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David Smith's abstract card game is surprisingly little played, garnering only 11 votes. Mine is not one of them. 7.45
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25. Board Game: Arabana-Ikibiti [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:8605]
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If the forthcoming 3-4 player version eclipses this one, may have to remove it from the list, a victim of its own success! By Günter Cornett. 6.40
 
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