Casual Two Player Games to Play with the Wife or significant other
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Have you just gotten into the hobby ? Are you anxious to share your new found passion with your significant other? Well, before you run off and buy “Through The Ages” as the ultimate two player game…..do yourself a favor. Look at the list below. Here are some starter games to wet your partner’s appetite. In these games, the magic shines brightly. Remember, most people’s game group consists of their wives, build your game group wisely.

Disclaimer: The views below are personal opinions and in no way express exclusive or exhaustive interpretations of each game or the hobby as a whole.
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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This should be at the start of every list. Its beautiful, its a Knizia and it plays in less than an hour. I HIGHLY sugest playing it with the phone app score calculator
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2. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
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This is a colorful light game. It's mechanics are simple enough to draw in and facinate new gamers. However, there are some problems that arrise afer you have played it a while. But by then you will have three or four more games on your shelf to turn to.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This game was one of three games suggested to me when I started gaming. After 10 years it does seem a little simple. But if simple is what you are looking for you need not look any further. And it even says on the box , “best with two”. The thing is, this is a great game. The problem is, it is easily outgrown.
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4. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:56]
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If you are looking for a step up from Lost Cities, this is the game you should try. I admit I did not like it when I first played it. It was too simple. But upon repeated plays, the complex magic shone through.
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5. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:150]
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A popular mechanic in boardgaming is called "Worker Placement". This game applies it in a two player format flawlessly. One of my all time favorites.
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6. Board Game: The Rose King [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:995]
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An abstract game is one where you move pieces around for no other reason other than to score or win. This is that type of game. You have a bunch of tokens and you have a bunch of cards to tell you where you can put those tokens. Person with the most tokens in one group wins. Thats an over simplification but it pretty much covers it.

Fun and inexpensive game though
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7. Board Game: Drive [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3154]
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Nothing more than a fun card game. Played this a million times with the kids. If you own the game Bohnansa then you already own the game. The game can easily be played with the cards already in Bohnanza. Drive is a latter release of the game that included a four player varient. The game was however originally intended for two players
 
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8. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:481]
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For many years, Coloretto has been one of my go to games. And for years it did not include a two player version. I then found a two player varient on the internet and my wife and I just love it. I think it is included in the rerelease of this game.
 
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9. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:74]
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This game was a rock star when it came out. I picked it up because of the hype. Is it a great game? not so much, it easily gets forgotten when you have others to choose from. It is very pretty and replayable though.
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10. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:710]
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I will start by saying, I love this game. There is a lot of talk on the geek that this game is too easy, buy I love it. It is an old fashion pick up and delivery game for two. I always feel like I am a merchant when I play it.

It plays with 2 and its inexpensive
 
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11. Board Game: Tides of Time [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:835]
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I made this game out of 15 cards with animals on them. I loved it so much I went out and picked up the original. It uses a mechanic called "Card Drafting". It plays very quick and is different enough from other two player games to get a lot of play time.
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12. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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If you like dice, start here. This game plays well all the way to four, but for years it has been played as a two player at my house
 
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:113]
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Another game that plays well with all player counts. A bit more confounding than the other games. My wife gets very aggitated when she plays this game. There is a lot of pressure as the card you are working on gets smached up by your opponent.
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14. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:798]
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A gem of a two player game. One of the first in my collection. Gin Rummy mechanics with Jack the Ripper, how could you go wrong
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15. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:257]
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The chess game of our home. I must say, I do not play this game. It is too much for me. My children however have played it endlessly. The cards are thread bare. There are good guy pieces and bad guy pieces. They have their own movement abilities. And the pieces are hidden like in Stratego,

Huge hit at my house
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16. Board Game: Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3804]
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If Lord of the Rings the Confrontation is a heavey game, then this game weighs a feather. There is almost nothing to this game except theme. But boy what a theme. It is manditory at our house that if you play this game you must have a team name. The Lazy Turtles, or The Unpredictable Bananas, or whatever. Played as much as the confrontation.
 
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17. Board Game: Qwixx [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:683]
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Qwixx is by far one of my favorite games. It is that because I have been playing games for a long time and what Qwixx managtes to accoplish with dice and paper has been tried and failed at by many a big box game. Although it is best played with a full player count, a two player game is possible. You simply have to have a ghost player who rolles the dice on his turn and created a public number on his turn. You will know what I mean when you play it.
 
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18. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1138]
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Originally called "Clans", this game is a hidden agenda game. Plays well with two.
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19. Board Game: Clue FX [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4037]
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The only clue game that can be played as a two player game
 
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20. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:10]
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A personal favorite. Empire building for two. A game where you can be inches away from a grand victory only to have your 13 year old destroy you with military. This game is chunky, it has a lot of moving parts. It requires more of an investment than the other games, but it is well worth it.
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21. Board Game: Trambahn [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1154]
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I do not own this game.

It is a Lost Cities style game with a few different scoring mechanisms. Recomended by online gamers.

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22. Board Game: Musée [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2921]
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I do not own this game

Beautiful game suggested by many people online. Wow... Looks amazing.

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23. Board Game: Fastrack [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3353]
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Furious fun for five minutes. Smaller american version released by blue orange games
 
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24. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:204]
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After 10 years, finally found this one at the thrift store. Fun little abstract. Quick and unique.
 
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25. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Forgot about this one. Multiple actions . Cards give players varioüs abilities every turn. Solid gam
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