2 Player games for lunch time
Randy Mooney
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I have a buddy that I play games with on weekends. We also work together and can't really just whip out Carcassone or Puerto Rico during a lunch break. Can anyone suggest a 2 player game that you can play maybe two - three times during a lunch time AND that is easily contained ... shoot, maybe even play on a park bench?
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1. Board Game: Ingenious: Travel Edition [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:862]
Kent Reuber
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Plays in about 15 minutes, plus is really interesting and challenging. If that weren't enough, there is the full Ingenious which accommodates 4 players.
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2. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1087]
Kent Reuber
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San Mateo
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You can play several games of Backgammon in an hour.
 
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3. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Randy Mooney
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I forgot I had this in my "asenal".

This is a game that can be done fairly quickly, easily done ... wouldn't even really need to get the board.

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4. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1481]
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Travel Cathedral is worth having around for a lunchtime game.
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5. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:710]
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I've "played" Zendo during the work day in my office. I set up a koan on a small table in the middle of the room, and people who pass by will build their own koan and walk away. I'll mark it and they will return later on in the day to build anew or make a guess.
 
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6. Board Game: Volcano [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2869]
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I can never seem to mention Zendo without also mentioning Volcano. This is an excellent lunch time game. Though assembling your own set is not cheap.
 
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7. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:745]
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You could probably play 2 or 3 games of Fairy Tale during lunch. Plays with 2, but gets even better with 3 or 4. Cheap too! Provides a Magic drafting feel without the expense.
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8. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
Rich Chamberlain
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Ideal - maybe not the Deluxe edition since its larger.
Problem is that it may be hard to get this version.

As for playing you can easily get a few games in during lunch.
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9. Board Game: Blokus Duo [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:770]
Mike Summers
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The perfect game for your listed requirements. The board and pieces lend themselves well to being packed, and would work well outside or wherever.
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10. Board Game: Pecking Order [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2579]
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Plays very fast.
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11. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
David Bush
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No board needed, handy zippered pouch. But remember to pick up all the pieces when you're done, or the waitress may wonder what sort of tip you left.
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12. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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A definite addition to the lunch time, two player list. Well played between me and my co-worker.
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13. Board Game: The Battle for Hill 218 [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1476]
Jason Henke
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This is a pretty quick playing game. It's military themed, but it strikes me as more of an abstract game. It plays really well. It's got a good feel and it's perfect for lunch in terms of portability and playtime.

My first encounter with it was at the Geek Con and I picked it up. Glad to have done so. You can also play it online if you want to try it out.

A pretty good design.
 
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14. Board Game: Ingenious: Travel Edition [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:862]
Jason Henke
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Maple Grove
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I second the idea of Ingenious. The travel one is great for 2. The bigger one rocks if you have others who may join you guys for lunch.

The travel edition is sized well for desk storage and for throwing in the trunk.
 
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15. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:412]
Jason Henke
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Maple Grove
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Not as portable, but a great game. One I'm quite smitten with at the moment.
 
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16. Board Game: Dragons of Kir [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:5285]
Jason Henke
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Like Mr. Jack, in that it's not as portable, but a very neat game. It might be worth a gander.

It, like Mr. Jack, is starting to win me over. I'm enjoying the heck out of it at the moment.
 
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17. Board Game: Treehouse [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:5498]
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Brooklyn
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Fun, fast and totally portable - I always carry a tube in my coat pocket.

Has the added bonuses of a) being playable with up to 4 and, b) having over a dozen other games you can play with just one tube . . .
 
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18. Board Game: Hidden Conflict [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:15105]
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Slidell
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Don't let the rulebook that comes with the game scare you off. Just get the revised one from the publisher's website, and you're good to go.

The game is scalable, so there's no need to have additional players for optimal play. All the armies are equal, save their own special items/events. I can highly recommend this sleeper of a game.
 
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19. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Chris Ferejohn
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Mountain View
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Pitying fools as hard as I can...
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It's been around for almost 400 years. Must be doing something right. Quick, portable, and if you have a peg board it's easy to "save the game"...
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20. Board Game: Warriors [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15195]
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This is a game that gets a lot of play at my house. It plays quickly and you can get in several games. It's not backgammon, but nonetheless fun.
 
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21. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3157]
Russ Williams
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Wrocław
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2-player pure strategy, Bakelite tiles in a carrying pouch.
 
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22. Board Game: Tantrix [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2162]
Russ Williams
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2-4 players (works great for just 2, but also with 3 or 4 in case more people come to lunch, and even has some solitaire puzzles/games in case your usual partner doesn't show up), Bakelite tiles in a carrying pouch.
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23. Board Game: TZAAR [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:338] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Tzaar, or any of the earlier Gipf project games, are elegant 2-player pure strategy games that normally take less than an hour.
 
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24. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:913]
Brad N
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So far, I've played Lost Cities, Mr. Jack and Kahuna at lunch time with a co-worker. All of them worked very well. I had played Kahuna a few times before and it seemed to lack options to open up the game... it seemed the winner was determined after round 1. The time I played it at work, it was fascinating how the game changed over 3 rounds and now I am excited to try this game again.
 
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25. Board Game: Cheese Chasers [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7384]
bran mcmillin
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Houston
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Cheese Chasers is a SOLITAIRE OR MULTI-PLAYER, FREE PNP card game that I designed, takes 1-10 minutes to play. Printable on 3 pgs of 8.5" x 11" (that includes the pocketmod rule booklet). It can be played Cooperatively OR Competitively.

The objective is to surround the Cheese Cards while breaking the Mousetraps, and keeping away from the Cats. The catch is that players have to place the next card off of the previously placed card. If you have three unbroken Mousetraps out at anytime the game ENDS, and your score is ZERO! So even in Competitive play, players must Cooperate.

You'll be able to play this game 6 or 7 times against your co-workers during your lunch, and if you're the only one it plays very well solitaire. Cool thing is, it all fits in a wallet, so bringing it anywhere is a breeze.

 
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