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Calvin Daniels
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Seeking out some 2-player card games for wife and I, so recommendations are welcome. I have listed a couple on our radar
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1. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:554]
Calvin Daniels
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A classic that we play often
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2. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1065]
Calvin Daniels
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this one sounds like it would fit well
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3. Board Game: Duell [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3102]
Calvin Daniels
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maybe better for son and I, but on the radar
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4. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Eric Brosius
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Needham Heights
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My wife and I are big fans of this game. Even better, we're evenly matched, so it keeps us on our toes.
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5. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:796]
Lee Hancox
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My wife loves this game. I like it, but cannot find a single way to beat here at it. I get absolutely seriously handed it on a plate every game. I think it something like 12 v 1, the 1 being, the introductory game.
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6. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
Lee Hancox
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Played this a lot of times, great to travel with, like the game above, have bought the expansion, but never got them to the table yet. We have had some real go long battles on this one. Unlike the rummy games you need a bit more (a lot more) table space.
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7. Board Game: Razzia! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1224]
Lee Hancox
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Melbourne
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Being Ra fans this gets a run as a 2 player, but no where near as good as Ra. But worth a mention.
 
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8. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
Lee Hancox
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Wonderful light card game with plenty of strategy. This hit the table almost every night when there wasn't enough time for St Petersburg. A fine 2 player game.
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9. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:855] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Lee Hancox
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If she like confrontational games this one is fantastic, I have had a absolute roller coaster of a ride playing this game. The more you play, the more you understand the cards and their abilities against opponents cards. Wonderful game, underated.
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10. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
Lee Hancox
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My last suggestion and my least favorite of the ones I already offered. Its ok, easy and quick to play, probably a bit better with 3 or 4, but we still play it occasional when the brain is tired or the wine flowed to easily. very simple game. For the price you can pick it up its worth it, I'll get the nieces and nephews into it soon.
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11. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
John Earles
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Toronto
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or Schotten Totten.

So easy to learn, but such a great 2-player card game.

Check out FlexGames for a great online implementation of Schotten Totten.
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12. Board Game: Gin Rummy [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:3172]
Jeffrey D Myers
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Other than cribbage, my favorite 2-player card game with standard deck.

Like cribbage, you can add a gambling component if desired.
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13. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
John Earles
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Jambo is another great 2-player card game; actually the one my wife and I have played most face-to-face. It give the feeling of a collectable-style game, but you both share a single draw deck.
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14. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Dave VanderArk
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Coopersville
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The two player version of Citadels is fantastic. Each player gets two every turn, so you almost never lose a turn. The game also moves a lot quicker, you will be done within 30 minutes, but it's a tense, exciting 30 minutes. This and Cribbage are my favorite two-player card games.
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15. Board Game: WYSIWYG [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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This is a two-player trick-taking game of my own design that only requires a standard deck of cards. I don't see any trick-takers in the games you rate, Calvin, so it's tough to say if it's suited for you and your wife, but at least it won't cost you much to find out if it is. The game isn't all that difficult to learn, but I think it takes a good deal of skill to play well.
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16. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1094]
Wolfgang Blum
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This is currently my favorite 2 player card game.
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17. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
Matthan Heiselt
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Holly Springs
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This game has a surprisingly good two player variant.

"Poo" you may say. "How can a game based almost solely on trading have a good 2-player version. Poo on you!"

Just like deep-fried Snickers bars, don't knock'em till you try'em.
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18. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1406]
maks teper
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If you liked Stratego, here is something for you
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19. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:835]
Guy Riessen
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Sebastopol
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This has a small board--actually really about the same size as Lost cities, but square, but it is essentially a card game with pieces to mark "control." It is also one of the very best 2-player (non-wargame) games I've played.
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20. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
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Our new favorite. Good strategic card play. Many routes to victory. Quick game.
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21. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:369]
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If you are thinking of Lost Cities, why don't you try this one? Very similar, but cheaper, faster, smaller and if you ask me, funnier... and you can play them with our without tactics cards, so you maybe it will last longer than Lost Cities (at least for me it is).
 
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22. Board Game: Casino [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5243]
J. Romano
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If you like Cribbage, try Cassino (sometimes spelled Casino). Like Cribbage, it's a class of card games all by itself.

Unfortunately, while not that difficult to learn, the game is kind of hard to learn by reading rules. In my opinion, it's best to learn it from someone who already knows how to play and can give you good examples (and who knows what rules you're having trouble understanding so can easily clarify them).

 
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23. Board Game: Schnapsen [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4253]
Stven Carlberg
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Decatur
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http://www.pagat.com/marriage/schnaps.html for the rules of play.

I'd played cribbage for decades before meeting up with Angelika, originally from Austria, who taught me this excellent two-player trick-taking game.

There are variations, but Schnapsen in its pure form is the one she remembers her parents playing and the one I like best.
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24. Board Game: I Go! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2438]
Kevin Cachia
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While Corsari can be played with more than two, I prefer it as a head-to-head match-up.

It is a close relative to Gin, I suppose, but plenty different, and much more interesting IMO.

As with Gin, you are collecting sets, and should decide to end the hand when you think you have less dross than your opponent, but that decision can be made anytime. And the "tavern" is a brilliant addition if you ask me.
 
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25. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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If you are looking for games that use *only* cards, then technically this does not fit...but Saint Petersburg is a great card game. However, it does use a board to keep the cards and points organized. It is excellent as a two player (some say it is best that way) but can also be played with up to four.
 
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