Seeking Good 2 Player Games (Thanks for the help!)
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My wife and I love board games with a strategy (no party games for us!!), but we are learning more often than not that 2 player games are hard to find.
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1. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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2. Board Game: Ta Yü [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1269]
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One of my favorites, it also works well four-player partnership.
 
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3. Board Game: Chebache [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:11386]
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Backgammon on steroids!
 
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4. Board Game: Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:798]
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There are a few games in the series; most of them play well with two players.
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5. Board Game: Knightmare Chess [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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I know you used the word "strategy" in your header, but I'm including this one anyway. It's not a strategy game. It alters chess from a strategic game, in fact, into something where you have to react almost every turn to a surprise attack.

I personally prefer it to regular chess (which I loved in my youth but haven't played in ages as my tastes changed), but those who love chess tend NOT to like Knightmare Chess.
 
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6. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Cartagena

Light'n fun.
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7. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:205]
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Hive

A challenging chess-like bug game for 2.
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8. Board Game: Axis & Allies: Pacific [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1598]
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I think that this is the best of the A&A games (I have not tried D-Day yet) and it plays great with 2 players.
 
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9. Board Game: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1637]
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This game plays best with 2 players, it really allows you to get the strategy going.
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10. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:950]
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perfect for two player, any more and the game starts to bog down. Actually all the crayon rail games would qualify.
 
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11. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:164]
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Of course more is better, but 1830 scales very well. even to two players.
 
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12. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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This plays very well with two.
 
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13. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:899]
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ANother multiplayer game, but two players is optimal in my humble opinion.
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14. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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I PROMISE NO MORE ENTRIES.

This plays best with 2 players again IMHO.
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15. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:739]
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I see you have Settlers of Catan and did not rate it very hightly. I am not a huge fan, either but I do like the card game. Every turn give you a chance to do something, not just roll dice and find you have no options. There also is a great variety in things to build and how they affect the game play.
 
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16. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:710]
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Hansa is a new game that we like very much. It scales well to 2-player. It's a game where you are given only a few actions each turn and much decide which route to take with them. Fun as well as strategic.
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17. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1067]
 
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I recently discovered this one and it's truly a good fast flowing game with one great benefit. during the game you create your own auxilery deck wich you can use at any time.
A far deeper game than most will give it credit for!
 
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18. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Any version of carcasonne will do. great 2-5 player game!
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19. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:817]
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This is GREAT with 2, 3 or 4. Lot's of fun. It's a rummy variant, with great theme. Lot's of twists, back stabbing, tension.
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20. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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I *really* enjoyed playing with only 2-players. It's good. Not the same as multi-player, but good nonetheless. Even the auction seemed to work.
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21. Board Game: Starship Catan [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:810]
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I like this better than the Settlers Card Game (unless you play with the expansions). Lots of stuff to do, neat theme, good competition... works for me.
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22. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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THIS is a GREAT 2-player experience. Challenging, fun, tense... bluffing, missed chances... great "play again" appeal. It also *feels* like Lord of the Rings! Saruman kicks butt, unless he meets Gandalf. The Orcs, who are great at ambush, fear Gimli. The Palantir can see everywhere but The Shire. Gandalf the White can only appear in Fangorn Forest. The Cave Troll is strong but very, very stupid. It's a hunt for Frodo. It's a race against time. It's confrontational, nasty sometimes, always good!
 
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23. Board Game: Battleball [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2197]
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My nephew and I have a lot of fun with this one, and neither of us are even sports fans. This is probably my favorite 2-player game.
 
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24. Board Game: Take Stock [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5682]
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I hope you get the chance to try Take Stock some time. A card game that plays very nicely with 2-players, with a typical duration of 45 minutes.
 
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