Games I think don't play well with 2 players
Hubert Figuière
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Montreal
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I mostly play with only two players. I have some games that a marked as 2 players and up, eventually with a variant and that actually don't work well that way.
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1. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:228]
Rob Gaines
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Reading
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This one seems to work initially as 2 player but then just gets way too formulaic.
 
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2. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
Drew Spencer
United States
Tucson
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I love the game, but playing two-player with those dummy dice just doesn't preserve the challenge of the full game.
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3. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Hubert Figuière
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I have the second edition in French, and the two players version does not really work. The roles are too easily guessable, therefor all that fun part is gone, unlike when you are 4 and up.
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4. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
Drew Spencer
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Tucson
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This might be a stand-in for just most auction games.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
Hubert Figuière
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Bohnanza. I have tried the 2 players variant that comes with the game and found that it was not as good as the original 3+.
 
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6. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:789]
Aaron Watson
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West Jordan
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This one just does not work with 2.

Any kind of planning or strategy goes out the window and it just boils down to who was dealt the best hand. Theoretically, you could just both reveal your hand after being dealt and compare them to see who takes the province.

If your opponent passes in an attempt to hold on to some cards for the next battle, and you don't think you'll fair well in that fight, you just simply play all of your remaining cards and they will have to dump all but 2 of theirs in prep for the next fight. Therefore, it goes back to who was dealt the best hand.

More than 2 players though... great game!
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7. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
Aaron Tubb
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Fuquay Varina
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While pretty fun with a large group, this is horrible with only two players. It feels way too random and is way too long for what it is with 2 players.
 
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8. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1491]
Caleb
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Seminole
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This can be a fun mess-with-your-neighbor pseudo-dungeon crawl, but with only 2 players, it stinks on ice. It's impossible to get combos against the other player, and you basically can either spend your turn helping yourself, or hurting the opponent - a zero-sum false "choice" that is a snooze-fest after you realize it (which occurs on about Turn 2).
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9. Board Game: Rail Baron [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1909]
D T P
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Pikeville
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This game is almost unplayable with only two players. It plays best with 4 or 5, or more!
Shame to because it is really a great game.
 
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10. Board Game: Castle [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2829]
Hubert Figuière
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It lists two players and is actually boring that way. The author has a variant for two players on his website, I still have to test it.
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11. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3224]
Luscious Dick Toronto
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You need at least 3. At least.
 
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12. Board Game: Grave Robbers II: Skippy's Revenge [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:5361] [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
Aaron Watson
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While goofy and somewhat enjoyable with 3-5 players, this series is horrible, horrible, with 2 players. And regardless, I feel House Rules are needed regarding "Rolling the Credits".
 
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13. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15319]
Hubert Figuière
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Monopoly not do very well with two players and there is a binary situation about having the full color or not.

Non-withstanding all the problems that faithful BGGs will find
 
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