2-Player Variants that work well
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As the post reads this is a geek list for two player variants for games that work well. In other words variants that are enjoyable and (in at least your mind) enhance the gameplay on a 2-player level. These may be for a game that already supports 2 players or for a variant that allows 2 players when it would otherwise not.

In the description of each item please add credit (if known) to the poster of the variant along with a link to the forum or file where the information is located.

**This list most likely already exists in some form. If that is the case, consider a chance for some of these variants to get posted into a fresh list and not just buried in an old geek list**
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1. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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A little shameless self promoting first. The TTR Ghost Train variant adds two (or just one) ghost players to increase the competition of two player games for the USA map. I really enjoy it and wouldn't enjoy playing without it now!

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/464794/ttr-ghost-train-varia...
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2. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:494]
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Official 2-player variant by designer Alex Rockwell. I have tried this and it really does make for a decent 2-player match up. Good work Alex.

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/477951/official-2-player-var...
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3. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:35]
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Excellent variant by Henri Harju

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/257485/brass-2-player-va...-

There's even a version of the board modified for this variant.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/53220/brass-board-for-...
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4. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Included with the game the 2 player rules work really well and make for a good quick worker placement game.
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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My all time favourite!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/128510/2-player-official...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/1583/puerto-rico-varia...
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6. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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Truth is that I haven't really tried this variant yet. But heard that it plays well.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/25144/ysp2us-pdf
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7. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:320]
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The two player variant for Citadels works very well. Players each select two roles. The variant really emphasizes the bluffing element that is present to a lesser degree in the multiplayer game.

See: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/506935/citadels-review-o...


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8. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
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Part of the official rules now, Ra plays so well 2 player, it is difficult to fathom how this was missed in the play-testing of the game. An excellent example of an auction system that works with 2.
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9. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:202]
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/437708/2-player-endeavor

As the designer explains in this thread, 2 player Endeavor will never be the same game as with more, but I have certainly found it to be engaging and worthwhile. Indeed, I think it plays a lot better than many games which claim to support 2 players from the outset.

I am wary of 2 player variants which require too much extra labour, such as playing two boards per player. This variant requires the placing of neutral tokens to keep the game map competitive, which is not particularly time-consuming (although I do have a tendancy to forget to do it).
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More shameless self promoting. I am most proud of my 2 player variant for the game Bridge Troll. I spend hours designing, play-testing and finally doing the rules writeup.

I removed the bidding mechanic and added pick up and delivery to make the game work for 2 players.
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11. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:42]
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7 Wonders has a 2p variant in the rulebook that works really well.
It is very simple to operate, and while it doesn't add the fun that a third real player does, the "dummy player" makes the game very enjoyable with 2p.
 
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12. Board Game: Hermit [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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I designed a 2 player variant for this gem of a game by PD Magnus. I love it so I think it works very well. Hope you all agree.
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