I would love to add these games to my collection... BUT...
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...I don't want to buy them and have them collect dust on the shelf. This is why I need you to help me make the decision as to which ones are best for me in my current situation. As it is right now, I only have one other person to play games with about 10 months out of the year. We are both gamers though and are willing to try just about any kind of game besides CCG's. I have just recently discovered that there are games out there besides Monopoly, Risk, and Clue and have already bought several games that I throughly enjoy (Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride). Anyways... what I am going to do is list the games I am interested in and I need help/opinions on whether or not the specific game can be played by two people and/or if the game makes a good two player game. Feel free to add your own suggestions and just any general information about the game you may want to give. Thanks.
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1. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1038]
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We have been playing Risk lately and would like a new game that is Risk-like but not Risk.
 
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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Someone reccommended this game to me but I'm not sure if it is playable by two people.
 
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
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I have heard good things about this game...
 
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4. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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With the knowledge I have right now... this is the game I *think* I want the most because it is said to be like Puerto Rico (which I have to try) but it is playable by two people.
 
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5. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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I'm Scottish... I own a kilt... I need to know more about this game.
 
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6. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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I've read that this is one of the best two player games around... can anyone confirm?
 
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7. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This game looks intriguing... but do you have to paint the pieces?
 
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8. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1077]
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I know this can't be played by two people... but Clue is one of my favorite games and this one sounds like it takes the whole genre a step further... how much better is this game than Clue?
 
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9. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1020]
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I saw this when I was looking at Mystery of the Abbey on Days of Wonder's website and it looks awesome... I'm pretty sure this can't be played by two people though...
 
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10. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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PLEASE TELL ME THIS CAN BE PLAYED BY TWO PEOPLE
 
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11. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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I think I heard about a two player variant of this game... but I think I also heard that it wasn't that great? is this true or false?
 
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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I can't wait to find out more about this game... I own Ticket to Ride and I love it.
 
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13. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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I'm not sure... but from the looks of it... this game reminds me a little bit of Carcassonne... and that's a good thing because I love Carcassonne and am in the process of getting a few of the expansions.
 
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14. Board Game: Elk Fest [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2489]
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This is a great change of pace game. It's a dexterity game with a quirky theme. Just make sure elk doesn't get wet.
 
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15. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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If you're willing to try (or like) abstract games, you can't do much better than the Gipf series games. Yinsh is probably the most popular, though they all have their proponents.
 
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16. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1041]
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If you are looking for good 2-player games that are light in rules (e.g., short enough to read in 10-15 mins the first time you play), you can't do a lot better than the "Kosmos" series. I'm fond of Lost Cities, mentioned above, but there's also Kahuna, Hera & Zeus, Odin's Ravens, The Reef, and this one (Babel), plus several more I haven't played enough to recommend.

No, they're not classics, but they have advantages over others mentioned here: they're rather cheap (can be had on eBay for around $10 each), very portable, and do not have a steep learning curve.
 
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