2 player wargames
Brandon Johnson
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I am looking for a good two player war game. I know about War of the Ring, Hammer of the Scots and Axis and Allies, so don't add those, but what other war games are good for two player?

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1. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1750]
Jay Little
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Eden Prairie
Minnesota
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If you're a fan of Columbia's block system games, Wizard Kings is a very replayable game for two, that can be scaled to accomodate more, if interested. Setup and gameplay are fairly quick, and the variety of maps, army types and army building options keeps the game fresh for a long time in my eyes. A great game.
 
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2. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:4.99 Overall Rank:14293]
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An older game, but specifically designed for 2 players. While the theme and art are a bit cartoonish, it's a deceptively solid strategy game from Steve Jackson. I thoroughly enjoy this game, and look to this as the gateway game that got me interested in more in-depth and simulation based wargames.
 
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3. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Phil Alberg
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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This is a wargame that has broad appeal, reaching out to those who don't normally play wargames.
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4. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:945]
Ben Vögel
United States
Golden Valley
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I've been on this site for 15 years now, and I'm far from sick of games, but I think I prefer a better balance of favorites to new games. I'm also tired of playing 4+ hr multiplayer games, but I'll still happily play really long games 2 player.
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I've only played this once so far, but I feel good enough about it to recommend it as something different from what you may have seen before.

What I like :

Theme, I am into the Civil War
Beautiful artwork
New mapboard to analyze and strategerize over
Solid attempt at medium level historical simulation
Streamlined and clear ruleset
Straightforward turn sequence

What I didn't like -or- not sure of yet :

Potential length of game if CSA plays super defensively
Toward my upper limit of dice tolerance
Counter stacks and map crowding (not terrible, but a hinderance)
I also think that it could be a very depressing game for the CSA player if they walk into it without full awareness of just how dire the first year can be. Also, CSA losses due to bad luck will have a much bigger impact upon them than the USA player with those big waves of recruits showing up regularly. The CSA player needs to have a good attitude about the nature of the beast.


And, I'll also suggest other Columbia Games like Liberty, War of 1812, Rommel, Napoleon, and Pacific Victory.
 
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5. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1062]
Phil Alberg
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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This is one of the few hex and counter games I have in my collection. It's been close to 20 years since I last played it, so I cannot comment too much on gameplay, other than it seemed solid and clever at the time.
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6. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Glen Arm
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This is a very good 2 player war game if you are interested in something a lot deeper than A&A.

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7. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:889]
Jeff Heidman
United States
Macedon
New York
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A great game, fun, medium complexity, tense.
 
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8. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1657]
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Good two player game, as well. It's not Memoir, but it's not too difficult.
 
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9. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6362]
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Canada
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This is a light card based wargame that fits in your pocket and plays in about 20-30 minutes.
 
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10. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
Garrett Potvin
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If you like M'44 you will like this game.
 
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