2 Player games that are worth checking out
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Both for casual gaming communities and intense playing groups. What would you say is recommended?

Not a ranking list, will keep it up to date as possible.
If it gets too crammed, will make a split for light and dense 2-player games.

Please give your favourite in this category with motivation.
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Frank Oosterom
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My Birthday present this year. Very nice, indeed. Simple to learn, gets more intense with every play, as the roles are really nicely interacting.
 
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2. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:736]
Frank Oosterom
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I hear this 2 player card edition is just as notable as the (in)famous board game. True or false?
 
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3. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:876]
J.M. Diller
United States
North Street
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This is probably our favorite 2-player game at the moment. Engaging, yet not overly complicated.
 
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4. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Frank Oosterom
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5. Board Game: Kung Fu Fighting [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3403]
Luke Morris
England
Faversham
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Fast moving, fights can be over in just a few moves, or turn into many-moved epics. Card game, which, although requiring the usual luck of the draw, also rewards clever play and of course using the mighty Drunken Stance!
 
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6. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:131] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Frank Oosterom
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I tried out Yinsh with a distributor, went up the roof for confusement. Didn't seem to have control of anything, so put me off somewhat.

Others of this series on anybody's favourite list?
 
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7. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:855] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Brad Johnson
United States
Crystal Lake
Illinois
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This is my new favorite. Even though it's fairly dependent on dice rolling, it's quick and fun and I find myself always wanting to play "just one more".
 
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8. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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Perhaps the best game I've bought in years. Relatively simple rules that result in deep play. Expect a couple of plays to see some of the nuances.
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9. Board Game: Heavy Gear Fighter [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12554]
Martin Larouche
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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A great game for two players. (If you do not play with the expansion, which ruins somewhat the experience).

See also:
Video fighter and Project A-KO fighter
 
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
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Didn't like the online game, still wanna try out the real version. Cool bits for one, and a nice variation on the chess theme.
 
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12. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
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13. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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14. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
steve s
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Sacramento
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im sure this game is more fun with more players, but it is a great 2 player game.
 
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15. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:913]
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16. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
Juuso Mattila
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Arlington
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The ghost 3rd player works really well and actually gives players more options. The game also scales up to 6 players nicely if needed.
 
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17. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2276]
Barry Kendall
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Lebanon
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This was a pleasant surprise. Affordable, replayable, requires sound planning and reactions with just enough luck to keep both players in the running. Underrated and well worth obtaining. Fine physical presentation, too.
 
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18. Board Game: Age of Napoleon [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1654]
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this game is very good specially for those who like the period .a medium strategic wargame with cards adding fun in the game
 
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19. Board Game: Shazamm! [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3655]
C├ędric Junillon
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Lausanne (Switzerland) or Lyon (France)
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Always me adding this one... maybe someday, someone will do that for me.

Strategy, suspense, excitement, psychology and a bit of luck make this theme drenched game extraordinary...
 
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Castle [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:494]
Dave MacGugan
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Medford
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I prefer this one than to original for two players.
 
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21. Board Game: Fire and Ice [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4193]
Les Lauber
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Osage City
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I've become very fond of this. The feature of placing an opponent piece on the space your piece vacates creates a tremendous tension between assertive offensive play and defensive play. A turtling player necessarily loses, as does a recklessly aggressive player. This one can be a brain-burner, and yet takes reasonably little time. I highly recommend it.
 
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