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Kathleen Nugent
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See this list: Metalist for 2-Player Games Lists

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/123148/metalist-for-2-play...
 
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MP Szakos
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Some excellent 2 player games that I think hit your sweet spot and aren't too "brain-burny" are the following:

1) The Castles of Burgundy
2) Suburbia
3) Targi
4) San Juan
5) Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
6) Keyflower
7) Snowdonia
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Try Roma, Arena: Roma II, or Le Fantôme de l'Opéra
 
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Johannes Lindrupsen
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I second The Castles of Burgundy, Suburbia and Keyflower, all great games.

Stone Age is good if you want to have a worker placement that is fun, fast and not too complicated.

Takenoko is absolutely fun, but it's not one of my favorites. My gf likes it more than me.

I also reccomend Lost Cities for a really quick game when you want to play something but don't have the time to play for a long time. My gf and I play this game in around 8-10 minutes.

I hope that you get something nice and that you will have a great time with it

Good luck!
 
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Beau Bocephus Blasterfire
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Seasons
The Castles of Burgundy
Claustrophobia
A Few Acres of Snow
Core Worlds
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Puzzle Strike (Third Edition)
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sennaho wrote:
I also reccomend Lost Cities for a really quick game when you want to play something but don't have the time to play for a long time. My gf and I play this game in around 8-10 minutes.

Best of 3? I'm impressed, I can never manage that quickly.

Carcassonne?
Race for the Galaxy which is our most played game (and seems to appeal to people who like Magic in my experience). It's similar to San Juan (though I've never played San Juan).
 
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If you both like(d) Magic: the Gathering and Summoner Wars, why not give Mage Wars Arena a try?

On the lighter side, we (as a couple) also enjoy Jaipur (easy and quick) and Jambo (digs a little deeper).

If you're into that theme (but judging from your notes, I think you are), Claustrophobia is an excellent two player game.

Have fun!
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My wife enjoys games with some chance/luck, mainly due to the fact that she hates being outplanned in titles like Agricola, and likes mechanics that even the odds a little. She's also big on coop, titles with lots of player interaction, and games in which she can crush me in particular (usually with some of the mentioned mechanics).

For these reasons, I'd recommend:

Zombicide
Spartacus
LotR LCG
A Game of Thrones
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Pasi Ojala
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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+1 Core Worlds (2-5 players, I have also played solo). Scales well, plays around 90min with 3 players. (And is very different from Dominion.)

Deck building is part of the game, the other part is how to best manage your limited resources: actions, energy and cards. In addition to building your deck through drafting from a common center zone (cards appear during each round and stay for 2 rounds, there are 5 separate decks for the 10 rounds of the game, so during the game you progress to more powerful units and worlds), you deploy ground and fleet units, so that you can conquer worlds for victory points and to generate energy. Whatever you are doing at the time, you need actions and energy, so you have to manage those so you can get your favorite cards and conquer the best worlds. There are several strategies, so everyone is not doing exactly the same thing, but you want to keep an eye on your opponents and try to mess up their plans by snatching stuff from under their nose.

You never have the same game twice. The game scales well from 2 to 5 players (and even solo), although the type of randomness changes from center zone randomness to randomness provided by the other players.

The Galactic Orders expansion makes a good game even better.
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You should buy Jaipur. It's great. It's also a quick game, for when you don't have a lot of time to play.
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Sardauk wrote:
My wife enjoys games with some chance/luck, mainly due to the fact that she hates being outplanned in titles like Agricola, and likes mechanics that even the odds a little. She's also big on coop, titles with lots of player interaction, and games in which she can crush me in particular (usually with some of the mentioned mechanics).

For these reasons, I'd recommend:

Zombicide
Spartacus
LotR LCG
A Game of Thrones


Wait what!? I hope he means Game of Thrones the Card Game. Game of Thrones the Board Game does NOT play two players (and I won't play it with less than 5).

Also, while i like Spartacus, I can't imagine playing it with less than 3.

To echo the above poster, if you both like Magic & Summoner Wars, Mage Wars Arena is a fantastic game that takes both of those a bit deeper and has TONS of replayability.
 
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+1 for claustrophobia. Excellent assymetric game... with theme!
 
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+1 for Race; it's a more tactical game where you don't usually need to plan too far ahead.
 
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Lost Cities and Jaipur are two of my wife and mine's favorite two player games. If you're into the abstract, Hive is supposed to be great but, admittedly, I've never played it. If she has enjoyed Magic, I'd give a huge nod for Android: Netrunner.

**Edited for: Grammar Police**
 
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Jaipur


2 players
Production quality
Nice theme
Low price
Easy rules


Mansions of Madness


2-5 players (1 always being the "keeper"/bad guy)
Production quality
Part of Fantasy Flight's lovecraftian Arkham Files family
Very strong theme and atmosphere, roleplaying elements
Expansions available
Time-consuming (setup phase, gameplay in general, learning rules)
Expensive


Rokoko


2-5 players
Production quality
Fresh theme
Various valid strategies, many choices
Theme might not appeal to all players


Android: Netrunner


2 players
Asymmetrical gameplay
Strong theme (cyberpunk)
Very Strategic, including deckbuilding and bluffing
Expansions available (it's a LCG)
Rules and special terms can be daunting


Takenoko


2-4 players
Production quality
Room for different strategies
Light-hearted and colorful theme
Easy rules


Abalone


2 players
Very strategic
Easy rules
Abstract gameplay


Hive


2 players
Very strategic
Affordable
Easy rules
Theme might be problematic to some people (insects)
 
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