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It'll be cold and snowy here for at least the next four months. Every time the snow falls heavily my partner and I discuss how we wish we had a long, heavy game to play through the evening, maybe with some mulled wine or cider simmering on the stove. Unfortunately, while we have quite a few games that play from about fifteen minutes to around ninety minutes or so, we don't have a game that really provides the sense of long, night-filling expansiveness we're looking for. I am thinking at least, say, three hours. Can ya help me out with some suggestions?

A few hopes: I'd like the game to feel expansive and epic, with a lot of room for developing a strategy over a long series of turns. It must play well with only two players, but if it can play more that's great. My partner has a preference for fantasy and science fiction themes, and mostly has no interest in historical war games. The game materials should not be revolting to look at aesthetically.

What do you all play when you have this yearning? I'd love to hear what you play even if it doesn't match all my criteria.
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Most of the good deep 2p games are war games.

How about 2p Dominant Species?
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The two games we play that spring to mind are...

War of the Ring

Twilight Struggle

...both great games IMHO.

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Android, although it may take in the order of 4-5 hours with even just two players. (Yes, it can be played very well with just 2 players.)

The theme is excellent, with a beautiful board and with a lot of flavor text on the cards (you can decide yourself how much to read it during the game). All characters are unique with some of their own character-specific rules, personal storylines to finish during the game (happy endings give victory points), and their own demons to avoid when working on the current work case. There are many different murder cases to play. There is a great atmosphere, and although the board and the sheer number of tokens may at first intimidate you, the game mechanisms are actually quite simple when you have played once. Each game takes a long time (5+ hours for your first 2-player game), so stay clear of this game, if that is a problem for you.
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Chris Morriss wrote:
Twilight Struggle



yep
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Seems Mage Knight Board Game would fit the bill nicely.

It takes a while and has that epic feel. Strategy is there. Long, heavy. Good with two players. (and solo) Looks nice. fantasy.

Downside (maybe) it takes a bit to learn and consumes your entire table.

But it is tons of fun to play.
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Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan I know you said no historical wargames, but this is a damn elegant game. You really should have a look.
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Runewars for fantasy and game length. Plays well with two, and you can 'hunker down' and enjoy this one for about 3 hours, and it don't look too shabby either.



Defenders of the Realm is a cooperative, fantasy based game that plays well with 2 and can fill up an evening.


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Twilight Struggle

War of the Ring (Second Edition)

Mage Knight Board Game

Horus Heresy (2010)

Earth Reborn
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Any attraction to no theme at all? Go can burn quite a few hours. In one sense, every move feels like every other; you're constantly doing nothing more than setting a little stone at some tiny intersection. That's it. But when you describe games that...

smdoles wrote:
feel expansive and epic, with a lot of room for developing a strategy over a long series of turns. It must play well with only two players,


...you've described Go precisely. I've never been able to discern such a thing in real time, but when you read an analysis of a game along the lines of "and this shows why 31 moves ago was a blunder", you get an appreciation for how subtly deep and nuanced this game is. True, it offers all the adrenaline rush of watching a charcoal fire burn out. But you didn't mention exciting.

Expansive and epic? No doubt.
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Doesn't fit your Sci-Fi or Fantasy requirement, but a perfect 2 player game of significant length and strategic depth is Antiquity.

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Not many of these are fantasy themed, but play very well with two and can occupy many, many hours of strategic play:

Agricola
Dominant Species
Twilight Struggle
Through the Ages
Antiquity
Tzolkin
Eclipse
Caylus
Manhattan Project
Egizia
Terra Mystica
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Through the ages might be what your looking for.
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+1 Mage Knight Board Game

+1 War of the Ring (Second Edition)
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I think you want Runebound (Second Edition): fantasy theme; can be played solo, duo, or with several players; takes players on a journey of leveling up from basic adventurer to epic hero. It has the high production value that is typical of FFG games. Plus you can customize it any which-way with expansions and add-ons.

Mage Knight Board Game is also a good choice for many of the same reasons.
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I didn't read your whole post, but
A Few Acres of Snow
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Arkham Horror is a great, epic game. It's a co-op, but I would recommend you both play 2 investigators each, since 4 investigators is optimal (I play 4 investigators solo). Very thematic. If you add some horror themed music and dim the lights around you, I bet when you look out at the snowy landscape while darkness falls, you'll wonder if that's more than the wind howling in the night.

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Polis: Fight for the Hegemony. Everything I've read it's one of the best 2player games, period.

Others that we would recommend:

Through the Ages
Antiquity
Roads & Boats
Twilight Struggle
1989
Paths of Glory
1860
1862
War of the Ring
Rune Wars


And tell us what you choose!

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The smaller scenarios might only take 3 hours to set-up...

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+1000 for War of the Ring.
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smdoles wrote:
It'll be cold and snowy here for at least the next four months. Every time the snow falls heavily my partner and I discuss how we wish we had a long, heavy game to play through the evening, maybe with some mulled wine or cider simmering on the stove. Unfortunately, while we have quite a few games that play from about fifteen minutes to around ninety minutes or so, we don't have a game that really provides the sense of long, night-filling expansiveness we're looking for. I am thinking at least, say, three hours. Can ya help me out with some suggestions?

A few hopes: I'd like the game to feel expansive and epic, with a lot of room for developing a strategy over a long series of turns. It must play well with only two players, but if it can play more that's great. My partner has a preference for fantasy and science fiction themes, and mostly has no interest in historical war games. The game materials should not be revolting to look at aesthetically.

What do you all play when you have this yearning? I'd love to hear what you play even if it doesn't match all my criteria.


Dungeon Twister 2: Prison hands down meets all your criteria.
 
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Mage Knight Board Game

Can be played as a cooperative or a competitive game.

Great with 2 players, supports 4 or 5 with expansion.

Beautiful fantasy theme.

Lots of strategy.

It is a bit formidable when first starting but rules are very intuitive and rulebook is well designed.

My husband and I love this game and wish we had more snowy days to play it on.

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