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Michael
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I'm interested in a 2 player economic game for my Fiancé and I. I've looked at Agricola, and Castles of Burgundy as being candidates for the best 2 player economic game. I own Race for the Galaxy, Puerto Rico, Power Grid, and Caylus in the economic realm. I like the two player of Race for the Galaxy quite a bit, but I'd like something "Beefier."

I appreciate any suggestions and advice.
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Neither Agricola nor Castles of Burgundy have any economy to them (OK, I guess Burgundy has silver coins you can buy stuff with). They're not what I'd call economic games, although I see that if you search BGG by the Economic Game category, these sorts of things show up. To my mind, an economic game is something like Container, 1830, Indonesia or Automobile: games where you have cash holdings which you invest to improve your net worth. Unfortunately, many of these sorts of games don't work too well with just two players. Brass on the variant map has its fans, although I haven't tried it with only two.

I'm interested to see what suggestions you get.
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This should be in the recommendations forum. [moved]

I don't consider Agricola or CoB to be "true" economic games.

Here a couple of my favorites for 2 players:

Brass: Lancashire with the 2-player variant.
Navegador - I like the market found in this game.
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization - It's a civ game, but it has a heavy economic element.
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You may wish to look at Ground Floor which has you as a CEO running a corporation - it works with 2 apparently (though I've not tried the 2p version myself).

Similarly the 18xx series has a heavy economic element although not all 18xx games have a 2p option so you would need to be selective there.

I think these choices should satisfy the "beefy" requirement you mention - but naturally you should check reviews and videos to get a better idea whether you will like them or not.

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Somewhat aside from the subject, but if you enjoy Power Grid, try getting the Robots expansion, which makes the game really quite enjoyable for two players, I think.
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Moved from Agricola to Recommendations.
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Empire builder.
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We enjoy Splotter games because they are very economic and go deeper the longer you play them. Roads and Boats is our favorite right now. We also enjoy Indonesia and Antiquity, although they are pricy and harder to find.
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I believe Brass: Lancashire and London (both with the their 2P variant rules) would be fantastic, as would Puerto Rico. San Juan is also an excellent lighter alternative.

While I do not have a copy and have not played it yet, the gameplay and review videos seems to indicate that Homesteaders is also an excellent 2P auction economic game. I certainly am interested in getting it if the reprint becomes available.

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Suburbia
Merchant of Venus - pickup and deliver, but the win condition is most money
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Goa works well with two and definitely has an economic element to it.


But if it's straight up economic you are looking for, Brass and London are better. Just be sure to use the 2 player variants.


Another one you should look into is Pax Porfiriana. This is a card driven tableau game that has a strong economic element to it. It is quite a bit heavier than Race for the Galaxy and also much more interactive. You should watch an instructional video for it, though, before grokking through the rulebook. It works very well with 2 straight out of the box.


BTW, the suggestion of Suburbia is a good one especially if you were interested in Castles of Burgundy. Take COB, lose the dice and replace them with drafting and money, and you have your basis for Suburbia. There is more to it than that, of course. But they do have a lot of similarities. Suburbia , though, has a strong economic element where CoB does not.
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Le Havre, Roads & Boats, Antiquity
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Any of the following should provide the depth you seek for two.

Economics
Manufacturing
ResourceblankManagement

Action Selection:
Concordia
Le Havre: The Inland Port
Nauticus
Vanuatu (Designer posted two-player variant)
Vinhos

Worker Placement Farming:
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Principato
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Viticulture

Worker Placement Industry:
CO₂
Gear & Piston
Snowdonia
Spyrium
The Manhattan Project

Trains & Transport:
Age of Industry
Age of Industry Expansion: Belgium & USSR
Age of Industry Expansion: Great Lakes & South Africa
First Train to Nuremberg
Kings of Air and Steam
The Great Heartland Hauling Co.

Economic Speculation:
Navegador
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