Jennifer Haar
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I am looking for game suggestions for 2 player games that will be relatively easy to get into. I'm a game nut, but I lean more toward retro classics, and silly humor games. My hubby is really more of a trivia guy, but I am soo mega sick of trivia I could scream! We have a couple of the ticket to ride games, and have enjoyed that. I feel like there's a whole world of 2 player games that I just have no clue even exhist!
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Some ideas:

















Fluxx for silly humor
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Dominion
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San Juan
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Jaipur
Piñata
Battle Line
Carcassonne
Finca

And be sure to check out Rahdo's run through videos. His focus is on games that play well with 2 players, though the level of complexity/difficulty varies.
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Welcome to BGG !

Jaipur

E 2 players (competitive)
E Trading
E Set collecting
Great production quality
Low price

Battle Line

E 2 players (competitive)
E Area control
E Set collecting
Low price

Caesar & Cleopatra

E 2 players (competitive)
E Area Control
E Bluffing
Great production quality

Le Fantôme de l'Opéra

E 2 players (competitive)
E Deduction
E Asymmetrical gameplay


The next games work great with 2 players, but have room for more people to join your table:


Pandemic

E 2-4 players (cooperative)
E Variable difficulty level
E Expansions available

Takenoko

E 2-4 players (competitive, on a relaxing level)
E Gateway level strategy
Humorous theme
Great production quality

Dominion

E 2-4 players (competitive)
E Deck building
E High replay value
E Expansions available

San Juan

E 2-4 players (competitive)
E Variable roles/phase order
E Hand management
Low price

Elder Sign

E 1-4 players (cooperative)
E Dice rolling
E Very thematic
E Expansion available
Great production quality

Lords of Waterdeep

E 2-5 players (competitive)
E Worker placement
E Expansion available
Great production quality

Terror in Meeple City

E 2-4 players (competitive)
E Dexterity
Humorous theme, silly gameplay


Personally, I would buy Pandemic and Jaipur first.

Have fun !
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Thank you for your suggestions so far!! It just so happens that next week is my birthday...so woo perfect timing to ask this!!
 
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A lot of great suggestions here.

+1 for Jaipur
+1 for Lost Cities

and I recommend:
Mr. Jack Pocket is super awesome.
Adventure Time Card Wars: Finn vs. Jake

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+ 1 Jaipur
+ 1 Pandemic

Maybe also look into

Targi : 2 player game with workerplacement, set collection and recource collection

Jambo or Asante : 2 player card game, selling and buying goods and persons or animals with special ability's
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Big +1 for Lost Cities. (I think Lost Cities is vastly superior to Jaipur and Jambo, but that's just me.)


Also, perhaps one of the best 2 player games I have ever played:
Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation. It's kind of like Stratego with asymmetric player powers and different winning conditions for each side. It also has hand management as each side has 9 cards they can use to enhance their characters in conflict, but each card can be used only once and so you have to be careful when you use each card. And you do not have to be a Lord of the Rings buff to enjoy the game. A passing knowledge is really all you need.
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We are almost strictly 2-player game people here. These hit our table regularly!

Economic: Asante (newer version of Jambo).
Worker Placement: Targi, Stone Age, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Tile Placement: Carcassonne (with a couple of expansions. I would pick Inns and Cathedrals and Traders and Builders).
Dice: Arena Roma II, Ra: The Dice Game
Cards, cards and more cards: Lost Cities, Dragonheart, Jaipur, Battleline.
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Battle Line >>>>> Jaipur >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lost Cities.

+1 Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
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Looks like the one to check out is Jaipur first! Thank you all for your great suggestions, there are so many here I have never heard of. I wish I could play them right now
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There have been some great suggestions on here for simple two player games. I would like to suggest Keyflower for something with a little more depth and complexity, but not too difficult to learn. If you haven't played many designer boardgames, it might help to watch a video of Keyflower like this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2NKgzLpviA
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Meta-comment:

I've seen/participated in hundreds of recommendation threads before, but have never seen such use of boxfront pics! very cool.
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thefishman wrote:
Meta-comment:

I've seen/participated in hundreds of recommendation threads before, but have never seen such use of boxfront pics! very cool.

In most cases I post the covers along the recommendation for a) first (superficial) impression and b) helping the other person to remember what I was talking about when standing in the local game store days, maybe weeks or months later.

It also helps myself bringing some structure in the post (new picture = new game) and makes the text I post along less boring. I hope.
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I love having the pictures! I am a visual person, so I like seeing a Name with a picture. Exactly like you guys said, helps you to remember. Ive already put many of these games in my wishlist!
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Carcassonne and Lost Cities can't be stressed enough!!



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I think you'll have your high hopes dashed if you buy Jaipur alone for your birthday gift. After one or two plays you may be saying, "Is that all there is?" It's a very quick game with not much depth.

I agree completely with all of Denise's suggestions. Please research the games she suggested. And she is in the same situation you are: 2-player only.

I LOVE Targi, a newly published game. It's one on Denise's list.
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These are my favorite two player only games to play with my wife.


Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small


Morels


Le Havre: The Inland Port


Lost Cities


Aton


Roma


Dungeon Twister


Hive


Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation


Jambo
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EllenCaroline wrote:
I think you'll have your high hopes dashed if you buy Jaipur alone for your birthday gift. After one or two plays you may be saying, "Is that all there is?" It's a very quick game with not much depth.

That's the reason why I suggested to buy Jaipur and Pandemic together.

Although I would not agree that Jaipur falls flat this fast and it would not have depth. There is just the right amount of strategy to discover in this game which makes it so great.
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Well good news is I haven't purchased any yet!! I will be sure to carefully look at the suggestions, and make my list!! Honestly, I want like all these games
 
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Big +1 to Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small (with at least one expansion). It's what's known around here as a "wife" game, only in this case it'd probably be weird to call it that This is my go-to when i want to play a game that feels like a full fledged boardgame but plays in 30 minutes.... It's really a standout at what it does.

Have a look at Star Realms. It's the definitive intro to the wonderful deckbuilding genre. $15, small box, but teaches the basics and is a pretty nifty game to boot. If this is a hit, look into the classic (and more expensive) Dominion Big Box (English)
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Not a game suggestion, but hopefully a suggestion that will hopefully help you enjoy more games, more quickly....

Like you, I tend to be "visual" and this applies to learning games as well. So, I would take advantage of the video tutorials and reviews that have been created by the many dedicated and talented reviewers that frequent the BGG forums. If you look under the "Video" section of any game there is a pretty good chance that someone has done a review, a tutorial or a complete walkthrough of the game which will help decide whether a certain game is for you and if so, will help get you up to speed quickly.


With these tutorials, even games that seem complex are fast and simple to learn. Well, OK then. I guess I do have a few suggestions for games then. With the help of a good video tutorial almost any game is easy to learn, so you may want to also consider very popular but more substantial games such as Castles of Burgundy, Troyes, or Suburbia which all play well with 2.

 
 

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goldengamer wrote:
Not a game suggestion, but hopefully a suggestion that will hopefully help you enjoy more games, more quickly....

Like you, I tend to be "visual" and this applies to learning games as well. So, I would take advantage of the video tutorials and reviews that have been created by the many dedicated and talented reviewers that frequent the BGG forums. If you look under the "Video" section of any game there is a pretty good chance that someone has done a review, a tutorial or a complete walkthrough of the game which will help decide whether a certain game is for you and if so, will help get you up to speed quickly.


With these tutorials, even games that seem complex are fast and simple to learn. Well, OK then. I guess I do have a few suggestions for games then. With the help of a good video tutorial almost any game is easy to learn, so you may want to also consider very popular but more substantial games such as Castles of Burgundy, Troyes, or Suburbia which all play well with 2.

 
 



Thank you for this suggestion...I will be sure to take full advantage of these videos when I start getting some of these games!!
 
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