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Rob Koch
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Hi everyone.. I'm relatively new to the community and to more serious board gaming and am looking for some recommendations. First, some games I like and second, what I'm looking for in a game.

Some games I like:
Chess
Go
Catan Card Game
Settlers (duh)
Samurai (in theory, its coming in the mail tomorrow.. I like what I read here but haven't played yet)
Through the Desert (same as shogun)


What I'm looking for:
I like a game that is predominantly about strategy and outsmarting your opponents. I am not opposed to a luck element being involved, but I don't want it to be such that it can make or break your ability to succeed based on whatever happens to be rolled. Another important but not critical element at this point is that the game be playable by 2, but not significantly handicapped as a 2 player game if its built for more. Case in point would be Settlers of Catan; while the 2 player variation out there is good, you can't shake the feeling that the game was meant for more. I'm hoping to join a local gaming group soon so I will have more people to play with, but for the time being 2p friendliness would be nice.

I've been eying Twilight Imperium 3ed but it seems like although I can get 3 people regularly to play it might be better with more.

Im looking forward to your input! ninja
 
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I'm cross-posting in recommendations where it belongs. Please ignore this one. sorry!
 
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Donald Walsh
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You might like Dungeon Twister.
 
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Goa.
 
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- Tigris & Euphrates
- Dungeon Twister
- Hive

 
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Antonio Chavez
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OK... if you want combat, you'll probably love Nexus Ops. If you want to play nice, Ticket to Ride. (But from the tone of your post, I'd go more for Nexus Ops).
Guillotine is fun, if chaotic; plays well with 2 and expands easily.
Scotland Yard is good with 2, and scales easily.
 
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Matthew Brychel
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I also suggest Goa very chesslike with two players, but still fun with 3. I have not tried it with four so I cannot offer a recommendation there.

For Light 2 player I also liked Memoir '44

 
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Ditto on the suggestion of Tigris & Euphrates and Hive. Sounds like you'd really like them both. T&E works well with two players but is also great with more. Hive is a two player that is short, simple and can be pretty tense.
 
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I will throw another vote for Tigris and Euphrates.
 
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I've heard that Hansa is chess-like with 2 players.
 
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I'll throw a vote for T&E although it only works well if the players are aggressive, otherwise it might end up being kinda boring as players sit on opposite corners building monuments and racking up points.

Caylus on the other hand, seems to work better with fewer players than more (which then starts to drag), and no luck factor except the very beginning, which also gets comparisons to Chess, although it's probably not as deep.
 
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Ingenious came to mind as soon as I read the names of you first two games. There is a fair amount of luck, involving the tiles that you draw, but there is a bunch of strategy as well. It is sort of like scrabble, without you having to become a walking dictionary to play well.

Puerto Rico comes to mind as well. It didn't become the number one game on the geek for no reason. You might also like San Juan, Puerto Rico's card game little brother, since you have "both" Settlers.

If you want to try wargames, both War of the Ring and Twilight Struggle are great games. WotR lets you game the books/movies, without forcing you to slavishly follow the plot - I recommend this game to any Tolkien fan. TS introduces you to the card driven mechanic used by some of the best wargames out there, and does it with a theme that any of us can understand. Just be aware that the first game of WotR can last six hours or more, and TS can go four hours for your first game.
 
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Bonaparte at Marengo, Tikal, Napoleon (Columbia Games), Tamsk, Gipf, Zertz.
 
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I really really recommend Antike. My group loves it. If you want something a little more abstract, I'll throw in another vote for Tigris and Euphrates. By the way, did I mention you should buy Antike!

 
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