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I'm currently building some origami icehouse pyramids and was interested in introducing my wife to some of the games that use Icehouse pieces.

Which is the best Icehouse game for 2 players? Is there an Icehouse version of Lost Cities?



 
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I'd go with Volcano or Homeworlds (look for the rules to the "binary" variant). For Volcano, I always play with the rule that you can only move one individual cap per turn, but as many times as you like; otherwise, the game is just far too prone to "Well, let me just try this and see what happens... if I move this, then this... wait, that didn't work! Where was everything?!"
 
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I play Volcano with my wife. We play where you can move any number of caps as long as no eruption occurs, but if you move the cap, that's it, it's moved. It does add to the analysis, but for us, it works well enough.

You might also want to try Gnostica.
 
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Ice Towers is pretty wild. Stacking and mining and all kinds of crazy fun.
 
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Malacandra wrote:
Ice Towers is pretty wild. Stacking and mining and all kinds of crazy fun.


Does it really work with 2 with the "ghost" player? I never tried it.
 
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torpedo is light but fun!
 
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My fave is the predecessor to Gnostica, which is called Zarcana.

Of course for both one needs a Tarot deck that preferably has stickers applied to each, so it takes some work to create a set.
 
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My wife really likes 2-player Zarcana -- she usually makes do with the cheat sheet and no stickers. It doesn't work well with the Baseball Tarot, though.
 
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I think Pikemen a lot.
 
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The 2 player version of Zendo with each player choosing a rule and both players marking all the koans on different sides is quite fun too (as long as both players choose rules with similar difficulty).

Two player homeworlds is very much like chess and my gf doesn't enjoy it a lot, but she enjoys Volcano and RAMbots. Also Martian Backgammon is a nice light game too.

-Jorge
 
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Thanks for all the great suggestions geeks!

While we're at it:

What do you like better Gnostica or Zarcana?

Thanks! goo
 
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peacmyer wrote:
My fave is the predecessor to Gnostica, which is called Zarcana.

Of course for both one needs a Tarot deck that preferably has stickers applied to each, so it takes some work to create a set.


There is a generic tarot deck for gnostica that has been linked to in the past that is easy to print and sleeve for this game.
 
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