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Joe Salamone
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I love Dominant Species, but Madeira is one of my very favorite games. Every time you place a worker it has an immediate impact as well as a potential impact later in the round (essentially, one worker allows you to do 2 different things . . . one now, and one later if you can afford it). Plus, you are constantly trying to achieve various goals. And you need to manage your resources. I love it.
 
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Claustrophobia is a pretty good 2 player game...fairly brutal though. Don't really know many heavy 2 player games...would love to find some out myself
 
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Agricola works just fine with two.
Twilight Struggle is only for two. It really is as good as its rating.
Trajan works fine with two.
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar also works fine with two. Some dummy workers are placed on the wheels at the beginning, but they do not have to be "played".
If you're willing to play something somewhat thematic, The Battle of Five Armies is great, and is only for two players.
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Any of these are excellent, offer great replay value, and play well with 2p. There is a mix of mechanics and themes so it comes down to what appeals most to you and player number 2 meeple

1. Bora Bora
2. Goa
3. Luna
4. Tikal
5. Core Worlds

+1 Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Let me offer up a lesser known Gem: For the Crown (Second edition) Check the reviews, it is much more awesome than the elevator pitch.
 
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Wars of the Roses: Lancaster vs. York
For 2-4 players, but any number works well.
 
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Kanban: Driver's Edition and Panamax have been hitting the table for me and my wife quite a bit lately.
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terpitude71 wrote:
Kanban: Driver's Edition and Panamax have been hitting the table for me and my wife quite a bit lately.
These two and Madeira have formed something of a triple whammy in my head. Not that I've played any of them yet!
 
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Analog_Gamer wrote:
terpitude71 wrote:
Kanban: Driver's Edition and Panamax have been hitting the table for me and my wife quite a bit lately.



Panamax with 2 players?


Panamax is fine with 2 players, but probably better with more.
 
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Although I haven't played them yet, I'm looking forward to getting Polis: Fight for the Hegemony, Wir sind das Volk!, and Reef Encounter off the shelf for some table time. I'd also like to try The Great Zimbabwe with two.

Maybe one of those will spark an interest.
 
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Heavy Cardboard podcast recently featured Wir Sind and they thought...

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it was a bit rubbish. A dull version of Twilight Struggle if memory serves.
 
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War of the Ring (Second Edition)
Mage Knight Board Game

And they come with an epic feel as well.
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Analog_Gamer wrote:
How about Nations

I'm not a fan of Nations for 2 at all.
I think any of the other heavy civ games play better with 2:
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (with Fame and Fortune)
Clash of Cultures

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or Alchemists? I'm not a big fan of the cult of the new... Like to purchase time tested games.

The deduction aspect of Alchemists is quite good and the app a nifty way of implementing it. The rest of the game feels a little underdone though and likely better with more than 2.

Fair warning: I frequently enjoy point salad type games and like Tzolk'in quite a bit.
I'm not sure if you will find Madeira to be too "point salad-y" or just a bunch of interconnected game mechansims.

Other possibilities to look into:
Caylus
Myrmes
Roads & Boats
Antiquity
De Vulgari Eloquentia
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+1 for Roads and Boats and/or Antiquity.

Heavyweight classics that are excellent with two players.
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Analog_Gamer wrote:
Gotta say my FLGS had a copy of Robinson Crusoe, which I purchased and played last night. It was a fantastic and challenging game for two. Bit more fiddly than Brass, but less so than Le Havre.

To be able to find a game as heavy and not fiddly as Brass is would be great.


Crusoe is amazing with two... voyage of the beagle expansion makes it doubly amazing!!
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letmebefree wrote:
Analog_Gamer wrote:
Gotta say my FLGS had a copy of Robinson Crusoe, which I purchased and played last night. It was a fantastic and challenging game for two. Bit more fiddly than Brass, but less so than Le Havre.

To be able to find a game as heavy and not fiddly as Brass is would be great.


Crusoe is amazing with two... voyage of the beagle expansion makes it doubly amazing!!


Robinson Crusoe is a good game, but I certainly wouldn't consider it heavy.
 
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