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For all-around enjoyability. Fun with two players; great with three or four. Something with a little depth and strategy would be appreciated.

Thanks for your recommendations!
 
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My first and most obvious pick is San Juan It is a wonderful game of hand management and you'll find yourself making some tough decisions in order to hold on to the buildings you want. There are a few different viable ways to earn points but of course you don't know what cards will get passed your way; part of the fun is learning how to manage the cards dealt to you and react appropriately. I play with 2, 3 and 4 frequently and find it works well with any number of players.

Saint Petersburg would be my next pick. I don't enjoy it quite as much with two players but it certainly works, I just find it more enjoyable with 3 or 4. I think the two player game is a matter of taste, some certainly enjoy it. Still, it is a very fun resource management game that is far less forgiving than San Juan is... a mistake early on will cost you against skilled opponents.

I recently picked up Saga and played it two players, haven't played with three or four yet. It's an interesting game, better than I think it's rank suggests. You can get it for dirt cheap online (less than $10) so I think it's worth giving a chance. Not an amazing game by any means but I'm looking forward to playing more and with more players.

Citadels is another good game, in fact one of my favorites. Certainly one of the more interactive card games I've played and it has tons of potential for screwing over other players. I haven't tried two players but there are variants for it and some people seem to really enjoy it. I've played with 3-7 and it feels a bit different with varying numbers but I think it's a lot of fun no matter what.

If you only get one card game, though, get San Juan. It's excellent
 
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RattlinBones wrote:
For all-around enjoyability. Fun with two players; great with three or four. Something with a little depth and strategy would be appreciated.


If you have a standard deck of 52 cards, you might want to give Casino a try.

Casino works really well with two players, and it also plays with three and four players (though I've heard that two is the optimal number of players).

On the surface it seems rather simple, but there is a decent amount of strategy involved (especially with two players).
 
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I have to toss in one more: Fairy Tale. It has anime graphics and Magic-like drafting system. It plays well with a wide range of players and is both social and engrossing.
 
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For strickly card games, my husband and I like Corsari, a gin-rummy-type game; and Crazy Chicken (the reprint is called Drive).
 
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I'll second San Juan and Fairy Tale. Both scale wonderfully.

Another great one that scales fantastically is The Penguin Ultimatum. There's some depth hiding behind all the insanity.

 
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San Juan was the first game that came to my mind. Citadels would be another good choice.
 
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Try skat...
 
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I agree that Citadels is good.
I also love Bang. It's a good a opportunity to talk like a cowboy, settle old scores and drink beer. All in character, of course!

6 Takes /6 qui prend / 6 nehmt is another one I like, even though I don't win at it.
 
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While San Juan is an excellent choice (one of my favorites), I think that Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper is a great alternative.

It scales very well from 2-4 players, is relatively uncomplicated, tension filled, and is extremely entertaining to play.

Some of my gaming crowd, which are not hardcore gamers, find San Juan to be too complex.

I wish I could get my friends to see the merits of San Juan, but until then Mystery Rummy is a quick, fun alternative.
 
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Colossal Arena is one of my favs. Some strategy, some luck with some gambling thrown in.
 
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Another vote for San Juan - I've had my copy for years, it's been heavily played and I still love it to bits - in fact it's one of my few 10 rated games.

There are so many different strategies you can take and it plays well with 2, 3 or 4 players.
 
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More votes here for San Juan and St. Petersburg.

I didn't like Citadels with 2/3 players as much as with 4/5.
 
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Any of the Mystery Rummy games. Be careful as one is for 2 players only. I enjoyed Wyatt Earp as well.
 
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Have a look at Glory To Rome.
 
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