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Pat Pilot
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My main gaming partner is my wife so I play most games two players with her. I am very interested in dice placement games, but am not sure of how they play with two - I actually have read conflicting reviews on the topic.

Would you be able to suggest a dice placement game that works well with two. I am aware of Kingsburg and more recently Mardo Polo (thanks to Rahdo for a great run through), but feel that 2-player mode might be missing out on some of the interaction (for instance, Marco Polo's board looks gigantic for 2-player).

Note that I am well aware of the CAstles of Burgundy (which is one of our favorite), but I don't consider this a dice placement game...

Thanks for your help.
 
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Have you played Alien Frontiers? That plays two pretty decently.
 
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Kingsburg plays Very Well with two. You'll roll two sets of dummy dice to block random spaces, but you need that in this game anyway.
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mrouser wrote:
Have you played Alien Frontiers? That plays two pretty decently.


Haven't played it, but thought of it. Wasn't sure about the theme though so I was more interested by Kingsburg themewise. Is there any online implementation of AF to give it a try?
 
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I mostly play 2 and 3 players. Alien Frontiers was my first dice placement game. Kingsburg never really grabbed me. Then, I bought The Voyages of Marco Polo...killed AF for me at any player count. Variable setup, unique player powers, hidden objectives. The size of the board is not really an issue.
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Waggle Dance and Euphoria both work with two players.
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My wife and I have really taken to The Voyages of Marco Polo. We used to be fans of Alien Frontiers but found the game stale over repeat plays. Kingsport Festival (essentially a retheme of Kingsburg) didn't really hit with us at all. Euphoria is a great games but has too much board for 2 players. Marco Polo has been excellent though; lots of variability and replayability. It also has a great game to play time balance; you can play a 2 player game in about 45 minutes. Also, don't fret about the interactivity, as Marco Polo is probably the "meanest" of the four I mentioned.
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My wife and I also really like dice placement games, including Castles of Burgundy. Some of our other favorites are Madeira, Troyes, and Bora Bora.

We also recently got Blueprints, which is a different take on dice placement, and we like it for short quick game. For something deeper along the same lines, maybe check out Cubist.
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Do you consider Roma dice placement?
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I think Marco Polo is great with 2 players. The board is large, but most of it is information. There is still plenty of tension for dice placement. Troyes is also great with 2 players (if you can get your hands on a copy.)
 
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+1 Bora Bora and Troyes both are excellent games with any number of players.

In addition to the two dice games above my wife and I also enjoy Yspahan with any player count.

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I don't have a game to recommend but after a few months with Alien Frontiers, I don't think it's good for 2 players at all.

If you roll raiders all the time, you'll absolutely dominate the other player. Without a 3rd player to balance things out, it's too lopsided for 2 players.
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Thanks for all your feedback. I will look more closely at The Voyages of Marco Polo, but will keep Kingsburg in mind...
 
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pepilot wrote:
Thanks for all your feedback. I will look more closely at The Voyages of Marco Polo, but will keep Kingsburg in mind...


In my opinion (and a few others) Voyages of Marco Polo is tremendously boring at 2 players.

Troyes is brilliant with 2, but is very hard to find.
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No issue at all with the Voyages of Marco Polo at two players. It plays remarkably similarly at 2P, 3P and 4P. I am curious though...what, in your opinion, caused the game to be boring at 2P that changed dramatically at 3P or 4P?
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