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Mark Geusebroek
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I'm having coffee with a friend who has shown a bit of interest in gaming, but so far we have never sat down to play a 'big' game together. As per the title, looking for something:
- simple / casual
- playable on a coffee shop table with 2 people
- perhaps co-op
- interesting / fun
- cool theme, maybe space / sci-fi

Was thinking Hanabi, but I'm not sure how well it plays with 2. Of course, I'm here because I'm looking for more suggestions.

Another thought is the new Risk: Star Wars Edition but it might be a little big for a coffee shop table.

Also Star Realms, although I have not played it myself yet, so it might be a miss trying to learn it together.




 
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I am a big fan of Star Realms, and with the Gambit Expansion you can do either competitive or co-op.

I would also recommend Tiny Epic Defenders, as a small co-op.

Paperback could be a good alternative for a deck-builder that is more "approachable". Everybody loves a good word game...right?
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The best game for the theme coffee shop I guess...



Oh wait... You probably don't mean the dutch "coffee shops"?
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Dragon's Ransom was designed for 2 player co-op (specifically couples, but wheres the distinction?)

Just don't use the role cards. It's never stated in the rules to not use them, but I thought by saying they were for the multiplayer game, it would be implied that they were not needed. My mistake.
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Here are the small 2-player games I travel with with the hopes of getting someone to play with me... I travel a lot in airports and long tour buses hotels and restaurants.

Love Letters and Love Letters: Batman

Tides of Time

Duke

Why First

Blueprints

To name a few -m



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Thanks for all the recommendations thus far. Tides of Time looks interesting. And Star Realms may find it's way to my collection after all.
 
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Horror Leader wrote:
Dragon's Ransom was designed for 2 player co-op (specifically couples, but wheres the distinction?)

Just don't use the role cards. It's never stated in the rules to not use them, but I thought by saying they were for the multiplayer game, it would be implied that they were not needed. My mistake.
Two players *is* multiplayer! whistle
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BraveRats is Love Letter for two players, essentially. I also prefer Cypher for a little bit more "game".

Star Realms is nice, and shouldn't take up too much table space. Eminent Domain: Microcosm seems like it might work also, though you may want to check the files section on BGG for the rules as the ones in the box are...yeesh.

VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game might be apropos of the setting.
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Le Fantôme de l'Opéra has been hitting the spot I think you're describing for me recently. Not in spaaaaaaaace, but I think it's a very interesting and original theme.
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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra has been hitting the spot I think you're describing for me recently. Not in spaaaaaaaace, but I think it's a very interesting and original theme.
As in, it won't fit on a coffee shop table?
 
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AceAceBaby wrote:
BraveRats is Love Letter for two players, essentially. I also prefer Cypher for a little bit more "game".

Star Realms is nice, and shouldn't take up too much table space. Eminent Domain: Microcosm seems like it might work also, though you may want to check the files section on BGG for the rules as the ones in the box are...yeesh.

VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game might be apropos of the setting.
The game with the long name has been on my wishlist for a while. I just can't find it anywhere right now.
 
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+1 Star Realms
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Hive Pocket is always the answer.

Tides of Time is excellent.
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2 player love letter (batman or LOTR) is tough to beat.

can be playing a few minutes... almost no space needed... and if your friend likes it, give it to him and buy yourself a replacement for 7$
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SEMark wrote:
TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra has been hitting the spot I think you're describing for me recently. Not in spaaaaaaaace, but I think it's a very interesting and original theme.
As in, it won't fit on a coffee shop table?
as in? It'll fit just fine.
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Love letter is a lot of fun, but I find it to shine with more people.

Star Realms has a free app, so you can try it and learn the rules, to see if you like it. I think it's great, but not for everyone.

Lost Cities is an amazing 2 player game, super simple and can be played while having a conversation, but with enough challenge where you can't just ignore what's happening.

Paperback is like Scrabble + Dominion, and is a great game, but does take some space, and definitely is better after you've played it a couple of times to get the feel for it.

Jaipur is a fantastic 2 player game that will fit on a smaller table, and the rules are pretty easy to follow for someone who isn't a gamer.
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+1 Star Realms
+1 Lost Cities
I would add Morels
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What did you wind up playing? How did it go?
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Card games seem to be the way to go for this situation. I would go with Linko or maybe red 7?

If you don't mind a little noise quixx is pretty mellow, not very thematic though. You could bring a mat to stifle the noise.

I guess it depends on how boisterous/competive you want to get but maybe ghost blitz or jungle speed.

Jaipur and Biblios come up a lot, and while I enjoy them they are probably too fiddly for what you're looking for.


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jukujin wrote:
What did you wind up playing? How did it go?
Bought Tides of Time. Looks interesting enough that I'll play it other times as well. Haven't gone for coffee yet, so not sure how it plays with that person yet...

Also buying Star Realms but I'll probably bring that out another time if Tides of Time goes over well.

Also considered games I own:
Hive - good, but a little thinky. Maybe another time.
Jaipur - good, but lots of bits. Maybe another time.
Blueprints - haven't played this myself yet. Looks like a good option but don't really want to be rolling dice in the coffee shop.
Lost Cities - I like it, but the themelessness of it doesn't help it here. Arguably tides of time doesn't have much theme either

Paperback was/is a fantastic mention here. Unfortunately I can't find it anywhere. It's definitely on my radar now.

Thanks everyone for the responses.
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