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Gary Bradley
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I really like the look of this one, but my usual group is just me and the wife. Anyone like to comment how this game is with 2? Thanks!

For the record, games we like with only 2, but which are probably better with > 2 include:

Caylus
Carcassonne
Blue Moon City
San Juan
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It's playable, but 2 really isn't the best number. I think you really need 4 to make the competition for different areas of the board work into something interesting.
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You can try it out on spielbyweb. I think it plays fine with 2. It's a different experience -- but still fun. It's such a gorgeous game, IMO.
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Tim K.
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Some folks rave about how well it works with 2 but I just don't buy it. My wife and I tried it and it was absolutely pointless since we could just wander off and keep away from each other's temples. There is nothing forcing any competition (unless you fabricate it).

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FWIW, I agree that all the games you listed as enjoying with 2 do indeed work well with 2 (except for maybe Blue Moon City).
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Michael Kandrac
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Check out this Fort Worth Gamers website that includes a 2 player Tikal variant that removes 12 specific terrain hexes from the game...

http://fortworthgamers.inluminous.net/mambo/index.php?option...

I also recommend playing this with the Auction Variant.

Here's how one of my two player Tikals ended...



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Tim K.
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Gamegrunt wrote:
Check out this Fort Worth Gamers website that includes a 2 player Tikal variant that removes 12 specific terrain hexes from the game.

Thanks for that link. It looks quite promising and I shall give it a try! thumbsup
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I have only played this game as a 2-player variation (with my wife) although am looking forward to playing with more as I'm sure the strategy and scoring will be different. My wife and I enjoy it very much.
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I have enjoyed the two-player variant posted earlier.

The downside (taking a minute to remove specific tiles) is more than made up for by the upside (less downtime than a three- or four-player game). This game can really zip along with two, even using the auction variant (since it's just one auction per round, instead of two or three).

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Of the four games you have listed that I have played (I haven't played Caylus), I'd compare Tikal most to Blue Moon City in how it scales. San Juan and Carcassonne I consider as good as or better with two than with more. Tikal and Blue Moon City are both playable with two but don't have the competition for resources/space that makes them great for 3 or 4. That said, I wouldn't want to dissuade you from getting Tikal -- it's a beautiful game and one of my favorites. It's not terrible with two but there are many better 2 player experiences, so I wouldn't get it if you'll only be playing 2 player.
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I think it works very well as 2 player game, as long as your remove some tiles. I remove some different tiles than the Fort Worth Gamers recommend, but try their variant and see if it works for you.

When playing with my wife we often play without the auction variant (just to speed it along a bit). The luck of the draw when it comes to the volcanos can be very frustrating though, so I've been toying with the idea of a variant:

Give each player a volcano tile at the start of the game. Remove the third volcano tile. Each player can now as an option to, instead of taking a regular turn, play their volcano (thus intitating a scoring round). The third and last scoring at the end of the game plays out as normal (least points go first). A player must use their volcano tile at some point in the game.

One could even leave the third volcano (the "D" one maybe?) in the pile.
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I thank you all for the replies. I'm undecided now as to whether to buy it. So nothing changed yet. If anyone could give a recommendation for a board game that plays REALLY well with 2, either by design or else it simply does, I'd love to hear it. Probably worth mentioning that I have a few of my Xmas games still wrapped, yet to try: Goa, Carcasonne Castle and Odin's Ravens.

 
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GaryB wrote:
I thank you all for the replies. I'm undecided now as to whether to buy it. So nothing changed yet. If anyone could give a recommendation for a board game that plays REALLY well with 2, either by design or else it simply does, I'd love to hear it. Probably worth mentioning that I have a few of my Xmas games still wrapped, yet to try: Goa, Carcasonne Castle and Odin's Ravens.


We have Tikal and like it, though we've only messed about with it once (with only two players too) and have a couple of pieces missing which complicates things quite a bit. I've heard Hive is a good two player game, though we haven't tried it. We are planning to get a copy though, so we can let you know how it goes if you like.

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We have Tikal too, and two players works fine with us. The majority of my gaming is 2 player with my wife, and others we enjoy include Louis XIV, Hacienda and Goa.

Hive is an excellent 2 player game btw..
 
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I have played tikal several time with an opponent. We have enjoyed it.
The only problem i would see for that game played by two players is the fact that if your unlucky with your tile draw, you might feel the game slipping away a little to soon. Even if that game is not that well rated at two on BBG with two players, I would still recommande it.
But before you by Tikal I would recommand those games first played with two players:

Caylus
Carcassonne
Goa
Canal Grande
 
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I'd played 3 and 4 player Tikal before and played 2 player last night. We used the auction variant which I hadn't used before and I think that makes the 2 player game decent enough. I like Tikal anyway but we're both quite aggressive players. Sure there are areas of "strength" where your opponent doesn't go but that's partly due to clever placement of the tiles. Also the fact you're "paying" points to choose a tile and therefore go first, really adds I think.
 
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GaryB wrote:
I thank you all for the replies. I'm undecided now as to whether to buy it. So nothing changed yet. If anyone could give a recommendation for a board game that plays REALLY well with 2, either by design or else it simply does, I'd love to hear it. Probably worth mentioning that I have a few of my Xmas games still wrapped, yet to try: Goa, Carcasonne Castle and Odin's Ravens.



As already mentioned, Tikal plays really well using the 2-player variant. It's a beautiful game and I would highly recommend getting it.

My wife and I also enjoy Attika - it plays brilliantly with 2, but scales nicely up to 4 (or you can, rather uniquely, play two 2-player games simultaneously).

Mykerinos is another that we find works well with 2 (and even better with 3 or 4).

We recently bought Hey! That's My Fish, and have found it a real winner with everyone we've introduced it to. It plays fantastically with 2, and 3 or 4 is lots of fun. Don't be put off by the box-art - it's a great game for adults!

Jambo and Battle Line are terrific 2-player only games.

 
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I have only played Tikal 2 player

it was with my wife, and she thought it was great ( she won)

the game is visually striking and I found it was very relaxing playing it.
 
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Gamegrunt wrote:
Check out this Fort Worth Gamers website that includes a 2 player Tikal variant that removes 12 specific terrain hexes from the game...

http://fortworthgamers.inluminous.net/mambo/index.php?option...


Oops, the site seems to be suspended. Does anyone have the 2p Tikal Variant from FortWorth Gamers and can email to me perhaps? Thnks
 
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Me too please!
 
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Pop over to google and type in this:

cache:http://fortworthgamers.inluminous.net/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=70&Itemid=25

to see the variant.
 
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apotheos wrote:
Pop over to google and type in this:

cache:http://fortworthgamers.inluminous.net/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=70&Itemid=25

to see the variant.

Or just see that someone posted it in this thread:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/153410
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EvilTimmy wrote:
apotheos wrote:
Pop over to google and type in this:

cache:http://fortworthgamers.inluminous.net/mambo/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=70&Itemid=25

to see the variant.

Or just see that someone posted it in this thread:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/153410


Even better!
 
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