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Help decide which of the following games to buy. I want to play it with only 2 players.

i) Mombasa : Looks really superb, but I read many complains about 2 player game. I am afraid that it is going to have the "Terra - Mystica effect" ( the tension becomes much less ).
ii) Russian railroads : Although it is probably an unflawed euro, I am not sure it has something special.
iii) Castles of Burgundy : It has to be in the top - 10 list for a reason. Also plays optimal with 2.
iv) Inhabit the earth : It has the best (I know it is subjective) theme. Looks very interesting. Just I am afraid it will have too much luck.
v) Madeira : It is the heaviest on the list. I am reading complains about the luck factor, compering to the weight of the game. Also I am not keen on it's theme. But the many people love it, so I am a bit curious about it.

Here are my preferences. I want to be a strategic game and luck not playing a major factor. I want playing time be about 60 min. Nice artwork also matters.
The one I am closer is Inhabit the Earth, but I want to listen some other people opinion .
 
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I may be the wrong person to give an opinion, as I have not played any of the other games, but I can confirm that The Castles of Burgundy is a fantastic game with two players. It is one of mine and my wife's favorite games. Definitely keep it in mind.
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Of those definitely Castles of Burgundy
 
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I've played Russian Railroads, Madeira, and Castles of Burgundy.

CoB is a must have game if you mostly play 2p. It doesn't have the best presentation, however, so keep that in mind.

Russian Railroads plays fine with 2p, though I wish it was as long as the 3-4 player game. It also doesn't have that much replay value after the first couple of games (At least without the expansion). It has the least amount of luck of these three games.

Madeira is one of my favorite games. I have yet to try it with two, but I haven't heard any complaints. There is some luck, but just enough to where you can't completely map out what it is you need for upkeep during turns. Also, this one might run a little long for your 60-minute time frame.

That all being said, I think Russian Railroads is closest to what you want. Castles of Burgundy is one of the most essential 2p Euros around though.
 
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After some thought I am not sure if my girlfriend would like Russian Railroads, so I remove it form the options I consider.
 
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