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I have always loved board games, but my girlfriend does not play as much - though when she does she does very well. So I am seeking out a game that is great for just two players. I would like one that has a fair level of sophistication, while not being terrible to learn, and is strategic.
I've been considering these games (listed asmost interested to least): Carcasonne, Agamemnon, Rivals Catan, Lost cities, or Run fight or die.
But any other better suggestions will be happily considered!
Thanks!
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Shane Larsen
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Battle Line - Best intro 2-player game. Ever.
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Jamie A
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I understand you'd like personal suggestions so feel free to disregard. And you might have read quite a bit already...

Here are some random 2P links in no particular order.


https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/48970/best-two

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/48986/recommended-two

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/198463/my-wifes-list-mkay...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/3260/kosmos-2-player-game...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187502/married-gamers-2-p...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67878/married-couples-2p-...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/52455/2-player-games-play...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/181629/30-games-my-non-ga...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/123148/metalist-2-player-...

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/38rwyv/2player_...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/59686/i-love-2-player-gam...

http://www.dicetower.com/top-tens-results/two-player-games-o...

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/tag/female-friendly-games/user...

http://timbal.es/stuff/rahdo-video-list.php



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Competitive:
7 Wonders Duel
51st State (if you prefer scifi/apocalyptic theme)/Imperial Settlers (if cutesy settlers is your thing)
Memoir 44 (Awesome 2 player WW2 game with tanks!)
Viticulture (Wine making and works really well with 2)
Caverna

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Pandemic


 
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Two of my and my girlfriend's favourites.

Jaipur Plays quick. Easy to learn. Offers a good level of strategy.

Targi A bit more to it than Jaipur but lots of fun. Offers great replayability and still easy enough to learn.
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Keith B
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Patchwork.
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Guillaume Chaput
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Definitely 7 Wonders Duel.
Patchwork is great, but a little bit too abstract, which could be a problem the get her to play.
Jaipur is fun but a lot lighter than 7 Wonders Duel
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Klim Chugunkin
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Backgammon fits your description perfectly.
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Lost Cities was an impulse buy for me, so many had praised it as a great intro game for non-gamers (and wives/girlfriends especially)

my wife LOVES it, and its one of her go-to games for quick and easy fun.
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Carcassonne is a fine game, but I don't know if it will have quite the strategy/sophistication you're looking for. Though you can add expansions which I hear make it more interesting (I will probably get them sometime).

Lost Cities is good for a simple game that burns the brain a little. We are usually really focused when we play, sweat snaking down our faces, teeth clenched, breath bated. Well, maybe not quite, but almost.

In addition to what others have suggested, I'd like toss up Love Letter. There is quite a bit of luck, but some strategy. I really enjoy it as a two player game. Even if you get another game on your list, this one is inexpensive and fun to have around for a quick filler game.
 
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Of the ones you noted, I think Carcassonne and Lost Cites are games you can't go wrong with. Also Rivals of Catan. These were huge for us when we first started gaming. Also, 7 Wonders: Duel seems like a shoe-in.
 
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Cribbage. It is a fabulous game. It is for both players and collectors. I love to play it, and I collect cribbage boards.
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Christine Biancheria wrote:
Of the ones you noted, I think Carcassonne and Lost Cites are games you can't go wrong with. Also Rivals of Catan.


Funny, two of the three I find really frustrating to play. I don't really know why. Carcassonne is the one I like most (and would recommend). Lost Cities I'm not that keen on (though I should try it again) but most people I have played it with like it and two people have bought their own copies and one of those bought a copy for his mum who liked it.

Rivals of Catan I just don't get, it feels like it takes twice as long and has half as much strategy as I want but maybe that's just me.
 
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thedacker wrote:
Battle Line - Best intro 2-player game. Ever.


Not necessarily. It depends on whether both players will enjoy attacking each other. Many couples have at least one member who is turned off by that, so it's good to know that before recommending this or any other PvP type game (such as 7 Wonders Duel) as an intro game.
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+1 for Cribbage (though it's not the easiest game to learn if you don't have someone who knows it)

Hive or Hive Pocket if you like abstract strategy. Actually if you like abstract strategy then there are lots of options as they are usually easy to learn a strategically deep.

Race for the Galaxy does take a little while to learn (though my wife thought learning it was easy) but in my opinion it's well worth spending a couple of games being a bit confused.
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zabdiel wrote:

Rivals of Catan I just don't get, it feels like it takes twice as long and has half as much strategy as I want but maybe that's just me.


That's been exactly our experience with rivals. Occasionally we look at it and consider playing, but then we always choose another better game.

As for Lost Cities, it is a great starter game, and we still play it sometimes, although Arboretum has mostly killed it for us. OP: definitely check out Arboretum!

Other great 2 player starter games:

San Juan (second edition)
Patchwork
Splendor
Jaipur
Biblios
Valley of the Kings
Forbidden Desert
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Some of my favorites.

Mr. Jack
Claustrophobia
Patchwork

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Blood Bowl
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We don't have many 2-player games, but my primary vote would be for Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small. There's plenty of room for strategy and there's room for competitiveness if you want it. It's not too hard to pick up -- my 10 year old plays just fine, and my 6 year old needs a little help, but generally gets it.

My wife and I both like Pagoda, which has room for strategy, but is a little on the light side (BGG lists weight as 1.89).

We also like Patchwork, which also has some room for strategy, but is even lighter (1.73).

I love 7 Wonders, and have recently been thinking about picking up Duel, but am not sure I could justify the purchase just yet.
 
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I rediscovered Carcassonnethis year as a fabulous 2-player game. The multiplayer game lacks something, in my opinion, because you have little incentive to spend your precious turn wrecking one other player's position. In a 2-player game, though, every point you take away from your opponent is a point for you.

I also love Race for the Galaxy as a 2-player game, with 1 expansion (or two) and using the variant where each player chooses 2 roles each turn. RftG has a steep learning curve, though.

Both of my recommendations are for games that (if played correctly) take about 30 minutes. My wife HATES playing a long 2-player game with me because there is a risk that one player pulls ahead and then you have to play out the game for another hour. With either of these games you can play a few rounds and both players can win a round or two.
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Castles of Burgundy was the first medium difficulty game my wife and I tried. First game or two is difficult while learning but is one of our favorite two player games.
We also like:
Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
7 Wonders Duel
Patchwork
St Petersburg
Puerto Rico
Keyflower
San Juan
Qwirkle

 
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I'll add my own list of games that my wife and I have enjoyed. I think you'll find some good variety on this list.

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/206691/you-and-me-and...

 
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Ticket to ride Nordic countries
Fields of Arle
Twilight struggle
Omen: reign of war
 
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Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King is a very good 2 player that is not overly complicated.
 
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quill65 wrote:
thedacker wrote:
Battle Line - Best intro 2-player game. Ever.


Not necessarily. It depends on whether both players will enjoy attacking each other. Many couples have at least one member who is turned off by that, so it's good to know that before recommending this or any other PvP type game (such as 7 Wonders Duel) as an intro game.

We definitely see the game differently. For me, one of the beauties of BL is that you're not "attacking" your opponent. You're both building up your army formations on either side of each flag. The stronger one wins. You don't actually tear anything down or destroy anything your opponent builds.

I've introduced it to many, including those who are allergic to attacking, and it's been received well every time. The only category it falls flat in, is theme.
 
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+1 Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries also TTR: UK but that's an expansion

+1 Arboretum. Surprisingly deep and strategic for such an easy game to learn.

Kodama: The Tree Spirits works really well 2 player. It is easy to learn and has a strong strategy element.

Of these, TTR:UK comes out most often at home.
 
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