So that the first few games we play are fun and competitive and close in VP, what would be the best starting races to play in a 2 player game...especially the first game for learning. My guess for the first game should be Human vs Pilgrim but let me know if the Machines in the first game would be better or more interesting.
Alternate suggestion: Play your first few games to get a feel for things and be less concerned with winning. They are all different, all lend to different play styles.
Two player is FAST if you don't AP. Just play, explore the space, and have fun.