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Zachary Scott
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I am looking for a good card game to play, and am currently considering Catan Card Game, Euphrates and Tigris Card Game, Camelot Legends, and San Juan. The problem is getting 3-4 people together to play. Which one of these (or others) are best suited for a two player game?
 
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It would help quite a bit if you could say something about other games that you and your gaming buddy like. Are you looking for something short and light, or something that'll make you think hard for an hour? Do you want something that can be played by more, or will a 2-player-only game work? Any additional info would be good.

Of the four that you've listed, I've only played the Catan card game and San Juan. The Catan card game was instrumental in getting me hooked on Euros, but it got old pretty quickly. San Juan doesn't do a thing for me personally, but I'm in the vast minority on that.

If you're willing to consider something that's 2-player-only, you should check out Schotten-Totten.
 
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caesarmom wrote:
It would help quite a bit if you could say something about other games that you and your gaming buddy like. Are you looking for something short and light, or something that'll make you think hard for an hour? Do you want something that can be played by more, or will a 2-player-only game work? Any additional info would be good.

Of the four that you've listed, I've only played the Catan card game and San Juan. The Catan card game was instrumental in getting me hooked on Euros, but it got old pretty quickly. San Juan doesn't do a thing for me personally, but I'm in the vast minority on that.

If you're willing to consider something that's 2-player-only, you should check out Schotten-Totten.


Yeah, Catan and San Juan are very different games that require very different kinds of commitment. Catan requires a lot of setup and a decent amount of time. San Juan is quicker and less strategic. However, I'm with Michelle Z on this - it gets old quickly.

We only play 2-player games and here's what we like in card games:
1. Wyatt Earp
2. Glory to Rome
3. Queen's Necklace
4. Jambo
5. Guillotine
 
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Also worth considering Blue Moon and everyone's favourite lost cities. Both are good 2 player games.
 
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Consider Battle Line, which is playable as Schotten-Totten if you exclude the Tactics cards. It doesn't have the mathy feel that Lost Cities has, and that may be a pro or con depending upon your persuasion, but it is an excellent, excellent two player card game.
 
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Sifu wrote:
Consider Battle Line, which is playable as Schotten-Totten if you exclude the Tactics cards. It doesn't have the mathy feel that Lost Cities has, and that may be a pro or con depending upon your persuasion, but it is an excellent, excellent two player card game.


Latest copies of Schotten Totten have the tactics cards in there as well.


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My wife & I love playing Catan CG and San Juan was my gateway into Euros. Both are fantastic 2-player games. catan CG is 2-player only and takes about an hour to play once you've gotten the hang of it. San Juan IMO scales well from 2-4 and takes about 30 min to play.

For a taste of Catan CG (and other Catan games), check out the fantastic Prof Easy tutorials at Catan.com. You only mentioned card games, but Elasund and Candamir are good 2-player games, too.
 
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zack787 wrote:
I am looking for a good card game to play, and am currently considering Catan Card Game, Euphrates and Tigris Card Game, Camelot Legends, and San Juan. The problem is getting 3-4 people together to play. Which one of these (or others) are best suited for a two player game?


San Juan is very good for 2 and would be my pick of those on your list. Howeever I would recommend Blue Moon as the best choice. Here is my lengthy and very positive (10/10) review of it:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/162375

 
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Get a standard deck of cards and try Solitare then ask someone to help you.
It's a great 2 player!
 
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Thanks for the input everyone. To answer Michelle Z's question, I could really go either way as far as complexity, but would probably go with something that is in the middle, with a medium length of playing time (1 hour or less or so in my mind). Also, games that can be played by more than 2 players are great too. Thanks again.
 
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Category 5 can work for 2 Players is you deal out double the requested amount of cards, otherwise the lines don't fill up.
 
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2- player (in descending order of preference)

Hera and Zeus
Lost Cities
Battleline
Catan the card game
Magic the Gathering (can play with more but gets a bit messy)
Netrunner

3-4 players

San Juan
Legend of the 5 rings
4-player lost cities?
 
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Check out Roma and Kupferkessel & Co.
 
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I know Wyatt Earp has been suggested, but don't forget the Mystery Rummy series as well. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper is especially good for two players.
 
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I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Odin's Ravens yet. After reading the last review of it here I'm sold and it's near to top of my wish list.
 
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K P Impsta wrote:
Get a standard deck of cards and try Solitare then ask someone to help you.
It's a great 2 player!

Joking aside (I assume you *are* joking!) - the definitive 2-player card game is Cribbage. It's been going since 1630 (and I don't mean half-past-four in the afternoon!) and it hasn't got 'old' yet.

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I'm not a big fan of Catan the card game. I bought it years ago, thinking accidentally that it was the real thing everyone was so excited about. It seemed to take a long time, but we only played once or twice so we were never very familiar with it. Also, the idea of a trading game with two people just doesn't quite work.

PS: I subsequently bought the real Settlers game and love it.
 
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harris_family wrote:
the definitive 2-player card game is Cribbage. It's been going since 1630 (and I don't mean half-past-four in the afternoon!) and it hasn't got 'old' yet.

I agree with Simon here, but I'd also recommend learning how to play the card game Casino. Like Cribbage, it's a very old card game that's very unique (in that it's unlike any other card game).

The downside to Casino, howerver, is that it can be hard to learn just by reading the rules. It's good if you can find someone to teach them to you.

(It's not that the rules are difficult, it's just that the rules are difficult to describe in written form. Once you get the hang of the rules, you'll realize how simple they really are.)
 
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I myself havent played it yet, but Ballon Cup maybe?
 
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Of the Mystery Rummy games, I'd really recommend Jekyll and Hyde for 2 players, closely followed by Wyatt Earp. Balloon Cup is good, but I'd recommend Lost Cities over it. The Labyrinth card game can be quite fun, especially if you use some of the suggested variants you can find here at the Geek.

I think a standard deck of cards is also a great choice -- take a look at www.pagat.com for the rules to more two-player card games than you can stand. A recent favorite of mine is Spite and Malice, and it scales easily from 2 - 5; a great little double-deck card game. I also really want to try Ecarte, Piquet and Ruff and Honours. Big Two also works for 2, but is much better with 3 or 4.
 
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For two player card games, my wife and I both liked San Juan. I'd recommend it.

I like lost cities a lot in addition. It's much lighter. I mostly played it online.
 
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A list of all exactly 2 player card games given a rating by at least 50 users and rated at least 5, sorted by decreasing rank, can be found at:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/search.php3?ratingmin=5&&numrat...

The top ones are some already mentioned above:

Battle Line*
Lost Cities
Jambo
Schotten Totten*
Magic: The Gathering CCG
Netrunner
Blue Moon
Settlers of Catan Card Game, The
Starship Catan

*=Battle Line is the rethemed Schotten Totten (essentially same game)
 
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Hey, how about Lightning D-Day?, Lightning Midway? those, i've heard, are great WW2 CGs
 
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zack787 wrote:
I am looking for a good card game to play, and am currently considering Catan Card Game, Euphrates and Tigris Card Game, Camelot Legends, and San Juan. The problem is getting 3-4 people together to play. Which one of these (or others) are best suited for a two player game?


Having played three of those (Catan, E&T, San Juan), I'd strongly recommend San Juan. The other two are incredibly random games, which is not fun. Who wants to win just because the dice came up right? And who wants to lose just because they couldn't draw the right color of card? Catan in particular also tends to drag on.

San Juan is also excellent as a 2-player game played drafted. Just divide the cards as in a normal draft. We used a points-based draft which I don't recall the name of - I think it's written up in the Variants section. It gave us another dozen or so games after we started to tire of the base game.
 
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