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Rob Crouch
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Newbie Here..looking for Christmas gifts.

My son (9 years) regularly (usually) beats me at these games:

Carcassonne (our favorite, using 4 expansions)
Small World (another favorite)
Castles of Mad King Ludwig (ok we have a lot of favorites)
King of Tokyo
Stratego
Risk
Ticket to Ride

So I'm looking for some 2 player suggestions, even if they seem advanced. I've seen some interesting ones online which I'd also like opinions on:

Pandemic
Tokaido
Mysterium

Again, this would all be for just the two of us most likely.

Thanks in Advance!
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Rodrigo Rangel
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Quick and inexpensive deck builder would be Star Realms. My daughter regularly beats me at this.
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Narciso Jaramillo
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+1 for Star Realms.

Some other 2-player games to look into:
Jaipur
Patchwork
Summoner Wars

2-player games I haven't played but have heard good things about:
7 Wonders Duel (the original game is great but not for two players; this is specifically designed as a 2-player game and by all accounts is excellent)
Star Wars Rebellion
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Mysterium is great, but more fun with more players.

Pandemic is a classic, although I personally haven't gotten into it much for some reason. For a slightly less well-known co-op game, take a look at Flashpoint Fire Rescue - though I don't know how well it plays with two players, I expect that if it feels too thin at that player count, you could control multiple characters.

If you or he might like dungeon crawls with minis, you might like Mice and Mystics (co-op, kid friendly theme), Descent 2nd ed (can be played competitively or co-op with an app), or Star Wars Imperial assault (competitive). The latter two are actually one vs many, not one on one, but the "many" could again be one person controlling multiple characters. (I haven't played Descent, but have played SWIA and quite liked it - my only beef with it is the confusing/counterintuitive line of sight rules.)
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Michael Deardeuff
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My 9yo son and I really enjoy Roll for the Galaxy. That, Snowdownia San Juan, and Mottainai are the only in-print games that we play that are not already on your list. (Good list!)

For Christmas, I'm getting him Kingdom Builder and Suburbia. I'm also eyeing to get myself/us for Christmas (or whenever) Troyes, Glass Road, Fabled Fruit, Cacao, and Fields of Green.

Here's that list again:

* Roll for the Galaxy
* Kingdom Builder
* Suburbia
* Troyes
* Glass Road
* Snowdownia
* San Juan
* Mottainai
* Fabled Fruit
* Cacao
* Fields of Green

Here are some out-of-print games we enjoy, in case you can find them on the market for a good price:

* Glen More
* Glory to Rome (Mottainai is a simpler successor)
* Fjords

Edit: For those other games you listed.

We have Pandemic; we don't play it. Once was fun, twice was not. We do play Pandemic the Cure more often, but then only occasionally.

I decided against getting Tokaido because it looked too cut-throat for two players, and a little samey after the first play.
 
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If you like Carcassonne and Castles of Mad King Ludwig, there is a very good game called Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, which is practically a mix between the two. It won the strategy board game of the year this year (the Kennerspiel des Jahres).

Mysterium is a great game, but it is not good for 2 players in my opinion, it works better with more people. Still, if you can play with more people it is awesome.

Pandemic is a very popular cooperative game, I have played it and I enjoyed it, but I didn't feel the need to go out and buy it.

Other games to play with 2 players I would suggest checking out: Specter Ops, Raptor (which is a fantastic game for only 2 players), and Patchwork.

I could list more but I figure I will keep the list short. Hope that helps.
 
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Another +1 for Star Realms. My 8-year old son and I love it.

Pandemic and Mysterium are great too! I think Mysterium works quite ok with 2 players, but it's better with more.
 
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Axis & Allies 1941 is a shorter, more compact version of the classic.

Magic the Gathering Arena of the Planeswalkersis a fun head to head battle with special power cards and cool miniatures. The original and the first expansion are also very cheap right now.

Forbidden Desert as a possible alternative to Pandemic. Same designer, same style of co-op, different theme.
 
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Rob Crouch
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Thank you all for so many great recommendations!!!!
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+1 for Star Realms if he's into sci-fi. If he prefers horror like my son, get Cthulhu Realms instead. And if he enjoys fantasy, there's Hero Realms. ;)
 
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Pandemic is a great 2 person game.
I have also started pandemic legacy with my 9 year old, and it really is a unique and awesome experience to go through together.
Obviously let us know what choice you made (so I c steal your good ideas for my son for Christmas)
Enjoy
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A few people have said this, but I'll echo it. I think Mysterium would lose a bit of its appeal if played in a 2 player setting, not all, but I think a lot of what makes the game fun is having to pick and choose what's best for each player and doing the balancing act.

Pandemic seems like it'd be right up your alley.

Didn't see it listed anywhere else, but you also might enjoy Castle Panic

Best of luck!
 
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Castle Panic
Dice City
Dungeon Roll
Five Tribes
Fluxx (Star Fluxx, Pirate Fluxx)
Lost Cities
The Red Dragon Inn
Splendor
Zombie Dice
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Welcome!

In Galaxy Trucker you frantically build a ship out of a pile of parts as fast as you can, then you defend yourself against meteors and space pirates during the flight stage, while trying to pick up valuable cargo. My wife and I enjoy this as 2-player, though it goes up to 4-player.

The main downside is that if you introduce new players to it after you have some experience, they will be at a considerable disadvantage, so you may have to handicap yourselves. So I suggest introducing your son's friends to it early on if possible! Or, you can simply enjoy it as a game for the two of you.

Also, check out Shut Up & Sit Down for some entertaining video reviews.
 
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The first game that comes to mind is Mice and Mystics. An adventure you and your son can have together.
 
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clovisIII wrote:
Pandemic is a great 2 person game.
I have also started pandemic legacy with my 9 year old, and it really is a unique and awesome experience to go through together.
Obviously let us know what choice you made (so I c steal your good ideas for my son for Christmas)
Enjoy

ITA! Pandemic is awesome and the two of you will make some great lifesaving decisions together.
How great that your son is your gaming buddy!
 
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Ok after all your great suggestions it was not easy, but here's what I ordered. I probably went a little overboard (partly because I'm excited to play these as well
 
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For some reason my copy/paste didn't show up apparently so here they are:

Pandemic
Star Realms
Star Wars Rebellion
Castle Panic
Kingdom Builder
7 Wonders Duel
 
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Hi Rob,
Thanks for getting back to us and telling us what you ended up chosing.
That is quite a list!
I see that like me, you got bitten by the bug, and have entered the board gaming world with gusto. My one recommendation, which might be hard to follow, because I can see that you are just as excited as your son will be about this, is to bring these out slowly. My son has a great attention span, and plays very heavy euros with me, but I know that I have at times overwhelmed him with new games, and in retrospect realize that one has to bring these out slowly one at a time.
I know this is going to be very hard for you

btw I don't know much about star wars rebellion, but I just read up that it is a 3 to 4 hour game w a bgg complexity of 3.5. That one may be a bit much for him. All the others look great!
 
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At that age my son loved (and at 16 still does love) Menoir '44.
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JAHjr PSU 88 wrote:
At that age my son loved (and at 16 still does love) Menoir '44.


I was just about to write the exact same thing!
 
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I see you got a Star Wars game, if that theme appeal check out Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. It's a blast for most kids in our house.
 
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+1 for Dice City...fun and easy city building with dice.

Jaipur is a fun 2 player card game where you match and sell goods.
 
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+1 for Isle of Skye if you like tile placement games like Carcassone

My daughter at 9 also liked:
Splendor
Dominion
7 Wonders
Ticket to Ride expansions (e.g. Europe, Asia)
Catan ( with 2 player variant)

 
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I agree I need to exercise some restraint when introducing him to these games. He could definitely get overwhelmed!
 
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I think Patchwork is perhaps the best suggestion yet due to the fact you are putting together Tetris pieces. Judging from what your 9 year old already likes, it seems like a no brainer.


And GG for the correct : "2 player game for ME and my 9 year old." People seem to think "for my wife and I" or "for my son and I", etc, is correct. We all have pet peeves.
 
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