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Jennifer Oliver
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I'm a fan of Runebound (early editions), Mystery Rummy and pretty much willing to try anything. I'm trying to find good/decent 2 player games to play with my fiancé. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! TIA
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Soooo many but I am currently a big fan of Onitama. Other favorites of ours:

Jaipur
The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel
Parade
Either The Builders: Middle Ages or The Builders: Antiquity
Dragonheart


Big games that play well with two: Most Feld games and At the Gates of Loyang
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(Some of these are OOP, but I checked and they're all going for reasonable prices on the secondary market).

For a bit of silly skirmishing, I'm fond of Snit's Revenge and The Awful Green Things From Outer Space.

Dragon Rage is also good. It's a wargame, but a very light one.

For a solid two player bluffing game, I recommend Vampire Empire.

If you fancy branching out into something heavier, try Twilight Struggle.
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My wife and I right now seem to bounce back and forth between Pandemic and Qwirkle. I really like 7 Wonders Duel and Lost Cities as well. Lost Cities is light, but there's some interesting strategy in it.
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Some of our fave games (most are not specifically two player, but we play them at two amd greatly enjoy them)

Light:
Patchwork
Caverna: Cave vs Cave
Dominion
Fleet + Arctic Bounty expansion

Medium (lightest first):
Lords of Waterdeep
Viticulture: Essential Edition
Scythe
Clash of Cultures

Heavy:
The Gallerist

Good luck with the hunt!
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In my experience the quality of the game is irrelevant. What you want is a game your fiancé is willing to play.

If they are not a gamer it will probably be difficult to figure out what games might interest them. If there is a board game cafe nearby you may be able to try some out prior to investing, to get a feel if they like lighter games or wargames or strategy games or card games or abstract games or what.

I'll suggest the games that turned out relatively well for me and my wife.

Lost Cities, Carcassonne, Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper, Dominion, Ta Yu

And some that turned out more poorly:

Mr. Jack (played a few times), Hive (doesn't like abstracts) Agricola (refused to finish game), Space Hulk 3rd edition, Archaelogy the Card Game (hated it), Biblios (hated it) Pillars of the Earth (liked the book and was interested in game, but not enough to actually play it),

Note that while we got some play time out of the games she enjoyed, we haven't played a game together in easily a year. Also note that Lost Cities is vastly ahead of any other game for her. It is the only game she has actually suggested we play. She even brought it with her when picking me up after surgery for us to pass the time with.
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Battle Line and Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small once the new edition is out.

+1 to Jaipur
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frumpish wrote:
In my experience the quality of the game is irrelevant. What you want is a game your fiancé is willing to play.

If she is not a gamer it will probably be difficult to figure out what games might interest her.



OP appears to be a woman based on the name 'Jennifer'.
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Most Co-op's works great with 2 players, lets say your fiancé have an interest in nerdy pop-culture, marvel/alien legendary could be something to look at?
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+1 for Onitama and Lost Cities

But my absolute favorite 2p game right now is Raptor! It's an asymmetrical game where one side plays a raptor mama trying to save her babies, and the other side plays as scientists trying to capture the raptors for research. The thing is, the real game is the card play and trying to anticipate what the other player is going to do, because if you play the lower numbered card you get to take the action on the card, but the person who played the higher number card gets a number of actions equal to the difference. I'm more drawn to games where you have control and Raptor can be a bit luck driven, but that doesn't bother me so much because it's a quick game (15-25min). I can't say enough good things about this one!

If you're looking for something heavier you could try Stronghold (2nd edition). It's also asymmetric with one player trying to raid a castle and the other trying to protect the castle walls - but the attacker has to play a very strategic game while the defender plays a more tactical game.
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sweetgotham wrote:
OP appears to be a woman based on the name 'Jennifer'.


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Thanks for the heads up. I try to use gender neutral terms and obviously I dropped the ball in this case.
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ACBAS, Patchwork, San Juan, Mr. Jack, Deus, What's My Word?, Targi, Lost Cities, Schotten Totten, Hive for a start.

sweetgotham wrote:
frumpish wrote:
In my experience the quality of the game is irrelevant. What you want is a game your fiancé is willing to play.

If she is not a gamer it will probably be difficult to figure out what games might interest her.



OP appears to be a woman based on the name 'Jennifer'.


Who says the fiancé can't be a woman too?
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Rivals for Catan. Better than the four player version, IMHO.
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SuperGLS wrote:
Who says the fiancé can't be a woman too?


Those proficient in the French language?
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My entire collection (minus maybe 2)
 
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Hi, Jennifer. Here is a geeklist of games that my wife and I enjoy playing when we go out for coffee. Some of the games are out of print and may be hard to find (or expensive), but most are available today. Perhaps you'll get some ideas in here . . .

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/206691/you-and-me-and-cof...
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gryphon2001 wrote:
SuperGLS wrote:
Who says the fiancé can't be a woman too?


Those proficient in the French language?


Dang. Let's try this: Who says she didn't mean fiancée and had a typo? Hah.
 
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I'd recommend Battlelore 2nd edition, if you're up for some strategic combat, Happy Pigs if you like doing a little math and Jamaica. My wife and I love using the ghost ship to ruin each others plans
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Here are a bunch of links to previous Recommendation forum postings for 2-player games. As you can see, this question is asked repeatedly.

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

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/166490/thoias-2-player-th...

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/20598991#20598991

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/19409554#19409554

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/19508183#19508183

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/19694314#19694314

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/26288974#26288974

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/171717/traditional-card-g...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/172023/surprisingly-good-...

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/164769/best-two-player-hu...

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

https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/44048/my-2-player-game-re...
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sweetgotham wrote:
frumpish wrote:
In my experience the quality of the game is irrelevant. What you want is a game your fiancé is willing to play.

If she is not a gamer it will probably be difficult to figure out what games might interest her.



OP appears to be a woman based on the name 'Jennifer'.
FWIW, this seems to be a mostly gender neutral question.
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Bryan A
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I'm really loving Codex: Card-Time Strategy right now and the deluxe edition shows no signs of getting stale. But the price tag is definitely worth considering before diving in.
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Brent Michel
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I really enjoy Hero Realms and Star Realms!
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Sequence may work if you are interested in card games.
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My husband's most requested games that play well with 2 players:

Lost Cities
Battle Line
Race for the Galaxy
Paperback
Qwirkle
Carcassonne
The Duke
Hive


A few of my current favorite games to play with 2:

Dungeon Petz
Lords of Waterdeep
BattleCON: War of Indines
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
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