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Timothy Burke
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I'm a long time wargamer and recently my wife and I have begun playing Euro games with friends. My problem is most the games we own for group play don't really translate well as 2 player games. What's out there for a good 2 player designed Euro type game. I'm slowly trying to urge her to try Commands & Colors: Ancientsbut till that day comes I'd like 2-3 games to have around the house for that fleeting moment when she'd like to play. Any advice from game partners sharing the same bed?
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Didn't we just get this question a couple days ago?

No worry. I'll repeat myself. I'd recommend Samurai, Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper if you can find it, San Juan, Ra (which isn't really 2 player, but there's a great 2p variant here that plays very well), and Ingenious.

All of them are enjoyed by myself and my wife. None are too confrontational, so neither of you will get stuck sleeping on the couch becaues you got in your partner's base and killed their d00dz. All have a nice mix of strategy/tactics and luck.
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One of my favourite euro 2-players game is Aton. YOu can't go wrong with Lost Cities as well. And if you enjoy Carcassonne then Carcassonne: The Castle will be a perfect fit as a two-players game.
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MGBM wrote:
One of my favourite euro 2-players game is Aton. YOu can't go wrong with Lost Cities as well. And if you enjoy Carcassonne then Carcassonne: The Castle will be a perfect fit as a two-players game.


I also find that Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers plays really nicely with 2. And recently, I've been really impressed with Mr. Jack. I'm not sure if it qualifies as a Euro game, but it's a nice 2-player deduction game.
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I got Mr. Jack from my secret santa this year and it's been fun. Also, I'd second the recommendations for San Juan and Lost Cities. My wife and I have been playing these for quite awhile and they haven't gotten old.

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Ingenious, if you like abstracts this one is great.

Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India. The 2-player rules are just lovely.

Attika. Just played this one today and it could well become a favorite.

Good luck in your quest and I hope these help.
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wmshub wrote:
Ra (which isn't really 2 player, but there's a great 2p variant here that plays very well)


Or you could just get Razzia!, which is about the same game with a better theme.

Shenomad and I also enjoy Hey, That's My Fish!, Die Fugger (absolutely no confrontation here), Bohnanza, and YINSH.

I must say all this talk of "non-confrontational, spouse-friendly" games make me appreciate Shenomad even more. When she loses, she says:
"I hate this !@#$ing game!" Then she looks me in the eyes and says:
"Next time, I kill you."
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We've played Hey, That's My Fish! before and enjoyed it. I bought Bohnanza for the family for Christmas and after opening it we started a three player game, even as an ASL player the rules seems confusing, poorly written. I'll give it another chance with a couple we play with. Razzia looks good though.

Thanks to you all, I'm off to the game store to play Commands & Colors: Ancients or Advanced Squad Leader: Starter Kit #1 tomorrow and I'll see what they have on the shelves.
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The 2-player rules for Bohnanza make for a fun and interesting game, but be forewarned--it's a totally different game from the one you play with 3+ players. That really bothers some people, but my wife and I like it either as a 2-player or with a group.

Reef Encounter is a game that scales extremely well from 2-4 by adding boards for more players (you use as many boards as you have players). It's a bit of a brain-burner, though--not your typical midweight Euro-game.

I got Elasund: The First City for Christmas, one of the newer offshoots of the Settlers Of Catan series of games. I've only played it a couple of times, but I think it also scales very well from 2-4 players.

I must second the nomination of Carcassonne: The Castle and Carcassonne: Hunters & Gatherers. We like several tile-laying games and all of the Carcassonne ones, but these two really shine as our favorites. Carcassonne: The City is fast moving up on our list as well.

Alhambra is another tile-laying game that my wife and I love as a 2- or 3-player game.

Balloon Cup is a light-but-fun card game for two.

Roma is a heavier card game for two, also lots of fun.

Babel is heavier yet as card games go, and it's a blast to play.

I love Odin's Ravens (2-player card game as well), although the wife didn't care for it very much. On the other hand, Lost Cities is a very popular-with-couples card game, and she absolutely hated it. Neither of us like the Settlers Of Catan Card Game For Two.

If you can figure out how to search through all the Geeklists, there are tons of them that cover this very subject. Good luck in your search!

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Some Euros that play very well two player, as well as playing more are (play 2-4 unless otherwise noted):
Blue Moon City: card driven, highly replayable because of a modular board.
Caylus: economic/building--very heavy, almost no luck (2-5).
Caylus Magna Carta: economic/building--lighter, moderate luck, same theme.
Goa: auction/economic--yes, auctions with two work; one of the more complicated games, but very highly regarded by couples.
Saint Petersburg: card drafting/economic--easy to learn but very subtle.
Vikings: a lighter tile drafting/economic game with a touch of tile laying and lots of Veeples (Viking Meeples).
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/265341
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/268474
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/27824
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/8691/page/1

Here are a few threads/geeklists on the subject. There are probably a bunch more, too. I recommend bookmarking them so that when you can refer back to it as you drag your significant other deeper into the depths.


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I would add two of my new favorites that play excellent at 2:

In the Year of the Dragon, works beautifully from 2-5. A great game.

Amyitis, works very well from 2-4. A very good game.

Hope these help you in your quest.
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