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Jeffrey Goetz
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A recent geeklist about economic games reminded me that I've had thsi question for a while. My fiancee and I both seem to enjoy the economic-styled games we've played, and I'm really interested in trying out a bunch that I haven't gotten to play. The main reason for this, however, is because so many economic games seem to require three people (and often more to play "well"). I'm thinking of games that techinically support two, like Power Grid (which we love with three but seems silly with two) or Railroad Tycoon, which we haven't played, and games we haven't played that don't support two at all, like Acquire, Wealth of Nations, Brass, etc. The closest thing I can think of that we've experienced that's (somewhat loosely) tied in to an economic game for two is St. Petersburg, and that's really sort of a VP-engine game where money helps you get the pieces. Are there so few games for two in this vein because the mechanic breaks down (certainly, the auction idea usually does, at least)? And, more importantly, are there any games where the mechanisms DO work with two -- that is, what is a good substitute for Power Grid when we just have two?
 
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[edit: I'm not sure if this would qualify as a substitute for Power Grid, but...]

Jambo is a fantastic two-player economic game!
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Eric Knauer
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Worth checking out:


Goa
Industrial Waste
Phoenicia (not sure how this plays with two)

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I second both Jambo and Goa. I've played both with two, both work well.
 
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You mentioned St. Petersburg. Both Stone Age and The Pillars of the Earth have been described as similar to StP, and we play them both with just 2 players.
 
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MedicI vs Strozzi is one I'd recommend
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kentreuber wrote:
MedicI vs Strozzi is one I'd recommend


Me too.
 
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Medici vs Strozzi might work.

Caylus is another possibility.

Some think that Power Grid works ok with two people, and it definitely has a strong economic flavour to it. If you have tried it, and it didn't work for you, then maybe not.

 
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We do really like Jambo; I should've thought to mention that in the original! We're also big fans of Caylus - it's the centerpiece of the next big order, even, and the Mystery Economic Game may well be part of it. I'll definitely have to check out Medici vs. Strozzi - I remember reading about it, but remember nothing *of* it. Industrial Waste and Phoenicia I've never heard of; Stone Age and Pillars both look good (though I've heard of Pillars described as "I'd rather play Caylus"). I've never actually played Power Grid with two; I just assumed it lost something with the auction reduced to two players and the lack of added value in Stage 3. Any specific maps that work best with two?
 
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Pillars does feel like Caylus-lite to me. Really, it isn't -- there are other things going on that make it a different game, but yeah. Doesn't make it a bad game, though.

I played Power Grid two-player, and found it a bit flat, so I can't speak for it. I know others have liked it two-player, though. If you own it already, then trying it two-player wouldn't hurt. It will be far more zero-sum, though.
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Race for the Galaxy is a good engine game. Two player is different than three or four because players have more control over tempo. But two player is very good.
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StckFigure wrote:
....and games we haven't played that don't support two at all, like Acquire....


Actually, there is a 2-player variant for Acquire. When mergers occur, you draw a tile from the pool and use the number to determine how many shares the phantom third player holds. The bonuses are paid out accordingly with the phantom player's bonus, if any, remaining in the bank. The tile is then placed on the board.

I've played this a few times, and though it adds a bit more randomness, it does seem to work fairly well.
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StckFigure wrote:
A recent geeklist about economic games


Would you happen to have a link please?
 
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Johan wrote:
StckFigure wrote:
A recent geeklist about economic games


Would you happen to have a link please?


http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33730
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1825 Unit 2 or Unit 3.
 
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