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George Blichar
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I don't actually own a lot of games and many of them can be pretty expensive, so I'm being very finicky on my next purchase. I like fun games that are easily accessible to anyone who might come over. I don't want the thing sitting on the shelf, having wasted my money.

That said, I think my group of friends is set for now on games played with 5 or more. So, I'm looking for something that would be accessible for 2 to 3 where the other person won't be entirely turned off by the experience because of length, (under 2 hours would be nice, I am a fan of multiple games in a night) stupid game mechanics, or a goofy theme.

I was thinking something along the lines of Memoir '44 or Tide of Iron because everyone seems to be able to relate to the war aspect. Heck, both are a bit pricey, but look very similar and get about the same praise on BGG. Which one is better? Is there a better investment out there on the 2 player front? I appreciate any direction on this one, Thanks!
 
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Memoir is great, I played all the scenarios and the Eastern Front expansion with my roommate over the course of a year. Sometimes up to 3 scenarios in an afternoon. It is lighter than ToI, so you should consider what you're looking for in terms of complexity and play time. That said, I can always set up Memoir and remember enough of the rules to not have to look anything up (huge plus in terms of getting it off the shelf).

Also consider:
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Haven't played Tide of Iron, but I think Memoir '44 would probably go over well. Another war game that plays quickly and is fairly easy to learn/teach is Hold the Line (battles from the American Revolution). 2 de Mayo simulates the Spanish uprising against Napoleon in Madrid, plays in 30 minutes to an hour, is a good introduction to card-driven war games, as well as a clever little cat-and-mouse game...

You also mentioned 2 to 3 players...if you'll frequently have 3, you might want to check out The End of the Triumvirate (a 2-3 player game on the Roman Civil War; it's good but I think it plays better with 3)...
 
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Guj19 wrote:
I don't want the thing sitting on the shelf, having wasted my money.


Does not compute.
 
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Take a look at War for Edaðh - it's been well received by everyone I've played it with. A great 2-player that can be expanded for 3+
 
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I also think Memoir'44 would work really well for you. It really is quite accessible and you shouldn't have any problems explaining it even to the casual gamer. It does take a while to set up though, possibly around 20 mins, but then a scenario doesn't take more than an hour to play so you would still easily finish under two hours as you stated.

You might also want to take a look at Small World. It is a warish type of game, plays 2-5 players, is easy to get into, and is quite replayable.

Stone Age is a very different beast, but that is one of my all time favorite games for 2-4 players so I though I'd mention it. Not hard to explain but rewards experience. Beautiful game!
 
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