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The 2 player variation of pinochle can be fun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinochle
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Ninety-Nine has a two player variant.
 
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ilarue wrote:
The 2 player variation of pinochle can be fun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinochle


I'll second that, and I might add that 2-hand pinochle was the original version of that game. (I still much prefer it myself.)
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didaskalos wrote:
recommendations need to be trick-taking.


Here's a vast collection of trick-taking card games.
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Euchre (deal a dummy third hand) or Xactika.
 
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Two more thoughts:
Bridgette
Marrakesh

Both out of print, I think, but I understand they're superb games.
 
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If I may be forgiven a bit of immodesty, I've had an awful lot of fun with one of my own games, WYSIWYG. It's a refinement of both German Whist and Honeymoon Bridge and plays very well, if I do say so myself.
 
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Watten is a very good trick taking game for two people.

There is also a contest going on for games using a traditional deck of cards here http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/421774.

You might find something there you like.
 
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Trick taking games are tough for two players in general because there can't be perfect knowledge of the hands. I'm subscribing to this thread to see what comes up. In general, I play knock gin and cribbage for two players.

I have played Honeymoon style Pinochle and Spades (Place shuffled deck between players, draw 1 - keep it and discard the next or discard face down and draw the second card into your hand.) They're just okay to me.

The two player games I see usually end up being climbing or stacking games.
 
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Blue Moon? (Not Blue Moon City)
 
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kithkill wrote:
Blue Moon? (Not Blue Moon City)
A good two player game, but definitely not a trick taking game.
 
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Well, this isn't exactly a trick taking game, but it has a similar feel as that for me as both players bid to take the contest. I greatly enjoy this little game.

Canal Grande
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4401
 
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I am itching to try 2 player Spades with this style deal:

Shuffle the deck and sit it in the middle.

First player looks at the top card. They may either:

A. Put it in their hand and discard the next card without looking at it.
B. Discard it and then they *must* put the next card into their hand.

Alternate doing this until each player has 13 card hands.



It seems to go a long way towards the whole "I know what he has" bit.
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Oh yea, and if you want to toss in climbing, I actually enjoy Haggis quite a bit. My wife was a bit turned off when I went out first 10 times in a row the first time though.
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Isamoor wrote:
I am itching to try 2 player Spades with this style deal:

Shuffle the deck and sit it in the middle.

First player looks at the top card. They may either:

A. Put it in their hand and discard the next card without looking at it.
B. Discard it and then they *must* put the next card into their hand.

Alternate doing this until each player has 13 card hands.

I've done this with both Spades and Hearts, and would recommend it. Thanks for saving me the typing!
 
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Here's my fave for 2: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Whist
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The one that jumped out to me is Snap.

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And don't actually heed this "recommendation"!
 
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Bwian wrote:
Isamoor wrote:
I am itching to try 2 player Spades with this style deal:

Shuffle the deck and sit it in the middle.

First player looks at the top card. They may either:

A. Put it in their hand and discard the next card without looking at it.
B. Discard it and then they *must* put the next card into their hand.

Alternate doing this until each player has 13 card hands.

I've done this with both Spades and Hearts, and would recommend it. Thanks for saving me the typing!


That's pretty clever, and I wonder why I never thought of that before. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Isamoor wrote:
I am itching to try 2 player Spades with this style deal:

Shuffle the deck and sit it in the middle.

First player looks at the top card. They may either:

A. Put it in their hand and discard the next card without looking at it.
B. Discard it and then they *must* put the next card into their hand.

Alternate doing this until each player has 13 card hands.



It seems to go a long way towards the whole "I know what he has" bit.


Yeah, it's called "Honeymoon" style - made for two people on their honeymoon when they're done with nookie. Although some people play that if you take the first card you also look at the second after discarding it. I like not looking at the second, to decrease the perfect knowledge.

http://www.ehow.com/how_4709443_play-honeymoon-bridge.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2275235_play-two-handed-spades.html
 
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A plain old Rook deck has rules for a number of two player tricking-taking games.

Or with regular cards, try "Honey Moon Bridge". See http://www.pagat.com/boston/honeymoon.html for instance

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I have a two player trick taking game that will be self publishing soon.

Of the many comments from the BGG playtesters (over 30 copies have been sent out free) the one that sums up it up most positively for me as the designer/publisher is "you really couldn't ask for a better 2-player trick taking game"

If you are interested, subscribe to this thread and I will post again when its been added and the first external review has been posted.

One of the playtesters is auctioning off his playtest copy. I knew he would find the game too subtle and indirect for his tastes but he had helped me on a previous game design so I sent a copy when he asked. Interestingly his sister rated the game as her overall favorite game, albeit from a limited pool. His post has good pictures of the near final game.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekauction.php3?action=viewauc...
 
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