Yes, it is playable with 2 players, but not ideally suited, since the game includes negotiations and Macchiavellian politics. -- All these features are missing in the 2 player game.
Excellent. As long as there are 2 player rules, it has a good change at getting played. At the very least we can learn the rules in the 2 player game. Then, when I get 3 gamers together, it should go smoother!
BTW, are the rules going to be available soon?