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Katie Schumm
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My husband and I are in need of a new game! We have and enjoy the following:

Settlers of Catan
Carcassonne
Agricola
Bohnanza
Lost Cities
Small World
Mr. Jack

But now we need something to mix it up! Help us find a game that is light-hearted and fun, and different from the games we already have (read: no collecting and trading of farm-related commodities). More than anything, I really don't want a dry board game. Power Grid is an example of an epic fail on the dryness scale. Robots and trains don't excite us much. Any ideas?
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Alhambra has a nice 2-player variant that my girlfriend and I like to play. It is basically two players with a dummy 3rd player {named Dirk}. It feels like a build your own Carcassonne where you have to buy the tiles.

You may also want to try Ingenious. This has a modular board for 2,3, or 4 players. This is different than the games from your list, but still a fun game.

And, if you can get your hands on a copy, try out Balloon Cup. This is a 2-player card game similar to Lost Cities, but a little more involved in the interaction and the thought process.

I own or have played all of the games on the list you gave and feel that these will fill your need. Good Luck.
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Rat Hot is one of my favorites for 2 players, and it definitely has an interesting learning curve.

Pandemic and Ingenious, along with the ubiquitous Dominion and FITS are also good suggestions for light games that support 2 players.
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Each time I hear "fun" and "unique" mentioned in discussions about two player games, I think about Day & Night.

Another very good option is Odin's Ravens. One of the only games on my wishlist as "Must Have" after a dozen plays - too bad it's currently OOP and probably the price has gone up.
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Jaipur?
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Light hearted, fun and different?

You have already have broad a broad range of game mechanics: worker placement, deduction, hand management, and tile-laying games.

Given that auction games and race games (particularly the light-hearted variety) work much better with more than 2 players, how about a dexterity game? I suggest Crokinole or a less-expensive investment such as Elk Fest.

I would also endorse the suggestion of Pandemic, although I wouldn't call the subject matter light-hearted. Although another great 2player game, Ingenious also fails on the score.
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Dominionwill work great for you, I'd say.
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We've quite enjoyed playing Pick & Pack

It's light, fast and fairly cheap to boot but unfortunately doesn't seem to get many mentions within these hallowed pages.

It's one of those games that I stumbled across by complete accident when searching for something else on the Geek and I'm glad I did.
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if you can find it Factory Fun might be the perfect match.

Jaipur is ultra-short but still a fun experience.

if you are willing to try something a bit more challenging but still very lght-hearted indeed Galaxy Trucker is unique and fun.

then there is Pandemic as an intro into the world of co-op.
it tends to be much easier with only two players but still a great game.
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Shazamm!, though it might feel dry (I guess), it is just a hugely fun game of bluffing.
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For a completely different vibe, have you considered a dexterity game, such as PitchCar Mini or Catacombs

A flicking good day out at the races might make a refreshing change from your current farming duties

Also, how about a dice game? - Liar's Dice is, IMHO, the best game ever and can be played with 2 (just grab your own dice, you don't need to buy anything).

Also, it's theme might not scream 'fun' but Battle Line is generally considered one of the best 2p games out there. Also, there's the new Pocket Battles: Celts vs. Romans which again is probably not a fun theme, but it could tickle your fancy.
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Dominion! Unique, light hearted, works well with two players, quick...
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I would second Balloon Cup.

Castle Panic plays well with two. Gives you the option to play co-operatively or competitively depending on your mood. It is certainly different from what you have.

If you want different how about a trying a light sports game? StreetSoccer is good. But very similar in mechanics, free to download and, in my opinion, a better feel for its subject is Pond Hockey.

Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation is a great two player game. Think aysymmetrical stratego, which is a) quicker to play and b) has pieces with lots of special abilties. Plus what could be more light hearted than trashing The Shire?





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Cartagena II. Quick, fun, and the screwage is light-hearted. My wife and I are new gamers and have a good time winding down with this one. We also love Thurn and Taxis but not sure it would meet your definition of light hearted. The theme sounds extremely dry but its a lot of fun, and different from anything on your list.
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Homesteaders has a pretty good two player variant. It plays a pretty quick city-building game. Not sure how "unique" it is but it might be of interest to you.
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I will also suggest Battle Line and Dominion. My fiance really enjoys cards-based games, and typically beats me at them. (Whereas I do better with spatial games like Carcassonne. Also, she does not care for Pandemic -- although I really like it.)
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How about a racing game? Snow Tails is one of our favorites - fun game with a really interesting mechanic for moving the sleds.

Many good suggestions above too - we also enjoy Dominion, Pandemic and both Cartegena I and II.
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Here are some of our favorites that fall into the light-hearted 2 players game category:

Fresco
Finca
Thebes
Galaxy Trucker
Cornerstone
At the Gates of Loyang
Fast Flowing Forest Fellers
Ra
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I know its already listed on here but me and the wife love Jaipur and Alhambra. Also for quicker little games we play Fluxx, Coloretto and Pocket Battles:Celts vs. Romans.
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Jaipur
Archaeology: The Card Game
Ra: The Dice Game
Can't Stop
Formula Dé Mini
Stone Age
Animal Upon Animal
Wasabi!
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Circus Train (First Edition)
The Princess Bride: Storming the Castle
Junkyard Races
Galaxy Trucker
Roads & Boats
Factory Fun
Roma
San Juan
River Dragons
The Awful Green Things From Outer Space
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I hope these prove worthy of consideration in regard to your criteria;
Forbidden Island- set to be released in May, gorgeous art and intriguing game play. I have already preordered this title and have read good things about it.
Genji- another unique card driven game where you are trying to capture the heart of a lady in the royal house through the creation of the best poetry.
Timber Tom- a very beautiful race game that has maintained it's fun factor in my household.
Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas- you have to collect books in a set while your opponent tries to dump into you off the walkways.

Hope these recommendations prove useful and that your find a fun game for you and yours!
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sos1 wrote:


I love R&B, but, a 3-hour civ game is light-hearted?
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