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David Boeren
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I've got Tikal already, and am looking to pick up another one of Kramer's "Mask Trilogy". However, I'd really like it to play well with two players since I often play with a friend of mine at home.

I'd appreciate everyone's input as to which of these games works better with two. Mexica has a slightly higher rating, but it also has a majorities mechanic which doesn't always work well with two. Java is heavier and sounds really interesting, but might need 3 players to work well?

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I don't have Java, but I've found that Mexica plays well with 2 players, especially with the variant described here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/20992

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JAVA!!!
It's Java for two. Mexica is okay with two, but just okay. I own all three and I find that Java is hands-down the best one to play with two. Java has also ended up as my favorite of the trilogy.
 
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Why?
Why do you need the variation? Both games are designed for 2 or more players. Just curious as to your thoughts on this.
 
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Re: Mexica Variant
Mainly because David is right in his observation about the majority mechanic. Without the third "dummy" player (a la Risk), the game is a fairly flat 1-upping exercise. The variant doesn't really eliminate this, but it helps a lot. It also helps make each game different, because the starting conditions (due to dummy placement) are generally different each time.

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I have played both twice 2 player. Java wins.
 
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Another vote for Java.
 
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I've played the whole trilogy with 2 players and have found that they all work really well with 2 players. It really depends if you are looking for a game that is lighter and more dynamic than Tikal (Mexica) or is a bit heavier and strategic than Tikal (Java). If you can afford it, I'd suggest to getting both.
 
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Java Wins
Thanks for all your comments. Sounds like Java is the winner, so that's what I'll be going with. I probably will pick up a copy of Mexica sometime, my quest is to get all the great games, but my gaming budget tells me that this is a long-term goal
 
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