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Steve Blanding
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I'm curious. What are your favorite two player card games and why?

It could be something that uses a specialized deck such as Blue Moon, Balloon Cup or Lost Cities. It could even be a CCG such as Magic. But I'm particularly interested to know if there's a two player game using a standard bridge deck (such as Cribbage) that really floats your boat. Especially since I don't know as many of those.

The more obscure the better. So long as it's good.
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Biblios. Haggis. Lost Cities.

Blue moon would be in there too but it's so different from those three that I'm not sure where to place it.

Haggis is probably what you really want. It uses a normal deck with some cards removed. The commercial edition has a 5th suit (only needed for playing with 3 players), and has double-sided royalty cards which is very convenient for the game but not necessary.
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Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper: Rummy with a twist. Nice tension.

Hera and Zeus: A lot of bluffing and double-think.

Roma: (mostly a card game) Kind of a non-collectible Magic.
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SteveBl wrote:
I'm curious. What are your favorite two player card games and why?

Fixed that for you.
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Flyboy Connor wrote:
SteveBl wrote:
I'm curious. What are your favorite two player card games and why?

Fixed that for you.


My favourite black rectangle is the monolith from 2001.
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Flyboy Connor wrote:
SteveBl wrote:
I'm curious. What are your favorite two player card games and why?

Fixed that for you.

I wasn't aware that anything needed fixing. Are you trying to be funny? If so, I didn't get the joke.
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col_w wrote:
Flyboy Connor wrote:
SteveBl wrote:
I'm curious. What are your favorite two player card games and why?

Fixed that for you.


My favourite black rectangle is the monolith from 2001.


I remember that one. Damn. Wasn't really sure if anyone else did.

Two coin for remembering!
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There's this geeklist:

Great "Two Players and One Deck of Cards"

Many of those use a standard bridge deck.


All of my favorites sort of stretch the definition: San Juan, Jaipur, Biblios, and Dominion.
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Ack! Gametalk in Chit Chat!!!

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Here's one that's about as obscure as it gets--WYSIWYG--mostly because I created it! But it plays with a standard deck of cards and yes, I think it's very good.

Of the published 2-player card games, these are my favorites:

Jambo
Babel
San Juan
Jaipur
Famiglia
Schotten-Totten
Mystery Rummy 4: Al Capone
Canal Grande
Balloon Cup
Katzenjammer Blues
Kahuna
Mystery Rummy 1: Jack the Ripper

As for the blacked-out text, it's a running gag in Chit Chat that we're not "allowed" to mention games. So they were just trying to help you obey the rules.
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SteveBl wrote:
What are your favorite two player card games and why?
My favourite is Haggis (why? because I designed it to be) but I also really like Watten, Schotten Totten, Cribbage, and Jambo. Jaipur and Traders of Osaka are games I enjoyed quite a bit, but I haven't played them enough to be sure if they will become "favourites". Gin Rummy is more of a nemesis than a favourite - I suck at that game....

Untamed: A Rummy Revolution and Livestock Market: the Card Game by Rebekah Bissell are both Mystery Rummy type games that are available for print and play. I think they may need some further development here and there but, as-is, they are quite good and show a lot of promise.

As to why I like the games I've listed... hm.

For Watten, I would refer you to my comments on the game. In particular, to the details I've listed for the variation of the game I play (it's not the traditional game).

For Scotten-Totten, I would refer you to my comments on Battle Line (I played that first and didn't want to duplicate my comments). I prefer playing without the tactics cards.

For Cribbage, I think it has a lot to do with nostalgia. It's a light game with a few interesting decisions here and there, but not too taxing; it's a good, relaxing game to play while socializing at the cottage. I'd put Jaipur and Traders of Carthage into this category - light, not too taxing, good to relax and enjoy while socializing.

Jambo I like because of the buying and selling of goods, trying to manage your market spaces and pull off a profit at a faster rate than your opponent. The card powers and special effects add some light chaos to keep things interesting, but they mostly interest me in helping to get the buying/selling part of the game working well.

For Rebekah's rummy variants, I just think these are designs with some good potential. Here's part of my comments for Untamed:
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The theme of this game is fun, interesting, and well executed. The necessity to complete melds in all groups before going out helps give the game a better sense of narrative than most rummy games - the story doesn’t end just as things are beginning to take shape (i.e., as soon as one player empties their hand of cards). If you haven't met the round ending criteria when your hand is empty, you need to fill back up and continue with the story. Much better and fairly novel. The melds are also novel, and the manipulation rummy aspects are a wholly welcome change from most other themed rummy games I've seen or played. It was likewise refreshing to finally see a Canasta-like draw mechanism being used in one of these designs (you can take all cards in the discard pile down to a certain card, so long as that card is put into play by the end of your turn). This is a game with enough depth to keep gamers happy but with a low enough barrier to entry and attractive enough theme to lure non-gamers over the threshold....


Cheers,
Sean
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My husband and I like I Go!. It's Gin Rummy with a little something extra.
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Larry Levy wrote:
As for the blacked-out text, it's a running gag in Chit Chat that we're not "allowed" to mention games. So they were just trying to help you obey the rules.
Ah. Well screw the rules. devil
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SteveBl wrote:
Larry Levy wrote:
As for the blacked-out text, it's a running gag in Chit Chat that we're not "allowed" to mention games. So they were just trying to help you obey the rules.
Ah. Well screw the rules. devil

I applaud your attitude, sir.

Dibs on his soul!!!
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All these replies and nobody has mentioned Piquet? Y'all need to spend more time with a regular deck of playing cards.
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