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Paul Sharville
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Hi. I'm going to be travelling for seven days on the Trans Siberian Railway with my oldest friend. I'm a board gamer; he's not, but he's keen to get into some gaming action during the journey. We have a two-berth cabin with a small table. So, any suggestions for great two-player games that will help us pass some of the time between vodkas and stamping our feet to keep warm on station platforms, and suitable to stimulate a gamer and non-gamer? I guess a desirable factor (although not essential) would be something that evokes the journey (Twilight Struggle maybe). Risk is already a must, as we're going to be stopping at Irkutsk station.

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Jaipur
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and all of the abstract games in the GIPF project. Sounds like a great trip. Enjoy.
 
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I seccond the GIPF project.
Further I´d suggest Jaipur, Caesar & Cleopatra, Blokus Duo and my Topology.
 
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I second Blokus Duo and would like to add Ingenious: Travel Edition - if abstracts are ok.
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What a great community. Thanks everyone. Keep 'em coming.
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Orangemoose wrote:
Jaipur
Stone Age
Cartagena

and all of the abstract games in the GIPF project. Sounds like a great trip. Enjoy.


Thanks Andy
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Take a distinctive deck of playing cards -- one with photos of your region, 007 characters, etc. If you're lucky, you might engage some friendly strangers in a game. Regardless, the deck can be used as a modest remembrance gift for someone you meet.

I don't know if you'll use it, but it couldn't hurt to add Durak to your card-playing repertoire before you leave. For just the two of you, there's Schnapsen, Gin Rummy, and Cribbage (with a travel board). There's a 52-card Lost Cities variant that's pretty good. I've been meaning to try the two-player games Mate and SLAM! -- maybe you'll beat me to them.

None of these are in The Hotness, but there's a chance you'll play one with your friend many years from now as you reminisce about your fantastic journey.
 
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Dominion is awesome. All non-gamers I've shown it to love it, and it has considerable depth for gamers as well.

Carcassonne has always been a great entry game that almost everybody seems to like, too.

It seems like space is not an issue for you since you already mentioned Risk, but both Dominion and Carcassonne should be played on a rather large table. A game that requires a little less space and is also slightly heavier (but still very suitable for non-gamers, if you ask me) is San Juan.
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I wasn't able to work the travel theme in, but all of these are portable, are taught relatively quickly and play in a short amount of time.

Biblios might be good. It doesn't take much space and can be learned and played very quickly.

Battle Line is also quick and easy (though it needs a longer space - see the images).

Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper is a third card game which is more difficult to learn (I recommend you download a player aid) but is rewarding and even thematic.

Mr. Jack is a non-card game with a proper board. It's a classic two player thinker.

Happy travels!


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Jaipur is great but may take too much space if your table is too small
Cold War: CIA vs KGB is on theme and supposed to be good but I never played it
The Battle for Hill 218 is also fun but also may be concerned about the space required to play
Guillotine can also probably work and is pretty fun
Maybe Court of the Medici?
 
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Might I recommend Castaways. I recently published this game and it's been a huge success so far. It's a 2 Player Dueling game where you're pirates fighting up and down the plank. Super simple gameplay and the main mechanic involves trying to guess what attack your opponent is planning. It needs a small amount of table space to lay out the plank, but not a ton (Picture 10 playing cards side by side).

Pictures and Reviews here: http://www.ponderzombiegames.com (including youtube review)

Enjoy!
~ Ian
 
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Paulsharville wrote:
Hi. I'm going to be travelling for seven days on the Trans Siberian Railway with my oldest friend.

Paul


Just want to say WOW! My idea of heaven. What a great way to play board games - what a great holiday. Very jealous - did you book this through a tour operator.

Hope you enjoy.

For me twilight struggle definitely - but may be too long to learn and play while you have all that great scenery flying by (I assume)

I cannot figure out the links on my iPad but how about

Lord of the rings card game - love this and get a couple of expansions
Blood bowl card game looks good
Ice flow - still selling for 6 quid at shire games http://www.shiregames.com/khxc/index.php?app=gbu0&ns=prodsho...
Simple game really but has Siberia as part of the map
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You might want to look into game systems. Traditional numbered decks are easy for someone not initiated with strategy gaming to approach.

Here are some 2P games playable with an American deck of cards (not sure what the UK standard deck is, but tell me if you could): Great "Two Players and One Deck of Cards"

There's a great DIY system that's just been out a few years called Decktet, which has a good number of 2p games designed for it.

Finally there are a couple more obscure decks folks game with, they're Rage and Rainbow Deck. These decks offer more suits and numbers than a traditional 52, this makes them Ideal to play games such as Battle Line or Lost Cities. Some good resources for these games are:

Games playable with Rage deck (not the CCG) - please add!
Games that can be played with Rainbow Deck

This kind of thing seems ideal for traveling as all you'd need is some printed out rules, and a small deck of cards.

Have a good trip!
 
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Backgammon is really the only game you need.

(IMHO)
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I've had success with Jaipur, Fairy Tale and Haggis: compact, fairly light, and pretty easy to learn.
 
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Citadels... and maybe if you're lucky, you'll meet a few more to play with...
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for 2 players, inclusive of a non-gamer, I like:
Hey, That's My Fish!, Truffle Scuffle, Quoridor, and Rat Hot.


Jambo and Fjords are also good fits.
 
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