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Charlie Theel
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It seems like there are many recommendation posts requesting games for a specific number of players. I thought it would be a useful exercise to list your favorites for each set of player numbers.

2 Players
Twilight Struggle
Claustrophobia
Earth Reborn
A Few Acres of Snow
Stone Age

3 Players
Troyes
Glen Drover's Empires: Age of Discovery
Eclipse
Gears of War
Merchants and Marauders

4 Players
Eclipse
Troyes
Glen Drover's Empires: Age of Discovery
Chaos in the Old World
Cyclades
Space Alert

5 Players
Battlestar Galactica
Eclipse
Chaos in the Old World (Horned Rat Expansion)
Space Alert
Glen Drover's Empires: Age of Discovery

6+ Players
The Resistance
Eclipse
Pitch Car
Bohnanza

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2 Players
1812: The Invasion of Canada
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Claustrophobia

3 Players
7 Wonders
Dominion
Middle Earth Quest

4 Players
Chaos in the Old World
Alien Frontiers
Stone Age
The Pillars of the Earth

5 Players
Power Grid
Catacombs
The Princes of Florence

6+ Players
7 Wonders
For Sale
Isla Dorada
Wits & Wagers
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I agree that this is useful, but there are often a lot of other considerations such as opponent's interests, length of game, etc. I've added a note or two next to some games here...

2 Players
Twilight Struggle (Heavy Euroish/Wargamish style)
Battle Line (Light)
Chess

3 Players
Pandemic (Lighter, Cooperative Euro)
Caylus (Heavier Euro)
San Juan (Light/Medium Euro)
Goa (Medium+ weight Euro)

4 Players
Puerto Rico (Medium+ weight Euro)
Brass (Heavier Euro)
Ra (Lighter Euro)
Power Grid (Medium+ weight Euro)

5 Players
The Princes of Florence (Medium+ weight Euro)
El Grande (Light/Medium Euro)
Santiago (Lighter Euro)

6+ Players
Bohnanza (Lighter Euro)
Medici (Lighter Euro)
For Sale (Light)
PitchCar (Dexterity)
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3 Players
Merchant of Venus (also for all the others as well)

4 Players
Fury of Dracula
Thunder Road

5 Players & 6 Players
Junta
History of the world
Pirates of the Spanish main (also for 3 and 4 players)
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Here are a few of my/our favorites:

2 players:
San Juan
Le Havre (I enjoy this with my wife, although we enjoy it with more!)
Hive
Lost Cities
Penguin Ultimatum

3+ players (these games are fun with 3, can be good with more):
Cafe International
Hansa
Magnum Sal
Notre Dame
Fluxx (any version)

4 players:
Dominion
Tinner's Trail
Glen More
La Citta
Navegador
Power Grid
Puerto Rico

5 or more players:
Elfenland
Abandon Ship
Steam
Carcassonne
Wits and Wagers
Dixit
Medici
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2 Players
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Mage Knight Board Game
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
Battle Line
Manoeuvre

3 Players
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
The Bottle Imp
Haggis
Carcassonne
The Penguin Ultimatum

4 Players
Chicago Express
The Castles of Burgundy
Masters of Venice
Endeavor
Gang of Four

5 Players
Endeavor
Age of Empires III
Hansa Teutonica
Ticket to Ride
Bombay

6 Players
Elfenland
Age of Empires III
Ticket to Ride: Team Asia
Wizard
Havoc: The Hundred Years War

7+ Players
7 Wonders
Dixit: Odyssey (with all the cards from previous versions)
Outpost
BANG!
Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

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1 Player
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game
Free Trader (free PnP)
Queens of Fate (free PnP)
For Solitaire (a solo For Sale variant)

2 Players
Dominion
Citadels
Innovation
Jaipur

3 Players
Evo
Modern Art
Dominion
Innovation

4 Players
Catan
Catan: Cities & Knights
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

5 Players
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Arkham Horror
Evo
Modern Art

6 Players
The Resistance
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition)
Poker (yes, the classic)
The Castle of the Devil

7+ Players
The Resistance
Apples to Apples
Poker (yes, the classic)
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I'll try to stick between 3-5 games per:

1 Player
At the Gates of Loyang
Gears of War: The Board Game
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game

2 Players
Eclipse
Dust Tactics
Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?
A Few Acres of Snow

3 Players
The Road to Canterbury
Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie

4 Players
De Vulgari Eloquentia
Chaos in the Old World
Tammany Hall
War of Honor
Glen More

5 Players
Eclipse
Rattus (with expansions)
Space Alert


6 Players
StarCraft: The Board Game
Cosmic Encounter


I'm sure I'd place Eclipse in all the other categories, but I've not played it with those amounts of players.

Note: It kinda started off as my favorites list...now, it's just games I prefer with that many players.
 
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2 player.
Le Havre
Glen More
Turns and Taxis

3 player.
Dominion
Puerto Rico on BSW

4-5 player.
Every game

6 player.
Acquire
New York
Bohnanza
 
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2 Player
Lord of the Rings
Castle Ravenloft
Lord of the Rings: The Duel
Beowulf: The Movie Board Game
The Battle for Hill 218
Backgammon
Chess

3 Player
Lord of the Rings
Descent: Journeys in the Dark
Red November
Forbidden Island
Pandemic
 
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Longer 2 Player: Twilight Struggle, War of the Ring

Quicker 2 Player: Puzzle Strike, Flash Duel Second Edition, Claustrophobia

3 Player: Starcraft: The Board Game

4 Player: Chaos in the Old World

5 Player: Battlestar Galactica (honorable meniton to Chaos + Horned Rat and Cosmic Encounter

6 Player: Cosmic Encounter (expanison)

7 Player: Cosmic Encounter (expansions)

8 and beyond: Dixit Odyssey, Soon to be Cosmic Encounter (third expansion)
 
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2 Players:
War of the Ring (First Edition)
Pentago

3 Players:
Small World
7 Wonders (Actually 3+)

4 Players:
Mage Knight
Space Alert

5 Players:
Space Alert
Pelican Cove

6-10 Players:
Wings of War








 
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2 players:

Light:
Innovation
Race for the Galaxy
Kamisado
Kahuna

Medium:
Goa

Heavy:
Chess




3 players:

Medium:
Caylus
Agricola

Heavier:
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Maria
Ora et Labora

4+

Light:
For Sale (4-6, also OK with 3)
Tichu (4 only)
Primordial Soup (4)
Ra (Good from 3-5, even OK at 2)
Modern Art (Brilliant with 4-5)
Medici (Good with 3, superb with 4-5, good with 6)
7 Wonders (Good with 3-4, scales to 7 as well as anything)
El Grande

Medium:
Agricola - Maybe I like it more than Caylus with 4.
Container - Sublime with 4-5
Steam - Base maps best with 4 overall, but scales down to 3 and up to 5. Extra maps support from 2-6 well, and optionally 7 in some cases but I wouldn't want to play with 7.
Dominant Species - Works fine from 3-6, but gets longer with more players. Best with 4, and while it's better with 5 than 3, the time/enjoyment factor is better at 3.
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game - 5-6 player brilliance

Heavier:
Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization - 4 is awesome. With online only.
Die Macher - Best with 5. Good with 4 but not amazing.
Age of Steam - Varies based on map but 4-5 in general is best.
Vinhos - 4. The game is an epic mess of rules that makes the most convoluted Martin Wallace games seem simple by comparison, but it has a strong appeal.

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2 players:
A Game of Thrones LCG
War of the Ring
Combat Commander

3 players:
Lieber bairisch sterben

4 players:
Britannia
Serenissima

5 players:
A Game of Thrones Board Game
Formula Dé (actually 5+)

6 players:
Civilization

7 players:
7 Wonders

 
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2p: Magic: The Gathering
3p: Colossal Arena
4p: Tichu
5p: Puerto Rico
6p: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)
 
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Unfortunately i don't have played that many top games and which i played i haven't tried at every numbers.

2Player: -Puerto Rico
-Magic
-Carcassonne
3: -Ora et Labora
4: -El Grande
-Tichu

5 and up: -7 wonders
-Zack!
 
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