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Carl Garber
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Hi all! I've noticed that there are alot of 2 player threads/geeklists. What is interesting to me is that I think I see some differences in how people view these 2 player games. Some people seem to prefer 2 player games over more player counts. Maybe this is because of a more "me against you" vibe, or maybe because its more controllable, I am not sure. However, for others it seems like, due to lack of playing partners, 2 player games are simply a necessity to enjoy this hobby of ours. So my questions is which camp are you in? (or somewhere in between). I'll include a poll just for fun but I would love to hear your longer comments below!

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This best describes me:
2 player is awesome!! I will tolerate playing with more if I HAVE to.
I don't care about the play count. I just like playing games!
I don't mind playing 2 player games but would much prefer playing with more!
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Enrico Viglino
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I like diplomacy too much to fully enjoy two-player
games. They're okay with someone I really really like
to be around, but normally I want at least four -
with two people I'd put in the 'two-player eligible'
sector.

This is toughest, because many of my tastes run closer
to the wargame relam - wherein most of today's players
seem to prefer two-player games.
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Carl Garber
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Wow, that totally sucks Enrico! Yeah I totally get the 2p vibe from wargames(I'm not really in to those myself). What are the top multi player ones?

I am in a fairly favorable position in comparison. I am your typical eurogamer. Most of the people I have to play with are more at the light eurogame place right now whereas I prefer medium weight euros. The good thing for me though is that I know eventually some of these light eurogamers will want to try the slightly more complex as they get use to the whole eurogame genre. I mainly want 2 player games to play with my wife. I prefer more players over 2 player, but I prefer 2 player over watching TV
 
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CarlG wrote:
Wow, that totally sucks Enrico! Yeah I totally get the 2p vibe from wargames(I'm not really in to those myself). What are the top multi player ones?


Things like Here I Stand, while I wouldn't really call
them wargames, are fairly close in demographics who will play these
days (I may be a dinosaur). Plus, they get listed as such here. I
wouldn't mind doing a team play game either.

The real 'negative' is that folks I meet, even playing such, suggest
getting together for two-player games. Some of which would be a
significant commitment of time (one guy suggested La Grande Guerre,
which would likely take at least a year, given scheduling). No way
I'm ready for that kind of situation with someone I haven't known
for years.

I also enjoy heavier non-wargames though, like 18xx, or Civilization.
Haven't met anyone in this area who's into them actually. Might
float the idea at the next game club meeting - but I've tended
to congregate with guys who are mostly wargamers.


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I mainly want 2 player games to play with my wife. I prefer more players over 2 player, but I prefer 2 player over watching TV;)


Same. In the past, I'd get together with someone I'd known for years
to do a two-player game (not always wargames).

One big advantage I have is absolutely loving soloing games
(of almost any kind). Perhaps more than two-player - certainly
more than multi-player with people I don't know. The downside
to this is that it prevents me from wanting to try finding suitable
gaming partners.
 
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Joseph Cardarelli
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I play 2 player games when there are 2 people, and multi-player games when there are more. Simps.

Now which games I play is a better question I think, the one question that has us all buying ever more games and lurking on BGG for hours. A question that has only one way to finding an answer...play ALL the games!
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In general, I prefer multiplayer board games, except that about half my gaming time goes to Go, which except for some variants, is a two player game. There are other two player games that I enjoy, but generally more players is a more fun social experience.
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I feel like I'm stating the obvious, but the wealth of 2 player games I would think has to be due to couples playing games.
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It totally depends on the game for me, some I prefer with 2, others with more.

For example, Deck builders I prefer to be 1 on 1 but worker placement things are more fun in bigger groups.
 
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CarlG wrote:
However, for others it seems like, due to lack of playing partners, 2 player games are simply a necessity to enjoy this hobby of ours.


I have the opposite problem. I generally prefer 2-3 player games, since they're tighter strategically. But I do most of my gaming at a big local meet-up, and whenever you're starting a game everyone wants to play. It feels rude to tell them no, and thus I rarely get a chance to start 2P games...including the games that can run upwards, but are best with 2.
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I'll gladly play with any number of players, but the majority of my gaming will be with my wife for the foreseeable future.

Babies/toddlers tend to do things like that.
 
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Sebastian AssaultMarine
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2 player game rules, I mean one of them will rule, I mean...
I like 2 player games for a few reasons:

- duel style
- kingmaking does not exist (and when playing Chaos in the Old World with
Khorne player new to the game or 7 wonders for more than 3 players
one can get enough of that)
- easier to balance, easier to play (since You don't need that much "another human being" tokens
- I just hate to give up my second action card in Race for the Galaxy
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Deathstroke wrote:
I'll gladly play with any number of players, but the majority of my gaming will be with my wife for the foreseeable future.

Babies/toddlers tend to do things like that.


Then they grow up into gamers.
 
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tssfulk wrote:
Deathstroke wrote:
I'll gladly play with any number of players, but the majority of my gaming will be with my wife for the foreseeable future.

Babies/toddlers tend to do things like that.


Then they grow up into gamers.


Exactly! She already loves holding cards and she tries to help daddy when he plays.

My evil awesome plan is working!
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