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Jon
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I'd like to solicit some recommendations for 2p games that my wife and I can play while on vacation. They would need to be portable and not take up too much table space, as we will likely be playing in random cafes or even by the beach.

I tried Dominion, and will likely bring that again with just a sample if the Kingdom cards (I'm a compulsive completionist, so I've got all the expansions, even though I haven't played more than 10 games ever).
Many of the other games I've got have too many bits.
I've got Netrunner, unopened, but it looks like that might take up too much table space.
I thought of Tichu, but that's not really available right now.

Any thoughts? We're still exploring favored game mechanics, so any game type would be welcome. We have a bunch of iPad games, but I'm looking for something physical.
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Hive is fantastic for two, and pretty much indestructible - there's even a more compact version available to save on space...

Other good, compact games - Blokus Duo, Jaipur. If you can spare a little more table space (but really not much), I think San Juan is a superb game, which works really well for two.

There have been good things said about Hanabi for two, and also Plato 3000 but I can't comment on either as 2p games.
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Most of the Kosmos two-player series are quite good and are pretty compact. Ingenious: Travel Edition is one game that we frequently take on trips to play on trains or planes.
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Love Letter
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Both are just 16 Cards. Though they play pretty quick and love letter is better with more than 2.

Also, difficult to find.
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Targi A great two player game. Small, fast, fun.

Rivals for Catan - Small box, variable play
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First and foremost Jaipur, without a doubt. I've been told Morels is also good and has a similar feel to it.
I see you have Lost Cities, have you tried Battle Line? I like it much more but takes more table space.
If you and your partner enjoy "brutal outguessing", I also recommend Citadels with 2 (me and my gf love it this way).

For something on the lines of Tichu, try Haggis or Triumvirate. If you like traditional card games and somehow you've never given it a spin (can't imagine how), Gin Rummy is an entertaining way of using a deck of poker cards.
Another abstract title but completely different would be Hive: there is a portable version that is indeed very portable, otherwise the full game it's still fairly comfortable to bring along.

I don't know if it takes too much space for you, but Innovation is also a great game with 2, and very portable.

Other games you may consider (but take my word with a grain of salt, as I've never tried them) that come to mind:
- Biblios
- Pocket Battles: Celts vs. Romans (one of the sets)
- Jambo
- Yomi (you can take how many decks you want with you)
- Balloon Cup
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+1 hive
Lost cities
Flapjacks and sasquatches
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Eaten by zombies in cahoots
King of Tokyo could be repackaged to smaller
Same with race for the galaxy
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A couple of suggestions, first one that I have been playing recently is quick and everyone seems to enjoy is City Squareoff and I would also suggest Mr. Jack Pocket. One that my wife and i have enjoyed through the years but I am not sure if you can still get it is Mystery Rummy Case No.3 Jekyll & Hyde. If you want something quick and fast for airport or airplane play try Spot It.
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Mr. Jack Pocket is a fun compact game, we bring it along to most vacations.

I'll add a +1 for Hive, great abstract.

The Pocket Battles series has a ton of depth for a tiny box, Orcs vs Elves is my favorite but there's a few to choose from if the theme doesn't do it for you.

Space Hulk: Death Angel is a brutal co-op that can be played solo, I usually end up packing this for myself.

Onirim can be played co-op and solo as well.

And another +1 for Biblios.
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+1 for Hive

Further you should have a look at nestorgames assortment.
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If you like dice Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
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+1 Mr. Jack Pocket
+1 Hive (there is also Hive Pocket - same awesome game, more portable)
+1 Lost Cities
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+1 Jambo
+1 Race for the Galaxy
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Wow, that was fast! Thanks for the suggestions. I've got Hive, Lost Cities, San Juan and Haggis on the iPad, but I haven't learned em yet. I know it sounds counterintuitive not to want to play the iPad games, but my wife lives away this year, so we've already been playing a lot of games from afar. I'm looking for something face to face.

I need to look up some of the others. I'd been eyeing RftG already.

Re: repackaging King of Tokyo...does that play well 2p? I assumed the Tokyo spot was pointless for 2p games.
 
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I think Jaipur was the one I meant to say that was hard to find these days.
 
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I know things are relative, but I'm finding these small games are so cheap I may just have to buy a bunch to reach free shipping levels. I've got pocket battles, Biblios and Mr. Jack in my CSI cart right now and I haven't made it through the suggestion list yet. A bunch are out of stock, though.


Oh...and I finally figured out the point of geek gold...tips! Gotta get some gold.
 
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Great choices all! Sounds like a good vacation coming up to me. thumbsup
 
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I can share from experience that Biblios and Jaipur are a lot of fun, quick to learn and play, and invite strategic thinking. Plus, both games look good.

I can't speak firsthand about Jambo, but good friends of mine like it because while they're both competitive, Jambo let's them compete without too much tension.
 
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San Juan takes up less table space than the Dominion games I have seen and is easy to transport:


Cheese Chasers is very small: about 40 tiles and one or two PocketMod rulebooks. It takes up about the same table space as San Juan. And it's free. It can play 1 or 2 players, and there are several different tilesets. If you don't like mice, you can go with Doctor Who or something else.
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hgoed wrote:
Wow, that was fast! Thanks for the suggestions. I've got Hive, Lost Cities, San Juan and Haggis on the iPad, but I haven't learned em yet. I know it sounds counterintuitive not to want to play the iPad games, but my wife lives away this year, so we've already been playing a lot of games from afar. I'm looking for something face to face.

I need to look up some of the others. I'd been eyeing RftG already.

Re: repackaging King of Tokyo...does that play well 2p? I assumed the Tokyo spot was pointless for 2p games.


KOT works ok with two. We play that when in Tokyo on your turn you only get one point. Also with the expansion we have had a decent time with it as a two player. But still best as 4 player
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Re: Citadels...the game looks interesting but the poll on players shows 47% think its no good for two. Was the recommendation based on house rules of some sort?
 
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hgoed wrote:
Re: Citadels...the game looks interesting but the poll on players shows 47% think its no good for two. Was the recommendation based on house rules of some sort?

The game comes with rules for two players, which are a bit different than the normal game (players pick two roles). I think it becomes quite a deeper game, involving more calculation and mind reading, and it is still great.
 
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bwingrave wrote:
San Juan takes up less table space than the Dominion games I have seen and is easy to transport:


Cheese Chasers is very small: about 40 tiles and one or two PocketMod rulebooks. It takes up about the same table space as San Juan. And it's free. It can play 1 or 2 players, and there are several different tilesets. If you don't like mice, you can go with Doctor Who or something else.


Gonna print out the Squirrel version. It'll remind her of our dogs who love to chase those and chipmunks.
 
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thor0298 wrote:

Flapjacks and sasquatches


Might have to get that just because I live in Paul Bunyan land.
 
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