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Gary Bradley
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As the topic says... I am on the verge of buying this to play regularly with my wife. Does it offer a decent 2-player game? Thanks
 
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Played once,I really enjoyed it.Almost the same as with more people.Of course it's easier to develop your strategy since there's not much struggle on worker's placement but tension, diffucult choices and fun are still there!
 
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Its an excellent game with 2 players, in fact Caylus plays differently for each number of players and, although very different strategies need to be developed, for each, they all play excellently.

 
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I find it a bit superior with 3 or 4 players, but it definitely works with only 2 (it just needs a bit different tactics).
Have fun! meeple
 
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Let me be the first to say: not fun. Or rather, depends on whether you like to continuously block the one and the same person---I don't. The game works (although you of course need a few different tactics), but it's not as enjoyable with more players.
 
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cymric wrote:
Let me be the first to say: not fun. Or rather, depends on whether you like to continuously block the one and the same person---I don't. The game works (although you of course need a few different tactics), but it's not as enjoyable with more players.


There's also the opposite possibility: the game can be laissez faire and essentially become a race. I don't particularly like that kind of game (at least a bit of screwage is good for Caylus), but it might work well for spouses who don't want to incite conflict. devil
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I think Alexfrog has been WAITING for this thread to come up!
 
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sedjtroll wrote:
I think Alexfrog has been WAITING for this thread to come up!


lol.

I think its best with 2 players. I've played it a couple dozen times 2er.

I usually think things like this are best with 2 players.


Ask yourself: do you like 2 player games? If the answer is yes, then you will like this game for 2 players.

Its all skill and no player randomness, and the provost movement is extremely tactical, instead of trying to guess what the others will do and whether they will screw you or not, and peoples provost movements being based many times on how they perceive the other players to be doing.
 
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My fiance and I love this game when it's just us playing. One of the few games definitely worth all the hype
 
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I've now played Caylus with every number of players it supports--2 through 5. It's excellent for any of them, and I've probably played it the most with just two--the wife and me. We loved it with two.

The game changes a bit with each added person, which keeps it fresh at every level. With just two, controlling the provost seems essential, but the drawback is that you have to spend one of your precious workers in order to do it. And if you put another in that space that guarantees that everything costs just one denier, well, that's a second worker who won't be helping collect resources, etc. The choices change at each level of the game, but they're tough in all of them!

A special 2-player rule: when one of you passes on placing workers, the other must now spend three deniers to place workers in any building but his own. Racheting up the cost of placing workers like that keeps the passing strategy as important as it is with more players.
 
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Fritz Schwartz
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Does it work just with both players taking a single color each or can 2 players take two alternating colors to give it more of a multi-player feel? (Which is how we love to play our two-player Puerto Rico.)
 
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It works very well as written, with one color each. I suppose you could come up with some wierder variant with 2 colors each, but I dont think it is necessary.
 
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I agree with the majority. Caylus has played very well with only 2-players using the rules as written. In fact we haven't played with more than 2 yet and it has already become one of our favorite games (my wife and I), 5 plays since Christmas.
 
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Ice X wrote:
Does it work just with both players taking a single color each or can 2 players take two alternating colors to give it more of a multi-player feel? (Which is how we love to play our two-player Puerto Rico.)


Fritz, that's how I like to play 2-player Puerto Rico, too, but Caylus plays well with the 2-player rules as written. I'd try them out first, if I were you, before trying to play with 2 colors each.
 
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Gary Bradley
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Thanks to all who replied. I'm having a blast with 2 players, though I am still a complete novice and I know it. My wife seems a natural, though, and hasn't lost yet (I won't mention how many games that is!). It is really really making me want to play with 3 or more though. Great game.
 
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It's excellent with 2 players

Except there seems to be a slight rules tweak needed, as my wife keeps winning ...

Actually, there is one way that we played it wrong, but preferred our way
The rules say that when you play two players, the player order flips every turn, which is fine, BUT it also says that you ignore the stables - the one that lets you set player order
We allowed the stables to be used, and so the player in first place can 'spend' a worker to keep first place if they want

We also found that a LOT more blue buildings get built than in a 4 or 5 player game

Chris
 
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Played first two player game and got pounded... strategy really is very different tho the concepts are the same. Played a second 2 player game and ran away with it. Not a large number of games, but that will be it for me. I prefer 3 or more.. and really 4 or more.
 
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