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Brian Sinclair
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I am looking suggestions for a good card game that can be played with 2 players. I currently have Balloon Cup (my wife likes this) and am hoping to get something light for the wife and kids.

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Brian
 
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Lost Cities and Schotten Totten (which is about the same as Battle Line) are both good 2 player Knizia card games. They have a similar feel to them - in both you want to delay your decisions as long as possible, but you are forced to play cards and commit early - and some people prefer one, some the other. I play Lost Cities mostly but like them both.

I've also heard good things about Odin's Ravens and Hera and Zeus, but I haven't played them so I can't say for sure.
 
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Blue Moon are really, really good - i don't know if it will suit your taste though.

San Juan are great too.

If it doesn't *have* to be a card game Kahuna and LOTR: The Confrontation get a thumbsup
 
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Odin's Ravens, Kupferkessel, Fairy Tale, and Crazy Chicken (aka Drive) would be my suggestions. We find Lost Cities boring. Kupferkessel has the advantage of also being playable with 3; Fairy Tale plays up to 4 or 5, I think. My 8 y.o. likes the first three -- she hasn't played Crazy Chicken.

 
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IMO Schotten Totten is the best 2 player card game out there. IF you don't have a problem with sub-standard card stock, Battle line gives you almost the same game, but you'll probably have to put sleeves to the cards if you plan to play it heavily
 
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Oh, right, I forgot to mention San Juan in my original answer! Glad somebody else brought it up. It's my wife's favorite 2-player game, plus it has the advantage that you can play with more than 2 if you want to. It is pretty different from other card games though, really it's more of a simplified Puerto Rico than a card game, but it's very fun no matter how you think of it.
 
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Definitely need sleeves. My copy was wearing out badly because the cards
are so thin and weakly laminated.

Battle Line and Up Front are my most played two player card games. But I'm more of a wargamer and Up Front takes a bit more space. But it plays fast once you know it.
 
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I recommend Battle Line and St. Petersburg (which is essentially a card game). meeple
 
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Does anyone know if you can get Schotten Totten in the UK?
I can find Battle Line, but I think I prefer the look of S-T.
 
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I'm in the same boat. I don't think I'd include San Juan and St. Petersburg as "light" games though.

I got the wife to play Lost Cities, and she actually asked to play it again.

Off topic a bit, but the other game I can get her to play is Can't Stop.
 
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Give 'Light Speed' a try. I play it with my wife and 6-year-old son. It's fun, fast, and furious. My son loves the opening phase of the game where all the players (2-4) slap their ships down on the table (dropping out of light speed), often giving up strategic placement for speed. The first person to get all their ships on the table shouts "stop!"and if you still have ships in hand, they are out of play. Next comes the battle/resource mining phase where laser shots and line of sight are determined using halved rubber bands.

You may also like 'Wings of War: Famous Aces'. It's a very user-friendly card game. Again, I play it with my 6-year-old. You don't have to like war games to enjoy this one; I even got non-gamers in my office hooked on it.

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Lost Cities : nice, but not too deep - feels a bit simple to me, but is good
Schotten Totten : much like LC, but with interesting decisions thanks to the action cards
San Juan : nice, non-confrontational and plays up to four players.
Jambo : quite good too, more interactions than in the above games

Currently I like ST a bit more, but also like SJ a lot...
 
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I like Kung Fu Fighting with 2 or more.
 
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Something light sounds like Kahuna from Kosmos-series. It has a board and some wooden pieces, but I still see it as a card game. When going for something a little heavier, I'd suggest Settlers of Catan Card Game for 2 players, preferably with expansions.
 
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Just started playing it but I'm hooked on Jambo.
 
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You should check out the entire Kosmos line of two-player card games, like Lost Cities, Jambo, Odin's Ravens, Hera & Zeus, Blue Moon, etc.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listi...
 
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Try Heraldic.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/95344
 
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juuzzom wrote:
Something light sounds like Kahuna from Kosmos-series.


Hmmm.... I think Kahuna are pretty heavy, game play wise. The rules are easy though. I know i mentioned it, but i didn't see that it should be light blush

My wife lifes it, and she is *not* a heavy gamer
 
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Brian Sinclair
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Thanks to everyone for your input. So many choices that I will have to consider.

Thanks,
Brian
 
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There are some great 2 player card games playable with a standard deck of cards, or a subset thereof.

Cribbage is an old English game, helps if you have a special score recorder called a Cribbage board, but pencil and paper alsow works.

Casssino is a nice simple Italian game.

Le Truc is a bluffing game, depends whether you like that.
Gin Rummy is also good, and there are many games in the Rummy family, all the way up to Canasta, which is a great 2 player game but takes quite a while to play (it also plays great for 4 people, 2 on each team, but that is a different story).

And many more.

This is why I resist playing wierd cardgames with pretty pictures....
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