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Zach Drapala
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I already have Carcassonne: The Castle, Lost Cities, Citadels, and Hera and Zeus (which I hate!).....recommend a game, and tell me why you like it.
You can check my collection to see how I rated other games, if need be. Basically, reccommend anything....hopefully with a reason good enough to make me want to buy it
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If you like Lost Cities, try Schotten Totten, or Battle Line. Both are the gamer's version of Lost Cities.
 
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Gotta agree with Batlle Line. I haven't played Lost Cities, so I can't compare them, but people seem to like this one a little better. Lots of good tennsion, and while the war theme can turn some people off, it does fit pretty well...for a card game .
 
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"The Best" is always highly subjective, and if you even find "The Best" you'll probably get sick of it after a while if you play it enough.

I quite enjoy playing Attika with two players.
 
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Best is a subjective thing depending on what you like. My best two player game may not be yours. You've two of the ones I like for two on your list already, Tikal and St. Petersburg.

If you like either of those you might also like Samurai, Jambo, Attika, and or Torres.
 
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Settlers of Catan Card Game, maybe Alhambra...
 
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I would recommend Babel and Battleline. They are two of my favorites. Babel a little moreso because it adds a bit more complexity (basically more options because each of the races have their own special ability) and because the end game is pretty interesting. Also some light card driven wargames like Battle Cry and Memoir '44 are good.

Good Luck.
 
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Jambo is awesome. Not alot of "screw your opponent' more 'things are equal' sort of thing, which is very refreshing.

Guillotine is nice as a 2 player.
 
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TheFreshPrince wrote:
I already have Carcassonne: The Castle, Lost Cities, Citadels, and Hera and Zeus (which I hate!).....recommend a game, and tell me why you like it.
You can check my collection to see how I rated other games, if need be. Basically, reccommend anything....hopefully with a reason good enough to make me want to buy it
Thanks,
Fresh


You hate Hera and Zeus, but rate it a 7?

For two player, consider:

Through the Desert
Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper
Memoir 44
Blue Moon
Dungeon Twister

I have ratings and comments for all but the last under my profile.
 
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The best two-player game in my opinion is definitely Tigris & Euphrates. The way the board is constantly changing and shifting, and you have to adapt your strategy to the tiles you draw, makes the game very interesting and highly replayable. The scoring system is very clever, by requiring you to balance your strategy and not focus too much on one area. The blend of strategy and luck is just right, and it's always interesting to look back over a game and consider what you could've done differently, whether you should have built more monuments, or sought more treasures, or waged the priest conflict before the farmer conflict, etc. It's also nice because it accomodates 3 and 4 players if need be, but works exceptionally well as a one on one duel.
 
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One of my favorites is Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation. The game is simple enough that it is quick and easy to explain even to a non gamer. The mechanics are really straight forward and while there are a few exception involving interactions between different characters, the rules are pretty straight forward as well. The game doesn't take a long time to play but offers lots of tough choices and tense moments. The current version just available from Fantasy Flight also provides an expanded character selection so you can mix and match your units for endless game play.
 
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My wife and I started on Carc: The Castle and moved on to The City (after playing the original Carcassonne for quite some time). We find it's an awsome 2 player game and have logged in easily a hundred plays in the last year or so.
 
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For two player, my fiance and I really like Balloon Cup (to be fair, though, we just got the game). The balloon theme keeps it from feeling too confrontational, but there is quite a bit more player interaction than Lost Cities, since you can play cards on your opponent's side. Plus, the math is much easier!
 
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I think Samurai would be a good game for you. Reasons:

- It's by Knizia, who did Lost Cities and Carc: The Castle
- Lovely board and components
- It plays quickly (say 45 minutes)
- Scales well from 2-4 players (best with 2 or 3 though)
- Easy to teach
- Fun!
 
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[q="sbszine"]I think Samurai would be a good game for you. Reasons:

I agree, 1 vote for Samurai.
Plus we like Caesar & Cleopatra.
 
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Kupferkessel remains fun after many plays. Set collection with memory component and interesting pawn movement. Nice graphics. Some versatility (e.g. can be played with or without recipe card, can be played with 3). Fairy Tale is another possibility in a similar vein. Different aesthetic (anime plus CCG feel) and no pawn movement (but fun draft mechanism). Plays 2-5.

Phoenix is an excellent couples game or a game to play with non-gamers, but, for me, it's not a contender for best 2 player game. It's kind of a one-trick pony. So far, Samurai, Roma, YINSH, Fjords, and Shazamm! have all seemed more engrossing/challenging than Phoenix. But I've played a lot more Phoenix than any of the rest of them because it's quick and accessible. Just depends on what you're looking for. Are you likely to be playing with the same person(s) over time or will you be playing with a bunch of different people? If the former, I'd recommend looking for something with a bit more depth. If the latter, go for accessibility and for a game that accomodates players with different levels of skill well.

One of the virtues of both Samurai and YINSH is that they have simple rules yet complex and varied strategies, so they handle the accessibility vs. depth tradeoff nicely (but they do raise the different levels of skill issue). Shazamm! and Roma both require some work upfront getting to know the different cards, but there's a nice payoff as you explore the various ways in which they work together. For me, the main selling point of Fjords is that it's got a couple of different things (one Carcassone-like, one Samurai-like) going on in a really manageable time-frame (1/2 hour). Kind of like two games in one.
 
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Zach Drapala
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Thanks Alot!

I will be playing with the same person pretty much all the time, and yes I would like a wide variety of themes/mechanics/etc.

Games I am looking at getting are:
Balloon Cup
Babel
LOTR Confront
Odins Ravens
San Juan
Blokus
Samurai


Keep recommending!!!
 
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Out of the games you're looking at, I recommend San Juan, Odins Ravens, and Babel. Samurai is good too.

I also highly recommend Lost Cities, St. Petersburg, and good old backgammon. Attika is quite good for two, as someone mentioned above.

Tim
 
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