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Nate Straight

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I'm looking to trade a small Memoir 44 lot for a different 2p experience [actually, looking to sell, but that's been coming up blank], and have not been finding much in the way of matches from my current wantlist.

Therefore, I posit the following question to you: What is the best 2p game experience to have been released in the past 5 years [that I don't own, obviously... if you want to take the time to check]?

I'm not even going to give recommendation criteria, since my wantlist is already selected based on those criteria and has, as I said, been giving me nothing. If you want to poke around my ratings, that's great though.

 
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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You don't have Android for 2-5 players (4+ hours for 2 players).

The theme is excellent, with a beautiful board and with a lot of flavor text on the cards (you can decide yourself how much to read it during the game). All characters are unique with some of their own character-specific rules, personal storylines to finish during the game (happy endings give victory points), and their own demons to avoid when solving the case. There are many different murder cases to play. So the combinations are huge.

There is a great atmosphere, and although the board and the sheer number of tokens may at first intimidate you, the game mechanisms are actually quite simple when you have played once. Each game takes a long time (5+ hours for your first 2-player game), so stay clear of this game, if that is a problem for you.

Note: the box says 3-5 players, but the game works very well with 2 players (but you may want to use 4 suspects).
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Matt Olson
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War of the Ring(2nd) or Twilight Struggle
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If you're looking for a similar WW2 theme in a truly excellent tactical wargame, then I say unto thee "Combat Commander: Europe"!

But if this is truly open-ended, then... hmm. Maybe Prêt-à-Porter if you're feeling economic euro-ish? Or since I think you're into some Splotter games, maybe Duck Dealer? Or make Power Grid fun for 2 players by getting Power Grid: The Robots? Or since you like clever game kits, a nice Shibumi set (not the cheap plastic one but the mid-range one)? Or a nice Go board to play not only Go (admittedly not from the past 5 years) but various excellent modern abstracts like Ayu, Xodd, Slither, etc? Or if we pretend "5 years" is "1000 years", maybe Shogi? OK, enough open-ending, I guess...
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Earth Reborn
 
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Earth Reborn
Easily the best game published during the last 5 years, imho.
Invest the time to learn the rules over the course of 9 tutorial scenarios, with some of them likely seeing multiple play-throughs. After mastering the full ruleset, learn the scenario generator's ruleset as well and get another ton of random scenarios. Add in great production value, well written rules and extremely high replayability.


Alternatively, get into a miniatures game like Hordes or Warmachine - or whatever other system does appeal to you. 2 players, expandable to the extreme, great replayabilty, different opponents, etc etc. But very demanding when it comes to time and money investments.
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Kinda shocked to not see a lot of Android Netrunner here arrrh
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I've recently written reviews for my 3 favorite 2 player games:

Mage Wars Review
BattleCON Review
Puzzle Strike Review

Maybe one of those will be a good match for you.
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Slither
 
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Claustrophobia
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I was going to mention Navegador, but I see it's already on your wishlist.

I think Brass is worth trying for you. Some people play on a 2p board, some people just cover up part of the regular board. We play on the full board (we also build 3p maps in Roads & Boats). I know people play it online, but I've never tried it that way, so I can't say how well it works.
 
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Suburbia if 2.8 doesn't seem too low in weight for you.

The feel is of a pot smoking game. I don't smoke pot, but if I did I would smoke my pot, take a look at the board and my opponents board. And then pick out a tile to buy and buy it. I might then go to the fridge for munchies. Come back. My opponent is checking out the fresh dibs out for sale and wondering if they are just going to blow all of their money on "that one". While I am thinking about whether or not anything is moving through the pipeline and getting cheap enough to seem like a good deal.

Multiplayer solitaire with the ability to also take away tiles that your opponent needs. For me, there is plenty of room to get better at the game over time.

I like the theme and the art and the feel. It is laid back. Not terribly tense. I just played it though so I'm in the afterglow stage. It is a very, very easy game to learn.
 
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Haggis or Manoeuvre. The later will scratch much the same itch as Memoir, but is much superior imo.
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Piquet (350 year old card game: has card drafting, hand management, set collection, deduction, trick taking, cage fighting, plays quickly, and nothing is more portable than a certain 32 cards drawn from a standard deck). Ok, I'm not serious about the cage fighting, but everything else is present. 350 years of longevity!
 
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We own, oooh, about 40 two-player games...

I'd say BattleCON: War of Indines or Puzzle Strike.
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Puzzle Strike (Third Edition) (or Shadows)

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With those three and a regular gaming partner, I could be happy for a long time. There are other games I'd rather play, like Through the Ages, but some folks don't like it with 2
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Polis: Fight for the Hegemony should be mentioned here, no?
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eapeas wrote:
Polis: Fight for the Hegemony should be mentioned here, no?


Damn, good call!
 
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I add a +1 for the aforementioned Earth Reborn, Suburbia, and Claustrophobia and an additional +1 for Earth Reborn its just awesome.
 
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+1 Earth Reborn, Claustrophobia, and Polis.

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Dungeon Command: Sting of Lolth
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Napoleon's Triumph
and the upcoming The Guns of Gettysburg
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Earth Reborn easily.
 
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Noahboa wrote:


This.
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NateStraight wrote:
Therefore, I posit the following question to you: What is the best 2p game experience to have been released in the past 5 years [that I don't own, obviously... if you want to take the time to check]?


For something heavy, how about 1989: Dawn of Freedom?

And I know you like traditional card games, so I would strongly 2nd Haggis.

-Jonathan
 
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sdougla2 wrote:
I've recently written reviews for my 3 favorite 2 player games:

Mage Wars Review
BattleCON Review
Puzzle Strike Review

Maybe one of those will be a good match for you.


Yep.

BattleCON: War of Indines
 
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