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Abismald

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2-player love
« on: July 04, 2009, 12:52:40 AM »
I love the show, so I habitually listen to episodes over and over.  In my most recent run through of the Origins lightning round episode, I noticed that Meg mentioned that Ninja vs. Ninja was nice because it was a much needed 2-player game.  I gotta say, as a wicked avid board gamer, I think there are a lot of good 2-player games.  People may overlook some of them because they aren’t terribly hyped, but they are out there!  As such, I thought a post where people could note their favorite 2-player games might be a good way to introduce some good games to the community.  So without further ado, may I suggest:
Dungeon Twister: This is strategy-tastic game goodness.  Kinda reminiscent of Wiz-war.  It can definitely be a brain burner, and with the multiple expansions offers tons of variance for the experience.
Memoir 44: Okay, so kinda a war game I guess.  Kinda.  Sorta.  Really all things Commands and Colors fall into this category (BattleLore, Memoir, Ancients, Battle Cry).  Card based command system, multiple scenarios for variance, an incredibly active on-line community that generate new scenarios, and dice based combat resolution that can make you weep or cheer.  Worth a try.
1960: Making of the President (and Twilight Struggle): OOOOOOh.  Politics, history and trouncing your friend.  My wife and I don’t talk to each other after we play either of these beauties.  1960 is a simulation of the Nixon/Kennedy election where you attempt to woo state support by using historical events from the game’s deck of cards, or investing in political issues, and advertisement.  Twilight Struggle uses a similar game system but places you and your adversary in the Cold War struggling for world control.  Careful use of military, political and scientific power and caution about escalation of the nuclear arms race are all involved.   
Mr. Jack: A quick game of deduction in which you play either Jack the Ripper or an investigator hot on Jack’s tail. Eight characters are present and the Jack player is the only one aware of which character is the murderer.  It’s the inspector’s job to find jack by maneuvering pieces into the light or close proximity to other characters and to catch Jack, while Jack attempts to help the murderer escape.
Hive: A cool, boardless abstract game.  Each player gets the same pieces (think hexagonal dominos) which depict different insects all with different rules for movement.  The goal is to capture your opponent’s queen bee.  This one is a fast, easily portable play.
Other noteworthy games: Settlers of Catan Card Game, Lost Cities, Odin’s Ravens, Jambo

So that’s my two cents.  What 2-player games do you guys like?  Alternatively, if you have played any of the games I mentioned, what are your thoughts on the game?

-Abis

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Re: 2-player love
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2009, 04:41:28 AM »
I almost forgot!  For the more CCG inclined, I have heard (but do not know from experience) that Blue Moon (card game not beer) is a good time!

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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 04:17:30 PM »
My wife and I have gotten a lot of mileage out of Balloon Cup and Carcassonne both from Rio Grande Games.

Balloon Cup is a card-based game, where you are trying to win various balloon races by playing cards to advance your balloon or hinder your opponent's.

Carcassonne is a tile-based game that is very interesting for two players and a completely different interesting when you have three or more players.  We even play Carcassonne with the kids using the basic rules.  There are several variants and several expansions for changing game play to keep the games interesting if you desire.

I have been playing Dungeon Twister (basic rules) with my 10-year olds.  The complete lack of random makes it a very interesting puzzle for me and less frustrating for them.  Watching them play is interesting, because they invest so much in various characters they 'like'.  My son uses his wizard almost always and for most things, while my daughter uses the thief or phasing character predominately.