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I'm not a massive two player gamer.  Mostly because no one in my house games and with my group we are typically 3 or 4.  

However, I have played enough to give some recommendations:

Epic length two player games:

Both games are longer epic reworking of classic stories.  They both benefit from repeated plays and learning the options available to yourself and your opponent.  

Medium length two player games:

Battlelore and Memoir 44 are both excellent two player combat games.  The order system and dice rolling add a strong element of luck to the game but good strategy is usually rewarded.  I personally prefer Battlelore but they are both great games.

I have a confession to make.  I don't really enjoy Twilight Struggle.  But I put it here because it is a classic of the hobby.  I think everyone should give it a try at some point.

Short Two player games:

I really enjoy Patchwork.  It's quick to play, easy to teach, and has a different theme.  Watergate is, to me anyway, a simpler version of Twilight Struggle.  This makes it a lot easier to learn the tricks of the game and a smaller investment in time and learning to get the most out of it.  

Literally just heard about this one today called #Tharos by Spielworxx, Steam punk theme, and it is a Dice Bag builder. Definitely unique and it comes to Kickstarter Feb 19 from what I am seeing!

Well after seeing details of #Circadians: Chaos Order (and getting input from the desiger here), my interest in #Circadians: First Light is rekindled a bit. I'm probably more interested in Chaos Order as a game (they're very different, apparently), but First Light was well-received, and I like the theme. It's also a dice worker placement game, and I've wanted to try one of those for a while.

A second game would be #Nidavellir based on the high praise it got in many end of year lists. It does seem difficult to get in the US at the moment, though.

  • #Orléans w/ the new Beneficial Deeds board from #Orléans: Trade & Intrigue 1x @ 2p - this game is a favorite of my wife's, and I really like it too, but the new Beneficial Deeds board makes it way better, IMO. The board from the base game was basically a way to purge pieces from your bag, but the new board has actions that actually make you want to do them!
  • #Windward 1x @ 2p - a friend of mine got this for his birthday, and we tried it out. This is a cool game! It's got really cool aesthetics and components, and the sci-fi theme is fresh (to me, anyway) and well-implemented. It's not a very heavy game - some action selection, hex movement, dice rolling combat with some opportunities for dice mitigation. It was fun at 2 players and I think the scaling was done well, and I think it will be even more fun at 3+. Here's a pic I took:
  • #Everdell w/ #Everdell: Spirecrest 1x @ 3p - love this game as always! I think I've decided that this is my least favorite expansion, but I still really like it. From what I've seen, that's a minority opinion, as well.
  • #Dungeon Mayhem 3x @ 2p - a few games of this before everyone arrived and we got to our main event next...
  • #Inis 1x @ 5p - the main event! 3 of us had played at least once, and we had 2 new players. This was so much fun! One of the first-timers ended up winning after a fairly long and hard-fought game. We played with the 5th player module of the #Inis: Seasons of Inis Expansion, as well as the "We Want A King Module" (which didn't come into play). Here's a pic I took near the end of the game:
  • #Here to Slay 2x @ 3p - some of us played some quick games of this to finish out the night. IMO this game is #Munchkin but much faster.

I've been trying to decide if #Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island would be a good fit for our crew. This campaign looks like it could just sway me!
The only reason I'm hestitant is because of the dic rolling. Does the randomness rolling, when resolving actions, make or break the game? I know that you can always use two pawns for an action and avoid dice rolling. How often is that possible though if you are actually going to win?

I've played 2 scenarios and I think the dice rolling is what makes the game.  The danger of exploring a wilderness by yourself can be dangerous and the dice rolling captures that.  The odds of rolling a bad outcome is anywhere between 1/6 to 3/6 so there is still a pretty good probability that you'll be able to complete the task without a negative outcome. 

However, I also tend to enjoy games with dice variablity. 

For me it is pretty simple...If I enjoyed the base game enough to keep it, I'll get any expansion for it. Some don't turn out so great, but mostly, I've had great luck with expansions enhancing the fun!

Some of the best expansions I've bought have been:

  Just about every expansion for Carcassonne. Our favorite is the one that adds in The Builder that allows for a second tile draw/turn. On a down note though, The Tower is too brutal for our tastes.

  There a several different maps for Castles of Burgandy that we have REALLY enjoyed also. The down side has been the latest edition of CofB...it is a visual mess and it is collecting dust in the attic now.

  I can't think of the name of the expansion for Feudality (by Tom Wham!), but it is a ton of fun and well worth tracking down.

  There are 3 expansions for Tash Kalar and I consider them "essentials". The base game is top 10 material for abstract lovers and the expansions really add to the fun.

  I really enjoy Bunny Kingdom, but I would caution folks to cast a critical eye towards the expansion. It changes the tone of the game dramatically and I don't like it as much as the base game.

  Most of the expansion content for Alien Frontiers is worthy. Some of it is just 'ok', while most really improves on the choices availble...the core of a dice worker placement game!

  Ascension... I would NOT recommend any expansions for this game. The heavily dilute the game play and even start to unbalance things. Pick one version (most are very good), and stick with it.

  Same goes for Race for the Galaxy...every expansion diluted the game too much. We got rid of RftG after JumpDrive came out. Jump Drive is FAR superior to RftG and really gets to the (fast) heart of the game. Multiple strategies are viable for the win also (unlike RftG).

  Dice City... all the expansions are amazing and should be purchased!

  Garden Dice. There is a small expansion for this fun "filler" that pumps up the gamer factor. Highly recommended.

Innovation. Jury is still out on this one as I simply enjoy the base game soooo much, I've only dabbled with the expansions.

  I'm sure I could come up with a few more, but to end this with an answer to your "regret" portion...

7 Wonders Duel. One of my favorite games of all time and we play it often. BUT... the expansion "Pantheon" is amazingly horrible. I LOATHE this expansion and it ended up in the trash. I promise I gave it a fair shake with about a half dozen plays, but it just wrecks an otherwise stellar game. Avoid this at all costs UNTIL you get to play someone else's copy and evaluate it yourself.

Great topic and I'm curious to see what others have to say!

 

 

 

I think you'll find most people's top lists skew toward the newer. As new games come out they build off what came before and so end up supplanting them. However, some titles stand the test of time. The Dice Tower recently did their top 100 list and after they did a statistics video and you saw how the more recent years took up more of the chart and older years got smaller and smaller but never fully disappeared. Our collections tend to hold on to older games while getting new. At least if you're not aggressively culling games from it. 

Got in #Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef at game night and I loved it! I'm a fan of worker placements anyway, but this one was a lot of fun. Great art, too. 

We played #Crokinole as a family a bunch as well.

My five-year-old has been asking to play #The Alpha, so we did on Sunday. Great fun, if a little broken by dice rolls haha

Later that evening my wife and I played 2-player #Tapestry, which she won by a landslide (her first time playing). Really love Tapestry.

Last night I got together with a friend and we tried out a game that I and another friend of ours got him for his birthday: #Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef. We're not sure we did everything quite correctly, but it was fun! Would definitely play again. The components are beautiful, but actually not too blinged out. It's mostly cardboard and dice, but the components that are there are high quality, and the art is gorgeous and colorful.

Today my wife is having over a couple of friends for a tea and then we'll be teaching them to play #Obsession! They both enjoy the theme, so she thought this would be a fun afternoon activity. They're not hobby gamers like me and my wife and I'm assuming haven't played many modern games, so we'll see how it goes.

#Dice Throne Adventures & Season One: Rerolled! - I have decided I am 100% not a dungeon crawl person.

#Dune: Imperium - I have decided I very much AM a Dune Imperium person. :)

IRL:

Good week for gaming with the family! We played #Small World, #Caravan, #Watergate, #Jaws, and #A Few Acres of Snow. Some of those were inspired by playing on Board Game Arena, as you'll see...

Digital:
Good night with the Allegany Boardgaming Society! Two of us were early, so I taught #Watergate (currently in alpha testing). Then with the rest of the group, #Welcome to..., #P.I., #Paris Connection, and #No Thanks!.

Learned a few games on my own as well: #Caravan, which is a fun pick-up-and-deliver, and #Martian Dice Game - a push-your-luck game in the same vein as #Zombie Dice.

And struck up a game of #A Few Acres of Snow with on Yucata - which led to teaching it to my son on there and then playing the cardboard version with my wife. Love this game!

On the #Magic: The Gathering front, the new set (Kaldheim) came out. I'd been saving up gold for a while, so was able to do a bunch of drafts. I like the set so far - nothing seems incredibly broken and the theme (Norse mythology) is cool.

Miniatures:
No games of #Frostgrave: Second Edition this week - my wife took the kids snowtubing. :) But I'm still cranking out minis! Painted up a couple of thieves, an archer, a crossbowman, and a whole troupe of Reaper yetis that will be used as white gorillas!