Best 2 Player Board Games That Aren't Specifically For 2 Players?
What are some of your best multiplayer games that scale really well for 2 player count? Board Of It recently shared this video on reddit and it was doing really well, and I wanted to ask everyone here for your thoughts :)
For this list, I wanted to focus on interactive multiplayer games that are great for 2p count. It's a bit of a given that "multiplayer solitaire" games will always scale well, so I wanted to know what are some games out there that give you that same feeling of a bustling game state even with only 2 people on the map.
Here's my list, and I love that they don't make you feel like you're playing an inferior version of the multiplayer game. It may not give you the same exact feeling as a higher player count game, but it comes with its own merits:
- #Concordia - There is an expansion that provides tighter maps for 2p. I don't have one but Anna and I still have a lot of fun with the base game. There's competition for the different cards in the market and you get stuff even when it's not your turn (think Catan). There's a card in your hand that allows you to copy the ability of the card that your opponent last played, so that makes for an interesting decision of trying to wait until your opponent finally plays that card. The card playing/management is one of the best parts, so 2p gameplay is filled with fun decisions in a relatively short gameplay
- #Viticulture: Essential Edition - Number of available action spaces scale with player count. You're also limited to the action spaces that are available during the current "season," so you're even more confined in what you can do and missing the right timing can really hurt the efficiency of your engine. It feels tight from the get go and you're often bumping into each other
- #Brass: Birmingham - The more I thought about this game after the first session, the more pleasantly surprised I was by its business-y tension in every round:
- First, the map is tightened up at 2 player count
- Every round, you observe how much money the opponent spends since that impacts turn order for the next round
- Depending on how far it will set you back, you're interested in taking out a loan so that you can make a big play in the next round
- You're often competing to establish industries and lay out networks around the "hot spots" on the map that will generate the most points
- You can develop your industries by using the resource that your opponent has generated. You can also score points by establishing networks around the industries that your opponent has developed
I have high hopes for the upcoming #Root expansion that will improve 2p gameplay. It'll likely place it at the top of my list :)