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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.  

We've been doing a slow play of #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, played again last week, and it's been such a treat to give a couple people who normally don't play games like this a chance to learn it and experience the fun and cooperative aspects. We're about halfway through now, and it's been a blast. I've played Gloomhaven a lot, but never owned it, and picking up JoTL was a great investment. Looking forward to finishing it and preparing for Frosthaven next year!

Good week!

  • #Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale (physical, solo):  Played it for my review. I now have coloured pencils for the next game!  Love this little game.
  • #Race for the Galaxy with #Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm (physical, solo): Had some good luck and pulled off a solo win.  Love this game and while solo isn’t as good as with players it’s still fun. 
  • #Marvel Champions: The Card Game (physical, solo) x 2:  Tried my new black panther deck against Klaw. Had some horrible luck in game one but pulled out a relatively easy victory in game two.
  • #Anachrony with #Anachrony: Fractures of Time (Tabletopia, multiplayer):  I like Anachrony but I did NOT enjoy this game of it. With one new player and one very AP player and two of us with more experience this 4 player game took us 5 1/2 Hours!!  The expansion added more stuff to the game but honestly it wasn’t worth the extra time to me.  I doubt I would be convinced to play with that expansion again. Not enough to return on investment.
  • #Caverna: The Cave Farmers with #Caverna: The Forgotten Folk Expansion (tabletopia, multiplayer) x2:  Ah now this is more like it!  Love this game!  Got two games in about 4 1/2 hours and really enjoyed it. (Note: Never play this game with someone who is AP prone either.). I love putting tiles down and the strategy/tactical mix is where I like it. I think the board was a bit too wide open at 3 so I’d like to try it again at 4. 


I am so hyped for this game. Root has been the best investment I have made.....played it so many times. Games for people who play the same games repeatedly :D

Good thoughts.  I don't do Kickstarter, but I wonder if that factors into the equation...seems like people who kickstart a game are already pre-invested, and because of their investment tend to force themselves to like a game more.  If the game goes to retail then those who pay less may not be as biased?

The only reason I look for popular games is because with limited shelf space and limited opportunity to play, I like to cycle through games - play them a few times, sell them, buy more.  If I buy obscure games then I can't resell them for a decent price.  Luckily, many "popular" games happen to be good!

I tell them they are an investment in my future

It is a good question. My answer, in short, is because I find it valuable and fun.

I make no secret of the fact that I consider boardgaming a luxury hobby. In fact, I have been thinking about the luxury aspects of the hobby in this thanksgiving season and will probably write a post about it. But, it is a luxury that has the potential to enrich ones life. I consider boardgaming sort of in the same area as I consider travel and books. I love travel, I have spent many many thousands of dollars in travel, travel for personal enjoyment and enrichment. That is money spent that I will never get back. But, when I think about friends I made while airbnbing my way across South Africa, some of the beatiful islands I have beena able to explore in the Pacific Northwest, Flocks of lorikeets screeching their way across an antipodean sky....etc...... I remember these things, and many others, and reflect on how travel has inmeausrably enriched my life. In that way, my investments were very wise, some of the best I have ever made. But, they were costs that many people would consider to be luxury costs.

I look at my games the same way. I love the exploring of mechanisms. I love seeing how themes can be explored in a world of cardboard, paper, and neoprene. I love the excersise it gives my brain. I love the companionship, sometimes around the table, sometimes just in the forums. I love the look of the games on my shelves. I love supporting small companies, and many of these companies are small. I love the way that games let me tell my own stories. I love that this is a hobby that increases my mental actuity rather than one that increases my vacuity.

Finally, I buy them because I like them. I know people who collect guns, or collect tractors, or $400-$700 annualy on having their annual deer mounted. From that list, you can tell I am from the rural midwest...LOL, but the point is that while I enjoy tractors, and have one, I have a few guns, and have hunted occasionally, those don't bring me the joy and fun that my games do. I don't condem them for their hobbies, and, mostly they don't condemn me for mine.

This is an interesting question. Here are mine:

1. #Five Tribes - I've been wanting this one for a while and have watched reviews and the TableTop episode of it. I don't have any games like it, but it looks like something I would enjoy.

2. #Viticulture: Essential Edition - I love the worker placement mechanic. I would probably own this one, but I would if it would be too much for my wife. She is the main person I play games with, and she prefers quicker light-medium weight games. I wonder if it would be too much a time investment. So far 45 minutes is about her max. She'll play for a couple of hours, but she likes to play multiple games in that time.

3. #Wingspan - It looks fun and has a interesting theme. I like that the theme isn't science fiction or fantasy. I enjoy those themes, but it is always fun to have something different. 

4. #Hunt for the Ring - I'm a big LOTR fan. I would love to play this game, but don't know who I would play with (see Viticulture). I also don't own a hidden movement game, but like the assymetric nature of it.

5. #Dawn of Mankind - Again I really like worker placement, and this one looks interesting. This one hasn't gotten a lot of love, but I watch Rahdo's video on it, which sparked my interest. This one looks simpler too, so I hope, if I get it, that my wife could get into it.