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The HFoG Buyer's Guide

Two Player Games

Looking for a game that really shines with just two players? Here are a few of my favorites:

Balloon Cup (Rio Grande Games/Kosmos - 2003)

This is my wife's favorite two player game. Kosmos has a very popular line of two player small-box games and this is one of the better ones. In this game, players are competing in a series of balloon races to try and win a set of trophies. The first to win three trophies wins the game. Balloon cup is easy to learn, plays in about a half an hour and supports only two players.

Lost Cities (Rio Grande Games/Kosmos - 1999)

This is another game in the Kosmos two player series. In this game, players are financing expeditions to exotic locations. This is a deceptively simple card game that I somehow seem to always loose. Yet I'm always willing to play it again. Go figure. It plays in about 30 minutes.

Carcassonne: The Castle (Rio Grande Games/Hans im Glük - 2003)

Here's a unique version of the classic tile-laying game Carcassonne that's been specifically designed for two.  This game retains the flavor of the original game but it actually plays quite differently.  This game takes around 45 minutes to play. Perfect for an evening game with my wife after the kids have gone to bed!

War of the Ring (Fantasy Flight Games - 2004)

War of the Ring is an amazingly lavish game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novels. It is played on a huge map of Middle Earth and it employs multiple armies of exquisite miniature figures. This game purports to support up to four players but don't let that fool you. This is really a two player game and that's the way it plays best. The rules are a little complicated compared to the other games listed here and if you play, you should budget a good four hours for the first game. But don't let that discourage you. This is truly a fantastic game.

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