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The truth is I don’t usually have a crew around ready at any moment to play some tabletop games with me. Typically, it’s just one other person and me that I’ve leeched myself onto, and they must suffer through my insistent demands to entertain me because I’m bored. I know, the world is my oyster, blah blah. Yes, I get bored sometimes and need a switch up from my video games. After hours of slowly sneaking around a cave in Skyrim like some type of shadow, my dried out eyes need a break, and my brain needs a little jolt. That is where tabletop games come in–you know, board games and card games! I love sitting back with a few drinks, some pizza, and an excellent tabletop game. However, like I said, most people are not available at the drop of a hat and it usually takes some real pre-planning to put together a group of people for some tabletop gaming.

Despite there ordinarily just being two of us, I’ve felt that finding a good two player tabletop game isn’t that easy. Sure, the box says 2-6 players but let’s be honest–playing with two people sucks. At least, that is the case for a lot of games that can be played with two people. They can, but probably shouldn’t be if you want to really enjoy it. It’s a little frustrating. That’s why I’ve researched numerous times the best two player games. I’m talking games that are actually made to be played with two people.

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1. Twilight Struggle

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Okay, this game is not for the faint of heart. It’s a massive, long war game similar to Axis and Allies. This is for a serious board game session. Something profound that you want to play into the morning. It is also a fantastic game. It is ranked as the third best game on boardgamegeek. Which is really saying something since boardgamegeek has ALL the games. It is also a seasoned award winner.

This game is all about the Cold War. You play as either the Soviet Union or the United States. This is a card-driven board game and is really not all too complicated once you get the hang of it. Though that doesn’t make it easy. You struggle for control over places in the world as the Doomsday Clock draws closer to midnight. Unfortunately, this might be a little too close to home these days since as of this year we are now 2.5 minutes to midnight. The closest we have been since 1953.


2. Android: Netrunner

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This one is for all us lovers of deck building. Yes, I love deck building games, a lot of us gaming nerds do. Are you one of us? If so, Android: Netrunner is a great two player game to pick! It is ranked as the 33rd best game on boardgamegeek, still quite a feat. What’s also fun about this game is its cyberpunk!

You can play as either a Corporation of a Runner. As the corporation, you seek to achieve your agendas while trying to make sure your servers are secure. As the runner, you are trying to hack into the corporations, which could result in brain damage. Whoever gets to seven points first, wins.

The downfall to this game is you will want to buy more card packs as you keep playing. It’s inevitable. That means you might end up spending more than you thought you would over time.


3. 7 Wonders Duel

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This is a strategic card game all about building the wonders of the world. This is a two player remake of the game 7 Wonders–which has a two player option, but most people find it sucks. That brings us to 7 Wonder Duel, the answer to the two player problem of the original. This game is ranked number 9 on boardgamegeek–another freaking fantastic ranking.

In this game, you are playing as ancient civilizations trying to build wonders and other buildings over three ages. Wonders give you special abilities, but just making them isn’t how to win the game. There are three ways to win, either Civic, science, or military victory. Which reminds me of the Sid Meier’s Civilization video games.


4. Lost Cities

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This is a great couples game. What I mean is that it’s a great game to play with someone who isn’t necessarily a gamer. Each game only lasts fifteen to thirty minutes, there are not a lot of strategies, and it’s fun. This card game is ranked the 284th best game on boardgamegeek. Which, admittedly is not as high as the other ones on the list, but is still fantastic. Also, the rankings do tell you how good a game is, but they fail to show if it’s the game for you. Twilight Struggle is ranked number three, but it is such a long, intense game that not many people are willing to play it. Whereas Lost Cities is ranked much lower but is a fantastic game to play with any one of your friends or family because it doesn’t need a hardcore gamers interest.

This game is all about doing archaeological expeditions. You gain points for expeditions and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins. Simple and perfect for a good, quick game with a friend. One thing to take into consideration though is that the lack of strategy, and luck coming more into play, this game might get old fast for two serious gamers.


5. Jaipur

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This is another “couple’s game,” that is less daunting than some of the other games on the list. It’s easy to learn/teach, and the games last about 30 minutes. This game is ranked number 94 on boardgamegeek.

Jaipur is all about trading goods as India. You play as one of two of the top merchants in the city. You are dealt cards and on your turn need to choose between getting more goods, or selling the goods you have. Simple choice, but not particularly easy. This game is about tactics and risk, and also a little luck.

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13 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #60: 5 of the Best Two Player Tabletop Games

  1. numberpardox says:

    I haven’t tried any of these games yet but,since you recommend them Lilo, I bet they’re good. I’m interested to play Lost Cities. The graphics reminds me of Indiana Jones actually.

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  2. Twilight Struggle is my favorite two-player tabletop game Good planning and strategy is a must plus, there’s a bit of a history lesson along the game.

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  3. I’m so used to playing in groups for tabletop games that it’s so refreshing to hear about 2 player ones that you would recommend. Sometimes it feels so awkward to play multiplayer tabletop games with just 2 people as it just does not work. At least this time around, I am aware of such games and should we only be two- I can have a suggestion. I like card games so I’d look into Jaipur first.

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  4. I would love to try these games out if I find these titles. This is definitely new to me. Good start bro.

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  5. valine13 says:

    Wow didnt know there were lots of games that are interesting. Card games I believe they are. Wow. It’s good to try.

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  6. darkkvader says:

    Nice card games! Jaiuur looks cute as well as netrunner.

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  7. micorobin says:

    This is something different from you Nash. I salute you though because these games are so off the radar. How do you even find them?

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  8. Mau says:

    I don’t know any of these games :-S. Interesting list and of them all, Jaipur is the one I’m willing to try out.

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  9. david kamau says:

    Lost cities looks good to play with a partner. I mostly like adventure games. They trigger the mind to think extra.

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  10. Joy says:

    I have always been a fan of table top games, and especially so on the rare weekend indoor weekend nights. It has however been a challenge finding the right game to play with my partner, but now am excited to try out this 5, especially the Android: Net-runner.

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  11. bradskitchen says:

    I have never considered tabletop games. However, Jaipur interests me.

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  12. Balbasara Dong says:

    The only tabletop game I know is uno, and I don’t even know if it counts. Although, after reading the details on “lost cities”, it got me interested, I think my nephews and I will enjoy it. Thanks for the info lilo.

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  13. Anne says:

    I agree with you that it’s so hard to find people to play board games with so I just stick to online games or phone apps. But sometimes you just miss playing with actual people, shouting, screaming, and laughing with each other. This really helps a lot if you want to play board games and there’s only one person available. I love this!

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