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The Top 10 Two Player Board Games of All Time

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Honorable mentions Battle of Five Armies and Android: Netrunner, both in consideration but not included for reasons.

00:00 – Intro
00:14 – # 10
01:17 – # 9
02:21 – # 8
03:13 – # 7
04:18 – # 6
05:27 – # 5
06:34 – # 4
07:54 – # 3
09:03 – # 2
10:45 – # 1

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  1. Some games on your list******** seem to consistently be mentioned in top-10 2 player lists! BTW, Do any of the games mentioned play well digitally (PC Game)?7 Wonders Duel ********Caper Europe *********Jaipur *******Duelosaur Island ********Patchwork ********summoner warsCthulhu Wars: DuelTargi ***********Thunder and Lightning Skulk HollowBattle of Five Armies Android: NetrunnerOr how about other popular 2 player games.. do any of these play well on PC?Everdell Azul GloomhavenWingspan (Asia?) Unmatched Lost Cites Santorini Castles Of Burgundy Great Western Trail (Argentina ?) Bear And Bread Fox in the Forest Watergate Land Vs Sea Dice ThrownGrand Austria HotelFive TribesFugitive-HiveOnitamaStar Realms-Hero Realms (deck builder)Beer and Bread-LegendaryHey! That's my fishCarcassonneKitchen Rush-Fields of ArleWar of the RingClaimbaseball highlights 2045 boopKlask-HanamikojiPagodaThe RaptorNaga RajaHero Realms-BoonLakeArc NovaQuest for El DoradoEmpires of The NorthDice MinerTerracotta Army-QuartoCrokinole Paris City of Lights / Paris La Cite de la lumiereFugitive Jekyll Vs Hyde-Magic The GatheringStar Wars RebellionLawyer Up-KahunaDvonn-RadlandsFairy TrailsParksTrailsSuper Mega Lucky BoxTimelinesIsle of Cats-Hadrian's WallParks

  2. Happy Friday peeps. keep your chins up. dont forget to hydrate. Remember you always have a choice!

  3. I think I only own two games that are 2P exclusive: Claustrophobia 1643 and Star Wars: Destiny.
    The former is a lavish dungeon crawler with rogue humans on one side and the demons of the so called dungeon on the other.
    SW:D is a deck contruction and dice combat affair with wild team-ups and scenarios in the Star Wars universe.

  4. Great list. I’d have Redlands in there close to the top though!

  5. I agree with Duel as #1 . Such strong mechanics and adding Agora expansion brings a Masterpiece !!

  6. Some of my favs are: Patchwork, Jaipur, Memoir 44, Blitzkrieg!, Star Realms

  7. I wholeheartedly agree that 7 Wonders Duel is better than the original. You mentioned that the theme comes alive better and it's completely true. The tug of war aspect of military strength is more palpable than in the original game where you could just choose to ignore it entirely and Science is more interesting because not only is it a win condition but the Progress tokens you gain actually feel like technological developments to your civilization, not just another way to get points. I'm curious what you think of the expansions, which is better?

  8. Excellent! Love these videos. The only one I’d add is Hive. It’s textile feel, no board, deep strategy and yet welcoming simplicity is pretty cool. I just ordered Caper so looking forward to it!

  9. Fields of Arle is a very good 2 players game.
    I also like Caper Europe, 7 Wonders Duel, Radlands and The Rival Networks.

  10. Summoner Wars, Patchwork, Jaipur and 7 Wonders Duel all make my list as well. I'm really interested in grabbing Caper now (thanks…); in return, may I suggest Ivion?

  11. How did Watergate not make this list! Such incredible tension in that game. Absolutely worth your consideration.

  12. Excellent list! I agree with many choices and am happy to be introduced to a few I didn’t know (Caper Europe being one of them). And yes, no question that 7 Wondes Duel deserves top billing!

    Another recent favorite is Radlands. Love the artwork, quick playtime, and interesting choices to be made turn. Plus an easy rematch if one isn’t happy with the result.
    One I’ve considered that also looks great as a 2p is the Unmatched series. But would likely chose Summoner Wars over it for all the reasons you mentioned

  13. Have agreed with @Luis Garcia 's recommendation of Hive below, but I'd also add Onitama. Such a lovely game – tight and strategic, but also very gentle, despite its abstract nature (and the art work is amazing …)

  14. Caper: Europe & 7 Wonders Duel our fave 2 player games. Intend to give Radlands a go if I ever find the super deluxe version.

  15. Any opinions on Radlands? I know it’s not perfect, but for some reason it’s my personal favorite 2p game. I also love Royal Visit (my favorite Knizia, in fact) and Air, Land & Sea.

  16. I hate 7 wonders duel and I also hate patch works both games are the wrost there is!

    I still root for Targi and Jaipur

  17. Great list but Raptor should have been on it 😉

  18. Clearly you've never played Lost Cities, San Juan, Watergate or Twilight Struggle.

  19. Nice list! My favourite 2 player games are Imperial Struggle, Watergate, Super Fantasy Brawl & Stronghold Undead

  20. Geez I wanna try so many of these. Caper Europe looks so good!

  21. Great list, we have a lot of "crossover" here, buuuuut… no Undaunted????

  22. I really like Fugitive and Fox in the Forrest. Codenames Duet is another favorite.

  23. My Top 10:

    7 wonders Duel
    Patchwork
    Codenames Duet
    Jaipur
    Targi
    Blitzkrieg
    Watergate
    Star Realms
    Lost Cities
    Caper: Europe (never played but i think it would be on this list)

  24. My list would be
    1) Targi w/ expansion
    2) 7 wonders duel w/ pantheon expansion
    3) Patchwork
    4) Air,Land and Sea
    5) Radlands
    6) Caper Europe
    7) Jaipur
    8) Riftforce
    9) Watergate
    10) Land vs Sea

  25. Circle the Wagons seems to miss so many top 2 player game lists, and it’s a shame. I know it’s mostly because people haven’t heard about it too, so I try my hardest to make it known. It’s such a genius 18 card game.

  26. Great video, alot of games I've never heard of on this list that look great. Some of my favorite 2 player games are Hive, and Oden's Ravens, and while not strictly two player only, I've really gotten into dice throne lately.

  27. If you can appreciate abstracts at all, Mandala is a must try. It's my favourite 2p only game.

    Hanamikoj is a great little game too. I'd like to try Land vs. Sea and Great Plains.

  28. The theme may not be exciting for everyone but 1960: The Making of the President is an incredible 2P game. Great tug of war and the card play in that game is absolutely brilliant.

  29. Great video. Found some stuff for the wishlist!

  30. Outstanding list! It's only missing Watergate!

  31. My favorites are BattleCON and Mage Wars.

  32. What is your opinion on the Unmatched series?

  33. Nice list, even though i disagree on Patchwork. I have played it 100s of times and have been bothered by the luck of the initial sequence. I played it primarily against a colleague and after many many games we could basically predict the winner from the get go.

  34. The game Targi is originally pronounced /'ta:gi/ with a hard g 🙂

  35. Other 2-player games I enjoy: Onitama (arguably my favorite game), The Fox in the Forest (also arguably my favorite game), Schotten Totten, Matcha (not a good game, but a game I'm still fond of), Hanamikoji, Royal Visit, Hive, Mandala, Quarto

    Play well at 2: Piepmatz, Village Green, Azul

  36. My favorite two player only games: Raptor, Dice Throne, Godtear, Onitama, Spirit Island I think it best at two player.

  37. Soo many of these Best/Top "2-Players" videos are an identical list, and a few of the repeats/ staples made it onto this one as well,. But, I'm glad there's a few on this list that I haven't seen anywhere else.

    Completely forgot about Skulk Hollow, glad this video reminded me it exists.

  38. nice list, always good to see good old jaipur getting some well deserved love ! (even if i'm not into the theme i have to admit it works so wonderfully well !)

    As far as i liked 7 wonders Duel, i found it to be a bit disapointing at a time, when i sometimes realize that no matter what action i'm going to take, i'm gonna left myself behind and get the lose.

    We switched to Splendor Duel and Tokaido duel, 2 lighter games that works well for us.

    I defenatly have to try Targui someday ! once again the theme isn't speaking to me at all but like jaipur, i might get surprised !

    here are few other games that are working great at our place :

    -Astro Knights (or Aeon's end, but i prefer the faster setup from astro knights)

    -Alice's garden (wich we do prefer better than patchwork 2p)

    -Mindbug (fast, quick and furious)

    -Power Plants (nice looking, good interractions)

    -Circle the wagoon / Crypt of sedlec (two excellent microgames for 2 players)

    -Spirit Island (nothing left to say !)

    -The game (Small coop, perfect travel buddy and also great at 3 players)

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    Cheers from belgium !

  39. Great list. Thanks for putting it together. Definitely want to try Caper Europe and Duelosaur Island. Some of my favourite 2-player games are Santorini, Tides of Time and Onitama

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