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Top 10 2-Player Board Games RIGHT NOW!

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David and Ryan count down their Top 10 2-Player Games! What better way to go through such a top 10, than head-to-head. Who’s list is best? Are either of them missing any big games from their list? You decide!

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  1. Ryan recommended Fantasy Realms years ago, and ever since then I've tried to exclusively follow him. His recommendations are solid and spot-on. Fantasy realms was such a hidden gem, it's shocking. Please post more of your top lists Ryan!

  2. I want to add sovereign skies. Yes, it plays 2-4, but its' the first game i've played in a while where i feel the tension is just as good at 2 as it is at 3 or 4.

  3. Star Realms – I am eagerly anticipating the Deluxe Nova Collection from their KS campaign.

  4. If you can find a copy of the old Victory Point Games title "For the Crown", I suspect you may have a new addition to your top 10 lists. It's an amazing combination of deck building and chess. It really deserves a component upgrade and reprint.

  5. Great choices here.
    Here’s a few more I really enjoy:
    —-Memoir ‘44
    —War of the Ring, second edition
    —Hands in the Sea

  6. I’m giving Land vs Sea as a Christmas present. Star Wars Rebellion is on my Top Ten to purchase. Jaipur – I’ve heard the name. Lanterns uses the a similar mechanic for gaining the decreasing points. I’m looking forward to the delivery of “Quin” next year. Any “War Of The Ring” fans here for that two player game?

  7. Fields of Arles and Grand Austria Hotel

  8. Have you all played Morels? It is a tight, fast, tense 2 player only game.

  9. I haven’t happened to watch a mvm video for a while but this was a great list. Great video. Really relaxed and interesting reflections and authentic. Thanks! I love 2p games and had lots of joy hearing you reflect on your faves!

  10. Actually got to try Crokinole for the first time on PAXU … would have gotten a boyardo but they were sold out 😞

  11. Great, great list, with every game getting a very well-worded motivation . Tx alot!

  12. Lack of War of the Ring completely invalidates your list!!

    Shame, shame, shame …ding ding

  13. "a lot of it is rewriting Star Wars History"
    "just like the new movies."

    Well played sir, well played.

  14. Nice list, but people should generally stay away from Dice Throne which is garbage (no interesting decision, boring, plays by itself), and go for Shards of Infinity over Star Realm.
    Great 2p games not mentioned are Tash Kalar, War Chest, Undaunted, Crystal Clans, Summoner Wars, Ashes (Reborn), Mystic Vale, Odin’s Ravens.

  15. Good list. 7 wonders Duel is our favorite. We also like Unmatched.

  16. A good alternative for crokinole is Klask, especially if you have some problems with your hands :p
    I like the tactics that come with crokinole but my hand just doesn't really wanna do what I need it to do, after an illness it always remained a bit wonky.
    but Klask while not as strategic and tactical is also more than just … try to get it in a whole and a great dexterity game if flicking just isn't working out for you 😀

  17. Where is 13 Days? That’s my favorite 2 player game. Also, how about Dual Powers, Lost Cities, and Mr Jack? There are so many good games out there…

  18. Awesome list guys! We are a two player household so very useful and some unique picks too… Thank you.

  19. For 7 Wonders Duels… we sold our Pantheon expansion, felt too much for us. And the base game is simply amazing!

  20. Great vid, guys. I'm shocked though! Where is Twilight Struggle??????? That game is perhaps the best 2-player board game ever created!!

  21. You guys have tried DVONN, TZAAR and Tintas? I recommend to try these three. Excellent 2-player abstracts.

    You like The Rose King? Entertaining.

    Best 2-player dice game to me is Claim It! (2006). Area control with push your luck.

    My favourite 2-player is still Carcassonne. Carcassonne The Castle is also in my top 10, but without the bonuses as a house rule.

  22. @40:40 😂😂😂😂 yo that was absolutely savage!!! But completely true too, the new movies are trash.

  23. I was introduced to Star Realms initially, and for the price, it had lots of potential. A game that's twice the price, Shard of Infinity, is pretty good too.

  24. Im always looking for the opposite…
    Great 2 player games that also play with more.
    Since I play mostly with my wife, I’m always looking for some crunchy euros that play amazing @2.
    Thanx for the vid 🙌🏽

  25. Watergate is really great, the theme is very good, I hate the childish themes. Most of the other games are too childish to me on these lists and it's pretty weird to me that older people like those… Cheers!

  26. Great episode. Love Santorini, 7WDuel, not played my copy of Land vs Sea yet, but I will love it as I am an absolute Carcassonne (with all expansions) fan. Star Wars I am not the greatest fan of the theme (even though I love good Sci-Fi) but Star Wars Armada is in my top 10 games of all time. Crokinole – I need to get a board on my own, but I am afraid that a good board is financially out of my reach! Quarto – you convinced me to finally get a copy. Seen it in the shop so many times.
    How about Onitama or Pentago.
    But my absolute favorite game of all time is Go by far.

  27. I love Top 2 Player Game Lists, since Rob and I usually play games with just the two of us. We were super excited to see Star Realms in your list, and there are some in this list we haven't tried yet, so appreciate the recommendations.

  28. Great video! I was actively shopping while I listened.

    I play a lot of games with two players. One new one that I'd add to this list is Botanik. It's a real head-to-head game where you build your own gardens with just enough potential sabotage to keep it interesting. Another one that we play A LOT isn't strictly a two-player game but works well that way is Istanbul: The Dice Game (not Istanbul the original game, although that's a fun but much longer game). Istanbul: The Dice Game is easy to teach and allows for time to talk while playing. We also play a lot of roll-and-writes, which aren't strictly two-player, the best of which include Corinth, Cartographers, Welcome to (my perfect home), and Railroad Ink.

  29. Anyone up for putting time stamps? Not entirely interested in watching 55 minutes.

  30. You both wear glasses yet you both – AGAIN – willfully refuse to raise the issue of overt ageism and small text in many of the games you recommend.

    Terrible.

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