Games that are great with 2, 3, and 4 players
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In general I play games either with my wife (2 player) or with a friend or 3 on the weekend. In order for games to see the table they generally have to play well as a 2 player game but also be good in a multiplayer setting.

This list is for games that fit that description.


Please add your favorite games that play well with different numbers of players!


I have begun adding various titles recommended on this thread: Equally good with 2, 3 or 4 players. Casual adult gamers
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1. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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I love Agricola with 2-4 players, but I'd rather not play it with 5. For some reason, it seems significantly longer with that extra person....
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2. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:209]
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3. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:94]
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With fewer players various area's on the board are blocked to mimic the effect created by a cramped board that occurs in a multiplayer game. The feeling of the game definitely changes a bit at different player counts but is fun with different numbers.
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4. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:256]
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Brilliant with 4, but also great with 2 or 3.
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5. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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You need to change up the map for the 2-player game, but when you do, it makes for a great game. The 3 and 4 player game is also wonderful. Can't wait to play this again.
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6. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
 
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7. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:9]
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Great with 2-4. As the tiles are more limited with fewer players it keeps the strategy about the same in my opinion regardless of the number of players.
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:215]
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Plays differently with different numbers of players but is really fun from 2-4.
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9. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:880]
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From my experience, this is an enjoyable game that plays great with 2, 3 or 4 players.
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10. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:375]
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11. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:24]
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Scales very well for 2-6.
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12. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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This game plays great for 2, 3, and 4. It lags a bit with more (IMO) but scales really well.

It seems as though being a card game and a game with limited player interaction may give this an advantage when it comes to scaling. Boardgames may have more hurdles when it comes to scaling since board tend to be less adaptable than cards. Games with heavy interaction may also scale poorly since they depend on the interaction to create the balance and tension which may be difficult to scale with a changing number of players.

I think Chaos in the Old World may be an example of a high interaction boardgame that scales poorly (but is really good).
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13. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
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I'm sure some will not agree with me here, but I quite enjoy Eclipse with even just 2-players. Having said that, a lot of those games are play tests with the expansion which makes 2-players games much more interesting....

I think the sweet spot is probably 4-players, but I've played it from 2-7 players, and I've enjoyed every minute of it...
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14. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:402]
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15. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:56]
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Good with 2-4
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16. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:285]
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Based on the recommendation of mfaulk80.
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17. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:540]
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18. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:140]
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19. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:207]
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20. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:340]
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No mechanism is used to mimic the cramped multiplayer feeling when playing a 2 player game but it is fun at different numbers of players.
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21. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:175]
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22. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:502]
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Very good with 2, 3, or 4 (okay, haven't played with 4, but it's just gotta be lol).
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23. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:159]
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Great with 2 or 4. Best with 3.
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24. Board Game: Master of Economy [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3611]
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This one is very different in some areas, yet in other areas much the same, with 2-4 players. Play with the variant with 2, for sure. I suppose it's not really a variant though. Shines brightest with 4.
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25. Board Game: Metropolys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:455]
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I have played this with 2, 3 and 4 and liked every game we played. Not a game I would like to play over and over but still very enjoyable.
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