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A lot of people like 2 player games because they can't find other gamers, or because they simply like playing with their spouses. This is a list of games that don't get a lot of publicity around here and hence may get overlooked by the casual observer. These are in no particular order. Please add if you know of any games that would belong on this list. Thanks.
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1. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2591]
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#681
This is a good little game for those who like a little conflict. Makes a great travel game. My only gripe is the simplified combat mechanics. At least the cards add a little spice to the combat.
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2. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Tomb of the Lich Lord [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2850] [Average Rating:6.11 Unranked]
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This is a neat little dungeon crawler. The mechanics cool in that each player takes turns being the dungeon lord. I like this one but wouldn't say I love it. I would recommend it for those who enjoy dungeon games.
 
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3. Board Game: Mag·Blast (Third Edition) [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3311]
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Not rated yet, though the second edition clocks in at #874
This is a fairly mindless yet fun space battle game. The third edition comes with better quality cards with humorous graphics. This game usually don't take long to play with 2, and often makes a good "filler" or "beer & pretzels" game. If you like blowing your opponent into oblivion, check this out.
 
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4. Board Game: Siam [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2795]
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This is a neat little game if you like abstracts. It is a very pretty game, though a bit pricey
 
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5. Board Game: Dos Rios [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2346]
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A really good game about damming rivers to maximize harvest. This works really well with 2 players. Beware, it has a high "screw your opponent' factor
 
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6. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1268]
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#339
This is a really neat game in that each player do not know the color identity of their fellow opponent(s). Makes great travel game.
 
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7. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1186]
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This is a pretty aggressive game. I like it a lot, though a lot of folks here don't care much for it.
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8. Board Game: Gene Pool [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5852]
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Not yer rated
A neat little card game about rearranging DNA sequences to cure genetic diseases.
 
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9. Board Game: Sun Tzu [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1076]
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#883
This is a really cool area control game for 2 players. Kind of like a little brother of El Grande
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10. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:958]
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I really like this one a lot. This is simple to play though with a lot of tough decisions to be made.
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11. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1228]
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#285
I cheated; this one is in the top 300, but barely. This is one of my favorite 2 player games of all time. Simple, elegant and addictive.
 
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12. Board Game: Masons [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1659]
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#286
I cheated again. This one is also barely in the top 300, though I would rank it higher. This is a multiplayer game that works really well with 2. A very pretty game too.
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13. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1194]
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#533
Definitely a popular game that everyone has heard about. I have always thought this would be much more deserving of a higher rank.
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14. Board Game: Shifting Sands [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2050]
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#480
Looking for that perfect wargame for your spouse? Look no further. A wonderful, not too complex game. This is a card-driven game similar to one of my all time favorites, Paths of Glory. This one is a less complex than PoG.
 
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15. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1891] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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A really gorgeous fantasy game that works well with 2 players.
 
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16. Board Game: Sergeants! On the Eastern Front [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:10845]
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A small little hex and counter wargame that makes a perfect introduction to the genre.
 
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17. Board Game: Times Square [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2820]
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This is an interesting Kosmos 2 Player game. This one involves a lot of clever maneuvering and card play
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18. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1775]
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#692
A cute game, though I wanted to like this one more. I wish the production qaulity was better. Play can be a little chaotic. Nonetheless, those yearning to blast their opponent to bits shouldlook into this one.
 
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19. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1761]
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This one has a 2 -player variant that works rather well. A cute game that requires a lot of sneaky maneuvering.
 
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20. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:811]
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#890
This is a new game that I really adore. Being a new game, I suspect it will climb some in the ratings. Alas it is not meant for 2 players. However, I came up with a set of "neutral 3rd player rules" that work really well for Jill and I. Ok that's 20 games.......Any others that are out there?
 
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21. Board Game: Dracula [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2776]
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Rank 755. I think this is a great little Kosmos game. The players are Dracula and Van Helsing searching London for the items near and dear to their opponents (innocent victims and coffins).
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22. Board Game: Scarab Lords [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:3474] [Average Rating:6.04 Unranked]
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Rank 997. This is a non-collectable CCG-like game where players are trying to simultaneously control 2 of the 3 factions (religious, economic, and military) in two different regions. There are two standard player decks, plus a third deck which can be used by one or both players.

To me the game feels like a card version of Samurai, where players try to control military, religious, and peasant classes.
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23. Board Game: Castle Danger [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:10958]
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Neat little two player game that is not yet ranked. I haven't had a chance to play it enough times to give a rating, but I'm really liking this one so far!
 
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24. Board Game: Architekton [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12637]
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#1532... very underrated, great game.
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