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City of Iron: Second Edition - rank 1308 - avg rating 7.51 - A nice Euro with Ryan Laukat's lovely art. A cute deck building mechanism make for a fun game, but it is some 'take that' which you might not like. Also, to be fair, the 1st edition is ranked 765, so that may not be quite obscure enough for you.

City of Spies: Estoril 1942 - rank 1299 - avg rating 7.24 - Not exactly a Euro but I don't know what else to call it. You place spies in the Portuguese city of Estriol and try to outmaneuver your opponents to gain the best spies and the most points. I like it a lot.


I hope that you only recommend games that start with "City of...".

Do you know why City of Iron first edition would be ranked so much higher than the second edition? I only just got the second edition and from my limited research it seemed to be more well-known.
 
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Rococo_Zephyr wrote:
skutsch wrote:
City of Iron: Second Edition - rank 1308 - avg rating 7.51 - A nice Euro with Ryan Laukat's lovely art. A cute deck building mechanism make for a fun game, but it is some 'take that' which you might not like. Also, to be fair, the 1st edition is ranked 765, so that may not be quite obscure enough for you.

City of Spies: Estoril 1942 - rank 1299 - avg rating 7.24 - Not exactly a Euro but I don't know what else to call it. You place spies in the Portuguese city of Estriol and try to outmaneuver your opponents to gain the best spies and the most points. I like it a lot.


I hope that you only recommend games that start with "City of...".

Do you know why City of Iron first edition would be ranked so much higher than the second edition? I only just got the second edition and from my limited research it seemed to be more well-known.

It's ranked higher because there are more votes because it's been around longer.

I love games with "City" in the title. Of course, I gave away Blue Moon City, so I dunno, maybe I'm just confused.
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To be fair, it only had "city". If it had been named "City of Blue Moon" I bet you would have kept it. And you should have, because it's really fun and way better than the game it originated from.
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Why not take a look at this fairly unique game: Safranito?

It's been a hidden gem for my family for a few years now. We love it!
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Rococo_Zephyr wrote:
To be fair, it only had "city". If it had been named "City of Blue Moon" I bet you would have kept it. And you should have, because it's really fun and way better than the game it originated from.

It's weird. I loved Blue Moon. My kid and I played it lots. I realize that it's not the best game ever but I have so many fond memories of that game that even though we haven't played it in years I'm never getting rid of it. I bought Blue Moon City, played it with the family, they said "meh" so I gave it away. After years of hearing people say it's such a nice game I'm thinking I'm made a mistake, but c'est la vie.
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skutsch wrote:
Rococo_Zephyr wrote:
To be fair, it only had "city". If it had been named "City of Blue Moon" I bet you would have kept it. And you should have, because it's really fun and way better than the game it originated from.

It's weird. I loved Blue Moon. My kid and I played it lots. I realize that it's not the best game ever but I have so many fond memories of that game that even though we haven't played it in years I'm never getting rid of it. I bought Blue Moon City, played it with the family, they said "meh" so I gave it away. After years of hearing people say it's such a nice game I'm thinking I'm made a mistake, but c'est la vie.


Don't worry - Fantasy Flight knows exactly how long they need to wait to do a premium version reprint to capitalize on your low-level remorse. You'll get another chance to be unimpressed then.
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Criminally underrated gem imo. Plays great with two, awesome tile laying, pasted on farming theme, awesome components. Love this game.
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2 player only:
Campaign Manager 2008

Good with 2, better with 3 or 4:
Ra: The Dice Game
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Progress: Evolution of Technology
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The Expanse Board Game - the lowest ranked game I rate an 8+, but hopefully will rise in the ratings as it gets more circulation
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I think all three of these should fit. I've never played any of them at two, but they seem like they would scale well and the BGG player count polls seem to agree.

Lignum (second edition) - Both the first and second editions are rated really low. They're basically the same game except the second edition comes with an included expansion, and is also probably easier to find. This might just be on the edge of the duration you want. But it's a really cool game. It has the same central mechanism as Egizia, where you move down a path taking actions and can never go back up. It also requires a ton of long term planning. The coolest thing are the planned work actions that give you special powers a number of turns after you choose them. So you can plan it to get two on the same round and get a huge action. But the point is that they're only powerful if you're prepared for them, so like everything else in the game you have to plan well for them.

Council of Four - This is a relatively light game, but one with a lot of cool combo/chaining potential. You're sort of building up a sequence of bonuses throughout the game that will keep setting each other off, but at the same time balancing that with the scoring bonus objectives, which generally incentivize you to build in a way that doesn't chain as many bonuses together if you want to get them first. It's just a really cool game that never got the attention it deserved for some reason. Also, there are two versions that look different but play basically the same. I strongly prefer the look of the first edition, from I believe Cranio Creations, but there's also a CMON version. Just be aware of that.

Il Vecchio - Maybe I shouldn't be recommending this one, since I've only played it once at this point, so take this with a grain of salt. But I thought it was a really cool game. Sort of reminded me of Luna in how each turn should be really quick but you can build up a sequence of moves using various bonus tiles to get a ton done. There's a cool spatial element as well. Not sure why this flew completely under the radar.
 
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Cavum is awesome and works well with 2. I know it has auctions listed in the mechanics, but it's really just a selling phase. I despise auctions. It's definitely worth a look.

The turn order cards are auctioned off.
 
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Imo, some very nice, not too well known gems are:
Magnum Sal - excavating salt from a salt mine. Very clever and smooth game
Council of 4 - Thurn and Taxis with engine building
Valeria: Card Kingdoms - Machi Koro on steroids with amazing art
Quests of Valeria - Lords of Waterdeep light
Ulm - euro with a action selection mechanism I haven't seen in any other game
Québec - city building/worker placement kind of game.
 
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Using the same principle as other people I ended up with these:-

WildLife - Mostly area control. Some elements of building up your species capabilities. A little bit of push your luck. Takes up to six players. Has a very minor auction phase which is typically over very quickly.

Galactic Emperor - I think of this as basically Puerto Rico, with fighting, in space.

Lunch Money - I never realized that this was a 9000+ ranked game. This is almost certain the lowest ranked game I own that I actually want to play. It has a number of features that people don't like such as quite a bit of luck and player elimination. It is good fun and quite tactical though and the short play time means the other issues aren't a deal breaker for me.
 
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Dirk_M wrote:

Québec - city building/worker placement kind of game.


A great underrated game - I consider a great area majority descendant of El Grande. But like El Grande, I think it's best with 4 or 5 and would avoid it at 2.
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Ryan Keane wrote:
Dirk_M wrote:

Québec - city building/worker placement kind of game.


A great underrated game - I consider a great area majority descendant of El Grande. But like El Grande, I think it's best with 4 or 5 and would avoid it at 2.


Agreed, great game, but not really for 2 players.

I think we've got a bit of the "read-the-title-and-post-without-reading-the-OP" syndrome going on; the previous post mentioned Galactic Emperor, which, while a great under-rated game, is 3-player minimum whistle
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But it's a really cool game. It has the same central mechanism as Egizia, where you move down a path taking actions and can never go back up.


This mechanic keeps coming up and it made me go and check something. One of Knizia's smartest designs is the set collecting game Tutankhamen. Its a light filler and like most of its random set-up multi-player abstract brethren takes a little too long to assemble but its 2834 rank is still inexplicable.
 
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Project Dreamscape
Guns & Steel: Renaissance+Guns & Steel
A print and play of The Kingswood
 
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I am big into archeology games and I love:

Pergamon
Tikal II: The Lost Temple

I am not sure if they meet your requirements but they are both great games that dont seem to get any press or love.
 
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