2 player Board Games

One of my husbands favorite pastimes is playing board games. But not like Monopoly or Candy Land. He likes the strategic board games. Think: Settlers of Catan. The problem is with a lot of those strategic games, you need to have 3 or more players. And during COVID times, that’s just not easy to do. When we get some free time, we have enjoyed playing these 2 player board games at home!

Azul: Azul is a much more complicated version of Mancala, on the surface. You’re basically collecting sets of jewels in order to score points, in the most simplistic sense, but it is a little more complicated than that (however I promise, it is not that complicated). You can play this game with up to 4 players.

Seven Wonders – Duel: this game looks insanely complicated on the surface, but I promise you if I can play it, you can play it. We played this non-stop on our Honeymoon in Australia. It’s a very strategic game, and you can only play with 2 people. Your goal is to develop your civilization and earn more points than your opponent. There is a 3+ player version of Seven Wonders as well.

Welcome to… your perfect home: this game is in the genre of a “roll and write” game. Basically you choose and draw cards, and then based on your cards, you build a town on your game board, while trying to meet certain objectives that have been set for the overall game. You earn points based on how you placed the cards you drew on your board, and of course you win by beating your opponent. You can play this game with as few or as many players as you want!

Jaipur: I consider this game to be the 2-player version of Settlers of Catan. You are gathering and trading resources, to earn points. The player with the most points wins! You play this game with just cards and tokens (no board), so it is very portable.

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9 thoughts on “2 player Board Games

  1. Sehar

    We love boardgames too – the amount we acquired during this pandemic is ridiculous! A few ones that we play as two player are:

    (1) Ticket to Ride + 1912 Expansion > Z thought that this would be a terrible two player game, but it quickly became a favorite

    (2) Disney/Marvel Villainous + any expansion > we purchased Marvel Villainous first and loved the game. When Target was having a sale, we were able to get four more versions at such a cheap price!

    (3) Pandemic Legacy > this is a great continuous game. We play this once a month to see if we can save the world

    (4) Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion > this is also a great continuous game that has DND vibes

    (5) Star Trek Panic > for the nerd lovers out there, this is such a fun game and every scenario is different! We’ve come close to failing the mission a few times


    1. kev1124

      Thank you!!!! We need to check out that ticket to ride expansion. I hate villainous LOLOLLL. We did Legacy!!! Matt plays gloomhaven with friends! We have not tried Star Trek!!!!!


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      1. David Norris

        Hanamikoji is a quick to play I pick you choose game that offers some brain burning opportunities. Battle-Con is a game that emulates arcade fighters like Street Fighter. It’s a lot more expensive than Hanamikoji, but it’s done very well and I’ve enjoyed it alot.


      2. kev1124

        I’m going to send these recommendations to my husband!! He is the more serious board gamer of the two of us. I really appreciate the recommendations!!!!


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