2 Player Games – for your purse!

A few months ago, I posted about 2 player board games at home. Now that the pandemic quarantine time is coming to an end (thank you, science!), I have some recommendations for 2 player games that you can keep in your purse.

Pre-Theo, Matt and I used to go out on Saturday or Sunday afternoons and hang out at a bar for a few hours, eating and drinking and playing games. Now that we can safely leave our homes again, I look forward to having a babysitter come over while we reinstate our old traditions.

Yatzhee: the classic dice rolling game! All you need are 5 dice in your purse and your cell phone! This app is what we use for scorekeeping, and it is so easy and fun. Quite possibly the best $0.99 I have ever spent!

Hive: this game is a little bit like chess, but much more whimsical. Each piece is a different bug, and each bug has a different type of movement that they can do. It comes with a convenient little carrying case to keep in your purse!

Love Letters: this is a quick and easy card game that comes in a compact pouch. It’s a pretty simple game (think a more advanced version of Go Fish!), and you can play with up to 4 players with the original set.

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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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Crated with Love: Date Box #1

Being stuck in your house a majority of the time due to a global pandemic with an infant (or toddler)…. and so on and so forth, well, it really puts a kink in things. Matt and I have been trying to come up with some clever ways to have a date night. I came across Crated with Love and decided to take a chance and try out one of their boxes.

Normally we just sit on the couch and I make Matt watch 90 Day Fiancé with me, so this was a welcome change of pace.

The date box followed a shark-themed narrative and all of the games were ocean or shark or fish themed.

The first game we played involved rating your own fears, and guessing how your partner would rate their fears. I’m probably not explaining this very well, but you put down 5 cards, all with different types of phobia on them. One person rates each phobia as 1-5 (1 meaning the most phobic, 5 being the least phobic) while the other person tries to guess how their partner rated their phobia. There is a whole deck of cards to go through, and we had some really good laughs. As it turns out, I’m very afraid of the dark, the ocean, and having a duck stare at me. And while Matt doesn’t like reading or books, he is not afraid of books. Who knew LOL.

Then we basically played a game of Go Fish, and whichever partner collected a school of fish, there was some sort of prize associated. My favorite prize was “your partner has to go get you a snack from the kitchen.” Some of them we cashed in immediately, and others we are saving as coupons to use later in the weekend.

Then we basically played a game of Battleship! That part is pretty self explanatory. The last game was a game of truth or dare, but by this point we had gotten kind of tired so we just went through the “truths” and called it a night. Party animals. It took us about an hour to go through the whole box! We probably could have drug (dragged?) it out longer if we had wanted to also.

I think one of the coolest parts of this date night box is that they have a website with “bonus” activities for your box: basically different twists on the games you already played. So, we are going to save the materials from this box, and play some bonus games another night! It also came with a plastic toy shark, shark tooth necklaces for each of us, a shark notepad, and a sticker. It was fun to have those extra little items to go with the theme!

We will definitely be doing another Crated with Love date night box! You can use the link here, or the code “piecesofcake” to take $5 off of your order of a date box or mini date!

Have you done anything fun for date night recently?

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