We love board games. Sadly, it’s hard to find solid two player games. Many games include two player “special rules”, but they rarely work well; the real gems are usually designed expressly for two players. Even then, a good two player game might be a terrible couples game, at least in our experience.
Here’s our angle:
- We won’t cover rules and components; sites like BoardGameGeek have you covered there.
- We have a young child and usually play at night after she’s in bed, so we prefer quick, low/medium complexity games.
Complexity includes setup time, learning curve, cognitive load. (Arkham Horror is high; Boggle is low.)
- We prefer non-confrontational games where we still like each other by the end.
Confrontation as in “one player wins by beating down the other”. (Small World is high; cooperatives like Pandemic are low.)
- We prefer highly interactive games where we actually talk and stuff.
Interaction includes trading/sharing pieces, playing simultaneously vs taking turns. (Battlestar Galactica is high; Mr. Jack is low)
We’ll try to only post reviews once we’ve had a few plays. Anything else you think we should focus on?
Update: Here’s a list of all of our reviews to date.