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Call me a dork, but I’ve always loved board games. Even in high school and college, my friends and I were all about taking over the world in Risk or becoming the next Picasso in Pictionary. We’d play thinker games, party games, ridiculous made up games…
I’ve had the incredible privilege to work with youth most of my life. One of the things I love about teens is that they’re always up for a game. (Thanks for keeping me young guys!) But I’d always be sad when most games did’t work with just two people. So upon getting married, I began my quest to find good games for two.
Here’s just a few of our favorites:
This game is really nothing like monopoly. I mean, it’s still fun and cut throat, but it’s also fast paced and gives you more control than lady luck. Everyone we’ve introduced this to has loved it! You can play with two people or a bunch of people. Back when this first came out, it was only $5. Now it’s $8 and I can’t seem to find it anywhere but Amazon.
Qwirkle is like Scrabble for those of us who can’t spell. (Oh man, I misspelled Scrabble the first time. Yikes.) At first it seems too easy and childlike. Then half way through your first game, it dawns on you all the strategies you’ve been missing. This is super fun and can double as a learning game for younger kids!
Pandemic is probably my favorite on this list. It’s quite unique in that it’s a team game. It’s all of your friends against disease spreading rampant throughout the world. Each player has their own roles and strength. You have to strategize together to save the world.
Rummikub is a classic tile game where you try and play all of your tiles down before your opponents. Runs and straights are the basic structures but you can rearrange already played tiles as long as they abide by the rules when you’re all done. It’s a good time!
Dominion is pretty new to me, but I’m loving it! It’s a card game where you keep buying cards and trying to have the ultimate deck with which to get the most victory points. It sounds lame, but each time you play is unique because you use different action cards each time. (Some action cards are mean, like the spy, while others are good news for everyone.) You’ll just have to try it, you won’t be disappointed. (There are expansion packs to this game, be sure you get the original Dominion first since it’s necessary for all other games.)
Liar’s Dice. Oh my goodness, this game is a riot. Call your partner’s bluff and watch them turn beet red. Simple to get the hang of and not a time consuming game. Good for smaller groups as well. (Or over skype when your friends live too far away!)
These are just a couple of our favorite two person (or more) board games. Do you have a favorite game? I’m ALWAYS up for suggestions! Comment below!
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