Best 6 Board Games for 2 players in 2020

What to play when you’re self isolating at home with your partner and you’re bored? Play board games!

With recent events and self isolation being wide spread through Western countries many people (the author included) have suddenly more times on their hand. What to do when you have enough of video games, Netflix, deep long talks over a cup of tea but still want to spend time with your partner? Play board games. In recent months I’ve been testing multiple board games and what fun I had! This is a highly subjective list of top 5 board games for 2 players. The list if a living list and it’ll change over time. Suggestions welcome!

Best Board Games for 2 players in 2020. 7 Wonders, Carcassonne, Brass, Arkham Horror, Fox in the Forest, MTG.

7 Wonders: Duel

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7 Wonders: Duel

7 Wonders: Duel is a great adaption of 7 Wonders for 2 players. You build a city and try to make it better than your opponent’s by. Each turn you draw a card and use it to build a new building or get more coins (to make more buildings). Learning the rules takes about 30 minutes and then what fun you have! This is an ideal game for two players if you like competing. If not, well, look below.

Carcassonne

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Carcassonne

In Carcassonne you place tiles with terrain, roads and buildings. You score when you complete a road, a city or a cloister. You can play the game with 3–4 players but the best gameplay is with 2 players. Carcassonne is one of those classic board games that you simply have to try at least once.

Brass: Birmingham

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Brass: Birmingham

On a more complex side we have Brass: Birmingham. Have you watched Peaky Blinders? Now imagine a board game set in this setting. You work your way to wealth by building, selling, taking a loan and others. It’s one of the best economy games on the market right now. Complex but worth it.

Arkham Horror — The Card Game

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Arkham Horror — The Card Game

Arkham Horror is a cooperative card game. Yes, you heard it right, it’s cooperative meaning you don’t compete with your partner. You play together to solve riddles and save the world (or yourself). The game takes place in Lovecraft world of Cthulhu. Core set contains a couple of scenarios and new ones are being regularly released.

The Fox in the Forest

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The Fox in the Forest

The Fox in the Forest is a funny card game with cute graphics and simple rules. You play tricks trying to win, but… not by too much, because then you lose being too greedy. This and other fun mechanics give great replayability value. 2 players only.

Magic: The Gathering

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Magic: The Gathering Starter Kit

Ah, the good old MTG. The duel between two wizards. In this game each player builds a 60+ cards deck and fight with his opponent by casting spells and summoning creatures. The rules are easy but the game is infinitely complex. It’s been running for 25 years now with over 20,000+ different cards available. But to start you just need to spend a couple of dollars to buy two entry level decks — try Spellslinger to start quickly. This is an absolute classic, which started collectible card games as a genre.

And what are your top board games for 2 players? I’d love to hear your suggestions as I’m always looking for inspirations for what to play next.

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