Recently I was lucky/stupid enough to spend five nights in a row gaming.
A friend was staying, he likes gaming too, what can you do? One thing leads to another, leads to three games of Zombie Fluxx and a DC Comic Building Game marathon.
In the end we played ten games, some of which I’ve reviewed on this site, some I haven’t – yet.
It’s not often I get the opportunity to play more than one game, never mind this many, and I thought it worth giving a knee-jerk-reaction score to each. This would take into account how well they played with two people, whether I’ll ever play them again, quality of pieces, etc.
However, as I started to put this list together I realised I was giving them all the same scores, either 4 or 4.5 out of 5, which made the list useless.
They were all great. We didn’t have a problem with any of them, and I’m looking forward to playing them all again soon. There is no one game that stood out as a bad one, and we had favourable things to say about them all.
I’m not trying to say I have a definitive collection of two player board / card games. Far from it. But I never buy a game without carrying out lots of research – YouTube, asking in my local games store, boardgamegeek, you name it.
In the end, we finished the week having played:
Zombie Dice (plus both expansions), Takenoko, Boss Monster (plus Tools of Hero Kind expansion), Castle Panic, DC Deck Building Game, Zombie Fluxx, Smash Up, Carcasonne (plus two expansions – Bridges, Castles & Bazaars, and Inns & Cathedrals), Gloom, and King of Tokyo.
What I can do is suggest our favourites from the week. We kept coming back to Zombie Fluxx and Boss Monster, which I haven’t yet reviewed here so won’t offer any spoilers. DC Deck Building Game was also played three or four times – maybe because it was new and we were still getting to know it. Again, I’ve not reviewed it yet, but will be soon.
The moral of the story is, do your research. Games aren’t cheap. They’re tough to design, and a lot of work goes into the artwork, pieces, box etc. So choose carefully. You’ll be glad you did. I intend to be playing these games with my daughter when she grows up.