Favorite Board Games for Two People

I’m a huge fan of board games and think they’re a great way to pass the time, hold a conversation, and get competitive! When Jay and I aren’t reading or watching Netflix, we’ll often pick out a board game to play. We’ve been adding to our collection over the past few months through flea markets, as gifts to each other, and whenever we see a sale at Target or Amazon. By now, our puzzle/game collection has taken over our hallway closet…

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Since we have busy friends and often find it’s just the two of us available to play, I wanted to put together this list of games that are great for only two players!

Mancala – This simple strategy game is easy to learn and doesn’t take long to play, making it perfect for those times you don’t want to devote 2-3 hours to Monopoly. My college roommate and I played it a ton of times sophomore year (clearly we were wild college students!) and now Jay and I are hooked.

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Mastermind – This game is essentially a brain teaser which pits one player against the other. The first player chooses a sequence of colored pins which is hidden from the sight of the other player. The second player must guess the order of the colored pins. After each guess, the first player indicates the number of correct colors and the number of pins in the correct location. I love the concentration and situational analysis required to figure out the sequence!

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Settlers of Catan – A more recent discovery for us, this is my favorite game on this list! For 2-4 players (with lots of expansion packs available), the object of this game is to build roads and settlements using collected building materials. It takes a lot of strategy and the game is different every time you play due to a changing board. Jay seems to win ALL the time, which makes me ridiculously mad, but I still love it.

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Bananagrams – Another favorite from college! It’s essentially Scrabble without the board. Using your letter tiles, you must create your own constantly evolving Scrabble board and put all of the tiles into words before whoever you’re playing against can accomplish the same feat. It’s much more fast-paced and intense than regular Scrabble, which is why I’m always willing to play.

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Chess / Checkers / Backgammon – These classics are also quite popular with Jay and I. I remember one night early on in our relationship we sat down to play chess and Jay beat me in just four moves. Believe it or not, we’re still together : )

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What other games do you suggest for two players?

Stay tuned for my favorite games to play with a group…on the rare occasions our friends remember we exist : )


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