Best two player board games to play in 2023
It’s not always easy to gather a group of willing people to play a board game, let alone a big group! And with so many tabletop games requiring such a huge table of people to make them work, sometimes you just need a game that works for only two. Well here’s Wheels with a brand new list for 2023 of excellent board and card games that work great for just a couple of people, with some being purpose built for that very purpose!
00:00 – Introduction
00:40 – 1. Undaunted: Stalingrad
04:03 – 2. Inhuman Conditions
07:25 – 3. Sleeping Gods
09:45 – 4. Klask
12:50 – 5. Unmatched
Buy Undaunted: Stalingrad here –
Download print and play Inhuman Conditions here –
Buy Sleeping Gods here –
Buy Klask here –
Buy Unmatched here –
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But wait up Wheels; isn't almost all journalism "tabletop"?
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Bonus points for using the word "skedaddle" in a sentence.
Paths of Glory is an excellent 2 player game. Tons of depth, lots of strategy, very hard to master, and fun to play. Downsides are the rules can be intimidating (especially if you're new to wargaming) and it is a very long game. A full came can easily last several hours. If you're going to play, I reccomend playing an online version (Vassal has a good module). It makes pausing and returning later much easier. 🙂
A note on Unmatched, they are all compatible and you can mix and match characters from different sets. And for that reason, I would say strangely, Cobble and Fog is maybe the best box to start with. The characters feel more balanced than the base box, and have a slightly more interesting set of unique mechanics
2 additions, both of which share the innovative and unique theme of "wizards trying to kill each other with a deck of cards representing their spells" that NO GAME HAS EVER USED BEFORE:
Summoner Wars first edition was great, and the new version is improved in basically every way (except, arguably the art). Pick your faction, maybe do some limited deckbuilding, and then you have one goal…kill the enemy Summoner by summoning units and structures onto a grid map. There's already a ton of factions available, though unfortunately the Filth haven't oozed their way in yet, and a very nice digital implementation that you can try for free.
Secondly…IF you can find a copy for relatively cheap and IF you can find someone who will play repeatedly and IF you can ignore the often janky art…Codex: Card Time Strategy is a weird blend of Magic and Dominion with an RTS theme layered on top, and it's great. It's not an easily accessible game, but there's a wealth of tactical and strategic options here.