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Let’s Talk Board Games #7: 2-Player Games

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Welcome to our seventh episode of “Let’s Talk Board Games,” where we discuss and review several 2 Player board games we’ve been playing.

00:00 – Abstract Academy
05:11 – Nanga Parbat
08:59 – Shobu
13:10 – Caper Europe
16:58 – War Chest

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  1. Have you played any of these games? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know!

  2. Love Caper: Europe and War Chest! Haven't played the others, but we definitely need to dive into some more 2p games. I've seen Shobu, and heard a lot of good things about it. -Richmond

  3. In 2-players category I love Stellar, Jaipur and hive. I would love to test Caper Europe one day.

  4. Mandala is my fav 2p game, highly recommend it

  5. I just played Caper Europe over the weekend and I am excited to dive into the other decks. I liked War Chest when I played it, but the Undaunted games have basically replaced it for me. Shobu is one I have been wanted to try!

  6. I’ve just bought Nanga Parbat and can’t wait to get it to the table.

  7. Been enjoying Radlands at two players. I have Shobu but I haven’t tabled it yet. Jaipur is a good one… very fast playing. I also have Watergate but haven’t tabled it yet. I need more people to play games with. Oh… and Mr. Jack is a good two player game with quasi-hidden movement/role. Lastly… King Domino with 7×7 grid is a fav.

  8. Abstract Academy looks very cute and I'm excited to look more into that one. ❣️

  9. Shobu picked my interest. You'll do a playthrough sometime in the future?

  10. Awesome I play primarily 2 players so this is great!

  11. So happy you guys like Shobu, i also love it. But i will say that my copy came with less than stellar components. The boards dont even have any finish on them. My first boards came orange colored. I was able to get replacements when the next printing came.

  12. I love War Chest, and it's a brilliant tool for luring people into wargaming 🙂

  13. Caper: Europe and War Chest are fantastic!

  14. Canopy is a gorgeous, 2-player push your luck and set collection game with beautiful rain forest art by Dutrait

  15. Royal Visit has been a huge 2p hit in my family. Light and quick playing, but opportunities for clever play become more apparent as we play more. A 6-way tug of war!

  16. Always on the search for a perfect 2p game! Glad there are so many great options 👍

  17. 2p games are enjoying the spotlight, thanks for opening my eyes to some of these!

  18. Thank you for the video. How does “Caper Europe” compare to Watergate?

  19. If you like war chest then maybe give undaunted a go (if you're ok with WWII theme) . It's from the same designers, it feels like sort of a refined version of war chest imo (and a lot faster). I haven't played others that you talked about in this video though I'd love to play caper. Here are some other 2p games that I adore though: targi, watergate, battle line, hanamikoji, blitzkrieg, caesar, summoner wars, war of the ring. I'd put curious cargo on the list cause it's so unique, but it's just a tad bit too fiddly and has some micro rules that are hard to remember for some reason. Great video guys, cheers!

  20. I love challenging abstract games and Shōbu seems to be right of my alley. Gotta convince my friends, though.
    I'd also love to grab a Caper Europe for sure. There are a few Keymaster games I wanna play out there.

  21. Unmatched is probably my go to 2 player game at the moment. Definitely want to try Shobu!

  22. I'm not too keen on abstract games, but I've had my eye on Shobu & War Chest. After hearing your reflections, I definitely want to try them both. Great video!

  23. Me and my wife have been playing some Caper Europe, and we really enjoy it. Short game, about 20-25min, with many tough decisions. We really like the tug of war aspect of the game, you usually can’t win all three locations so you need to decide which one(s) to go for. But even if you don’t win any or just one location, you can still win the game. Really enjoyable 😃

  24. Shobu is my favorite abstract game! Even beating Yinsh

  25. you should try Akrotiri. A superb game for 2p.

  26. Caper Europe is one of our favourites at the moment. As for other two player games, my wife and I consider Azul to be best as a head to head, and the new Queen's Garden is incredible as a head to head puzzler. Our favourite since the original.
    Someone else in comments mentioned Undaunted which is a fantastic head-to-head war themed game.

  27. Looking forward to Caper Europe being released here in Australia later this year. We love a 2 player tug of war game. Royal visit by Reiner Knizia is another good game in that genre.

  28. I've been waiting for yall to play War Chest… but I knew Naveen wouldn't like it because it's basically a deck builder.

  29. I'd love to see a Shobu playthrough if you would consider making one 🙂

  30. I'd definitely suggest giving war chest more time! Drafting is the only way to play though for sure. Don't know about the dictated set ups but with drafting I've never felt under powered only out played! I only mention this because if I were to make a top 5 the others would probably be A Feast for Odin', Gaia Project, Teotihuacan and maybe Inis maybe Roll for the Galaxy. Not sure. Anyway I think we have a lot of crossover in our tastes (after watching an absolute pile of your videos) and of all of them after easily 50 plays war chest is probably my no 1! 4 player game works brilliantly too. Shobu is also a favourite. Glad to see you tubey folks showing it off. Anyhoo keep up the good work. Love your channel. 🙂

  31. War Chest is one of my favourite 2p games. We do the random shuffle, and it's more fun trying to figure out the synergy of the units.

  32. I've played Nanga Parbat just yesterday, laid down in a park during Easter break. I brought the game and we both really enjoyed it! Dr. Finn's games are just perfect when I need a relaxing, but still engaging experience (Herbaceous being one of my favorites, with The Whatnot Cabinet as my top choice when playing with my family).
    Besides some 2-player classics (like Patchwork or Jaipur), "Jekyll vs. Hyde" is a more recent, trick-taking game I fell in love with. I'm usually not very keen on the genre, but I really like the asymmetry where a player (Jekyll) has to balance the number of tricks, while the other (Hyde) wants to bring chaos by taking either all or none of the tricks.
    Caper: Europe is in my wishlist from a while, hoping some publisher will bring it here in Italy 🤞

  33. Another two player specific one that was a nice surprise is Glasgow.

  34. I LOVE warchest, it's just so good, the mix of long term strategy with the bag building and the short term tactics of what to do with the coins you just drew just keeps me so engaged the whole time. And i love looking back at a game and thinking about how my armies plan changed, where early on maybe my knight was the prominent piece putting pressure on but eventually it takes too many hits and i have to pivot and now the crossbowman steps up finishes the game out. There's so much depth to it, it's definitely my favorite abstract strategy game

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