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Abstract and Two Player Only Games

Sometimes you don't need a theme, a back story or anything else, sometimes you just need the Game. Some of these games don't seem to fit in anywhere else but here. That doesn't mean they aren't as much fun as any other game, in fact some are more fun and lots are very 'thinky' games that will require you to knuckle down and concentrate on matters in hand.

Also in this section are games that just work for two, when it's just you and one other you don't need to miss out on any gaming action, or play slightly different rules. The games here are designed for that time and it's all head to head.

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Project Gipf
Project Gipf

13 Minutes 13 Minutes
13 Minutes is a card-driven micro game with tough decision. Estimated Release Date : Early 2017; Please sign up below to automatically receive an email when this title is available.
7 Ronin 7 Ronin
Play as the 7 Ronin (masterless ninjas) defending a village or the attacking force. Each side has special abilities to aid them in there quest, can you hold out in defence or take enough of the village to force a surrender?
7 Wonders Duel (with promo card) 7 Wonders Duel (with promo card)
What's different about 7 Wonders: Duel is that, as the title suggests, the game is solely for two players, with the players not drafting card simultaneously from hands of cards, but from a display of face-down and face-up cards arranged at the start of a round.
7 Wonders Duel : Pantheon Expansion 7 Wonders Duel : Pantheon Expansion
A pantheon from several civilizations — including Greek, Egyptian, and Middle-Eastern — gets added to 7 Wonders: Duel in 7 Wonders: Duel – Pantheon, with each god having its own power to help you or hinder your opponent.
Abalone Abalone
A great 2-player strategy game where you try to eliminate the other players marbles.
Agamemnon Agamemnon
Agamemnon is a fast-paced strategy board game in which two players take on the roles of ancient Greek gods during the Trojan War.
Agent Hunter Agent Hunter
A deadly game of intrigue, find your opponents safe houses before he finds yours. Will you remain in the shadows and ferret your opponent out, or go in all guns blasting, the choice is yours.
Akrotiri Revised Akrotiri Revised
Building on the sense of adventure established by its original release in 2014, the new edition of Akrotiri ups the stakes even further. Now up to four players can join the hunt for legendary temples with two copies of the game. Featuring updated rules and cards, only the most cunning explorer will gain enough fame to claim victory in this new edition of Akrotiri. Estimated Release Date : Summer 2017; Please sign up below to automatically receive an email when this title is available.
and then we held hands and then we held hands
A co-operative game about finding balance in life. Release Date : TBC; Please sign up below to automatically receive an email when this title is available.
Animal Upon Animal : Small and Yet Great! Animal Upon Animal : Small and Yet Great!
In Animal Upon Animal: Small and Yet Great!, the players build an animal pyramid by stacking their animals one by one on top of each other, without any of them falling off. The die indicates how many animals can be stacked, where and who shall stack them. Be the first to stack all of your animals in the pyramid and you win!
Babel Babel
Do whatever it takes to build the biggest and best temple, exploit or exterminate your opponents workforce if need be!
Bang! The Duel Bang! The Duel
BANG! The Duel is a two-player version of BANG! in which each player chooses a certain number of characters from a personal deck, with one deck containing lawful individuals and the other one outlaws; the more characters you choose, the longer the game.
Battle Line Battle Line
An ingenious tactical game for 2 players.
Blokus Blokus
Blokus is a clever strategy game played by between 2 and 4 players, and the rules take less than 1 minute to explain
Blueprints Blueprints
Different coloured dice are used to build your buildings, but who will be the best architect at the end?
Bohnanza: Das Duell Bohnanza: Das Duell
Gifts are common in the bean-trading card game Bohnanza as players don't want to spoil the crops in their own field by needing to make room for something new. In Bohnanza: Das Duell, a two-player version of Bohnanza, players will find that gifts are not always welcome — but they do have the option of providing a "gift" of their own to their "generous" opponent! Estimated Release Date : October 2016; Please sign up below to automatically receive an email when this title is available.
Bottom of the 9th Bottom of the 9th
A dice and card game for two players, Bottom of the 9th brings all the excitement of the final three outs of a baseball game into a compact 5-20 minute game session.
Bottom of the 9th : Big League Support Bottom of the 9th : Big League Support
Big League Support is a full expansion for Bottom of the 9th. It includes 12 players (including B. Weaver, Reld Nahcire, and J.A. Kapowski) and 1 stick of "gum".
Bottom of the 9th : Sentinels of the Ninth Bottom of the 9th : Sentinels of the Ninth
Sentinels of the Ninth is a full expansion for Bottom of the 9th. It includes 12 players, including Legacy, Tempest, Haka, Mr. Chomps, and Mr. Fixer, and 1 stick of "gum".
Buyword Deluxe Buyword Deluxe
An ingenious alternative to Scrabble from the genius of Sid Sackson
Callisto Callisto
Callisto’s brilliant design, including a board that changes surface according to the number of players present, is among one of the features that make this game so unique.
Carcassonne : The Castle Carcassonne : The Castle
A two player version of Carcassonne. A stand alone game - this game takes place in one of the Cities you have built in Carcassonne
Carnac Carnac
Carnac is a simple fast abstract strategy game for two players. On your turn, you take a Megalith — a piece formed by two cubes joined together — from the common reserve, and place it on the board in a standing position. The turn passes to your opponent if he is willing to tip over the Megalith or if the Megalith cannot be tipped over.
Dimension Dimension
Dimension is a fast-paced, innovative puzzle game that takes place in three dimensions with 60 colourful spheres.
Dog Cards Dog Cards
Be the first to complete two rows of cards from 1 to 14 to win, cards must be added in numerical order though, but there are jokers to help. From the master design duo - Kramer & Kiesling
Draco Magi Draco Magi
Draco Magi is a fast card game heavily connected to its theme that incorporates area control, bluffing, hand management, deck building and deduction.
Ebbe & Flut Ebbe & Flut
Ebb & Flow ...the eternal battle between the sea and the land. This is a German game, rule translation can be found on boardgamegeek.
Eko Eko
The first player with a palace to amass 12 victory points (VP) in constructed buildings and captive Emperors in Ekö wins the game.
Eminent Domain Microcosm Eminent Domain Microcosm
Eminent Domain: Microcosm is a quick-playing two-player card game which brings you all the thrill of building a space empire in just 15-20 minutes.
Famiglia Famiglia
A card game that you can't refuse, unless you want a horse's head to arrive in your bed.
For the Crown (Second Edition) For the Crown (Second Edition)
A combination of a Chess Like game and the Deck building mechanic of 'Dominion' . 'For the Crown' is a two player game of rivalry to be the true heir
For the Crown : Between Heaven and Earth For the Crown : Between Heaven and Earth
The third expansion to For the Crown, Between Heaven and Earth, introduces 12 new kinds of variable cards and 10 new types of units that can be trained using the new cards, in addition to an alternate starting card, the Merchant.
Frontline General : Spearpoint 1943 Frontline General : Spearpoint 1943
A fast paced tactical wargame that takes 10 minutes to learn and 20 minutes to play.
Fungi Fungi
Fungi (aka 'Morels') is a mushroom picking and eating game for 2 players.
Gang de Memes ('Bad Gramdmas') Gang de Memes ('Bad Gramdmas')
There is a running battle in the Retirement home! The confrontations between the Gang of Kniters and the Gang of the Bakers become a Gangland exe- cution. Don’t be surprised... These Grandmas are the worst villains of this world. English rules in the box
Grimslingers: Duels Grimslingers: Duels
Grimslingers: Duels is a strategic card game set in a sci-fi fantasy western where players use elemental spells, their wits, and just the right amount of luck to overcome their opponents.
Haggis Haggis
A two or three player variant of Tichu. Second Edition.
Haggis : Ross Clan Deck Haggis : Ross Clan Deck
The Ross Clan Deck for use with Haggis features four suits, with an Ace-King in each suit with two jokers.
Haleakala Haleakala
In the two-player-game Haleakala, players are building statues on the slopes of a volcano to honor their gods. The higher the statues are built up the volcano the more they score in one of the two scoring phases, but of course the closer they are build towards the crater the danger of being destroyed by volcanic eruption is higher as well.
Hanabi Hanabi
The greatest co-operative ever made? Includes expansion Avalanche of Colours. This is the English edition.
Hanabi Deluxe (English Edition) Hanabi Deluxe (English Edition)
The deluxe version of Hanabi comes with a set of domino like tiles rather than cards, which means you can set them on the table instead of having to hold your hand up.
Hanabi Pocket  (German Edition) Hanabi Pocket (German Edition)
The greatest co-operative ever made. Includes the expansion Avalanche of Colours. This is a German game - English rules are available on Boardgamegeek
Hands in the Sea (Kickstarter Edition) Hands in the Sea (Kickstarter Edition)
Hands in the Sea is a two-player deck building wargame on the First Punic War, between Rome and Carthage, 264-241 BC.
Hattrick Hattrick
Take control of your team and head for the top, customize your team as you like it and go head to head for glory.
Hengist Hengist
Thirty years have passed since the Romans left Britain. The power of the Picts and the Scots is growing, and they are pushing inland. In order to save Britain, the great chieftain Vortigern has asked the Saxon brothers Hengist and Horsa to help defend Britain. You and your brother agree to help, but over the years Vortigern has become greedy and does not pay you enough.
High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel High Treason: The Trial of Louis Riel
Enter the courtroom during five fateful days of July, 1885, when the future of a country hung in the balance, and the defendant, Louis Riel, hanged in the aftermath. Back in stock Monday 24th April
Hive : Pocket Hive : Pocket
A portable version of Hive - Includes the Mosquito and Lady Bug expansions! This is a German/French edition game and English rules can be found on the publishers websie. Details in the main description.
Hive The Mosquito Hive The Mosquito
The Mosquito pieces can be added to a standard Hive set before the start of the game giving each player 12 pieces to play with.
Ingenious Ingenious
You must score all shapes as the lowest counts as your final score, so make sure you're ahead of the game in this tile laying bonanza!
Jaipur Jaipur
Trade and Camels - a card game from Sebation Pauchon.
Kahuna Kahuna
A game about building bridges, but not it seems with your opponent, gain control of islands by having the most bridges there and place a stone, if you do your opponent must lose a bridge to the island, which could mean he loses control of another island.
Kodama : The Tree Spirits 2nd Edition Kodama : The Tree Spirits 2nd Edition
The forest is growing fast! As caretakers for Kodama, the tree spirits, you must keep the forest a healthy and lush home for your little friends.
Le Havre : The Inland Port Le Havre : The Inland Port
A two player game of Le Havre (with a splash of Ora et Labora thrown in for good gaming measure).
Lord of the Rings : The Confrontation Lord of the Rings : The Confrontation
Two players face off for the future of Middle Earth.
Lost Cities Card Game Lost Cities Card Game
Two player perfection. Simple to learn quick to play, a lot more than an evening to master!
Mage Wars Academy Mage Wars Academy
Mage Wars Academy is a two-player starter set that features gameplay similar to Mage Wars Arena (née Mage Wars) with two mages in head-to-head combat to see who will be victorious.
Mage Wars Academy : Priestess Expansion Mage Wars Academy : Priestess Expansion
Mage Wars Academy is a fast-paced strategy card game of magical combat! In this expansion set, play as a holy Priestess competing to prove the way of light is absolute!
Mage Wars Academy : Warlock Expansion Mage Wars Academy : Warlock Expansion
A new student has enrolled at the Academy! The nefarious Warlock seeks to prove the way of darkness is unequaled as he summons shadowy denizens and casts secret enchantments to curse his enemies!
Mage Wars Arena Mage Wars Arena
Mage Wars Arena is a customizable strategy game of duelling mages.
Mage Wars Arena : Lost Grimoire Volume 1 Mage Wars Arena : Lost Grimoire Volume 1
Mage Wars: Arena – Lost Grimoire Volume 1 contains 108 previously unreleased spells that augment every playstyle.

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