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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

In every game of NMBR 9, players attempt to score the most points by creating their own displays of uniquely shaped number tiles.
13 Minutes 13 Minutes
13 Minutes is a card-driven micro game with tough decision.
1960: The Making of the President 1960: The Making of the President
1960: The Making of the President recreates the most important presidential election of modern times. Can you carry JFK to the White House? Or will you overturn history and put Richard Nixon into power ahead of time?
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 7 Wonders Duel
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.
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.
and then we held hands and then we held hands
A co-operative game about finding balance in life.
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!
Art of War: The Card Game Art of War: The Card Game
ART OF WAR the card game is two-player card game that has theme of war and the founding a kingdom. You become a king, then you will increase the people of the kingdom while sending warriors into the battlefield, fighting against the opponent. Estimated Release Date: Spring/Summer 2017; Please sign up below to automatically receive an email when this title is available.
Azul Azul
As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora (by Michael Kiesling).
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
Blue Moon Legends Blue Moon Legends
​The king is dead, and Blue Moon has vanished. The two royal heirs blame each other, and they have called the citizens of Blue Moon City to arms. Go head-to-head in this card playing game to take control of the throne.
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 : Club House Bottom of the 9th : Club House
The Bottom of the 9th: Clubhouse expansion builds on both the gameplay and theme of the original game by adding a ton of new players, extensive tournament rules, and additional managers and support staff, as well as introducing brand new equipment cards to the mix,
Bottom of the 9th : Hitter pack Bottom of the 9th : Hitter pack
The Hitters Pack is a small, booster pack expansion to our wildly popular game, Bottom of the 9th. In the Hitters Pack players get 12 new batter cards to pick from and add to their all-star line up.
Bottom of the 9th : Pitcher Pack Bottom of the 9th : Pitcher Pack
The Pitchers Pack is a small, booster pack expansion to our wildly popular game, Bottom of the 9th. In the Pitchers Pack players get 12 new pitcher cards to pick from and add to their all-star line up.
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
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
Caverna : Cave vs Cave Caverna : Cave vs Cave
In the two-player game Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, each player starts the game with only two dwarves and a small excavation in the side of a mountain. Over the course of eight rounds, they'll double their workforce, open up new living space in the mountain, construct new buildings and rooms in which to live, and dig for precious metals.
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
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.
Element Element
Fire, water, earth, wind — these four elements have driven mankind's mythology, philosophy and science for eons. Now, master the power of these primal forces in this abstract game of capture and area control.
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.
Favelas Favelas
Favelas is a tile-laying game about the beautification of the iconic favelas of Rio de Janeiro!
Fog Of Love Fog Of Love
Fog of Love is a game for two players. You will create and play two vivid characters who meet, fall in love and face the challenge of making an unusual relationship work.
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: Advanced Duels Grimslingers: Advanced Duels
Grimslingers: Advanced Duels is a the micro-version of Grlimslingers, a strategic sci-fi western fantasy epic, and features a taste of both the versus and solo/co-op game modes.
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.
Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time Hack Trick: It’s Hacking Time
​​​​​​​You are a hacker completing missions for money and reputation.
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 Extra  (German Edition) Hanabi Extra (German Edition)
The greatest co-operative ever made. Includes the expansion Avalanche of Colours. This is a German game and rule translations are available on​The Extra edition includes 5 card holders and 'extra' large cards
Hanamikoji Hanamikoji
In Hanamikoji, two players compete to earn the favors of the seven geisha masters by collecting the performance items with which they excel. With careful speculation and sometimes a few bold moves, you may earn the essential items by giving away the less critical ones. Can you outsmart your opponent and win the most favors of the geisha?
Heroes of Normandie Heroes of Normandie
Summer 1944, men are about to fight & die, there is two ways to do this, bravely or like wussies! Decide which you way you will!
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.
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.
Ilios Ilios
ILIOS is a tile placing strategy game for 2-4 players that brings the aura of the Trojan War to your tabletop! Like Achilles and Ajax who would play board games between battles, you can challenge your friends to a battle of the minds trying to control, surround, and plunder the lands around the City of ILIOS, also known as Troy.
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!
Iron Curtain Iron Curtain
An Iron Curtain descends in this micro game version of a battle between superpowers
Jaipur Jaipur
Trade and Camels - a card game from Sebation Pauchon.

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