13 June 2013

Possible continuation

Hello Everyone,

I've had a few of Jason's friends and gaming buddies approach me about continuing the blog in his honor. So, there may be more to come from Games with Two from people we gamed with often. Also, I found out that we are expecting so there will be a new little gamer to continue on daddy's love. I don't know when these contributors might begin, but keep checking in because there should be more reviews and posts to come.

Mrs. Games with Two

06 June 2013

Hello Everyone,

This will be the final post for GwT. Mr. GwT passed suddenly yesterday, and I won't be continuing the blog. It will stay up if you want to check out older stuff though. Play a game with someone you love tonight :-)

04 June 2013

Only 2 Players - Top 10 - Intro, Fan Favorites, Honorable Mentions, & No. 10

Time to start another Top 10 List. This time we will be taking a look at some of the best games for 2-players
only. This is defined differently by different people. So, I'll give you my definition. It is any base game that can be played with 1-2 players. What! you just said only. Well, a lot of these games have solo variants, so if it plays with one or two it can be on my list. Next, lots of these games can be played with 3 or 4 or even more players if you add multiple base sets or play with variant. However, the box states 2 players. I am going to include these games as well. The main reason for including these is: one, because I can; two, I like to drive some people crazy; and three, it's fun to include as many fun games as I can. Finally, in contradiction to the previous statement, I am limiting the number of card games, since we recently did our Top 10 2-player card games, and I wanted to feature some other games.

First, I wanted to give you all a chance to tell me some of your favorite two-player games. So, I posed the question on Twitter and Facebook, and received several responses. Here are some of your favorites:

Fan Favorites
Battle Line, Jambo, War of the Ring, Mr. Jack, and Lord of the Rings The Confrontation. I have yet to play any of these yet, but they are all on my want to play and wishlist. So hopefully sometime soon, I'll get a chance to play one or all of these.

Heroscape, Battle for Hill 218, Battle Lore, Stronghold - Some wargames made the cut of favorites. I have yet to play any of these, but I wouldn't be opposed to trying them out. Stronghold interests me in that it has asymmetrical game play. Maybe when my son is older, I can get an out of print copy of it for a couple hundred bucks (Same with Heroscape).

Dungeon Twister, Perry Rhodan, Martinique, Cribbage, Briscola, Cold War: KGB v CIA, , Yinsh, Dungeon Command, The Awful Green Things From Outer Space - I have yet to play any of these, and some of them I had to look up on the Geek. I really want to try out Cribbage soon though, because so many people have lots and lots of good things to say about it.

Jaipur, 1960: The Making of the President - 2 games that I have played and enjoyed, but just didn't make my list. I like 1960, but it was a little long for our liking for a 2-player game.

Honorable Mentions
Morels, Revolver, Rivals for Catan, Lost Cities - I really enjoy all of these games and some of them would have probably made the cut, but I just featured some of them in our last Top 10. So, I wanted to give some other guys a shot.

10. Pentago
Pentago has quickly become a favorite in our house. The game is so quick and easy it makes for a great game to play when you just want to play something fast and easy. There is hardly any setup or tear down time. The pieces are nice hard plastic so the kids can play around with it, and it doesn't get destroyed (plus, it's just fun--always a positive for games). The concept is one that most people are familiar with (get 5 in a row), and the strategy is not deep enough to make your head. The only real problem with the game is that it is almost all skill. So, an experienced player will almost always beat an inexperienced players--like the game of Chess or Checkers. In the end, I am glad we picked this one up. It's a great little game, and for around $20 you can't go wrong.

01 June 2013

Comics & Cards - DC Comics Deck-Building Game Review

By Jason Moslander
Deck Building and Comics: two of the hottest things going right now. Deck builders seem to be in just about every other new board game, and comic book heroes fill the silver screen every summer in the U.S. Therefore, it's no surprise that these two genres would run into each other eventually. This is exactly what has happened in the new DC Comics Deck-Building Game. So, what does this new Deck Builder have to offer to the genre? Well, for starters it has Batman, The Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and others.

Designer: Matt Hyra & Ben Stoll
Publisher: Cryptozoic Entertainment
Players: 2-5 Players
Time: 45 Minutes
Mechanics: Deck/Pool Building

Overview & Game Play
The main objective of the DC Comics Deck-Building Game (DCC DBG) is to score the most points. Players do this by adding cards to their deck. This is done by defeating villains, gaining allies and equipment, as well as investigating locations. Each of these cards has a different ability that helps the player during the game, and also gives them points at the end of the game. The player with most points at the end of the game is the winner.
Each card in DCC DBG has up to three numbers associated with it. The first is the victory point total. This is indicated by a yellow star in the bottom left corner. This is how many points the card is worth at the end of the game. The second number is the cost. This number is in a gray circle in the bottom right hand corner, and is how much it will cost to add this card to your deck. The final number is the amount of power a card has. This is located in the white or black text box. Any other special abilities the card has are located here as well. Power is used to buy cards, and your power must be equal to or greater than the cost number.

28 May 2013

Table Top Football - Weykick Review

by Jason Moslander
Like most of the world, my favorite sport to watch and play is football (soccer). Naturally, with my love of the beautiful game, Subbuteo has been on my wishlist. This game has been around since the 1940s, and has recently been made available again. However, currently (at least as far as I know) the game is only available in Europe which would mean a high shipping cost for me. The other game that I have been eyeing is Weykick. I am always on the lookout for a great football table top game. So far, the prospects have been limited to two games. The first is

Designer: Ulrich Weyel
Publisher: Mayday Games & Weykick.de
Players: 2 players
Time: 10 minutes
Mechanics: Dexterity

Overview & Game Play
The "goal" of Weykick is to score 10 goals first. This is done on a wooden surface that resembles a football pitch. Each player then takes control of two wooden football players. Each of the players has a magnet on the bottom of it and is connected to another magnet that is attached underneath the playing board. The players grab these magnets and move them along the underside of the playing surface to control their players. Each player can only move their players on their half of the field (There is a wooden beam on the underside of the board so that players cannot cross mid-field. The players then try to get a soccer ball (small marble) into their opponents goal by sliding their 2 players across the surface. Play continues until a player scores 10 goals.
Image via BGG User Ubergeek