best games for 2 people
Note: All endorsements are unpaid and heartfelt.
My wife and I spend lots of time together in a tiny cabin far from other people.
The winters here are long and dark. We play a lot of games together. Over many,
many years, we have tried many, many games. Here are our favorites:
The old standby. I have
an official USCF chess set
which is well-made, rugged and conforms to US Chess Federation rules for tournament play (Staunton, 3"-4" King).
It's also cheap at around $15. I store mine in a cardboard
mailing tube—a nice package that still looks new after 20 years.
2-handed Hi/Lo Whist
2-player card game.
Uses a standard deck. With 16 cards hidden from both players, anything can
happen. Try an initial "low" bid even when you want "high"
so you're not the declarer and get first play.
But be aware this strategy can backfire spectacularly.
Get 4 in a row on a 4x4 board using 42 pieces with 4 characteristics each.
Play a gorgeous
with tactile appeal
while a sculpture is formed on the board.
With the advanced rule (a win can also be 4-in-a-square),
you can easily build yourself into a corner.
Get 5 in a row, or capture 5 pairs.
My wife loves this
game because she
is very good at it.
We also use the pretty glass pieces as stones for
Get 6 in a row, ring, or triangle.
A beautiful, minute-to-learn-lifetime-to-master
Fast but deep. The pieces are lovely to handle, and every
game creates a work of art on the table. Two versions of the rules
keep things interesting.
fell through, my consolation prize was a gift certificate
used to purchase Pylos.
My wife and I have now played this a bunch; it has quickly worked into the
rotation. Turns out this ingenious and lovely game was well worth the
3 months of illustration work.