2 Player Games

Last week, we introduced you to some great solo games. This week, as we’ve done once before, we’re introducing you to some great 2 player games. Next time you decide to make The Round Table your date night, check out some of these awesome games:

Pixel Tactics is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this head-to-head tactical combat game, each player picks a leader from their deck of 25 cards, and then you take turns, placing and activating cards, and attacking. Use combinations of offensive powers, support powers, and immediate effects to overwhelm your opponent! Play the best 3 out of 5 rounds to determine the winner of this simple card game. Since the decks are static and identical, no deck-building is required! Just jump in and play – it’s all about strategy!

BANG! The Duel is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this 2 player version of BANG!, players each control a team of either lawmen or outlaws. Chose more characters for a longer game, or choose fewer characters to wrap things up quickly. In any case, player start with 2 characters in play, and each has a deck of action cards. Eliminate your opponent’s characters to win the game! When either player has run out of characters, the game is over. This town ain’t big enough for the both of you! If you’re thinking about pistols at dawn, give this game a try. It’s basically the same experience but a lot less bloody!

Patchwork is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 15 to 30 minutes. In this token-laying game, you compete to collect as many buttons as possible, and fill as much of your game board as possible. The game is played by spending buttons to purchase patches. Certain patches also grant bonus buttons over time, and every action moves your time token forward. If your time token moves past your opponent’s time token, it’s their turn to play. When a time token reaches the end of the time track, points are calculated and a winner is determined! Manage your resources carefully, and show your opponent that you can make the better quilt! If you’re looking for a simple game with great depth of strategy, this is the game to try!

Onitama is a competitive game for 2 players that can be played in 10 to 30 minutes. In this light, chess-like game, players cycle through 5 cards, with each player controlling 2 cards at any given time. The cards determine how each player’s set of 5 pawns can move, and the goal of the game is to either take your opponent’s main pawn, or move your own main pawn to their main pawn’s starting location. With limited movement options, outwitting your opponent can be a challenge, and this strategic game is fun to play over and over! Test your mental fortitude with this simple, highly strategic game!

After you’ve tried some of these awesome 2 player games, bring some more friends and try some of our favourite 4 player games! Or for some of the oldest 2 player games out there, check out some great ancient games. No matter what you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table!

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Nov

19

2017

Intro To: Good Solo Games

Solo Games

Last week, we introduced you to some mouth-watering food games – Who says you can’t play with your food? This week, we’re going in a different direction and recommending some good solo games! Read on to explore some great games that you can play by yourself (or with friends):

The Game is  a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. Your goal is to discard all 98 cards, and each player starts with a hand of 6 to 8 cards. On your turn, you must discard at least 2 cards onto 1 or more discard piles. Of the 4 discard piles on the table, 2 count up from 1, and 2 count down from 100. At the end of each round, you draw back up to your starting hand size. As a multi-player game, it’s all about guessing which cards your friends are waiting to play. As a single-player game, it’s basically solitaire, which let’s face it, is the grandfather of the single-player genre, and still a classic. If you’re looking for a simple game to pass some time, give this one a shot!

Valeria: Card Kingdoms is a competitive game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this tableau-building game, reminiscent of many deck-building games, slay monsters, recruit citizens, and buy domians! Play cards to give yourself more ways to use your dice results, increase your synergies, and ultimately earn as many victory points as possible! This fantasy-themed card game used tons of full-art cards. If you’re looking for a pleasing-deck builder with great visual elements, give this game a play!

Dungens & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 60 minutes. In this tile-flipping dungeon crawl, you take on the role of an adventurer in the nightmarish Castle Ravenloft. Play with multiple character classes and scenarios, level up your character, and collect the equipment that you will need to succeed in your quest! This game takes a classic Dungeons & Dragons adventure and boils it down to a streamlined dungeon crawl. If you’re looking for an immersive game that you can play for hours on end, this is the game to settle in with.

Hostage Negotiator is the only strictly single player game on this list, and can be played in 20 minutes. In this card-based game, you are a law enforcement agent, and your goal is to negotiate the release of several hostages taken by a, unscrupulous figure with a set of demands. Each turn represents part of a conversation, and your cards and dice results determine your options. There are multiple paths to victory. Finding the best one and saving as many hostages as possible is up to you. If you’re looking for a game truly tailored for a single-player experience, this is the game you’re looking for.

Next time you visit us at The Round Table for some solo-play check out some of these great solo games! Or, if you’re looking for some awesome games to join in on, check out our massive role playing community or our friendly Magic the Gathering community!

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Nov

12

2017

Intro To: Good Food Games

Food Games

In our last Intro Article, we introduced you to some of our favourite timed games. They’re fun and fast-paced but if you’re looking for something to enjoy while you settle in at one of our tables to feast on some of our delicious food, you might want to check out these good food games:

Knuckle Sammich is a competitive game for 2 to 8 players that can be played in 15 minutes. In this fast-paced card game, set in the same world as the RPG. Kobolds Ate my Baby!, you are a kobold, that is late for lunch, and your goal is to beat the other players to the last few sandwiches! Watch out for King Torg or you may not make it through lunch! If you’re looking for a high-energy game with lots of yelling, check out this game!

Sushi Go! is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 15 to 20 minutes, and is one of our recommended drafting games. in this fast and frantic set collecting game, you are customers at a a restaurant, attempting to get better combinations of sushi than your opponents. This simple game is very fast to learn, and makes drafting simple. If you’re looking for a pre-meal warm up, give this game a try!

Let Them Eat Cake is a competitive game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 45 to 60 minutes. In this cake-collecting negotiation game, your goal is to be the first player to reach 40 or more cakes, or have the most cakes when the game ends! Accumulate medals, generals, and cakes. Try not to make an enemy of the Revolution, and carefully plot against the other players, making sure that each vote you cast counts! Spend your medals and generals to protect your pawns from execution, and rig votes. If you’re looking for an intensely social game, where manipulation is everything, then this one deserves your attention!

Rocky Road à la Mode is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 20 to 30 minutes. In this resource management game, players take on the role of treat truckers, attempting to take over territories and earn loyalty points by keeping their customers happy. Every choice will cost you time and move you forward on the road track! Only the player at the back of the track can act, so you’ll have to manage your resources carefully! The life of a treat trucker isn’t easy, and the competition is intense but that doesn’t mean that this game is difficult to learn. If you’re looking for something easy to learn that will let you face off against your friends, pull this game off the shelf, and become the best treat trucker out there – or at least at your table.

Whatever game you decide to play, come down to The Round Table to give it a try! We’re looking forward to seeing you, and we’re happy to reccommend some of our other favourite games! For games with a totally different theme, check out some of our favourite train games or even some good horror games!

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Timed Games

In our last Intro Article, we introduced you to some of our favourite storytelling games, including some pretty lengthy ones. We’ve introduced you to good fast games already, so this week, we’re introducing you specifically to some of our favourite timed games! Read on for an overview of some great games that you can finish playing in a set time limit:

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 10 minutes, and is one of our recommended cooperative games. In this fast-paced dice game, players race against a 10 minute timer (in the form of either a sand-timer or a soundtrack). Your goal is to collect enough crystals to escape from the temple, simultaneously rolling dice to overcome challenges and collect the crystals. Negative dice results can “lock” dice, and you’ll have to work together, supporting each other when you get stuck, and working your way towards the exit. If you’re looking for a simple cooperative game that you can learn and play through very quickly, then this one is an excellent choice.

FUSE is a cooperative game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 10 minutes. In this sci-fi bomb defusal game, you have only 10 minutes to defuse over 20 bombs. Each player gets 1 random die result, and each bomb requires a certain combination of dice to defuse it. It’s up to you to work together to maximize the value of your dice and defuse as many bombs as possible. Be careful- this game will self destruct in 10 minutes! If you’re looking for a fast paced game of intense decision making, give this one a try!

Ladies & Gentlemen is a team-competitive game that can be played in 30 minutes. In this humorous game, players pair into teams of 2, each team consisting of a man and a woman (regardless of player gender). Your team’s objective is to become the best-looking and most famous couple. The gentleman’s goal is to make as much money as possible, for the lady to purchase clothes and accessories. Play your action cards to outdo your opponents! For added fun, act as flirtatious, rich, arrogant, and pretentious as your character. If you’re looking for a light game with a comedic premise, this is the game for you!

Paramedics: Clear! is a competitive game for 1 to 4 players that can be played in 30 to 40 minutes. In this tense hand management game, your goal is to save as many patients as possible while racing against a timer that gets shorter and shorter as the game progresses. The game uses a free companion app to start rounds with a 60 second timer which drops as low as 30 seconds later in the game. Manage your resources and upgrade your ambulance to save lives – even if you can’t save everyone! If you’re looking for a pule-pounding, high-tension game, then this one deserves a look!

If you’re short on time, and want to squeeze in as many games as possible, these timed games are some of your best options. If you’re looking for something fast-paced but want a little more depth, take a look at some of our favourite drafting games. If you still aren’t sure what to play, we’ll be happy to recommend some great games next time you visit us at The Round Table.

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Good Storytelling Games

In our last Intro Article, we recommended some of our favourite Racing Games. This week, we’re introducing you to some lighter games with more of a narrative focus than a competitive  focus – after all, great games tell stories! Read on to discover some of our favourite storytelling games!

T.I.M.E. Stories is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 240 minutes. In this sci-fi “decksploration” game, players act as agents of The T.I.M.E. Agency, protecting humanity from temporal faults and paradoxes. With time travel at your disposal, failure is impossible. The goal of the game is to save the universe in as few attempts as possible, telling engaging stories along the way. A scenario deck of 120+ cards creats endless storytelling possibilities. If you’re looking for a beautiful minimalist game with some of the most unique mechanics out there, then definitely give this one a try!

Gloom is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 60 minutes, and is one of our recommended 2 player games. In this simple, fast-paced game, your objective is to make your family of misfits as miserable as possible before ultimately killing them. Yes it’s morbid – but hey, we’re posting this on Halloween weekend! It’s not all doom and gloom. The game also features some very cool innovative mechanics, making good use of transparent, stack-able playing cards that replace only some of the bonuses of the cards that you play them on top of. If you’re looking for a spooky storytelling game with cool new mechanics, check this one out! Especially if you’re looking for a game for 2 players!

Murder of Crows is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. In this fast-paced hand-management game, your goal is simple: Be the first player to spell “murder” using your hand of letter cards. Each letter has its own effect, and each card has a unique piece of story that can be combined with the rest of your cards to tell a morbid story of a murder most foul. At its core, this game is all about simple hand-management strategy. The story elements, while light, enhance the game in a unique way, creating new narratives each time you play. If you’re looking for a fast-paced game with just enough storytelling elements to be satisfying, then give this one a shot!

Tales of the Arabian Nights is a competitive game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 120 minutes. In this vastly re-playable adventure game, you journey alongside legendary heroes from the lands of the Arabian Nights, and face off against powerful ‘efreets, and evil viziers, telling your own epic stories. Yes, it’s a competitive game, and only 1 player can win, but the core focus of the game is definitely on storytelling. If you’re looking for a game with a ton of dramatic depth, this one is a must-play!

There you have it, 4 great storytelling games with variable depth and difficulty. There’s something for everyone here at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our favourite dexterity games, or for more in-depth storytelling, check out some of out favourite tabletop roleplaying games! No matter what you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.

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