Game Night For Couples
Variations on games to make them two player!
My husband and I love board games and we have people over at least once a week for game nights. But sometimes we just want to spend a silly evening by ourselves and it can be hard to find games that work for only two players.
We've had a lot of fun modifying games so we can play them just the two of us. Here are a few we've tried!
(Picture is me playing Apples to Apples!)
Cranium: Pop 5
The distinctive feature of Cranium games is all the different ways you can give your clues
It's like Pictionary and Charades and several other games wrapped up in one.
For this version, the opposing team looks at the card and decides which of the five possible ways to represent the clue would be the most challenging. They rate that at five points, the next most challenging at four, etc. Then the member on your team chooses how many points to try for as they try to get you to guess the word on the card.
How do you do that without teams?
We randomized the points. We took the five tokens that represent the five different ways to give the clue (drawing, humming, sculpting, acting out, rolling letter dice), shook them around, and placed them upside down on each of the five points values.
Then one of us picked up the card and decided which way would be the easiest to get the other person to guess and did that. Afterwards, if the other person guessed correctly, we turned over the tokens to find out how many points they got!
Not the perfect way to play the game, but it was really fun!
Apples to Apples
A ridiculously fun game of pairing words with descriptions.
The active player picks up a random adjective card and all the other players pick one of the noun cards in their hand that they think best represents it (or most hilariously represents it) and the active player sees all those nouns without knowing who entered which one. He picks the one he likes best and that player wins the round and keeps the adjective card.
How can you do that with only one person putting in a noun for the other to judge?
By using a player our friends like to call Rando Calrissian.
The active player picks the adjective card. The other player selects his noun card and then more cards are added from the deck. As many as you'd like. You can have three or four Random players.
The active player then has to guess which noun his partner entered and if he guesses right, he gets the point for the round.
You will be very surprised by how right on the nose the random cards can be! It's surprisingly difficult.
Another game you can do this with is Cards Against Humanity. This game is known as Apples to Apples for people with a dark sense of humor. Instead of a noun there is a sentence and the players fill in the blank with the cards from their hands, but both the sentences and the answers tend to be quite sick and twisted!
(Only if you have a twisted sense of humor, this one is NOT family safe!) But wow, really frighteningly hilarious.
Did you know you can play Risk with only two players?
Check your game manual for a two player variation!
Games You Can Both Win
Cooperative games are a great way to not be fighting against your spouse
Instead, you'll both be fighting against the board!
Our absolute favorite is one that can be played with two to five and that is Sentinels of the Multiverse. It's a fairly new game and has quickly become my very favorite.
Each person plays a hero and each hero has its own deck and its own set of abilities. You pick a villain who gets his own deck and an environment with its own deck. The game is pretty much endlessly re-playable and there's lots of expansion packs to get even more heroes, villains, and environments.
My favorite game of all time!
A favorite of my friends, but I've never cared for it.
Cute, fun co-op game trying to stop attacks on the castle. It is very simple and easy to learn.
A simple game with an Indiana Jones feeling!
Made for Two Players
These games were made for 2 or more players and they play just great with two!
A great game to own because it is different every time you play it. It's a deck building game, which means you are choosing and buying cards and their abilities on each turn, but there are a random selection of cards available, which means a new strategy every time. (I highly recommend taking the witch card out and not playing with it. It is one of the few cards that directly attacks the other player and feelings can get hurt!)
Quirky card game where you each control a family of characters and play cards on them to try to make them as miserable as possible while the other player tries to make them happy! The best part is the crazy stories you can come up with for why your character was attacked by midgets or was devoured by weasels.
Really fun game of building railway lines across America!
A Stratego-like game that we have not tried yet. It's on my list to get because we love LoTR and it looks like a very interesting game.
Another one we haven't tried yet but looks super fun. You create the board as you go.
Or you can always create your own game!
- Make Your Own Board Game
Let this wikihow article guide you in creating your own board game!