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By gzt (Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 02:11:50 PM EST) gzt, piquet, cards, gaming, stuff, things, travel, trains, training (all tags)
So I was looking for 2-player card games for the wifing unit and I to learn, and I think those are the ones I've settled on. One thing that makes it easier is that the first two use the same 32-card deck.

We got a bunch of suggestions from the book of faces when I asked about 2-player card games, but I figure I'll solicit for more here. I didn't like a bunch of the ones on the book of faces for a variety of reasons (for some reason, I don't like rummy-type melding games, I like trick-taking games), though a few are great and quite suitable for our purposes.



I thought at first that piquet would be too hard to learn, but it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it and keeping score is easier than for related games like belote, in my opinion. I spent much of yesterday playing it against a computer to make sure I understood the rules, and I now can beat the highest level of computer opposition a fair majority of the time. I don't know how good the computer is at it, though. Anyway. I'll teach it to the wife and we'll work on it. The tricky part is the mechanics of it. Écarté and Schnapsen both seem fairly simple in terms of mechanics and score-keeping. I greatly prefer games with an easy system of keeping score (ie, don't need a lot of paper (piquet works because you keep the score verbally with each play)) and I don't like games with bidding. These fit the bill.

More suggestions, of course, are welcome.

Schnapsen rules. Schnapsen on Board Game Geek. Good pictorial introduction to the game.

Piquet rules (includes advices). Piquet on Board Game Geek. Good reference card. And another helpful page about it from David Parlett. Piquet is interesting in that it's a trick-taking game with near-perfect information about your opponent's hand.

So we have a longish and complicated game (piquet); a quick, semi-complicated game (Schnapsen); and a quicker, relatively simple game (écarté). Though they can all be fairly deep, tactically speaking.

I am continuing to truck along in those boat books. I'm on #13, The Thirteen Gun Salute.

We went to a wedding this weekend. Quite fortunately, they did not write their own vows. It was all right, though it was an 8pm wedding and we could not stay very late.

Trip to visit in-laws in H-town went all right. Amusing moment on Friday when we realized that nobody had, in fact, told the grandfather that everybody was coming to his house. Crazy weather. 80 when we landed, but had to scrape the ice off the windshield in the morning when we left.

Still watching early Simpsons. We finished season 1.

Semester ending soon. Performance in one class is waning a bit, but I think I'll be able to get the hang of this last bit of new material. It's tricky stuff and I really need to make sure I've got it. The other class is not going to be tricky and homework is not turned in, so I can devote all of my resources to this class.

The train was out of commission at my stop yesterday. Apparently the train hit a car at a stop just down the line. This made me give up on getting to the gym before it closed, so my training is even more off schedule. Whatever.

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I might be willing to try gin rummy by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 05:09:06 PM EST
or something.

The three games I listed in the title can be pretty heavy on calculation. But, yes, it's kind of hard to find decent 2-player games.

As for backgammon, I've never really gotten into it, but it's probably a fairly good option. Cards, though, are very portable and I don't have a backgammon set.

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Always glad to pimp the official US Army card game by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 05:09:01 PM EST
Spades

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

how is it... by gzt (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 05:28:35 PM EST
...for 2 players?

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It's more fun with 4 players by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 06:16:42 PM EST
who haven't bathed in a week.

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Cribbage by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 29, 2010 at 07:49:44 PM EST
It's better if you have a board, but either memory or a pad and pen will work to keep score.

Plus, you get to say "and one for his knob".  There are better walkthroughs of the game out there, but you'll get the general idea.

And you get to double count your hand for tricks, plus the crib if it's your turn.

If both of you can do basic maths, it's a good game to play as until you're expert, there's a certain randomness to play; this means that neither of you is going to spank the other score-wise, which is another useful attribute for a game to play with the other half.

Unless that's your thing, of course.


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