2 Player Games

blood of englishman

The classic fairy-tale Jack and the Bean Stalk is getting a card game re-imagining courtesy of Dan Cassar, designer of Arboretum.  The game is called The Blood of an Englishman, derived from the iconic phrase the giant shouts as he chases after Jack.  In this two player game you will either be Jack, trying to loot the giant’s home for treasure, or the giant trying to stop him.  Both have specific card arrangements they are trying to achieve, Jack has to form three bean stalks to make three trips for the bag of gold, Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp.  Meanwhile the giant is trying to arrange the Fee, Fi, Fo, and Fum cards into his iconic phrase in order to stop him.  There will be multiple actions available to both sides so the winner will be whoever can carefully build their goal first.  Look for this game to hit stores in early November 2016, and you can read the press release below for more information.

 Renegade Game Studios to release The Blood of an Englishman

Dan Cassar’s take on a classic tale.

San Diego, CA (August 11th, 2016) — Renegade Game Studios™, the premier publisher of original games, is proud to announce The Blood of An Englishman by Dan Cassar, designer of Arboretum. This new take on the classic Jack and the Beanstalk will be released November 2016.

“Fee Fi Fo Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!” roared the giant as he crashed through the vines. Jack, with one arm around his precious stolen harp and the other grasping the bean stalk, felt the rush of danger. Will he make it to the bottom in time to chop down the leafy ladder or will the Giant successfully catch the thieving beggar?

In The Blood of an Englishman, players take on the role of either Jack or the Giant. The Giant must maneuver the Fee Fi Fo and Fum cards while Jack tries to create three bean stalks to steal the bag of gold, the Golden Goose, and the Singing Harp. Each player has different available actions and must carefully arrange the cards to achieve their goal. Are you brave enough to face your fate?

“We are thrilled to be working with Dan Cassar on this project. He’s an incredibly talented designer and will be the perfect addition to our designer family,” says Renegade President Scott Gaeta. “The Blood of An Englishman is so well balanced and thoughtful. It’s a great puzzle for both players.”

Look for The Blood of an Englishman to hit shelves in early November 2016. Each game takes about 20-30 minutes to play and is for 2 players ages 10+.

You can visit: renegadegames.com for more information about our games and the designers we work with.

war co

War Co. is a sci-fi expandable card game that plays 2 to 6 people in about 60 minutes.  In this game it is all about scarcity and managing what little resources you have to use from turn to turn.  In the game you will start with a deck of 50 cards, and it’s these cards that are your life.  In order to win you have to be the last one standing by forcing all your opponents to discard cards until they don’t have anymore.  This will mainly be achieved through attacking, if you attack their cards and destroy one, they discard another card, but attack them directly and they lose three.  There are also ways to defend yourself and your cards as well as lay traps in order to surprise your opponent.  But you also have to make sure you have the energy for all this, as you only get 10 energy to pass around to your forces on your turn, forcing you to pick and choose.  Then there is the fact you can only play 5 cards in a turn and you have to discard a card every turn, symbolizing the continuing decline in available resources.  So make your move or end up fading out.

The game was Kickstarted once before and garnered a lot of feedback and has come back to launch again with an improved game.  Initially there will be 6 different decks available to purchase, each with their own unique style of play from the hard hitting bruisers to the tricky conspirators.  You can head over to the campaign page to check it out and back for some or all of the decks available.


Atlas Games will be releasing a new two-player asymmetric game next month that brings fox hunting into the board game realm, Hounded.  In the game a player will either be the cunning fox, trying to elude capture, or the determined hunter, trying to hunt down the fox.  In the game each player will be moving their pawns and turning over tiles as they do, sometimes triggering effects and sometimes not.  Now while the fox character is alone, the hunter has a team of hounds to help him hunt the fox.  All the hunter has to do to win is either corner the fox with his dogs, or force the fox to end his turn next to the hunter himself.  For the fox to win he has to essentially run out the clock, this is done by either finding the three time piece tiles, or flipping over 43 out of the 49 tiles.  Once time runs out the hunter has to retire for the day and the fox escapes!

Art for the game has an origami feel to it with lots of sharp edges and points, an art style which is also shown on the tiles as well.  The game itself seems very portable and will come in a tin that I imagine will be around Roll for It Deluxe size.   Look for this on store shelves next month.

7 wonders duel pantheon

7 Wonder: Duel, the highly acclaimed two player version of the classic card drafting game 7 Wonders, is getting an expansion called 7 Wonders: Pantheon.  7 Wonders: Pantheon will work similar to the leaders expansion for the original game in that it allows you to specialize a bit with gods giving you extra abilities.  At the start you first have to gain favor and offering tokens to offer up to the specific gods to be able to draw their favor and thus their abilities.  The abilities range from Isis’ ability to build wonders with discarded cards, to Enki which gives you an extra progress token, to Minerva who won’t allow you to lose via a military victory.  These new abilities will create interesting new interactions between cards and gods, plus the set also includes temples.  The temples are a replacement for the guild cards and if you happen to have the god of that temple on your side, you can build it for free.

Look for this expansion to hit stores in the 4th quarter of this year, and you can head over to the Asmodee site to read more on the expansion.

In 2008 a quick playing 2-player card game was created called The Battle for Hill 218, which had an area control feel to it.  In the game you would play cards to attack, support, or supply your forces as you try to take the strategic hill 218 for your side.  Now Steve Jackson Games has taken this game and combined it with the Ogre universe to create Ogre: Objective 218.

You can expect the same style of card play and strategic thinking required to win in the new game, but instead of standard military units you will see distinctly Ogre type units.  You will get Ogres, Cruise Missiles, the G.E.V., Heavy Tank, Howitzers, and Ogre MK III units to deploy in the battle to take objective 218.  Game length is set at a slightly longer 30 minutes instead of the original’s 15-20, but still a short game that offers good strategic decisions.  Look for this in your local game store today, and see the announcement on the SJG site.

We Previously covered the announcement of this game here

twilight struggle ios

GMT Games Kickstarted the digital version of the #1 rated board game Twilight Struggle (which only recently dropped to #2) almost one year ago to the day, and now they have officially rolled out the iOS version of the game.  This means those of us with an iPad will be able to download and play this award winning game where you play the US or the Soviet Union during the cold war as you vie for power around the world.  Versions of the game are available on Steam for both PC and Mac, and in the near future there will also be versions for Android and iPhone as well.  You can read the announcement on the Kickstarter update here, and purchase the iPad app from the App Store here.

dice masters spiderman banner

It’s about that time again! WizKids is gearing up to release the latest installment of their wildly popular collectible dice game Dice Masters, designed by Eric Lang and Mike Elliot. An excellent 2 player (or 4 player if using team rules) combat/dice building game which feels like the perfect combination of Quarriors and Magic: The Gathering, Marvel Dice Masters plays in about 30 minutes and allows you to build your dream team of all your favorite Marvel superheroes (or villains), which each provide their own special abilities to help you crush your enemies.

dice master spiderman

The newest set, The Amazing Spider-Man, is scheduled to hit stores in North America next month and will feature many classic Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin and the Sinister Six.

Read the full press release below:

Web-Spinning and Dice Flinging – WizKids Unveils Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man

Hillside, NJ — October 6, 2015 – WizKids, maker of the popular Dice Masters series of tabletop dice-building games, is pleased to announce the newest game in the platform, featuring everyone’s favorite wall-crawler: Marvel’s Spider-Man! The new Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man collection will arrive in North American retail this November, and promises plenty of fun and awesome dice-building adventures for fans and collectors.

The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man Starter Set features fan-favorite characters like Spider­-Man, Ghost Rider, Kingpin, and more! Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider­-Man also premieres the Sinister Six, Allies, Underdogs, and other exciting mechanics!

With game­play that supports two players in epic dice battles, Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man will let players build their own team of heroes or villains! The Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-­Man Starter Set is perfect for the Dice Masters veteran or someone looking to jump into the game fresh!


  • 44 Custom Dice
  • 38 Cards
  • Two Dice Bags
  • Complete Dice Masters Core Rulebook


Trambahn (from designer Helmut Ohley and publisher Lookout Games), a 2-player route building game set in 19th century Munich, is coming out this summer.

In Trambahn, two players are expanding the new tramway with new routes, stations, and trains. The game contains cards with historical images that can be used for multiple functions – players can play them as passengers, routes, or use them for money. In the end, there can only be one successful tramway company.

This will be a quick, easy two player game. If you like the idea of a railroad game without the complication of an 18XX train game, then keep a lookout for Trambahn this summer!


The GAMA Trade Show is an annual closed trade show for members of The Game Manufacturers Association. Each year, hundreds of retailers, publishers, manufacturers, distributors, and other industry professionals get together to connect and showcase games.

This year, Catalyst Game Labs is showcasing Jarl: The Vikings Tile-Laying Game, coming Summer 2015. It appears to be quite similar to The Duke, another tile-laying strategy game by Catalyst Game Labs. In both games,  players move their tiles around the board to capture opponents (similar to Chess). Unlike chess, each piece can move in two separate ways, determined by the side of the tile facing up. After a tile is moved, the tile is flipped over to show the other side.

In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, which is Catalyst Game Labs’s first game based on the drama TV Series Vikings, the objective is to capture your opponent’s Jarl, or chieftain.

Arcane Wonders the makers of Mage Wars and the publishers of the “Dice Tower Essentials” line of games has announced the third title in the series “Onitama“.  This is a great little 2 player abstract title.  This title was licensed from Conception and designed by Shimpei Sato.

This game consists of a 5×5 board and is played using using 5 move choices 2 of which are available to you on any given turn.  Used actions will become one of your opponent’s options in two turns.  So there is a fair bit of strategy in what you play wanting to ensure that you get the most ideal moves but also depriving your opponent of moves they may find necessary.

We are very pleased and honored to be partnered with conception and designer Shimpei Sato for this wonderful and popular game!  We hope everyone shares our excitement as we look to bring this fun and engaging game to both the US, and the world, as part of the Dice Tower Essentials line of games. As development of the game progresses, look to both our home page, and our social media sites for the Dice Tower Essentials, to learn more about the game-play and release dates for Onitama.

You can see Tom Vasel’s announcement of this game below

Arcane Wonders has not given a firm release date but you can likely expect this game at some point in 2015.  We will keep you posted on when release dates are announced.