Time Barons (Second Edition)
2 - 4 Players
Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an "optimal" sequence.
This mechanism requires players to select individual actions from a set of actions available to all players. Players generally select actions one-at-a-time and in turn order. There is usually(*) a limit on the number of times a single action may be taken. Actions are commonly selected by the placement of game pieces or tokens on the selected actions. Each player usually has a limited number of pieces with which to participate in the process.
The perfect game for 2 player. Lot's of fun a really cool strategy. Love the graphic design. A must play.
There are far too few 2 player games out there, and even fewer that withstand multiple sessions. This is one of the rare games that meets both of those criteria. While there is some merit to those calling this a "gotcha" kind of game, there is real strategy that emerges as both players begin to understand the various cards, synergies, and strategies.
I was an original playtester for this game and I'm very proud of the work the developers did in fielding everyone's thoughts when balancing the game. Definitely one of the better 1V1 games I have played, especially if your looking for a game with a shorter playtime.