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Black Box

Players: 1-2

Age: 10+

Teaching Time: 10 mins

Playing Time: 20 mins

Setup Time: 2 mins

Value For Money: High

Luck: Low

Complexity: Mid

Strategy: Low

Price: £10

Recommended: Yes

Having been sealed in safely at home recently I’ve been going through some of the less visited sections of the collection, also looking to some two player dedicated games to facilitate playing with my best beloved. It’s a funny thing, because I often hear people complain that there is a real lack of good two player games, but when I think back to the games of my youth a huge amount of what I recall are two player abstracts, all those games with vertical boards that seemed to dominate the designs of thirty or so years ago. I wonder if its just the case that most of the good two player game ideas have been done, or rather, that very few of them see full scale commercial release thanks to the greater appeal of a wider player count. Which is also an odd thing since Black Box could easily be put out as a print and play or even a sort of roll and write today. As it is it was published in 1977/78 with an updated hex-based version released in 2008 for the 30th anniversary. However, the game is made of sturdy components (no cardboard cards or counters) so perfectly good versions can still be found online.