Games are a terrific way to spend time with friends or family, but what can you do when you never feel like you have enough people to play? There are so many games out there for large groups or games that you can technically play with fewer players, but they are just not as fun. Well, I am here to share with you a couple of my favorite small group games, that are both made for smaller groups in mind and are lots of fun to play as well.  

The games I chose to put on this list are Lords of Waterdeep and Ascension: deckbuilding game. They both have a great atmosphere about them and are perfect games for groups containing 2 to 4 players.


Lords of Waterdeep is a fantastical game set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a worker placement game that is so fun and easy to learn I have yet to meet a person who did not enjoy playing it. It plays 2 to 5 players and I have played through the game enough to know that it is well balanced and lovely to play with 2 as it is to play with 5. The game keeps the same pacing and strategy regardless of the number of players which makes it both fun and easy to play. With most games that have 2 player options, the version of the game for 2 player s isos drastically different it’s often like playing a completely different, slightly watered-down game that you are used to. You will not have this problem with Lords of Waterdeep.


Ascension is a wonderful game franchise that carries several different versions of the game. We even have rules on the site (see hyperlink above) for one said version. I specifically wanted to talk about the Ascension: Deckbuilding game today though because it is meant to be played for 1 to 4 players. It is a terrific game that balances players versus the game mechanics, and with the addition of 2 or more players also has advanced and fun competitive mechanics that are added to the gameplay. While the single-player game mode does have a slightly different feel to it, due to you competing exclusively against the game, it doesn’t take away from the essence of the game itself. I highly recommend it for 2 to 3 players but any number of players 1 through 4 is a great gaming experience.


You won’t always have a large group of people to play games with so it’s always great to find options when it’s just you and a few friends. These games I’ve mentioned above are fun, and well designed for playing with just a few. I want people to know gaming is accessible to all and it doesn’t matter how big or small your group is. There is always a game out there for you all.

Amber Crook
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