Here's a nicely annotated list of top abstract strategy games, selecting one per year (with a few gaps before 1980). The honourable mentions are also worth reading, I think I‘ll make myself a copy of Robotory.
Consider also Santorini. Clark Rodeffer introduced me to it at Penguicon. I only played it a couple of times, and that in 2007, but I thought it was a great game. I think you could easily play it with two piecepacks, any flavor (for the tiles -- otherwise, you would only need one).
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