Max JamelliUnited States
#30 on my list ... Le Havre
Le Havre is a game that I may not have ordinarily purchased. I bought Agricola when it first came out and thought it was ok. Looking at LH, I saw the obvious similarities and at the price I would have normally waited. But as luck would have it, my sister in law wanted a website designed and I did it for her. In lieu of monetary payment (which would have felt weird), I told her she could buy me some games. LH was one of the games she picked up for me.
Since I am a weak rulebook reader/learner - I knew I was going to need someone to help teach me. Scott Nicholson taught me Agricola, but I wasn't sure if he was going to teach me LH. Tom Vasel tried, but it didn't click for me. I was lucky enough to go to a FLGS in my area, Neverland Games, where the owner sat down with me to teach me the game.
My first thoughts about LH in my game comment section:
I like this a little more than Agricola because the goal is to accumulate money as opposed to creating a diverse farm. I think the feeding mechanism plays out better as well which allows you to focus more on the economic issue, rather than spending half your turn trying to figure out your food mechanism.
I liked the fact that feeding was a part, but it felt "easier" to feed. With Agricola, if I tried to do something "new" I always seemed to fall behind in food and spent turn after turn warding off begging cards. With the few games of LH I've played, I've found I was able to do other things a little more.
LH is pretty lengthy game. Playing time aside, the learning curve is there as well so with new players it should take a little longer. Because of this, it's been a long time since I've been able to play LH. I taught Jen, her sister Julie, and Julie's husband Bill how to play a little while after Tony taught me (because I was really pumped about the game, Julie had bought it, and I knew Julie like Agricola, so I thought LH would work). Sadly this game was 2 years ago.
We all did enjoy it, but it's just one of those games that doesn't get pulled out very often. I guess it either speaks to the solidness of this game or my experience in gaming that a game that I rarely play is ranked this high.
Le Havre's cover art was an inspiration for one of my BGG Christmas Cards.