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Elijah F
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I'm looking to purchase a worker placement game and I've narrowed it down to Agricola: Family Edition or Tiny Epic Galaxies.

I'd like something that plays under an hour. I also want to feel like you've accomplished something without it being too spreadsheety.

Which would you all recommend and why?
 
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Alicia
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Tiny Epic Galaxies isn't a worker placement game. It's a dice game.

Here's a video of the game play for you to see what you think:



As for Agricola, I personally feel the game is at its best as the full game with minor improvements and occupations, so if you want to try Agricola, I recommend getting the full game. The cards give you strategic directions, and make each game feel different, even when the end goals stay the same. It's a great worker placement game, and I highly suggest it. Do note that the game can feel frustrating for people sometimes, as it's quite difficult to build up a successful farm. I personally love the challenge.

 
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Elijah F
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Thanks for the reply.

You are right, TEG is a dice game. So, ignoring my "worker placement" request .. which do you feel is more approachable and is playable in under an hour without being a super thinky game. I have some that are prone to AP.
 
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David B
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I like Agricola, but I am not a huge fan. That said, I would take any version of Agricola over Tiny Epic Galaxies.
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Simon Maynard
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I don't think Agricola can be played in under an hour. Assuming the family edition is just Agricola without the occupations and minor improvement cards then it's no quicker to play, just simpler.

I would say that Tiny Epic Galaxies is more approachable but they're so different.
 
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We play two-player Agricola (full game) in around an hour, but we are almost 50 games in.

My husband sometimes struggles with learning games, but thanks to a good instructional video, he picked up the family game quite quickly. The occupations and minor improvements of the full game did take a bit of time to get used to.

 
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Colm McCarthy
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Our two-player Agricola games rarely go over an hour.
 
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alicialaura wrote:
Tiny Epic Galaxies isn't a worker placement game. It's a dice game.

Here's a video of the game play for you to see what you think:



As for Agricola, I personally feel the game is at its best as the full game with minor improvements and occupations, so if you want to try Agricola, I recommend getting the full game. The cards give you strategic directions, and make each game feel different, even when the end goals stay the same. It's a great worker placement game, and I highly suggest it. Do note that the game can feel frustrating for people sometimes, as it's quite difficult to build up a successful farm. I personally love the challenge.



Tiny Epic Galaxies is absolutely a worker placement game.
The spaceship meeples fill exactly the same function that human meeples would.

In that same vein, the brush pots in Kanagawa serve as workers.
 
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Fried Egg wrote:
I don't think Agricola can be played in under an hour. Assuming the family edition is just Agricola without the occupations and minor improvement cards then it's no quicker to play, just simpler.

I would say that Tiny Epic Galaxies is more approachable but they're so different.


It is NOT for anyone thinking this. The new edition of Agricola should've just been named differently, it is that different. Removing stone and veggies and other streamlining things does put it under 1 hour.

I vote Agricola. Uwes games tend to be more refined than something of the level of the TE games.
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Jonathan Schindler
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I'd get Agricola: Family Edition. It's quite a good game, and it does play in under an hour. Even though the setup doesn't change from game to game, it's quite replayable because the game is so interactive.
 
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Jason Long
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If only Notre Dame were still in print. It's the perfect game to scratch the particular itch you seem to have.

And, at least in my family and gaming groups, it's far superior to both of the games you mention.

I know, moot point, as it's OOP. If only...
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