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I tend to enjoy real heavyweight brainburner games, like Age of Steam, E&T or Die Macher. So, for my next purchase I'm getting Indonesia and Caylus...but I wanted to include a third game in a different style. I want a medium do light weight game, acessible to non gamers, with a very high fun factor.

Please notice that I don't want a party game. I want something in the same class as vanilla settlers of catan, one of those games with some depth and choices, but that at the same time doesn't demand the kind of commitment of an Age of Steam, or something like that.

Right now I've narrowed it to two games (the only two which I could remember): Citadels (but a friend of mine has this one, so maybe I'll buy a different one) and Manila.

Please make my choice more difficult by adding more games! Really need all the help I can get!
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1. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
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Having read a good review on this one, I was immediatly interested. Faidutti's kind words also helped a lot. Right now it's the top contender.
 
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2. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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The only reason why this isn't at the same level as manila is the fact that it's owned by a friend of mine and a regular gamer in our group. However this would fit the bill nicely: Faidutti seems to design exactly the type of games that I'm searching for and this, I'm told, is his opus major. Maybe I can get another of his designs?
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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The two games that I would recommend to you if you are looking for lighter games that have a similar weight as Settlers of Catan, and are able to appeal to non-gamers as well, are:
1) Carcassonne
2) Ticket to Ride

The first is a tile-laying game that is light, but still fun and has high replayability. You can go with the original Carcassonne, which is me preference since it has a lot of expansions you can add on later, or you can go with one of the other versions, such as Hunters & Gatherers. Either way, this is an excellent choice for something that is lighter and quicker, but still fun and requiring thought.

The second is a light train game that is another great game to play with non-gamers. The rules are very simple to explain, and it scales nicely from 2 to 5 players. You can go with either to original or the Europe version, the latter having slightly more complexity.
 
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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See above comments.
 
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5. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1406]
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My choice would probably be Boomtown or Queen's Necklace. Both are relatively quick (under an hour), interestingly various (characters, events, auctions), and very interactive.

But I can't say I prefer them to Citadels because I haven't played Citadels yet!
 
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6. Board Game: Oh, Pharaoh! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6512]
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Played this only once but think it might be worth a look - nice graphics on the cards. Only issue might be it take a little long for what it is...
 
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7. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1316]
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This one will satisfy both your need for a medium weight quicky and your "inner gamer".
 
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8. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:447]
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Perhaps the best of the medium to light catagory imo. Light enough anyone can pick it up and have a great time, heavy enough that a gamer can find the tactics and strategy.

Plus the bits, board and cards are awesome.
 
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9. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1701]
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Sure, this box is pink, but this may be the best 3-player game you'll ever play.
 
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10. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:562]
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I am surprised no one has listed Liar's Dice yet. Can't Stop is another fun dice game. If you are not interested in a pure dice game, I would add these to the list:

Wyatt Earp (for 3 players)
Elfenland (for 4 - 6)
Wizard (for 4 - 6)
Kuhhandel (for 4 - 5)
Tonga Bonga (exactly 4)

 
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11. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1948]
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This is fun, acessible to non-gamers, and not too expensive. I play it somewhat infrequently though, might not be something you want to play every game night.
 
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12. Board Game: Captain Park's Imaginary Polar Expedition [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:4883]
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We've found that the Cheapass line draws in non-gamers. Usually they are very easy to learn, and have a certain giggly humor to them right from the get go. People don't seem to be as uptight about not winning or knowing how to play with these games.

Captain Park is one of the funniest games in its cards, etc., but I like Spree and Deadwood a lot as well. Spree is a fast pace, cut throat game (actually light on the humor), and Deadwood is a more traditional roll and move board game, but can be hillarious, especially for anybody who was in a college or community theatre.
 
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13. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1018]
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Pirates Cove is a blast. It has a great theme (for the kid in all of us) and is very easy for kids 8+. I have had several new game players pick this up easily and have alot of fun.

It is a great family game.
 
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14. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
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I just love this game, we usually have multiple games of this per session. I love the anticapaction of every bid....

"I've gotta win those 2 crowns to buy an artifact!"

"Oh no, I've gotta send in my flying carpet to win those closely contested crowns, but wait, that means I can no longer use my key to circumvent the palace guard -- lucky I sent a theif to visit the Djinn's house."

Plus the balance is really nice in this game, I remeber one time I swept all the 3 artifacts.. the next round inflation pushed me totally out of the running.
 
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15. Board Game: The Ark of the Covenant [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1144]
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I was looking for a couple of light, fun-looking games, and after much research have decided upon this game, and...
 
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...this game!
 
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17. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:2551]
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Great light fun for kids and adults alike.
 
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18. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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20. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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This doesn't have enough interaction for some people, but it's a favorite of my wife and me. And it's very cheap ($15).
 
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21. Board Game: Razzia! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1226]
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22. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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23. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1097]
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2 player
 
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24. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:333]
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If you want an old fashioned dice-rolling slug-fest.

(May be a little long though - I've only played once so far.)
 
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25. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:910]
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Fun with a larger group
 
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