Games that still sound attractive without their theme
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Might be a bit of an odd idea, but the Geeklist Eurogaming and theme got me thinking. What are games that you would buy regardless of their theme, e.g.: for their mechanics? I'll give an example below to make things a bit more clear.
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1. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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This thread has caused me to seriously consider purchasing Terra Mystica. What held me back a bit in the past was how the fantasy theme does not really attract me (my ratings of a game seems to be somewhat negatively correlated to the amount of very long beards that game has in it).

However, if you strip away all the long beards and funky robes, the game still sounds interesting to me: how there are different types of cubes that provide different types of resource-cubes to you, and how you need to gather those resources in order to be able to change the colors of the board that you place the cubes on so you can get more resources to invest in all kinds of different charts and building options. How there are seemingly way more actions than you can take on your turn.

I don't say that I would like this game to have been an abstract instead of what it is now (would probably make it sound incredibly intimidating), but the mechanics sound so interesting to me that I really think this would have attracted my attention regardless of theme.
 
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I love most themes and I'm certainly never put off by a weak theme if the game plays well. Agricola is a perfect example. The theme (as most will know) is building a functioning farm.

We're not talking about amazing space battles, super powered heroes, creatures from another dimension, fantasy worlds or any of the other spectacular themes out there. We're talking about building fences and making sure you have a way to feed your family. Maybe farming does it for some people. Presumably there are some gamers here who grew up wanting nothing more than to run a farm?

And yet, this game is (imho) one of the best examples of the worker placement mechanic. This game is definitely one of my favourites despite me being a huge fan of sci-fi, fantasy and various other themes and it gets more play time than most other games in my colletion.
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