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My wife and I really latched on to Carcassonne when I first started reconnecting with board games again. Perhaps it was the puzzle-like aspect of growing a city that made it attractive. We soon moved on to the Alhambra: Big Box which became our go-to game as we played through the five sets of expansions in that box. We played these so much that when I finally put down a bona fide board for a new game, it seemed strange.

Here I wanted to put together the tile-laying games in our collection as a means to perhaps navigate the many that we have discovered and which ones seem to be connecting.

I decided to use the Average ranking here to see how things stacked up in rank since an alpha list could be redundant with all the Carc variants we have.

Some geeklists that further explore Alhambra (Alhambra and Expansions "Personal" Rankings; Alhambra and Expansions) and Carcassonne (The Other Carcassonnes).
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1. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy
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Creating your own little region is part of this great Feld strategy game. Among our favorites of this designer, the game works great with 2, 3 being the sweet spot I think. The tiles are purchased and added to your own player mat according to dice rolls which can be a bit more difficult depending on one's luck and a little advance planning.
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2. Board Game: In the Hall of the Mountain King [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:628]
Board Game: In the Hall of the Mountain King
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Build tunnels and discover important treasures to be the best Troll ever!
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3. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:51] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
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Go inside the Alhambra in a sense as you actually build the tiled walls.
 
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4. Board Game: Azul: Summer Pavilion [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:144]
Board Game: Azul: Summer Pavilion
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Similar to the first game in this family, here you first collect your pieces and then get to place them onto your playerboard with a wild color helping each round.
 
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5. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:75]
Board Game: Keyflower
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I really like this game, though it gets less love from my spouse. I like the seasonal variety and the way you can use and acquire tiles for your own little burgeoning community.
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6. Board Game: Patchwork [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:90]
Board Game: Patchwork
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When initially putting this list together, I totally overlooked this little 2-player game. One of our favorites with its fun Tetris-like style that requires you to make choices based on where on the circle of pieces you are. That makes this a wonderfully different game each time.
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7. Board Game: Carpe Diem [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:352]
Board Game: Carpe Diem
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Laying tiles within your own grid to build up your city district for the most points.
 
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8. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:141]
Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
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Like to keep things in neat packages? You might need to avoid this tile-laying game where you are building a rather convoluted castle of rooms and passageways. I love the way these different pieces need to be carefully planned out for other large-scale bonuses. And, I need to seriously get this to the table more!
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9. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:155]
Board Game: Suburbia
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A great city-building game where careful placement of different types of tiles grows your part of the city and can either bring people in or send them packing. Finding the right balance of income and people is what makes this such a great little game. Setup can be a bit fiddly, but worth it.
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10. Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Board Game: Alhambra: Big Box
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This was gifted to me on my birthday a few years ago. We have played every expansion here and I created a geeklist to review our thoughts on each of these, including the more recent one. There is great variability in this game that can be changed up depending on what expansion you toss in. Some work great for 2 players. The game is among our favorites.
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Winter Edition [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1047]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Winter Edition
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We live in Minnesota so here we have the perfect shorter Carc for the winter months. Makes a great gift for non-gamers in Northern climes.
 
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12. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:370]
Board Game: Amerigo
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Most of the tile-laying is over before the game really starts here. The components that stand out for me are more related to utilizing the cube colors that come from the tower. Need to play it a bit more to comment on it here.
 
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13. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:212]
Board Game: Samurai
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Totally overlooked this classic Knizia in our collection. I remembered this more for the cool bits than the tile-laying one does to get them in the first place! Japan map is truly unique as well.
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14. Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:202]
Board Game: Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
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New to us--just played 2 games last night actually! You are basically building your own little region and trying to make the most of the tiles you are buying or auctioning as you try to satisfy the 4 different point conditions for the game. I like the way you get three tiles, can choose what one to discard and how much to charge secretly. This can really mess with your opponent(s). The first game was easy to learn, the second one the ability to mess with the opponent's hopes and dreams became even clearer. Love it!
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15. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:183] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne
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We have all the expansions I've managed to pick up over the last few years, including a few from Spielbox. One of our favorite games that always manages to get to the table. In fact, you might say that so many of these other tile-laying games I picked up just to have a few more alternatives!
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16. Board Game: The Duke [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:581] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Board Game: The Duke
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If you have qualms about Chess, this 2-player game might be the ticket. Different wooden pieces come out that have specific movement requirements within the grid board that is played on. As soon as the piece is moved, the tile is flipped to its reverse side which has different movement options. Easily one of the best 2-player games we have and plays very well with new players. I like to use the Musketeer expansion to help balance things with a new player.
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17. Board Game: Glasgow [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:2286]
Board Game: Glasgow
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A fast-playing city-building game of sorts. You both work to create a grid of tiles to build up the town of Glasgow. Actions around an outer rondel are chosen with turn order being effected by whomever is "2nd" going until they pass the other player (a la Patchwork).
 
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18. Board Game: Bärenpark [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:293]
Board Game: Bärenpark
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Create your own bear park in a Tetris-like setup that requires you to strategically lay tiles on a small grid. Points for tiles decrease as time goes on so building early can be good.
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19. Board Game: Warsaw: City of Ruins [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:1127]
Board Game: Warsaw: City of Ruins
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Fascinating city building game where you construct a set grid to rebuild the city of Warsaw. Tiles are drafted and passed on across several stages.
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20. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:223] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
Board Game: Kingdomino
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A somewhat abstract little tile-laying game of kingdom building, a la Carcassonne, but more like dominoes at its core.
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21. Board Game: Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:2400]
Board Game: Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale
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A more recent addition to the Carc line. It is perhaps one of the easier versions to introduce to people, though moving your meeple along a path might be somewhat harder to grasp at first. I am not so sure yet where this one will end up. I think it might be interesting to try it with say the "Hills and Sheep" expansion.
 
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22. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:542]
Board Game: Myrmes
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Tile-laying is one component of this great strategy game. In this case, they are pheromone trails used to mark territory and create some slight "control" over sections of the board. Here it is just one of many things going on though.
 
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23. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:443]
Board Game: Vikings
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New to us this year, but already gaining in popularity with us. This plays fairly quickly once you get the hang of the game. Scales well even for 2. Different tiles are "auctioned" from a central ring and you place them as best you can in your own area to generate the points needed. Love it.
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24. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:721]
Board Game: Akrotiri
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A fine 2-player game in the Kosmos series. You are using a pick up and deliver mechanism to build routes that will help you eventually construct temples. Each player navigates based on their personal position which places the directional cards uniquely then as the game unfolds. It is well worth tracking down, but does take up a bit of space on the table.
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25. Board Game: Nagaraja [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1350]
Board Game: Nagaraja
Steve Kennedy

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With a limited board to explore, tiles are laid to help discover hidden treasures. Lots of interesting play here drive by special dice and cards all make this unique.
 
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