Games Described as "El Grande-esque"
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El Grande is my favourite game. Because of this I obsessively look for games that it is compared with. This is a short and succinct list of games that have been recommended to people who love El Grande. Do you (dis)agree that these games fit the bill? Do you have any other games that El Grande lovers should consider playing?
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1. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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Originally I bought this as it was described to me as the 2 player El Grande (with the 2p expansion).
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2. Board Game: Colonialism [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:3443]
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This too has been put forward as a 2 player game with an El Grande feel. Cards that determine actions with a bit of drafting. This feels closer to EG than the first item on the list.
 
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3. Board Game: Eight-Minute Empire [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:961]
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This is like the shorter smaller version of El Grande. Actions chosen from tableau at the top. Area majority. I feel like with a bit of work there could be a PNP expansion for this game to bring it closer to EG.
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4. Board Game: Cairo [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7148]
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This one has been described as El Grande the dexterity game! These are two things I love so naturally I had to track down a copy.
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5. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:96]
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This is an Ameritrash El Grande. I've never played but that's how it seems. Thoughts?
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6. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:512]
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This is always the one that some mention that reminds them of El Grande. Its OK but does not have the same spark.
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7. Board Game: Triassic Terror [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1815]
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Action selection, area control and movement of pieces on the game board. You then score the regions at intervals. The game then ends after a set number of turns.

I find this one to be the closest to one of my favorites, El Grande.
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8. Board Game: König von Siam [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:994]
Greg S
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It's like playing El Grande with two other people, in a phone booth, with knives.
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9. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:768]
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When I think of "El Grande light", this comes to mind. Good game.
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10. Board Game: Petrichor [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3193]
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Obviously I haven't played it so far as it is unreleased, but Petrichor totally had that El Grande vibe for me.
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11. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1949]
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12. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:506]
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13. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1355]
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14. Board Game: Omega Centauri [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3791]
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15. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
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Dominant Species adds extra nastiness and a lot of extra playtime, and a major new mechanism in "dominance", but shares the basics of area majority scoring, and multiple ways to move/reduce your opponent's cubes on the areas you want to win.

If this game had a shorter playtime it would be in my top 5-- as it is, it's a solid 8 rating.
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16. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:571]
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I'm shocked we made it 15 into the list and no one mentioned Tammany Hall.

Fairly similar to El Grande but more viscous. It allows more room for strategy IMO. It also allows for negotiation.

Dominant Species is also another good choice. It's like El Grande with a giant worker placement section added on and a growing map.
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17. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
Marc Hawkins
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Louis XIV is all about area majority with a twist. The card play limits where and how you can add tokens to areas, and majorities (often) reward you with tokens you can trade in for special abilities (e.g., win ties, play an addition token once per round).
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18. Board Game: Trias [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1674]
Marc Hawkins
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Trias is another cool cucumber. It has area-majority as it's central mechanic. However, what differentiates it is that the area value changes drastically through... get this... continental drift. Land splits in two, or more, and before you know it, you have dinosaurs in the drink or stranded on a low-scoring island for the rest of the game. Mean, clever, but VERY spatial.
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19. Board Game: Joraku [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2302]
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Constrained area control, where the selection constraints are a rather straightforward trick taking mechanism. Also has wonderful samurai hats. Helms? Hats.
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20. Board Game: The Magnates: A Game of Power [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2771]
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Area majority in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Everyone has the same fixed deck of cards and uses them to bid on other cards with special powers. All players must combine together to fight foreign invaders at the end of every turn round - a mechanic inspired by God's Playground from Martin Wallace which also has the same theme.
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21. Board Game: Take Off, Eh! [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Might not really be what you're looking for, but may be good for a chuckle.
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