Strategy vs. Tactics
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O.k, I'm still fairly new at this so I'm asking what may be a stupid question but...How do you tell tactical from strategic? Sometimes I see it clearly, other times I'm confused. So here are some games with comments I've found that people have written (please don't be offended if you recognize yourself, I'm not picking on anyone, just curious). Many of you have such a great way with words that I'd like some clarification on this topic. If you'd like to add games that can explain the difference easier, please do. But NO wargames as they're pretty obvious.
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1. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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"mix of long-term strategy and short-term tactics"
This one does not confuse me. Come up with a strategy such as: I will build a close network and force people to use my track. Carry it out by Urbanizing Fort Wayne (just above the far right blue city in the picture) with a yellow city and build track to as many of the surrounding cities as possible. My son did this the first time he played and we thought he was crazy when he placed that yellow city. O.k, we'd only played once before so didn't see it! But he kicked our butts. Great strategy and the tactics worked. Once!
 
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2. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:709]
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Hansa
"strategy is mostly lacking yet hardly missed because of the unparalleled tactical depth."
"very tactical but it feels like you can make a strategy work."
I would say there is strategy: I've won by concentrating on placing markets as far and wide as possible, but you must also sell some expensive goods, too. This was made moot when my daughter figured it out! The tactics I don't see.
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
 
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El Grande
"wonderful strategic elements"
"purely tactical but great fun"
Now I'm confused. I guess there would be very short-term tactics if you can get the card that you'd like. But could someone explain the strategy--other than get the majority on lots of areas?
 
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4. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Puerto Rico
"lots of strategies to explore"
I didn't see any comments regarding tactics so ARE there any? I would say there is not a lot tactics in this game, yes or no?
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