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I can buy three, perhaps four games.

I'm looking for, at this point, a few more holy-intense things, a la my Holies list:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=...tid=389...

and a few More Fun But Not Actually Light games, perhaps a la this list:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=...tid=301...

To summarize my taste in three brief categories:

Holy, intense, wonderous games: Go, El Grande, Taj Mahal, Acquire, Ra, LOTR: The Confrontation, Modern Art, Chess, GIPF, TAMSK

Very enjoyable, less soul-committing, quality games: Aladdin's Dragons, Quo Vadis, Tichu, Domaine, Intrige, Dune, Amun Re, Trias

Fine amusements: Linie 1, Wildlife Adventure, 6 Nimmt, Kardinal & Konig, Bandu, Liar's Dice, Daytona 500, It's Mine, Zendo

Games other people dig a lot that I find slightly dull: Torres, Through The Desert, Magna Grecia, Puerto Rico (which I do enjoy, just not nearly to the extent that others seem to), Carcassone, Hera & Zeus, Caesar & Cleopatra, DVONN, Volldampf, San Marco (which I hate), Attika (which I find a little too constrained in the possible moves, a little too towards the mechanical), and Alhambra (which is almost as good a sleep-aid as Carcassone for me. Actually, no, strike that. It's s better sleep-aid).

So: I would ideally like one game from each category - Holy, Fine, and Amusing - and preferably no more than one of the Puerto Rico-esque Buy Buildings To Make It Easier To Buy Other Buildings In Particular Way And/Or Earn Victory Points school of thought.

So: which for each category, and, if I must, which fourth?

Please suggest new items that ain't on the list, too.
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1. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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Seems to be the most highly thought of new game. Is this closer to Puerto Rico's calm efficient-pathway-and-block, or, as, Taj Mahal/Modern Art's fiery psychologizing?
 
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2. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:229]
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Same questions as above. Also, how intense is it?
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Given that, two-player-wise, non-serious-abstract, I find LOTR: The Confrontation delightful, two-player Trias mellow and just-right, but, say, Hera & Zeus and Caesar & Cleopatra (admittedly, I haven't played C&C that much) sort of empty and boring - how this little baby? Seems to be well thought of.
 
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I enjoy the hell out of Modern Art, Ra, and Amun-Re. Is this a worthwhile addition?
 
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The theme appeals like hell, and a few people I trust think of it as a well-worn classic, while most seem to be against.

Evolution appeals the hell out of me as a mechanic. I picked up American Megafauna, which I dig, but which most of my group seems to find just two steps to goddamn complicated.
 
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Same question as above, and: is this too featherlight/dull, or is there some meat (not maybe hardcore meat, but, say, Trias-level meat, or Streetcar-level meat?)
 
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This got a lot of positive support a while ago, then seems to have disappeared from the scene.

Howzit compare, as a serious-ish game, to Goa and St. Petersburg?
 
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My affection for Zendo leads me to think I might dig more deduction-ish game. This seems unique. Worth the price of an import from Germany?
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Same question as above, sans the import cost.

If any have played both, what's the word on Inkognito vs. Mystery of the Abbey?
 
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Hrm. I enjoy Intrige & Quo Vadis - would this add tremendously to the collection?
 
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Intense or mellow compared to: 1. Taj Mahal, 2. Modern Art, 3. Ra. Given that I have or will soon have as soon as it reprints the above, is this baby worth the price of an import from Germany?
 
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What's the fun/accounting ratio on this baby?
 
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Mr. Gola, with whom I seem to have almost identical opinions, loves this thing, and last I heard he was trying to convince the rest of BGG to love it. How has the rest of BGG responded? And where's the chaos/calculation slider on this one?
 
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Wildly conflicting opinions on this one, with very little commentary in a while. Is it Dune-level glory, or unbalanced drek?
 
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Again, commentary has quieted on this. Is it pure, chaotic, silliness, or is it charmingly-light-but-still-strategic-and-vaguely-interesting?
 
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I've been playing Napoleon, and I think it's just a bit too simple for my current mood. Is this the right step up? (I believe I may have in a fit of alcoholic, moody frenzy, ordered EastFront. I'm afraid to check my logs to see if I did. Is Hammer significantly chiller than EastFront, or is it of equivalent complexity?)
 
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I dig almost all Knizia games (except, strangely, Through The Desert, which always leaves me wishing I were playing go instead.) But I also particularly dislike games where you spend the whole time *not making a mistake*, and then when you make a mistake, the player to your left wins. (For example, perhaps relevantly, I dislike Dots and Boxes.)

I've heard several comments that Samurai is like that. Is it, or is that just exaggeration?
 
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Charming-yet-mildly-meaty, or just silly?
 
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Intense enough, interesting enough, to be worth the price of an expensive German import?
 
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Sufficiently distinct and fascinating to be worth adding to my ever-growing collection of Knizia auction games?

 
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And, this one.

On the heavy end, I suppose the choice is between this, Liberte, Goa, and... Ursuppe?

If I got a fourth, it would be a heavy one.
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You mentioned Knizia approvingly, so may I humbly suggest Medici, probably for category 2 (or maybe 4!). Gameplay is simple and elegant, classic Reiner. Unfortunately I'm not wild about the design of either version - the German one is undoubtedly the better, but now difficult to obtain. Very enjoyable, especially with more players.
 
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23. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:709]
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I'm shocked no one has suggested Hansa as a Fine Amusement... There is a surprising amount of player-induced chaos in the game given the low random factor, and it could succumb to unwarranted analysis, but... I say play by the seat of your pants and just steer that ship!
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I strongly suggest this game. Probably it belongs to the second category of yours (mainly because there is little luck involved, less in any case than first games played let suppose), but it is a game which makes me feel that "tense" experience, characteristic of your first category. It is cheap too (I bought it over Internet in Germany for 12 euro). For more information, give a look at my review.
 
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