nerdiest of boardgame geeks' opinions will be taken with a grain of salt, im not really in for some solo wargame.
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which mid-weight euro game, that can be played with 2 or more, has the highest fun factor. oh and it can't be too dry. or have direct combat. I just bought Hammer of the scots and after 1/2 a game my wife will not go near it. i love it.

btw... i wish bgg had a utility that let you search rating lists that met a minimum point score for a number of games.
for example. show me all the people that gave samurai,puerto rico, goa, attica and alhambra a minimum rating of 8.5.

please add to the list.

im not in for san juan. it sounds way to close to puerto rico and i only own 13 games so i should be branching out.
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1. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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ive heard so much about this game but im worried that it may be too light. if its like carcassonne im not in for it.
my wifey and i prefer games with some resource or money management.
 
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2. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:107]
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this sounds awesome, maybe a little too heavy for my wifey. but she loves puerto rico.
 
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3. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:170]
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im worried that this may be too abstract and dry. but there have been alot of good comments.
 
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4. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:709]
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i love anything to do with maps, and the resource aspect sounds appealing, ive heard rumblings of dryness.
 
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5. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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1st in the alea series, is it playable/enjoyable with 2.
 
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6. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
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If you can get five together for this it is a truly beautiful experience and based on your other holdings one I should expect you to like. I hear it compared to Peurto Rico when I explain this to people, although that comparison is rather superficial. The game is a lot of fun.

Also btw, there is a two-player variant although I have not played it and thus cannot rate that aspect.
 
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All of the most normal people/women in my group can't get enough of this game.
 
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I think this fits the bill. I also see a number of parallels to Puerto Rico - i.e. is your strategy to go for the cash or go for the victory points?

Available as a free download to try out:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekforum.php3?action=viewthrea...

Shouldn't be too hard to find at stores as well.
 
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You may like this. It is similar to Alhambra but has a better auction mechanism and better bits.
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