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They might be one in the same. I'm enthralled with it as a gameplay mechanic but find myself mostly playing lighter games that are travel friendly.

I love theme and enjoy Lords of Waterdeep.

Targi looks interesting but seems like it simply uses cards to replace a board.

Anything perhaps coming down the pipeline?

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The two player Agricola: all creatures big and small is great. I've also enjoyed Xanadu - It's card based and very portable. My understanding is that the designers wanted to make a worker placement game and print it in Colombia (where they're from) - card based was the best option.
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Check out Xanadú. It uses cards as buildings and workers. Seems relatively light and portable. I have a copy on its way to me now. You have to order directly thru the designer in Colombia. He's currently offering it for $25 shipping included.

Here's the thread for more info
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Targi does use cards to replace a board, but it is also interesting that you place 3 workers on the edge of the "board" and where you place those 3 determines the location of 2 additional workers within the board. So it has a spatial element that most worker placement games do not have. Also, the interior of the board is randomly dealt making each game different. This makes for far more variety had the game used a conventional board instead of cards.
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For portable I'd go with Caylus Magna Carta.
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Takenoko isn't worker placement is it? My money is on Stone Age and/or fresco.
 
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godthedj wrote:
Takenoko isn't worker placement is it?


No, it's really not. Players have 2 or 3 actions they can take and they are provided a player board with tokens to indicate which actions they plan to take. That makes it kind of *look* like worker placement but everyone has a choice of all available actions on their turn.
 
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Langfinger/Sticky Fingers has a compact box (though there is still a bunch of wasted space) for all the cards and cubes and small box inside it. It's a fun game, and could be considered a gateway into heavier worker placement games.

I play a lot of games of it at yucata.de, but I also enjoy playing the actual game with my daughter. I'd like to think that it helped her comprehend Lords of Waterdeep (she's well below the starting age on the box) but there's really no way to know.
 
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Neither are worker placement games nor have it listed as a mechanic. I know Ninjato gets debated for being a WP versus an action selection game. Having played the game, it really shouldn't be labeled a WP game.

Xanadu gets my vote.
 
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matthean wrote:
LunarSoundDesign wrote:


Neither are worker placement games nor have it listed as a mechanic. I know Ninjato gets debated for being a WP versus an action selection game. Having played the game, it really shouldn't be labeled a WP game.

Xanadu gets my vote.


Regardless all great games on par with the experience thr o.p. gets from LoW.
 
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How does The Manhattan Project or Castle Dice compare? Don't hear too much about these
 
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Supposedly Langfinger (as mentioned) is about the most stripped-down worker placement game out there.

I haven't played that one, but I have enjoyed my few games of The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game, which is a very simple worker placement game. Each player just has a single worker that they move from action to action. The other part of the game is resource management, and then it has a push-your-luck twist at the end.

+1 Caylus Magna Carta as a good and portable game, but it's not light. It's not super-heavy, but it's heavier than most of the other games mentioned.
 
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dpyoung wrote:
The two player Agricola: all creatures big and small is great. I've also enjoyed Xanadu - It's card based and very portable. My understanding is that the designers wanted to make a worker placement game and print it in Colombia (where they're from) - card based was the best option.


Light and portable and a worker placement game? Check, check, and check! Plays quick too!

Something also light and portable, but isn't really a worker placement game is Glen More. It's definitely a euro with a tile laying mechanic with more depth than Carcassonne, so you may consider this.
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Takenoko isn't worker placement is it? My money is on Stone Age and/or fresco.


Fresco isn't worker placement, either. It's simultaneous action-selection.
 
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The correct answer is this:

The Speicherstadt - The board is pretty much unnecessary. Ditch it and pack the whole game into a ziplock. You can also replace the money coins (which are quite large in this game) with other money coins; like the coins from For Sale, perhaps. Or with whatever else you want.

By doing this, you're getting a full-fledged, worker-placement board game that accommodates up to 5 players in about as small a package as possible.

Enjoy!

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Clarification: The page doesn't list Worker Placement as a mechanic, but I beg to differ. On your turn, you literally take a worker from your remaining workers, and place it above the card of your choice. You are most definitely placing workers on your turn. I don't care if it's because it relates to an auction mechanic, it's still worker placement, IMO.
 
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thedacker wrote:
The correct answer is this:

The Speicherstadt - The board is pretty much unnecessary. Ditch it and pack the whole game into a ziplock. You can also replace the money coins (which are quite large in this game) with other money coins; like the coins from For Sale, perhaps. Or with whatever else you want.

By doing this, you're getting a full-fledged, worker-placement board game that accommodates up to 5 players in about as small a package as possible.

Enjoy!

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Clarification: The page doesn't list Worker Placement as a mechanic, but I beg to differ. On your turn, you literally take a worker from your remaining workers, and place it above the card of your choice. You are most definitely placing workers on your turn. I don't care if it's because it relates to an auction mechanic, it's still worker placement, IMO.


Now if someone would bring over Kaispeicher that would be great!!
 
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