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Raf
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Hey all,

Looking to pick-up a couple new games from the list below, but I'm open to suggestions if there are similar titles you think are better. For instance, if you think there's a better draft gaming than Biblios, just mention it.

Thanks! Here's the list:

Black Friday
Shark
The Boss
Biblios
Innovation
Dixit
Le Havre
Agricola
Carson City
Lords of Vegas
Panic on Wall Street
Article 27
Bang!
 
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+1 to Biblios, Le Harve
-1 to Agricola, Dixit, and Bang!
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What are your criteria?
If you look for the best husbandry game, then Agricola is probably the right choice.
However, if you look for the best worker placement game, there are games that beat Agricola IMO (for example, Tzolk'in; I know that many would disagree).
 
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It would help to know what type of games you like, how many people usually play, etc.

If you are looking for fun games with larger groups (5+), I'd say +1 for Dixit and Bang!, but if you are only playing with 2-4 players, I'd say -1 for both.

+1 for Agricola. It is a good solo game and works great with up to 5 players.
 
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If I were choosing between the games above, I would choose Agricola. Here are my reasons:

1. It scales the best, 1-5.
2. It's got an approachable theme.
3. It's easy to explain for the complexity and depth it offers.
4. I like it.

Unfortunately, I have no idea if any of the above reasons even apply to you and your situation, because you've provided nothing for me to use in helping you with the decision.
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I'm just looking for your opinion guys. I don't have a regular gaming group, so the size does vary and I'm open to anything.

I have a few dozen games already if you want to get a sense of what I gravitate toward. Check it out in my profile if you'd like.
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IllHaveAnother wrote:
I'm just looking for your opinion guys. I don't have a regular gaming group, so the size does vary and I'm open to anything.

I have a few dozen games already if you want to get a sense of what I gravitate toward. Check it out in my profile if you'd like.


You haven't rated any of your games or given comments to them. Do you like them all the same?
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Tammany Hall, Twilight Struggle and The Resistance would be my top three.
 
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That is a crazy combination of games which fit very, very different niches. You've got heavy worker placement games, party games, card games, and economic games. That's why people are having difficulty making recommendations.

And some of the games on your list work with very specific player counts, so that is something to be wary of. For instance:

Lords of Vegas plays poorly with two, is just okay with three, and is phenomenal with four. So if you have four players, I highly recommend it.

Panic on Wall Street, Dixit, and Bang! are party games which need 5 or more players to really work. Out of the three, I prefer 'Panic', with Dixit coming in second.

Innovation is largely considered a two player game which gets far too chaotic with more.

As suggested by others, Agricola seems like a good recommendation. Carson City also scales well, and is a very good game. It is currently between print runs (possibly out of print?), so it might be expensive though.

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Zigi Hogan
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What's it going to be then, eh?
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+1 Dixit.
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The Boss is said to be one of the best negotiation games. It's also said to be hard to get.

Biblios is a relatively simple, yet deep game with no theme to speak of. If you like subtle interaction, it's fine.

Innovation is a card game of many effects and huge swings. Relatively dramatic game. Probably nothing like it. Though Glory to Rome isn't bad either.

Dixit is a party game for groups that know each other well. You have to give hints that somebody will guess and someone won't. I currently prefer Time's Up! as my go to party game (I have a homemade very specific copy).

Agricola and Le Havre are similar - Agricola has better theme implementation and is more strategic (pick a strategy, go with it), Le Havre is longer, more thinky, less tense with more variety. I vastly preffer Agricola of the two. Both have relatively low level of interaction compared to other games on you list.

Bang! is a stupid game that combines secret roles with hm, cardplay (like trick taking uhm without tricks). I like it. Cash and Guns I like much more though. And there's resistance for more serious players (either very thinky or very psychological, depends on the grourp.
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