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Castles of Burgundy has this ease of play. Its relaxing, but it is absorbing, and you feel good about yourself when you accomplish little combos within the game. Glen More would be a good example of what I'm look for. Can you think of others?
 
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Bora Bora seems the same fit.
 
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Comparable to Castles of Burgundy... Can't believe nobody hAs said Alien Frontiers
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Thebes and Macao.
 
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Macao is a little too brain-burning and ruthless. You can't make mistakes. I like how forgiving Castles of Burgundy is.
 
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Garden Dice is a nice dice/action based strategy game. It's a bit more directly interactive than CoB since players are building on the same board, and a bit less complex since there are far less types of tiles and buying tiles is very much simplified. Anyway, it's an excellent quick game, especially 2-player, that scratches similar itches to CoB or Alien Frontiers (dice rolling, dice manipulation, building, even a little bit of engine/combo building) in a very short timespan. You may enjoy it.

(One note: I don't particularly enjoy the animal tiles in the game and feel the game is plenty interactive without them. Your mileage may vary on that.)
 
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Finca (I see that you own this one, but you haven't rated it, so maybe you haven't played it yet)
Pastiche (Hmmm. You rated this one 8, yet you no longer own it)
 
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Saint Pete looks interesting. Finca Ive played once, but it seems a little too light.

Some of the other games that seem to give somewhat of the feel I'm looking for:
Le Havre
Dominion
Carc
Arena Rome
Glen More
Puerto Rico


So far Castles of Burgundy seems the best though: A forgiving but absorbing game, rich in gameplay and options. Some complexity but still has elegance.

I have another Feld game, Trajan, but it feels way too convoluted to me. Everything in the game scores points. If you pick your nose you score a point. The game I'm looking for needs less fiddlyness and less overwrought-ness.

It does feel like I'm missing a certain game though. I need your help to figure out what it is!
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*psst* you should really really really look at Garden Dice because despite the perhaps unattractive name and theme (which would imply something very light like Martian Dice or King of Tokyo?) the game actually has quite a lot of what you asked for; there are satisfying combos, strategic tile laying, and the game has a pleasant "build up and tear down" feel to it that is kind of remarkable. I have no doubt that the game being released alongside a flood of very very light "____ Dice" games has resulted in its lack of buzz...
 
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AnEvenWeirderMove wrote:
*psst* you should really really really look at Garden Dice because despite the perhaps unattractive name and theme (which would imply something very light like Martian Dice or King of Tokyo?) the game actually has quite a lot of what you asked for; there are satisfying combos, strategic tile laying, and the game has a pleasant "build up and tear down" feel to it that is kind of remarkable. I have no doubt that the game being released alongside a flood of very very light "____ Dice" games has resulted in its lack of buzz...
So wait..what are you trying to say?
 
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I have no affiliation with the designer or publisher! I just really like the game!
 
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I never bought Cob Because I had Key Harvest which I really love. I don't actually know how similar they are but they are similar in weight, and KH is pretty laid back too, and they both have little hexes.

Though I did buy it when it was on sale . . . blush
 
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+1 Garden Dice
+1 Glen More
+1 Finca

Also, try:

Yspahan
Takenoko
Tokaido
Fresco
Rattus
 
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Troyes uses dice for actions. It instantly felt like CoB to me.
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Besides Macao and Glen More, you might want to look at Bruges too. And yes, Tokaido, although it doesn't have the complexity of either of these games.
 
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Troyes is usually the game I recommend for someone who loves CoB. I describe it as CoB on steroids. It's a dice manipulation game that is a step above in complexity.

But...considering you're looking for something with "ease of play" and "relaxing", I don't think it's Troyes you're looking for.

So I'll forget about the mechanics in CoB, and just go with games that are more aligned with your other requests:

Finca (+1) - This game defines relaxing in a game. Top recommendation. The bonus-action tiles give you the satisfying moments of great combo play you requested.

Takenoko - Nice, relaxing, and pretty. Where I personally think it lacks is in the strategy department. I don't particularly "feel good about myself" after any of my turns.

The Manhattan Project - Maybe not the most relaxing of games, considering you're working with bombs and worrying about an attack from your opponents, but the combos this game creates can be really satisfying.

Suburbia - The combos you build are satisfying. And I find it on the relaxing side of gaming too, because you're just trying your best to build up a little city.

Hansa Teutonica - It has those moments where you feel good about your moves. I'm not sure it's relaxing, but it's definitely absorbing. It plays best with 3+. It's similar to CoB in that you have a common area where everyone is competing for certain things, and you often crowd each others' spaces. But you all have a player board that you're trying to improve.

The Princes of Florence - Again, player board with a puzzle element. And you're competing--this time with auctions and turn order--for things from a central play area. Only plays with 3+.

Hope this helps. Good luck and have fun!


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Suburbia is an excellent suggestion. It looks like it took a few pages out of Glen More's book (and there's an unmistakable Through the Ages influence in there too, though the game is nowhere near as brutal).

I'll throw in a vote for At the Gates of Loyang. While having very different mechanics, they have similar vibes
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Possibly Trajan
 
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newkillerstar27 wrote:
Possibly Trajan
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I have another Feld game, Trajan, but it feels way too convoluted to me. Everything in the game scores points. If you pick your nose you score a point. The game I'm looking for needs less fiddlyness and less overwrought-ness.
Actually, I feel the same way about CoB after 2 plays, but we'll see if it grows on me. At the very least, my wife likes it which ensures it'll get more plays
 
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