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Hello,

I love, Dune, Civilization, Acquire, Magic Realm. Are there other non-wargames that would be worth trying to find.

Thank you,
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Circus Maximus is one of my favorite old Avalon Hill games. Good fun
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Merchant of Venus and 1830: Railways & Robber Barons in the original editions. Also Outpost in a similar format, although the components need major upgrading.
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Merchant of Venus
1830: Railways & Robber Barons
Gangsters
Gunslinger
Guerilla
Titan
Age of Renaissance
Atlantic Storm
Colossal Arena (AH Titan: The Arena)

Some of these have been re-released by other companies.

edit: The last three are not bookshelf games.
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I have fond memories of Source of the Nile.

It's been decades since I've played (and we still have a copy somewhere). Not sure if it's aged well, though...
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The Bookshelf games I remember playing most are:
Rail Baron
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Diplomacy
Feudal
Speed Circuit
We recently began playing Rail Baron again.
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chadnorth wrote:
The Bookshelf games I remember playing most are:
Rail Baron
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Diplomacy
Feudal
Speed Circuit
We recently began playing Rail Baron again.


Rail Baron was just reprinted by Rio Grande as Boxcars, which is the original 1974 title that became Rail Baron. Only minor tweaks differentiate them. What goes around, comes around.

As one of the earliest railroad board games, it's a decent design. By today's standards, though, it is far too long and repetitive for the fun it provides. I would much rather play Rolling Freight or Steam.
 
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mattprice wrote:
I have fond memories of Source of the Nile.

It's been decades since I've played (and we still have a copy somewhere). Not sure if it's aged well, though...


I enjoyed that game as well.

And I also don't know how well it's aged, having not played it in many years.

I feel the same about Wizard's Quest. It was fun when I played it almost 30 years ago, but I couldn't tell you how good it is now.
 
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Jati, not because its a good game, but if you could find it you own one of the rarest games out there. Only about 100 exist.
 
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My suggestion is Age of Renaissance, best game ever along with Britannia!
 
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Viki3m wrote:
My suggestion is Age of Renaissance, best game ever along with Britannia!


Playing AoR by mail at the moment and it is bringing back great memories and is proving a real hoot. One avoids the negative downtime when playing by mail. If you can find a copy grab it with both hands!
 
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chadnorth wrote:
The Bookshelf games I remember playing most are:

Diplomacy



Diplomacy is still in print by Asmodee.

I played Kingmaker, but can't recommend it. I call it Turtlemaker.

It would be cool if someone like FFG tweaked the gameplay and re-released it however.
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Football Strategy Speed Circuit
 
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Koldfoot wrote:
jurney85 wrote:
Jati, not because its a good game, but if you could find it you own one of the rarest games out there. Only about 100 exist.
Jati is a 3M game.


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Well still, if you see it and have a chance to buy it, don't turn it down! laugh
 
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I'm not going to make a distinction between AH/3M here (all "bookshelf" form-factor)...

+1 for Speed Circuit and Circus Maximus. May as well finish off a racing trio with Regatta

For abstracts there's (in order of preference) Twixt, Ploy and Feudal.
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Don't go down this path. I've been there. It's a collector's bug, not a gamer's. Just because you like one or two AH games does not mean you will have any particular affinity toward the others.

Said the enabler...

That out of the way, the AH games that have managed to survive my repeated cullings over the years and remain on my shelf:

Speed Circuit
Flight Leader
Air Force
Dauntless
Wooden Ships & Iron Men (though this one is not in the bookshelf format)
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Wizard's Quest! It's chaotic, random, and has just enough mix of backstabbing/co-op/negotiating to make it really crazy.

It plays ok with 2, but it really gets fun with 4 or more.

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Thank's everyone for your responses. I think I will try and pursue Circus Maximus as I need a racing game anyways.

Also my group already has Merchant's of Venus and 1830.

 
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Yes but they're all wargames. Haven't you heard of Charles Roberts?
 
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