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Adam Hibbard

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I am looking to pick up a game with some special qualities.

-45-75 minutes
-easy to teach/learn
-good amount of strategy
-good amount of interaction
-not the typical do this get VP's, do that get more VP's

I'm fine with the game having VP's, but not the same old VP collection kind of game. If you do something cool to get VP's, that would be fine.

Games I enjoy that meet most of these criteria (and that I or others I know own) include:

Chinatown
Intrigue
Eketorp
Tammany Hall
Quo Vadis
Santiago
Modern Art
Lifeboats
 
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hibbarda wrote:
I am looking to pick up a game with some special qualities.

-45-75 minutes
-easy to teach/learn
-good amount of strategy
-good amount of interaction
-not the typical do this get VP's, do that get more VP's

I'm fine with the game having VP's, but not the same old VP collection kind of game. If you do something cool to get VP's, that would be fine.

Games I enjoy that meet most of these criteria (and that I or others I know own) include:

Chinatown
Intrigue
Eketorp
Tammany Hall
Quo Vadis
Santiago
Modern Art
Lifeboats


Your description sounds like an abstract game. Have you tried Ingenious?
 
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Adam Hibbard

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I own Ingenious. I'm really looking for more interaction than that.
 
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It's not a Euro and it may be more chaotic than you're looking for, but Cosmic Encounter is an amazing game that you might love. The other game that immediately came to mind was Hansa Teutonica, which I see you already own.
 
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hibbarda wrote:
I own Ingenious. I'm really looking for more interaction than that.


The entire game is interaction, so I guess I'm not really sure what you're looking for.

Kingsburg has blocking etc due to the dice placement mechanic. It also has some theme to it. The scoring is basically a VP grab though. You do acquire points from killing monsters (a few times per game) so that may be cool enough to fit the bill.
 
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Thanee
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Some ideas:

Puzzle Strike (Third Edition)
Small World
Star Realms

Summoner Wars would also fit, but is two-player only (or two vs. two).

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If you can find a copy, this fits most of what you're asking:

Oasis from Uberplay.

Nice mix of auction, land-grab, blocking, push-your-luck.

Should be cheapish if you can find one.



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hibbarda wrote:
I am looking to pick up a game with some special qualities.

-45-75 minutes
-easy to teach/learn
-good amount of strategy
-good amount of interaction
-not the typical do this get VP's, do that get more VP's

I'm fine with the game having VP's, but not the same old VP collection kind of game. If you do something cool to get VP's, that would be fine.

Games I enjoy that meet most of these criteria (and that I or others I know own) include:

Chinatown
Intrigue
Eketorp
Tammany Hall
Quo Vadis
Santiago
Modern Art
Lifeboats


Time 'n' Space - Real time space trading
Masters Gallery - Modern Art without Auctions
 
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How about El Grande?

And I feel I should suggested to from vlaada..

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Nothing Personal



-45-75 minutes [The official playing time is 120 minutes, but at our first game night, we blew through the first game well under that time (including set up and teaching), and enjoyed it enough to play a second right after]

-easy to teach/learn [I think it took us less than 15 minutes of explanation before we were playing. There were occasional questions, but no diving into the rulebook looking for obscure rules]

-good amount of strategy [It has a cutthroat worker-placement style mechanic with rather precise hand management and jockeying for position and great (what I call) Princess Bride Vizzini "I know that you know that I know that you will do this, so I'll do this instead" thinking.]

-good amount of interaction [Negotiation is an essential part to making this game enjoyable.]

-not the typical do this get VP's, do that get more VP's [There is a scoreboard with markers throughout the game, and a final scoring, but since you said, "If you do something cool to get VP's, that would be fine", I would say murders, backstabbing, and skulduggery to advance your agenda is pretty cool.]

It may not be what you are looking for, but I think it is worth checking out.

 
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How do you feel about race games?

Snow Tails
Ave Caesar
 
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Chicago Express
Condottiere
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Daniel B-G
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It's a shame about the time limit, at 90m you get Navegador and Concordia, both of which have great scoring mechanics, that don't resort to a point salad approach.

The VPs in Suburbia don't really feel like you are earning VPs. They feel like your population growing, it's just that population = VPs


 
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Another vote for Chicago Express!
 
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