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Subject: A game that is equal or better than Colosseum...since it's out of print. rss

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Justin M
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I have a couple friends that would like to purchase Colosseum, but can't since it's out of print. They're not interested in spending the $100+ on eBay. They like the mechanics and the feel of the game. I don't believe the theme itself is a big deal either way.

With this in mind, any suggestions for another game, that would be equal to or better than Colosseum? All opinions welcome.

Thanks!
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That's a bit of a tough one, but looking for an auction, set collection with carryover items, figure movement with good quality components I would say Yedo. Now, Yedo is certainly tougher and longer but you can adjust the difficulty.

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When I played it, I thought of it as being a not quite as good version of Princes of Florence. See this thread for a comparison from someone else who shares this view.
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Circus Train by Victory Point games. It shares a lot of mechanics (but has no auctions/trading). The shows are on the board and anyone can perform them by moving to the city.

It has a very similar vibe, plays relatively quickly, AND plays two (if that's a thing for you, which it is for me).
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KoolKow wrote:
When I played it, I thought of it as being a not quite as good version of Princes of Florence. See this thread for a comparison from someone else who shares this view.

I'd rather play Colosseum (nearly) any day. Princes of Florence is 'alright' but our group found it on the dry side, good for a play once in a blue moon.

Circus Train sounds like a good possibility, although I haven't played that one.

Yedo also looks interesting, and one I wouldn't mind trying out.
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I second (third?) Circus Train (Second edition).
 
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KoolKow wrote:
When I played it, I thought of it as being a not quite as good version of Princes of Florence. See this thread for a comparison from someone else who shares this view.


I love Colosseum, and actually gave away Princes of Florence after realizing that _Colosseum_ was the better game (IMO). :-)
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Thanks for all the replies everybody. We'll have to check out those suggestions. Any others out there?
 
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I just for back from vacation with my family and we played Lords of Vegas and had a blast.
I own Colosseum and have found it fun, but not a game everyone is clamoring to get back to the table (I am actually looking to trade it).

Lords of Vegas does not have auctions, but the trading is much more dynamic and intense, and the game doesn't seem too take as long because players turns are short and there is usually some trade offers being throw a round.

I know these games are not exact matches but I would highly recommend checking out Lords of Vegas. Joel Eddy just did a great video review.

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Thanks for the suggestion. I'll check it out.
 
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I would think about throwing Drum Roll in there as well, if you like the idea of putting on a show.
 
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The thing I thought was most interesting about this game is the auction followed by trading mechanic. When deciding what to bid on and how much to bid you also have to consider what trading leverage you'll have in addition to what the tile will do for you directly.

Does anyone know of any other games with a similar auction / trade mechanic?
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It's odd to compare a game about modern musicals with a game set in ancient Rome. And it's true that the two games don't actually share many mechanics other than set collection and recipe fulfillment. But there are some real similarities between Colosseum and Show Manager. In both games, players are collecting elements that are required to stage productions. Each different production requires a particular set of roles. While it is possible to stage a show with a collection of elements that doesn't exactly match the suggested cast, this will score fewer points. In both games, some productions are staged primarily for financial reward. Income gained in this way is then used to purchase elements required for other, higher scoring productions.

Note: Atlantic Star is a re-themed version of Show Manager that was released in 2001. And in 2010, Queen games republished the original game with updated artwork.




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