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Curt Carpenter
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All are great games. You won't go wrong with any. Le Havre is the best, imo, but only for exactly 3 players.

In case you care, RR and Le Havre the least randomness. Le Havre has a fair bit of randomness during the setup, whereas RR barely has any.

You're really at the margins comparing these games. Flip a coin (twice) and be done.
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Le Havre although I enjoy it through the range of players.
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Personally, I also say to go for the game that has stood the greater test of time, in this case, Le Havre. Five years later, people still play it, will the same be said of those other games?

Although if I had to pick one WP game, I would pick Agricola.
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Of those four, I've only played Snowdownia and Le Havre and greatly prefer the latter. I've had good times with it with 2, 3, and 4 players.
 
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I'd go with Snowdonia out of the three, but I'd also suggest The Manhattan Project for a good WP game.
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My wife and I have really been enjoying Bruxelles. Since we've gotten it, Russian Railroads has stayed on the shelf, actually. We enjoy the variable action board set up the game provides. It does feel very Feld-ian in its execution which may be good or bad depending upon your tastes. The art nouveau style of the game and the different historical figures in the game exist as a loose theme which really doesn't have any bearing on the gameplay itself (aka it's a Euro game in the truest sense).
 
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I'm not a fan of Uwe games, and I have yet to play Snowdonia (though I want to). But I own both RR and Bruxelles. Here are my thoughts:

Russian Railroads is really more of a scoring system, with a preliminary worker placement mechanic attached to the front of it. Seriously, the points escalation is cray-cray. Mechanically speaking, the WP aspect is very straightforward and intuitive, but it's trying to figure out the best optimization for the insane, zany ways you score points that makes the game fun. Having said that, the variability is there, but not in droves. The engineers will vary, but otherwise the game is a bit prescribed. For some, this is welcomed (myself included). Others may want more variety in their game play. I couldn't tell you how may plays you'd get out of it before that feeling might start to settle in, I just know that that is not an uncommon criticism of the game.

Bruxelles 1893 IS very Feld-ian, I agree. The neat thing about Bruxelles is the way everything is interconnected. There are multiple viable strategies, and the interface (component production, iconography, moving parts) is all very well thought out. There aren't any fiddly bits or rules exceptions. So even though there is a lot going on, it all feels remarkably smooth nonetheless. It has some very clever and unique mechanisms, like the interactive market and the dial for setting the production costs. Lots of crunchy decision to make, and then lots of crunchy choices after those decisions get made. Personally, this is one of my top games of late.

Hope this helps some.
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Regarding Bruxelles, the "Architecture/History plays about as much a part in the design as you might expect theme to be "present" in a Stefan Feld design.
 
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Not sure if this fits exactly for what you want, but one of my favorite worker placement games lately has been Coal Baron. I don't think it's as heavy as the other games you've mentioned, but I've been very satisfied with it.
 
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Of the 4, Le Havre every time. Russian Railroads comes close, but isn't really a touch on Le Havre.

Bruxelles is an OK, but I found myself just wishing I was playing Keyflower instead. Both games attempt to bring together worker placement and auctions, Keyflower is elegant and beautiful, whilst Bruxelles feels like a heath robinson machine.
 
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DAAAN wrote:
Bruxelles is an OK, but I found myself just wishing I was playing Keyflower instead. Both games attempt to bring together worker placement and auctions, Keyflower is elegant and beautiful, whilst Bruxelles feels like a heath robinson machine.

I feel the opposite. I sold my copy of Keyflower without much regret. To each his own. (which is why I generally think threads like this aren't very useful--much easier to just look at the aggregate ratings)
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Curt suggested flipping a coin. I agree. And if your unhappy with the result. Eliminate that game and flip again. Flipping a coin is good for both choosing and making your brain feel pressured to stick with something you thought you might prefer only to make you realize that you had a preference all along.
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DAAAN wrote:
Of the 4, Le Havre every time. Russian Railroads comes close, but isn't really a touch on Le Havre.

And I feel the opposite. I really disliked Le Havre every time I played it. I've only played Russion Railroads once, but I liked it a lot (still not my favorite WP game).
 
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curtc wrote:
DAAAN wrote:
Bruxelles is an OK, but I found myself just wishing I was playing Keyflower instead. Both games attempt to bring together worker placement and auctions, Keyflower is elegant and beautiful, whilst Bruxelles feels like a heath robinson machine.

I feel the opposite. I sold my copy of Keyflower without much regret. To each his own. (which is why I generally think threads like this aren't very useful--much easier to just look at the aggregate ratings)

I think aggregate ratings are even more useless. Reviews are (to me) much more important, as long as the reviewer is good about explicitly stating why they like or dislike something.

I've found on more than one occasion, that I've bought game based on what someone said they didn't like, because that's the sort of thing I do....
 
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