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Kyle Haynam
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I'll probably rule out a lot of good options by saying fantasy isn't my favorite (space, dungeons, monsters) but I'm looking for a game that has some of these specifics:

--60-90 minutes

--player count not too important, 2 and up would be nice

--Economics similar to power grid's resources (supply and demand affects price)

--worker placement or action selection are usually enjoyable for me

--preferably something that mitigates AP.. If that's possible.. sometimes my game group can play really slow, but I don't want just a luck game

--that said, I do want enough luck to keep the game lighter and have that element of hope..not just a brain burner
 
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Ian Kissell
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Viticulture is the closest I can think of.

Some others that are not quite, but you might check out are:
Keyflower
CO₂ (probably too heavy)
New Amsterdam

Another economic game that includes deck building is City of Iron. Again, might be a stretch, just trying to give you ideas.
 
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Kevin Garnica
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The closest thing that comes to mind is Ys.
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Container is a great Econ game and plays in 90. It has no luck and you need more than two (and probably more than 3).

Indonesia plays long but scales 3-5 really well.

Goa might be the best fit. Kind of a worker placement. Works great with two and scales very well. A small bit of luck when colonizing or drawing expedition cards. You have auctions each turn so supply/demand plays a role as well.
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The OP does want luck in the game.

My suggestion is Hab & Gut, although it might be hard to find.
 
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Daniel B-G
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Suburbia is one of our most played games and very accessible for players who like games a bit lighter. Doesn't really have full supply and demand economics. For that you could try...

Navegador which also isn't too heavy. It is low on the luck, but the Rondel does a great job of reducing the scope for AP (as generally you are going to be limited to 3 choices on any given turn).

Goa does have very good auctions. The way money passes back and forth between players is unlike anything else I've experienced.
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iadrianik wrote:
The OP does want luck in the game.

My suggestion is Hab & Gut, although it might be hard to find.


Can you describe how luck works in Hab & Gut?
 
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TedW wrote:
iadrianik wrote:
The OP does want luck in the game.

My suggestion is Hab & Gut, although it might be hard to find.


Can you describe how luck works in Hab & Gut?


I have only read the rulebook and not played it yet, therefore I'll just quote from Adam78 review:
Adam78 wrote:
The Luck factor

The luck comes in the stock-manipulation cards which are laid out to the left and right of you each round. These cards either increase the value of a stock or decrease its value. You could, theoretically, end up with a bad draw where most stock-manipulation cards visible to you drive the value of stocks downwards (my feeling is that the game tends to go the opposite way). Even if this did happen a canny player would use that limited information only available to him and limit his purchases accordingly. There is guess-work (but in a very thematic sense) in trying to read the other players actions and predict future stock movements accordingly.
 
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+1 Navegador

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Chicago Express great game, no luck, may be too heavy
 
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Kyle Haynam
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I'll have to take a closer look at a lot of these, thanks for the suggestions. Which ones are the best value as far as component/art quality? We're pretty easily hooked on a nice looking game with good pieces. But I'm not looking to spend more than $50 probably.
 
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Bondgoldfinger wrote:


Chicago Express great game, no luck, may be too heavy


The rules are actually extremely simple. Playing WELL is the heavy part.
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pfctsqr wrote:
Bondgoldfinger wrote:


Chicago Express great game, no luck, may be too heavy


The rules are actually extremely simple. Playing WELL is the heavy part.


Well said.
 
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It's a stretch to say it's an economic game, but try Lancaster. It's a solid worker placement game that plays in about an hour and has some great player interaction.
 
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