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Arjan Oudendijk
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My girlfriend and I like to play games like Stone Age and Caverna a lot, it seems like worker placement games are our favorite games because we get the feeling we're building something, so the game feels very progressive. This theme is especially strong in Caverna.

But what we both would enjoy in games like these is (more) player interaction, preferably through battle (I personally feel for instance that Caverna could have used the weapons in some sort of battle system, maybe disabling dwarfs from other players for one turn, after battle)

So my question is, does anyone of you know of games where you get the sensation of gathering resources and building a village / town / empire as you get in these popular worker placement games, with a medieval or fantasy theme, but with a battle system?

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~Binaryan.

[Edit:] the theme fantasy or medieval is imporant to us, so I added that.
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Yedo is an interactive worker placement game. The setting is not fantastical, but maybe you'll like it.

Not worker placement, but also Imperial Settlers might offer the kind of building/interacting you're looking for.
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The following are WP games with battling/attacking built in:

Carson City
The Manhattan Project
Dominant Species

None of these are fantasy.

...and before anyone says it, Kemet is not a WP game.
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Binaryan wrote:
My girlfriend and I like to play games like Stone Age and Caverna a lot, it seems like worker placement games are our favorite games because we get the feeling we're building something, so the game feels very progressive. This theme is especially strong in Caverna.

But what we both would enjoy in games like these is (more) player interaction, preferably through battle (I personally feel for instance that Caverna could have used the weapons in some sort of battle system, maybe disabling dwarfs from other players for one turn, after battle)

So my question is, does anyone of you know of games where you get the sensation of gathering resources and building a village / town / empire as you get in these popular worker placement games, with a medieval or fantasy theme, but with a battle system?

Thanks in advance,
~Binaryan.

[Edit:] the theme fantasy or medieval is imporant to us, so I added that.


I actually just acquired Asgard, and it appears to have a battle aspect to it. I plan on getting it to the table this weekend.

While more SciFi than Fantasy, Eclipse has always felt like a combination of a Worker Placement and a 4X.
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Arjan Oudendijk
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Thanks for all these recommendations!

Dominant Species, dinosaurs? That's great! We love dinosaurs. Asgard and Imperial Settlers are both also games that we're going to check out some playtroughs of, those seem like a lot of fun

I have a lot to look in to now and these all look fun. But especially those three.

Thanks for the help!
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+1 Dominant Species
+0.5 Yedo
 
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Caylus doesn't have direct battle as such, but it does have a ton of ways to manipulate or punish your opponents
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Lancaster might fit. Not much fantasy though. Good game.
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Oh, maybe also Targi. One of my favourite two-player games where you are directly competing with your opponent to take the tiles to build your display.
 
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Architeuthis wrote:
Lancaster might fit. Not much fantasy though. Good game.


I was going to suggest the same thing. Its medieval, so theme should be ok.

Edit: Just saw that you are going to play with 2, I do not know wheter the game is good with two.
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Nicholas M wrote:
Architeuthis wrote:
Lancaster might fit. Not much fantasy though. Good game.


I was going to suggest the same thing. Its medieval, so theme should be ok.


+1. It's the game I came here to suggest.
 
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I second Asgard, although you don't really battle other players until the end of the game, and even then it's a simple allocation of resources. However, there is some negative interaction in stealing rune stones, and taking a given spot or building a temple before an opponent can really impact their plans.
 
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thedacker wrote:
The following are WP games with battling/attacking built in:

Carson City
The Manhattan Project
Dominant Species

None of these are fantasy.

...and before anyone says it, Kemet is not a WP game.


Basically came here to say this same thing.

I dunno Carson City, and I agree, Kemet is not WP (even though I love Kemet).

Manhattan Project is a good recommendation.
Dominant Species is PERFECT.
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Soon to come out Argent: The Consortium could fit your needs. It's really a confrontational worker placement, where some of your workers can send your opponent's ones to the infirmary. You don't really build anything, though, expect an electoral platform to become the next dean of a magical university. Theme is fantasy, with an anime twist.
 
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+1 Carson City

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The Manhattan Project!!!
 
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thedacker wrote:
...and before anyone says it, Kemet is not a WP game.


It isn't WP, but you do get to spend action points to build and develop. It hits the criteria of the OP: "games where you get the sensation of gathering resources and building a village / town / empire as you get in these popular worker placement games, with a medieval or fantasy theme, but with a battle system?"

Kemet. Take a look at at a video.
 
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Binaryan wrote:
Thanks for all these recommendations!

Dominant Species, dinosaurs? That's great! We love dinosaurs. Asgard and Imperial Settlers are both also games that we're going to check out some playtroughs of, those seem like a lot of fun

I have a lot to look in to now and these all look fun. But especially those three.

Thanks for the help!


No dinosaurs I'm afraid. The players represent pre-Ice Age animals: insects, arachnids, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Also, this probably isn't a good game for 2 players.
 
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+1 Carson City

It's a worker placement game with role selection. There are some places where only one worker can be placed, and if both you and an opponent want to place a guy there, they have to fight a duel to see who gets the space.
 
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Nicholas M wrote:
Architeuthis wrote:
Lancaster might fit. Not much fantasy though. Good game.


I was going to suggest the same thing. Its medieval, so theme should be ok.

Edit: Just saw that you are going to play with 2, I do not know wheter the game is good with two.


The 2-player game is pretty good. Both players use one color as a primary and then one of the leftover colors as a secondary ally. System is not bad, but the full experience is a lot "juicier"

I think Rahdo covered the 2 player experience.
 
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Keyflower is excellent, I recommend you check it out.
 
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A great worker placement that has a fair bit of player interaction is Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia. Although you don't really battle each other, you can affect other players actions be stealing or adjusting spots and building markets that apply penalties to the other player.

I'll also add one that gets a bad rap but mainly because of the poor manual. Fallen City of Karez. Fantasy themed WP where you are building a city in a co-op play but build personal dungeons in the hope of killing the other player's heroes for your own personal glory.
 
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