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Lior A
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Hello everyone,

I'm looking to buy a game(maybe two, depending on price) next month.

I'm torn between:
Bruges
Imperial Settler
Five tribes
Mad King Ludwig
Troyes.

I mostly play with my girlfriend but sometimes with more players.

We like games that are dynamic each time you play, that have some randomness to them and that do not feel like multiplayer solitaire. Also we prefer games that have multiple strategic ways to win the game.

What we own and like: Carcassone(which is not strategic enough), Castles of Burgundy, Keyflower and Eldritch Horror.

Also, if there's a game you think would better suit our needs, we'd love to hear.

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    Settlers of Catan would seem to be a painfully apparent choice. Is there a reason it's not on the short list?

             S.

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M. Shanmugasundaram
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Of the ones you've listed, I'd recommend Troyes.

Caveat:
I have not played Imperial Settlers or Ludwig. I'm a pretty big Portal fan, so Imperial Settlers may eventually be played, but Bezier Games have yet to click with me, so I'll probably never play Ludwig.
 
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Bruges without a doubt.

Many ways to score points and each card is unique but you play with a number of fifths equal to the number of players so masses of variation and replayability.
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Bruges and Troyes are both very good games. Haven't played five tribes or Mad King Ludwig. Imperial Settlers feels like a solitaire game with unbalanced powers and the text on the cards is very small. For a card game it is very annoying. It has high ratings but I advise: try before buy.
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I'll second the recommendations for Bruges and Troyes from your short list. Although I haven't played the others and they all seem like good games, I don't know how good they are as both 2p and "with more" that you seek.

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Bruges and Troyes. Awesome games.
 
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Imperial Settlers is one of my favorite games. I disagree that it is unbalanced. While every faction in the game feels radically different, once you figure out the strategy for each faction, each game with that faction will feel very similar.
 
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Quote:
but Bezier Games have yet to click with me, so I'll probably never play


You should at least give it a shot. I didn't really dig Suburbia (it was "ok" but nothing special), but I quite enjoyed Castles.
 
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Steph Hodge
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Ludwig for sure!
 
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I have played all but Imperial Settlers and rate all highly.

They all play well with two, have multiple paths to victory and have replability. So, the deciding factor would seem to be whether they are multiplayer solitare.

I believe Troyes is the most interactive as while you own a pool of dice they may be purchased from you without your consent. So you really have to plan the order of your moves in advance and decide when to protect your dice and when to snatch them from the other players.

The other three are much less interactive. In Castles of Mad King, you set the prices of rooms. In Five Tribes you auction turn order. In neither game do I think you will often use a turn to block someone else's action. In Bruges, you will early on fight for certain majorities in a form of very indirect interaction. The only direct interaction is a few cards that give your opponents' negative effects, but that is not a big part of the game.

So, given your criteria, I'd go with Troyes.
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In order:


Five tribes
Bruges
Mad King Ludwig, Troyes (tie)
Imperial Settlers
 
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    Settlers of Catan would seem to be a painfully apparent choice. Is there a reason it's not on the short list?

             S.



I think the word painful covered it.
 
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Sagrilarus wrote:

    Settlers of Catan would seem to be a painfully apparent choice. Is there a reason it's not on the short list?

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He says he plays mostly with the GF and sometimes with others. Settlers takes 3 players, which would restrict the GF plays.
 
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Five tribes is good for two.
 
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Lior A
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matthean wrote:
Sagrilarus wrote:

    Settlers of Catan would seem to be a painfully apparent choice. Is there a reason it's not on the short list?

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I think the word painful covered it.


Actually our family owns Catan. I adore the game. It is so good in my opinion.
My girlfriend doesn't. She actually never quite played a one full game, so she probably doesn't even know the rules, but she doesn't like it.
 
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OxfordRow wrote:
Sagrilarus wrote:

    Settlers of Catan would seem to be a painfully apparent choice. Is there a reason it's not on the short list?

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He says he plays mostly with the GF and sometimes with others. Settlers takes 3 players, which would restrict the GF plays.


There is a 2-player variant (actually more than one). My wife an I have played with 2. I'm not a huge fan of the game with 2, 3 or any other number.
 
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I would go as far as to say that the only one of those you "need" is Troyes.

Edit: if you liked Burgundy, look at Trajan and/or Luna over Bruges.
 
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Brugges , troyes and imperial settlers will al be good choises as 2 players games . These are the games i have played the most with my wife without our daughter.

Five tribes is better with 3 or more then with 2
 
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