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Little Shoes
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Hello all

We are looking to add to our game collection, but are looking for something that is not too heavy, so that we can relax over Christmas, without having to read 50 pages of rules!

What we have
We have quite a few games including Agricola (fairly new to us, and still working on this one), Power Grid, Waterdeep, Catan and extensions, Alhambra, Small World, Village, Escape from Alcatraz.... Some of these are great for long wet Sunday afternoons, but we are not looking for the likes of Agricola this time.

Simpler games we like
We also have some shorter/less complex games - and we like, Kingdom Builder, Thurn and Taxi and most especially, Ticket to Ride - we would like something of this kind of level in terms of complexity and fun factor, though not necessarily the same format. We like games that enable you to score count at the end, and a good pace (teenage son with limited patience).

The thumbs down games
The games that we have had and did NOT like - Dominion (wholly card based did not work for us), Carcassone, Dixit (not enough structure) and co-operative games (Flashpoint was a big no-no for us).

We will be playing with mostly 4, occasionally 3. Time frame - anything from 30 mins to 1.5 hours.

Please could I ask for some recommendations?

Thanks to all

Little Shoes
 
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How about 7 Wonders? It plays up to 7, but I actually prefer it as a 3 or 4 player game.
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Splendor

But Splendor does not have end game scoring. It's a race to 15 points.

I would also look at Five Tribes
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Thank you Chris and David - will take a look at these
 
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pfctsqr wrote:
Splendor

But Splendor does not have end game scoring. It's a race to 15 points.

I would also look at Five Tribes


+1 to Splendor. It reminds me a lot of ticket to ride, but is different enough that I don't feel like I am playing the same game.
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Takenoko, seems from your description, should suit your needs.
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Survive: Escape from Atlantis! - rules complexity of Ticket to Ride (explainable in 60 seconds), "take that" factor of Small World. Great game.

-1 Splendor - while it is ok game it feels like a filler for me.

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feenix1363 wrote:
Takenoko, seems from your description, should suit your needs.


That, and Tokaido.
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slightly above ttr is Jet Set
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+1 Five Tribes
+1 Takenoko
+1/2 7 Wonders (I've seen some people that struggle mainly with the iconography which can in some cases make it a little less easy to get into initially)

Otherwise Lords of Xidit is a pretty recent game with a simple ruleset and interesting endgame scoring
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Splendor is a great suggestion. It feels similar to Ticket to Ride while being a very different game.

I also like:

Trollhalla - Fun(ny) and simple set collection game. Very underrated, but really enjoyable.

Abyss - I've really been enjoying this one, and it's actually really easy to learn. It's a game all about pushing your luck, but it never feels random or out of control. Coincidentally, it's the daily deal over at CSI.com right now...

Camel Up - A hilarious game where you are betting on a camel racing game. This scales incredibly well from 2 all the way to 8, but feels less random with less players. I've never had a bad experience introducing this one to people.

Rise of Augustus - Bingo with various ways to score points. There's a lot of iconography in this one, but otherwise it's pretty intuitive. I haven't had any bad experiences with this one either.
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ovis wrote:

+1/2 7 Wonders (I've seen some people that struggle mainly with the iconography which can in some cases make it a little less easy to get into initially)


Agreed. 7 Wonders is one of my favorite games, but I would say that it's noticeably more complex than Ticket to Ride.
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sylpherware wrote:
feenix1363 wrote:
Takenoko, seems from your description, should suit your needs.


That, and Tokaido.

Just look for games that start with Tok or Tak.
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I play games not to win, it's the gathering that's important - Thanks for the tip Cate108!
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Since you enjoy TtR, you have to check out Cinque Terre. The basic premise is almost similar to TtR but it's a completely different game. In terms of depth, it's on par with TtR, takes as long as TtR does and also enables you to score count at the end of the game - which is what you're looking for.

Please update us on what you're getting yeah.
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Well, La Isla is a recent title that looks good, has scoring at the end, but where you can roughly gauge how each player is doing during the game based on what animals they have studied.

For the set collection aspect, look at Progress: Evolution of Technology, and for a slightly different play mechanic - of deckbuilding and area control - check out Trains.
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You may like Stone Age. It is a worker placement game, but simpler than Agricola or Waterdeep. It takes about an hour to play, and there is a big end of game score-fest.

The turns are quick and players should be almost always doing something. The screwage factor is much higher than in more traditional Euros than Agricola since there are fewer placement options and your opponents strategy tends to be more obvious.

There are also Dice, meaning that there is still some excitement and heartbreak (true Euro players hate dice), which should keep your teenager interested.

Another game you might be interested in is Snow Tails. It's a racing game which plays quickly, has a ton of heartbreak, isn't all that complex (the racing system can be confusing for the first 2-3 turns of play, but becomes quickly obvious), has multiple tracks and plays well with 3-4 people. You can set up individual races, or you can race entire circuits (either by playing a long day, or keeping up standings between races like NASCAR).
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stevepop wrote:
sylpherware wrote:
feenix1363 wrote:
Takenoko, seems from your description, should suit your needs.

That, and Tokaido.

Just look for games that start with Tok or Tak.
Agreed! Both Tokaido and Takenoko are well worth looking into and imo would suit the OP's needs.
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Airlines Europe.
It's a little ticket-to-ride-ish, and it seems financial on the surface, it's not really strong in that side. Set-collection / route building, where you get VP based on the value of airlines and how much you have of that set compared to others 3 times a game. Plays 3-5 very well (although it is better as a 4-5 than a 3).

As a side note, it's by Alan R. Moone, of TTR fame. It's not TTR, but it has a fair amount of actual fun like I find TTR has (as opposed to thinking "non-fun" great games like Agricola and Terra Mystica). I've taught AE to several groups, the last had 2 people who didn't really click until the first scoring. Approaching the third scoring, however, had people cheering and screaming in frustration as every card flipped at the end meant there was a chance they woudln't get another turn to squeeze out a few more points (and the resulting victory). GREAT game! Highly recommend you look into it.
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"Castles of Mad King Ludwig" might be good for you. We just played it with 4 and it was reasonably fast, fun, and you each end up with a castle of your own. In the most recent game, my wife put the Master Bedroom next to the Meat Locker, which generated a lot of comments...

We've implemented a suggestion that in future games, when we place a room, we give the reason why the king wanted the room there. For example, when I placed the Crypt next to the Venus Grotto (where the real King Lud watched performances of Wagner's operas), I explained it was because Wagner puts me in a deep sleep. I guess it was funnier with beer...
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+1 for Stone Age
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Thank you very much you brilliantly insightful and quirky bunch of people!

You've given me a lot to look into, and I will definitely let you know which ones I'm leaning toward, once I've had chance to read up on them all! Have a great weekend all.
 
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+1 Airlines Europe (especially if you like Ticket to Ride - read ►Trevor's detailed post on the good reasons why)
+1 Takenoko
+1 Stone Age

-1 Splendor (gets boring very fast)
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buy this as an early Christmas gift for the whole family; Crokinole
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