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I am looking to expand my collection of board games for the holidays. I am looking for a good worker placement/civilization building game. Some of my favorites are Agricola, Through the Ages, and Railways of the World.

I'm considering Le Havre and Brass, but would welcome any other suggestions. I like games that have a nice theme and although I enjoy Eclipse, I'm not that into sci-fi.

After looking into Le Havre, I like its relative ease of play and civilization-like growth, but I have worries that the endgame and dominant strategy are the same for each play through. I'm also considering Brass since I enjoy Railways of the World, but it seems that Brass may be a bit dry.

I would welcome any suggestions. Thanks!

 
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Civ type games:
Nations
Terra Mystica

Worker placement:
Kanban: Driver's Edition
Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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If you like Agricola, I would (somewhat self-servingly) recommend Brew Crafters by Dice Hate Me Games. It's shipping out to Kickstarter backers very soon (hopefully next week), and will be available for retail purchase and online purchase soon thereafter.
 
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Ora et Labora, it has resource management and the city building feel, a really good game - Worker placement, resource management.

Imperial Settlers is a lighter civbuilder which I enjoy very much, you should try it first though. Comboing with cards, resource management and light direct player interaction.





 
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I like Terra Mystica quite a bit.

I just purchased Russian Railroads which is a worker placement game that I have been playing on Yucata. I just picked up Snowdonia which is another Worker Placement which has a Bot component that I really like. An oldie but goodie worker placement is Stone Age.

Another Civ game that I like is Antike. I have Nations but haven't played it yet.

I also like Le Havre and TTA.

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Brass is awesome. I like it a lot better than Railways of the World.

Le Havre is also awesome. I have not personally found a dominant strategy... and there are a handful of random buildings each game which can affect the outcome of any strategy.

Here are some games you might want to consider:

Dominant Species has great worker placement and a spatial/growth element which might be a good combination for what you're asking.

Keyflower is another which has very interesting worker placements and also individual town areas (which can be used/abused by other players). Those towns are like really small civilizations... in a way. Also has a bit of the look of Agricola if you like that sort of feel.

Though I'm not usually a fan of "pure" card games, Innovation and Glory to Rome are both really great and have a bit of the civilization feel.


Other games already mentioned...

Caverna is a lot like Agricola... but I'd say it's way too similar, actually.

Nations is a lot like Through the Ages, but different enough to be worth a look. Basically, we play Through the Ages with 2 or 3 players, but Nations with 4 or 5 players.

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Brass is neither a Civ nor WP game. But what it is is AWESOME. Nice and heavy and condensed. Really nothing like your two examples. Buy it. It's not at all dry, it's very engaging and interesting. Nothing like ROTW though, but I'm presuming (hoping) you mean it's because it's a Martin Wallace game, in which case, stick with him, and you'll go far!
 
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Ora et Labora and Antiquity might be what you are looking for but are both "OOP" and a little hard to come by...but definitely worth seeking out.
 
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Brass is amazing. It's extremely unique, in so many ways. Dominant Species is amazing as well, but totally chaotic and a blood-bath until the final card. Terra Mystica is really neat, too, with lots of different combinations to keep things interesting.

I do like Le Havre a lot, but it's a hit or miss game for most. The iOS version is pretty good, though, so you can give it a shot and try it out first.
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