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So I am in the look for a good heavy euro with an arc to it. So many of the new shinies(Kanban or Five Tribes for example) have more of a Black Friday Sale feel to them. You rush in and try to flail better than other folks in the brief time you have, counting up your basket (points) at the end to see who wins.

Conversely something like Le Havre, Roads&Boats, or Through the Ages makes you feel like you did something at the end. Win or lose,you are fiddling with sticks at the beginning and assembling great works by the end. Anything new have that bite? Medira maybe? I'd even be curious for not-new but findable things I don't own/haven't played.
 
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Indonesia tells a story.
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mlanza wrote:
Indonesia tells a story.


Aye I've long had my eye on it, but at 200+ it is a pipe dream for the forseeable future.
 
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Any Civ-Building game may be up your alley. As you do not have Nations listed as owned, I'd recommend it. It plays comperably fast, can be very punishing and you certainly have the feel of achievement at the game end.
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Because of the franchise it's probably not as heavy as what you are looking for, but have you looked at Risk Legacy?

The gameplay is fairly simple, but the game PERMANENTLY changes based on the outcomes of each of the 15 first games. It's really cool; players get to name continents and cities, sign the board for their victories, and certain mechanics and events of the game are not even available until certain things are accomplished over a long period of time.
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Hmmm, Euro about starting off with few and building an engine.....

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Brass: Lancashire

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High Frontier, definitely. From colonizing to building an aerostat, you can truly feel you have accomplished something.
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wykthor wrote:
High Frontier, definitely. From colonizing to building an aerostat, you can truly feel you have accomplished something.

Yeah, I think the answer is probably somewhere between Phil & Eklund.
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Y'all,are trying to bankrupt me I appreciate the input though.
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History of the World
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Another vote for Nations.
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Die Macher if you have a group of 5. A near-perfect 4-hour game, largely because of the flow.

Twilight Struggle if you have 2 - definitely a story-arc to this one :-)
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Dominant Species
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Fields of Arle

Two player game about farming. At the end you have your own farm. Sounds strange but is an excellent game.
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+1 High Frontier

Hear plenty about this one in regard to what you are inquiring. Good luck with the rules, though. Check out Rahdo's video play through.
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Since you mentioned Le Havre you might like Caverna: The Cave Farmers, as it has a nice arc to it. Russian Railroads does an excellent job of making you feel like you accomplished something, but is relatively easy to learn and plays in a reasonable amount of time (2-3 hours).
 
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If you wanted to try Eklund, but don't want (can't afford) to start with High Frontier, you could try Greenland - It probably doesn't have the level of "upgrading" throughout you're looking for, but the mechanics are solid and it's pretty brutal to survive through the game.

An option that is both Eklund and closer to what you're looking for (and just a few copies left), try Bios: Megafauna. You'll start off as a proto-dinosaur, or proto-mammal, and you'll need to outcompete other player's organisms to feed and reproduce into the next turn.
You start off as a raw, hardly formed ancestor, and could end up as a bow & arrow wielding, vegetarian velociraptor colony…. Or, flying carnivorous dolphins… and other, stranger bizarre oddities…

BMF is a reissue of American Megafauna, and it brought a lot of updates to the gameplay. Eklund games are infamous for being science simulations mores than "games" per say, but BMF plays much more like a heavy Euro.

There's about 10 left before it's OOP, and secondary market only!
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Shadrach wrote:
So I am in the look for a good heavy euro with an arc to it. So many of the new shinies(Kanban or Five Tribes for example) have more of a Black Friday Sale feel to them. You rush in and try to flail better than other folks in the brief time you have, counting up your basket (points) at the end to see who wins.

Conversely something like Le Havre, Roads&Boats, or Through the Ages makes you feel like you did something at the end. Win or lose,you are fiddling with sticks at the beginning and assembling great works by the end. Anything new have that bite? Medira maybe? I'd even be curious for not-new but findable things I don't own/haven't played.


Terra Mystica is my favorite game and you definitely feel like you accommplished something by the end. The systems interplay in Terra Mystica is tight and well thought out and the box contains about half a tree.

Shut Up & Sit Down does a really good review of the game.
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Big Euros with a sense of accomplishment at the end:

Florenza
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Vinhos
Constantinopolis
 
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Thanks to all the suggestions. I went with one that's not very long, but that I did want: Madeira. I had many of the other ones that were suggested already
 
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+1 for Dominant Species (Love this game! Really feels like eons are passing as your creatures develop and the land changes over time)
+1 for Brass (solid and enjoyable game, sounds like something you'd like based on criteria)
 
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