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Ryan Olson
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I am curious. I just recently acquired China, El Grande Decennial, and Tempus (Some think of this as an area majority game) in the past week.

I had a trade offered to me that includes Lowenherz.

My question is, is this too many area control/majority games? I haven't really played many of them, and haven't gotten any of the new ones to the table yet.

While I can see how great these games can be (by reading the rules only so far), I am wondering if getting Lowenherz may be too much of a good thing...

Or am I wrong. Are all of these so different that adding Lowenherz won't be an issue...

Thanks for your advice.
 
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Dave Eisen
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Lowenherz isn't an area majority game, it is a negotiation and combat game. Or negotiation and some unique other thing game.

I don't think it's similar to the rest of the bunch there.
 
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B. Huddleston
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Your missing Mykerinos.
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T. Rosen
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Personally I think that area majority is such a broad concept that two games that both employ it can still be as different as night and day. I'm glad I own El Grande and San Marco and Louis XIV and China, etc. I hope to get Mykerinos at some point too, and am also considering Tempus. I think each of these games adds enough of a twist to the idea of area majority to make them unique.

I also have Lowenherz, but never thought of it as fitting in this genre of area majority. You're certainly trying to control territory, but not by building majorities in the same way that you are as in El Grande, San Marco, and Louis XIV. I'm not a fan of Lowenherz, so I'd say don't trade for it, but that's not at all because I think it's too similar to the others. It must be different in some way for it to be a game I don't like compared with the others that all get a 9 or 10 from me, so if Lowenherz seems like your cup of tea then go for it because I sure don't see much overlap.


EDIT: If you want to slim down your area majority collection, you can just send Liberte my way, I've heard that sort of fits the bill
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Richard Diosi
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I think Lowenhertz is sufficiently different to warrant its inclusion in your list. It is also a great game.
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Ryan Olson
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Thanks.

That''s really all I wanted to know, if it was different enough to be a good addition to my collection.

Now to see if I want the trade or not...
 
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