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Subject: Hansa suitable as next step after gateway games? rss

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I'm making a reference list for BGGers about this question: What games are suitable for people who enjoy Settlers of Catan (the social aspects of the trading, the negotiation, interaction, and the civilization building and resource management), and are looking for something similar or for the next step? The criteria: * Good with 4 players * Plays in 1-2 hours * Not too much heavier than Settlers of Catan, but nothing lighter * A fun interactive experience * Not too dry/abstract.
Hansa is one of the 25 games I've selected for the list.
Do you think Hansa would appeal to players coming from Settlers of Catan, and why or why not? To what extent would it be a good choice for this purpose?

Here's the information I currently have on the list for Hansa, which I submit for the comment and correction of people who have played the game.

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BGG Weight: 2.37 ; Rating: 7.11; Rank: #132
Designer: Michael Schacht
Players: 2-4 (best with 2-3) Just with two: Yes, excellent
Cost: $21.95 Duration: 45 minutes
Complexity: Low-medium
Mechanics: Set collection, route planning, and action points
Description: Scandinavian merchants buying/shipping goods with boats
Theme: Medium – a bit dry, and pasted on theme
Luck: Low – only when restocking
Confrontation (Vicious factor): Medium
Tension: High
Interaction: Low
Social: Low – requires concentration on the game
Components: Good

Is this a bad choice for analysis paralysis players? Is this perhaps too dry and not enough interaction for us? Will we miss the social experience we enjoy about Settlers?
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Hansa is #3 on the list, I would ask that you please add any comments on its suitability there (although any corrections to the above information can be placed here), since that's where they'll get the highest visibility and be most beneficial to others. Hopefully the list will prove useful as a point of reference to others in the future as well, so feel free to comment on any of the other suggested possibilities on the list as well.

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