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Kanalja
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Hello everyone!

I am willing to buy my brother a board game as a Christmas present, but I don’t know which one to get him. Therefore I decided to ask you guys to give me some suggestions.

Here is a list of games I have played with him and he has really enjoyed:
1. Ticket to Ride
2. Samurai
3. El Grande
4. Maharaja
5. High Society
6. Hey! That’s my Fish!
7. Chess

The game I am looking for should have good quality components, engaging theme and rules that are rather easy to learn. Above all the game should make its players to think and the winner should always be the one who made the best decisions.

I know my brother does not like games that contain an enormous amount of components or take longer than two hours to play (he really did not like Caylus, but said he might give it another chance someday).

What do you think I should get him?
 
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Pedro
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Puerto Rico seems to fit all your requirements.
 
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Ola Hansson
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Maybe one of these...
Catan
Carcassonne
 
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Skip Maloney
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How old is the brother?

Based on what he seems to enjoy and bearing in mind the 'too many components' restriction, you might try Thurn Und Taxis. Robber Knights by Rudiger Dorn is decent and has the added advantage of being less expensive than some of the mainstream Euros that get a lot of attention.

If you can get him past the 'too many components' thing, the sky's the limit, since what he seems to enjoy places him just a step beyond the 'newbie to Euros' category. Puerto Rico and Leonardo DaVinci come to mind, as does Euphrat & Tigris.
 
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Kanalja
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Hi again and thank you for these quick suggestions!

I totally forgot to mention few things and think I must correct things while I still can. My brother is 27-years-old. The list of games he has played contains games that my friends and I already own, so I am not willing to give him any of them. Otherwise Samurai, for example, would be a good buy. This also goes for Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne, nice games, but ones that our game group already has.

I was actually thinking about Puerto Rico, which I have not played, but was afraid of it being too close to Caylus. Considering Pedro’s comment this is not the case. It is also a game I would very much like to give a try. Thurns und Thaxis is another game I had in mind. The problem with this, however, is that there is going to be a Finnish language release on the markets soon and I have a hunch that at least some of the guys in our group are getting it for Christmas.
 
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Kane Klenko
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Blue Moon City
Amun-Re
Taj Mahal
Puerto Rico
 
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Amun-Re
Taj Mahal
Puerto Rico
Euphrates & Tigris
Hermagor
 
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Barry Kendall
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Tikal, Pompeji, VIKTORY II.
 
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Jason Sample
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I second...

Puerto Rico
Tikal
Taj Mahal

(I have been of a bit of a Tajbluetaj: kick lately)

Peace,
Jason
 
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Emmanuel Alisea
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You may want to give Go a try. It meets pretty much all your requirements except for the time requirement (as it can take a long time to play). It's fun, depends solely on strategy, and is fairly easy to learn (though it takes a long time to master the game). Also, the only components are a game boards and a set of stones.

Edit: It may help for me to mention that Go doesn't always take a long time, and doesn't even usually take a long time, it just has the potential to take a long time depending on how serious the players are about it.
 
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I can only recommend the games that I've played, and of course I'm biased by the ones I enjoy the most. But for my two cents, I'd say:

Aladdin's Dragons
Niagara
Puerto Rico
Ra

Those seem to be my current favorites.
 
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Nadine W
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Puerto Rico
 
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BaSL wrote:
Amun-Re
Taj Mahal
Puerto Rico
Euphrates & Tigris
Hermagor


Meh, If you have Amum-Re, there is no need for Hermagor. I thought Hermagor was a bit on the weak side.
 
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Pompeii

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/13004
 
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Kanalja
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Thank you all for helping me!

It is quite obvious my brother is going to get Puerto Rico as a Christmas present from me.

I am glad I asked you to help me, as I had a wrong idea of Puerto Rico being too Caylus-like.

I will keep all the suggestions in mind for the future. Maybe I should get Amun-Re for myself…

All the best!
 
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David McLeod
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Unless you really don't like a game about Denmark I say go with:

Beowulf

Tons of fun!



 
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How many people does he normally play with?
 
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Kanalja
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We tend to play 3-6 player games.
 
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Power Grid
 
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