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A J
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I've been looking into buying Village. I really like the theme and the mechanics sound pretty neat. However, I keep hearing about how the die-fast strategy is too powerful. I don't want a game where there is a dominant strategy, even if an "experienced" player can counter it. It's unlikely we'll get 100 plays out of it, as we're more casual type and probably play a handful of times per year. I want a fun game and not chess where we have to analyze and plan 10 steps ahead because someone is using an overpowered strategy. It's kind of the reason I've shied away from Puerto Rico.

So is this a problem with any casual players? Do the expansions help? I appreciate any insight.
 
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There is no dominant strategy. The key is make sure no one is dominating any particular aspect of the village. The obvious corollary to that is to focus on areas where no one else is active!

I tend to find that my strategy changes a couple of times during the course of a game of Village, since players are constantly reacting to what is happening around them.

I've played both Village Inn and Port, and the former really adds some randomness to the game; not so much with Port.
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I don't feel there is one dominant strategy. I say buy it. It's solid, and a nice, fresh take on some tried and true mechanics.
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It's almost the opposite - there seems to be no particularly dominant strategy, although the market seems to be the most important element of the game, and everyone ends up doing a bit of everything. I'd say it's more tactical than strategic.

For me, it can get a bit samey (after a dozen plays), although it varies with different player counts. For a handful of plays a year it shouldn't be a problem.
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Extremely well balanced game.
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Lovely game that is oft requested at my house.
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I agree with all the posters here, this is a fantastic game with many different avenues to victory. I love the game, and would play it anytime I get a chance. I recently got both expansions and would definitely recommend Inn. I enjoy Port as well but if only getting one Inn adds a lot more, plus there's a 5th player in there, which is great!

I really don't think you'll be disappointed with this one!
 
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Port is almost needed (giving you personalized goals), and Port is good for thematic variation (I like sending my little seminarians to be hermits on desert islands).
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Sorry to hijack here, but I am also considering getting this, but for me it's this vs. Viticulture, and it would be mostly for 2-player games...Could anyone recommend? Anyone played both with just 2-players?
 
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Thanks for all the answers, guys! I feel better about this game and will put back on my wishlist.

Hijack away.
 
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steelchampion wrote:
Sorry to hijack here, but I am also considering getting this, but for me it's this vs. Viticulture, and it would be mostly for 2-player games...Could anyone recommend? Anyone played both with just 2-players?


Half an answer: while I love Viticulture, Village is the much better game. Sadly, I've only played Village with 2-players (which was great!), never 2-player Viticulture.
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Village plays just fine with 2. I've only played Viticulture with 3.
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steelchampion wrote:
Sorry to hijack here, but I am also considering getting this, but for me it's this vs. Viticulture, and it would be mostly for 2-player games...Could anyone recommend? Anyone played both with just 2-players?


Also only a half answer: I'd say Viticulture plays much better with 3/4 than it does with 2. [Haven't played Village.]
 
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