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L Long
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Looking for a new game and hoping to find some fresh games that are a bit different from what I own.

Games we have and enjoy:
Kingdom Builder, Asara, Trains, Suburbia, Elasund, K2, Puerto Rico, Splendor, Innovation, Tobago, Union Pacific, Steam Park, Takenoko, Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne games, 1775, Memoir 44, Forbidden Desert, Euphoria

Under $40
Plays in 60 min or less
Medium-Light to Medium Weight (2-3) - something with meat but not overly complex
Player count - must play well at 3 players, 2 would be nice and more is ok. (We frequently play with 2, 3, 4, 5 players!)
No supernatural/witchcraft themes.
Don't really care for auctions or negotiations.
Replayibility
Love modular boards or setups that are variable making each game seem different.

I've been considering Oddville or Spyrium.

Looking forward to your recommendations!


 
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Kevin D.
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The Castles of Burgundy
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Kerstin
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I would have a look at Five Tribes.
It plays great with 3 and I also love it with 2 (although opinions differ on that one).
It has a modular board, plays around 60 minutes and has been picked up quickly by everyone I've tought it so far, while still having enough depth and a lot of replayability.

I don't know if having Dschinn around is already too much "supernatural" though and technically the bidding for turn order is some kind of auction, but as someone that doesn't like auctions a lot myself, it never bothered me much, because it's a very fixed way of choosing turn order.
 
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Daniel B-G
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Top recommendation
Snowdonia - there's a tonne of variability out of the box and Tony releases cheap expansions every year that often present not one but 2 new setups.

Others
Tikal - a classic with tonnes of replay value
Roll for the Galaxy - an excellent game. Great components, great gameplay. Everything done right. Prefer 3p over 2 though.

Upcoming
Mottainai - from the same designer as innovation, this is the spiritual successor to glory to Rome. Should be out soon.
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David Aldinger
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You're missing 7 Wonders, San Juan, Dominion, Viticulture
 
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+1 to San Juan, especially as you like Puerto Rico.

Catan, of course. And Imperial Settlers.
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Chris Mcpherson
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+1 Five Tribes

+1 Castles of Burgundy

+1 7 Wonders

+1 Dominion (We raise the price of the VP cards by 3 for each one and it extends the game a fair bit and makes the action cards more useful rather than a straight rush for Gold cards)
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Jonathan A.
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Another +1 to The Castles of Burgundy or a different Feld game such as Trajan.
 
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Patrick Wysocki
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Sounds like you want to play ROLL FOR THE GALAXY, an excellent game.
 
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Steve Rowlands
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The voyages of Marco polo has excellent replayability and good with 2,3 or 4 players. Approx 20 mins per player.
Glass road has good reolayability as you only see a small proportion of buildings each game. Plays in 20 mins per player.
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1 Lucky Texan
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what about card games? Koi Pond: A Coy Card Game, Bohnanza


or try Walnut Grove

 
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Matt Gustafson
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“The elements of good trading are: (1) cutting losses, (2) cutting losses, and (3) cutting losses. If you can follow these three rules, you may have a chance.” – Ed Seykota
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Roll for the Galaxy
 
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Yaron Davidson
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Most of your list of games have a fair variety in feel/style, so I think with the rest of your requirements Theseus: The Dark Orbit may interest you, different mechanically and thematically while still being essentially a low-conflict (despite the theme) euro. 2-4 players, I think best at 2 but good on the entire range, somewhat more chaotic/tactical with more. Has some variability in initial setup, and some due to being asymmetrical. Not going too much over medium complexity since there aren't as many different options as in many Mancala-ish games.

+1 The Castles of Burgundy, Snowdonia (may go over 1 hour depending on player count), Race for the Galaxy / Roll for the Galaxy.

Spyrium you've been considering is good, may go a little over the 1 hour mark. And while good for the entire 2-5 range you want, at 2-3 it does feel different with money being significantly more constrained/tight (which is fine for me but there are people who don't like it so just be aware).
 
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L Long
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I do have Settlers of Catan (have loved it but it no longer makes it to the table we've played it so much), San Juan (don't love it), 7 Wonders.

Snowdonia sounds interesting, although, I don't know if I can play another "train" themed game! LOL

Checking these recommendations! Thanks everyone!

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Leon Scheuber
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You are missing a dexterity games. I would recommend Catacombs but since you don't like supernatural themes, maybe the new Flick 'em Up! is more to your liking.
 
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Tyler DeLisle
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Hm, you say you don't like Auctions, but I'd still recommend Keyflower as a game with a lot of variability and a fresh feeling. A big part of the game is sort of an auction system for tiles to place in your village, but you're "bidding" with meeples that are also your workers used for placing ON tiles. Say you want that tile that generates a lot of Iron, you place 2 blue meeples there thinking that other players might not have enough blue to take it with 3 blue meeples, alas someone does. Now you can take those 2 meeples and put them on a different tile to get, or perhaps on a tile to get the resources it provides and they will return to your surplus for next turn. It's a lot of organic reaction and thinking of how best to use your meeples. I find it a ton of fun. Somewhat complex because there are a lot of mechanisms worked into one game, but not too bad once one person wraps their head around it.
 
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Bill Eldard
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Sail to India

- sells for under $20 MSRP

- great with 3 players; excellent with 4 (doesn't play with 2 or 5)

- novel game system with multiple strategies
 
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Boss Beau Blasterfire
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Citadels great with 2 and 3 and supports a lot more.
 
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