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Leon Vivier
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Good day

I am looking for some games and I was wondering if you guys could maybe suggest a few. It is somewhat hard to define what I am looking for so I will try and keep it as short as possible:

I like small games. As in games that require little space to play. Or that pack up nice and small. Eg. usually not euro games with massive boards (unless everything you do goes onto and stays on that board and you don't need extra space surrounding it as well).
Card games are therefore usually fantastic for this.
However, some extra bits and pieces are not a problem.
Despite being "small" games they need to be highly re-playable.
Therefore preferably where you play against/with other people and not necessarily the gaming mechanic itself.
I have DOMINION for example yet...it feels like in the game I am simply choosing my strategy at the start of the game and then simply riding it out (not what I am looking for).
Preferably more than 2 players but not a necessity.

Things that come to mind from what I already own that best describe what I am looking for:

CAYLUS MAGNA CARTA
Lots of game and replay value in a small package. Has bits and pieces as well.
HIGH SOCIETY - Deceptively simple game yet a lot of strategy and interesting choices. Only cards.
FAIRY TALE
Card drafting and card interactions make it good. Only cards.

Things I don't own but THINK will be in line with what I am looking for:

TARGI
SPYRIUM
THE NEW ERA

Any other ideas?

Regards


 
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Daniel B-G
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You need Race for the Galaxy

I've personally chalked up over 100 games of this and still love it, but I'm a rank amateur compared to some.
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Haggis
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Bullfrogs
Traders of Osaka
Sail to India
Valley of the Kings
VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game: The Game With One Too Many Subtitles.
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Kahuna!
 
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Bohnanza, Biblios and San Juan
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I was blown away by the depth-to-size ratio of Spyrium. It does play best with more than 2 (as opposed to Targi, which is only 2). So I would let your likely player count decide amongst those two games. In my opinion, they're both wonderful.
 
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Star Realms
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Sushi Go!
 
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I'm not sure about how heavy and long you are looking for but I just played Bullfrogs last night a couple times. It is on the lighter side but it plays very good for two but can play up to four. It has only two actions during your turn but the amount of ways to take those actions vary greatly. It is a small game and doesn't take up too much space when playing. It has some good mechanics and is a lot deeper than I expected when I first played.

Edit: Looks like someone else beat me to Bullfrogs but I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking along the same lines!
 
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Sail to India
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For Sale
Coloretto
The Builders: Middle Ages
Elevenses
Hanabi
Linko!
Diamonds
Gang of Four
Palastgeflüster
Council of Verona (w/ Council of Verona: Poison Expansion)
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Innovation
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Hanabi
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Peter Strait
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No one's mentioned Impulse yet? That one, for certain. (I can't speak to his latest release of Mottainai, but you may wish to give it a look as well.)
 
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Look at:

Isle of Trains
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thumbsup to The Builders: Middle Ages!
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Fleet
The Great Heartland Hauling Co.

Of the two, Fleet is the deeper game.

Also, Mr. Jack Pocket is a nice, small 2-player deduction game.
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As much as I love Innovation and Race for the Galaxy, neither of them are great for playing in compact spaces. Obviously they're both very portable, but the footprints can be considerable.
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Welcome to the Dungeon

So few parts, so much game!
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Great Heartland Hauling Company is a gem.
 
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Star Realms
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Jaipur
Citadels Good for a handful of players.
 
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Space Hulk, Death Angel
 
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San Juan and Sushi go immediately come to mind. Also, while small box, they take up a bit more space ( though similar to Targi ): Patchwork and Harbour are excellent. Oddville also looks good though I do not own it.
 
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+1 Harbour and Hanabi. You might also try the Pack O Game series; we like SHH.
 
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Chris Gallo
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Tiny Epic Kingdoms?
 
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I'd recommend Port Royal!

Skull King (reimplement of Wizard) is also very popular in my gaming group.

Spyrium has a relativly small box for a grown-up boardgame.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Red7 is what I recommend.
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San Juan (second edition)
Hive
Jaipur
Onitama
Valley of the Kings
The Resistance: Avalon
 
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