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c sanchez
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hi
our neighbor has organized a group of us for game night- he provides all the games and our group wants to get him a present as his birthday is coming up. I have access to Compleat Strategist in NYC, but I have been overwhelmed whenever go in there. Can someone suggest games which would be good to add to his collection?

This is what we've played under his tutelage:
Ra
Settlers of Catan
Carcasonne
7 Wonders
Big
Puerto Rico
High Society
Lord of the Water Deep
(and others which names i dont recall )
 
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I would suggest moving up in complexity a bit. Some of my favourite games include (in order from less of a step up to greater complexity/heaviness):

Glen More - great game, plays up to 5, second edition coming out fairly soon
Viticulture Essential Edition - probably my top pick for him, very thematic, and it plays up to 6
Caverna: The Cave Farmers - table hog, straightforward, plays up to 7
Hawaii - great, great game, excellent components, very thematic, plays up to 5
Keyflower - can be cutthroat, but smart, different, interesting, plays up to 6
La Granja - great farming simulation, very interesting and fun
Bora Bora - dice, fairly simply but very complex if you want to figure out how to score well
Trajan - the mancala is brilliant and everything fits together well, a classic
AquaSphere - awesome game! simple yet super-deep, tactical, very colourful and fun!
Dungeon Petz - The best game of all time (to me), perfectly thematic, smart, perfect...

The last six listed here could be considered to have about the same, medium-heavy, weight. I could suggest more if you're interested.
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Anthony Ferrise
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Hello! Great to hear you're getting into board games.

A couple I would recommend - of similar weight to the list you've provided:

- Notre Dame - a euro, point-salad game. Very accessible with interesting card drafting and action allowance mechanics.

- Glass Road - a touch meatier than the titles you've mentioned, but a lot of fun and plays very quickly for up to 4 players.

- Gold West - an area control game combined with a mancala mechanism. Plays very quick but offers great and difficult decisions. Plays 2 to 4.

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I am always surprised that so many BGGers are unaware of how impossible some games are to find.
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pfctsqr wrote:
I am always surprised that so many BGGers are unaware of how impossible some games are to find.


If someone has owned a game for some time, they won't be in the know about current availability.

And OOP games like ND are still floating around for trade, on ebay, etc.
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If he doesn't have 'em already, you might try Scythe or Terra Mystica...
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Tip: find out if your neighbor has a BGG account and if so, get his user name. Then search for him in the search bar, open his page and click on his wishlist.
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I recommend some of my favorites . . .

Evolution (due out any day is the improved Evolution: Climate)

Tin Goose (network building with a great demand mechanic)

Between Two Cities (lite, but fun; plays up to 7)

Power Grid (classic; also has numerous expansions)

Splendor (simple rules; great game)

Castles of Mad King Ludwig (folks have fun building their own castles)


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Get a copy of Wings for the Baron before it's no longer available. A great German style game.
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c sanchez
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pfctsqr wrote:
I am always surprised that so many BGGers are unaware of how impossible some games are to find.


David, yes- this I have come to understand as our game master always talks about what great lengths ($$$) he went through to get some games he used to play when he was younger!
 
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c sanchez
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quill65 wrote:
Tip: find out if your neighbor has a BGG account and if so, get his user name. Then search for him in the search bar, open his page and click on his wishlist.



ahhh, very astute. but this is a gift in secrecy and I won't be getting that user name without arousing suspicion. though i am sure he is a member
 
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cs2eye wrote:
quill65 wrote:
Tip: find out if your neighbor has a BGG account and if so, get his user name. Then search for him in the search bar, open his page and click on his wishlist.



ahhh, very astute. but this is a gift in secrecy and I won't be getting that user name without arousing suspicion. though i am sure he is a member


Oh, well then he's probably already read this thread and you should be getting a message from him shortly, such as, "Yo Sanchez, check out this cool new game I'm thinking of buying [BGG link]. Do you think the group would be interested? Oh, BTW, my username is xxxxxx."

Seriously though, it's hard to recommend a game for someone without knowing their collection and their preferences. Whatever you get, be sure to keep the receipt. In fact, a gift certificate to Compleat Strategist might be a better bet.

As for eurogame recommendations, here are some possibilities, with an eye towards their fit with your group:

Agricola: classic, if he doesn't have it already, then he should, and he should teach you it.

Concordia: outstanding game with interesting card play and not hard to teach/learn.

Five Tribes: pretty game, interesting game mechanics, fun to play.

Islebound: pirate/sailor themed euro that's a lot of fun. It's new and he might not have it yet.

Space Cadets: Away Missions : a campy scifi space themed coop dungeon crawler with a lot of dice chucking, but a surprising level of euro-like strategy.
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Keyflower
Five tribes
Splendor
Quadropolis
Tzolk'in the Mayan calender
Terra Mystica
Troyes
The Voyages of Marco polo
 
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pfctsqr wrote:
I am always surprised that so many BGGers are unaware of how impossible some games are to find.


I found my copy of Notre Dame used - so I thought I would throw it out there.
 
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I've seen 4+ copies in Germany in the last month... Nothing wrong with used.
 
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