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Juhan Voolaid
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I quite like economy games and I wish to find some hidden gem on this subject. So just name some of the economy games which to you are the real deal. Let's leave 18XX out of this. It is a genre of it's own. Also, economy games are not just euro-games with money. But if you think for some reason this one is and you like - by all means, name it :)
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Arkwright
Food Chain Magnate
... lots of others, but those were the first two to spring to mind. (And if you're into economy games, you really should look at some of the 18xx!)
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Not sure exactly what constitutes an economy game, but I was surprised not to find Brass: Lancashire in your collection.

If you like Wallace's style, have a look at First Train to Nuremberg.

I also found Ground Floor quite interesting.
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Some more suggestions:
Power Grid
Indonesia
Planet Steam
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Master of Economy, 20th Century, Planet Steam, Locomotive Werks and The Scepter of Zavandor would be some of my recommendations.
 
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I don't know what Economy means, but I love Power Grid and Pretaporter.
I also love Brewcrafters.
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But what have I spent it all on?
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Automobile
 
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Greed Incorporated
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Wealth of Nations
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Baltimore & Ohio
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Hard to know exactly what you mean by economy games, even so:

Container is all about micro-economics. You may produce goods, and set your price; buy and warehouse those goods, setting your price; and buy and deliver those goods to an island, where the shipment is then auctioned. Pricing, price evaluation, and efficiencies are all a major part of this.

Wealth of Nations Where Container is micro-economics, you could say that Wealth of Nations is macro-economics.

Indonesia Expanding companies, producing and shipping goods, and merging companies.

Acquire and Shark are two older (far older for Acquire), fairly simple, but still definitely economic games about real estate and stock-valuation.

Imperial (or Imperial 2030 ) are stock/bond-acquisition and holding games where the valuations are driven by country performance in a war-game-ish environment. (Similar to how 18xx are stock-driven by train-company performance, but with far less complexity, especially in the markets.)

Arguably, many of the network building games are also economic, these include: Power Grid, Brass: Lancashire, Age of Steam/Steam/Railways of the World, Steel Driver, Chicago Express, and many more.
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Yeah, what I mean by economy. I think it is about making money + having a mechanic that is about solving real problem in "economy".

Container is the prime example.
Brass I haven't played, but I have Age of Industry for that - really like it and I wish there were more "industry" games like that.
Greed Incorporated I have played. Really felt 18XX without trains. I wish there were games more like it.
Indonesia is on my watch list - there is hope for a re-print.
Automobile I have not played. I am interested, but not sure I need to own it.
First Train to Nuremberg - I am a Wallace fan, but again. Liked to play, not sure about acquiring it.
Arkwright - it definitely looks like great economy game. Don't like the fantasy theme though.
Food Chain Magnate - also good choice. The designer is class of it's own, unfortunately I have not played any of his games.
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Jux_ wrote:
Arkwright - it definitely looks like great economy game. Don't like the fantasy theme though.


Arkwright takes place in far from fantastic late 18th century England.
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rosie_187 wrote:
Jux_ wrote:
Arkwright - it definitely looks like great economy game. Don't like the fantasy theme though.


Arkwright takes place in far from fantastic late 18th century England.

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For some reason I have confused Arkwright with Trickerion.
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Masters of Venice is a hardcore economic game...it's not so well-known, but it's the best economic game that I've played. It has a bit of everything economy-wise: Auction/Bidding, Commodity Speculation, Pick-up & Deliver, and Stock Holding.

 
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As mentioned Food Chain Magnate is a really good economy game.
 
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Jux_ wrote:

Indonesia is on my watch list - there is hope for a re-print.


This is being reprinted and will be available again in a month or two. We have it pre-ordered.
 
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