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Wes Whitener
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My family loves this game, it's one of the few games my wife and two daughters (10&11) all want to play with me. They love building their own little castle.

Can you guys recommend other games that have a similar level of complexity and also feature a city/village/town/castle/farm building mechanic?

I know there's a lot but most of them are too dry or too harsh scoring-wise (like Agricola), this one strikes a nice balance of being a good game but also not punishing you too overtly for just building for fun and not for points...



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I know you said "not Agricola" but have you tried Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small? It gives the kind of feeling you're talking about - the only problem is it's just for two players.
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weswhitener wrote:
My family loves this game, it's one of the few games my wife and two daughters (10&11) all want to play with me. They love building their own little castle.

Can you guys recommend other games that have a similar level of complexity and also feature a city/village/town/castle/farm building mechanic?

I know there's a lot but most of them are too dry or too harsh scoring-wise (like Agricola), this one strikes a nice balance of being a good game but also not punishing you too overtly for just building for fun and not for points...





Good question. I would say The Castles of Burgundy as I get a similar feeling of satisfaction at the end when I see how developed my castle estate is. It's also not too tricky to get the hang of. Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small is very family friendly, compared to Agricola, and is a very pleasant farm development theme. Carcassonne and Keyflower might be interesting. Of course what you consider dry may differ to my opinion.
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Matt Williams
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Try Quadropolis, it is slightly easier than Ludwig but offers a nice, city building game that emphasises fun over work.

Also if you really like Ludwig there is always Suburbia which is by the same designer and has very similar mechanisms (so similar that I sold Suburbia when I got Ludwig)

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Jim Andrew
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it isnt exactly what you're asking for, but

weswhitener wrote:
They love building their own little castle.


weswhitener wrote:
this one strikes a nice balance of being a good game but also not punishing you too overtly for just building for fun and not for points...


definitely check Karuba. it's much lighter than ludwig, but playing your own board is just so much fun
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Alhambra is a bit simpler, but there are plenty of expansions to add some complexity and/or keep it interesting. In some ways I prefer it to Ludwig, though it doesn't have anything like the Master Builder (prices are set by the game rather than the players).
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Wes Whitener
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Thanks! These are some great options... Isle of Skye & Keyflower seem promising. I do want to get All Creatures as well... lots of other good suggestions here as well, thanks guys
 
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I'll add Among the Stars to this conversation. (Or, you could wait for Fields of Green by the same designers that was recently kickstarted)
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Dirk Meijlof
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Have a look at this thread about games where the joy comes from building not winning.
 
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Jeff Carter
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Can't believe no one has recommended Suburbia yet. It's made by the same person!

Edit: whoops, just realized I missed it as a second recommendation in an earlier post. Disregard!
 
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Suburbia and Carcassonne are great tile laying games!meeple
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I won't repeat some of the other recommendations, but to add to the list we really love Don Quixote. Each player has the same base board but a random group of tiles each round. A caller announces the next random location on the player boards and each player chooses a tile from their available pool for the space, trying to match aspects of the tiles to maximize points in various ways. There's no interaction but a lot of commiserating and a huge feeling of satisfaction when your strategy pays off and you score big in the final round when everything comes together.



You can try it online or on a phone/tablet, and if you like it it's pretty inexpensive as board games go.

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=donquixote.and...
Online: http://brettspielwelt.com/Hilfe/Anleitungen/DonQuixote/?nati...
 
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