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Scrumpy Jack
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I love this sort of game, and while I wait to get my hands on a copy, what other games like this and Twilight Struggle can I get my grubby hands on? [edit] In print or easy to get :)
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Not out yet, but pre-orders for Imperial Struggle are up at GMT Games right now.

For games currently available, there really isn't anything that similar. The closest game I could recommend is Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. Instead of influence, you have governance, posture, and alignment. It's also an asymmetric CDG.
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Guess it depends what you like about it!

Two titles come to mind right away -- not sure about present availability but if they're not available now they should be relatively soon.

1960: The Making of the President. Probably completes the list for you. The Z-Man edition is likely hard to come by at a good price right now but GMT is currently taking preorders for a revised edition due out next year. I think it's a great title that absolutely shares a lot of design points with TS and 1989.

Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 – ?. Another card-driven war-like game in which hearts and minds are far more important than victories on a battlefield. It's a little further afield but I think you'd pick it up quickly. Bonus points include a robust bot for solitaire play, if that's something you're into.
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13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis is also a quick alternative.
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You may like Wir sind das Volk!.
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Shauneroo wrote:
You may like Wir sind das Volk!.

Beat me to it. There are many similarities, like OPs and events, a political, Cold War theme, disaster management and asymmetry. However, this is a different kettle of fish. To win as the West, you need to know the game quite well or have an East player who doesn't pick cards that boost his socialists so you win through "Socialism Fails". Experienced players say the game is balanced, but it takes quite a few plays to get there.
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Szajko wrote:
13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis is also a quick alternative.


This. Probably my favorite 2 player game released this year
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vidra wrote:
Shauneroo wrote:
You may like Wir sind das Volk!.

Beat me to it. There are many similarities, like OPs and events, a political, Cold War theme, disaster management and asymmetry. However, this is a different kettle of fish. To win as the West, you need to know the game quite well or have an East player who doesn't pick cards that boost his socialists so you win through "Socialism Fails". Experienced players say the game is balanced, but it takes quite a few plays to get there.



Played it so many times, but could not crack the puzzle. The East won all the time. It IS really unbalenced IMHO.
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At the wargame-ier end, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage is an excellent choice, and Washington's War is (a remake of) the game that originated the card-based system that TS and 1989 use. Both really fun games.
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Szajko wrote:
vidra wrote:
Shauneroo wrote:
You may like Wir sind das Volk!.

Beat me to it. There are many similarities, like OPs and events, a political, Cold War theme, disaster management and asymmetry. However, this is a different kettle of fish. To win as the West, you need to know the game quite well or have an East player who doesn't pick cards that boost his socialists so you win through "Socialism Fails". Experienced players say the game is balanced, but it takes quite a few plays to get there.



Played it so many times, but could not crack the puzzle. The East won all the time. It IS really unbalenced IMHO.


Did you know they made rules change?

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1509731/rules-changes-versi...
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Riku Riekkinen wrote:
Szajko wrote:
vidra wrote:
Shauneroo wrote:
You may like Wir sind das Volk!.

Beat me to it. There are many similarities, like OPs and events, a political, Cold War theme, disaster management and asymmetry. However, this is a different kettle of fish. To win as the West, you need to know the game quite well or have an East player who doesn't pick cards that boost his socialists so you win through "Socialism Fails". Experienced players say the game is balanced, but it takes quite a few plays to get there.



Played it so many times, but could not crack the puzzle. The East won all the time. It IS really unbalenced IMHO.


Did you know they made rules change?

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1509731/rules-changes-versi...


I didn't, but it seems a VERY (two years) late realisation of something so many people mentioned earlier, and makes one wonder what else they might have missed...
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Riku Riekkinen wrote:
Szajko wrote:
vidra wrote:
Shauneroo wrote:
You may like Wir sind das Volk!.

Beat me to it. There are many similarities, like OPs and events, a political, Cold War theme, disaster management and asymmetry. However, this is a different kettle of fish. To win as the West, you need to know the game quite well or have an East player who doesn't pick cards that boost his socialists so you win through "Socialism Fails". Experienced players say the game is balanced, but it takes quite a few plays to get there.



Played it so many times, but could not crack the puzzle. The East won all the time. :( It IS really unbalenced IMHO.


Did you know they made rules change?

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1509731/rules-changes-versi...


Yeah, I use the new rules and I can totally see how the game is balanced with experienced players, where the West knows exactly how to exploit a weakness of the East, but for people learning the game, East is much more straightforward and as such, it wins most games.
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You have to try Forged in Steel!

It just came out, and it uses very similar mechanics as 1989 and TS, but instead of a war setting, you are building up a town in Colorado. It plays up to 4 players, and the reviews so far are pretty glowing. I personally love it, and can't get it to the table enough.
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