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I have not played a ton of this year's releaseso but from browsing this site and reading reviews I have gathered that Joraku is a solid game that isn't getting huge publicity. Are there any other games that are "hidden gems"?
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I really, really like Risk Europe. Yes, it has the Risk brand which may have some people outright dismissing it, but it is really well done and now one of my favorite games. It is card driven with a unique (for Risk) combat system, and even has a bit of a Euro flair to it.
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Hmm. I bought into the hype and took the plunge on Cry Havoc. My gaming group doesn't play a ton of war-ish games so I'm not sure that'd be the best purchase now that I already got Cry Havoc. That is interesting to know in case I get an opportunity to play Risk Europe though.
 
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I agree that Joraku is a hidden gem and I enjoy my copy of it, but that's technically a 2015 game according to this site.

Out of the ones I own, here are some ones I feel don't get enough love in comparison to other well-known titles.

Automobiles
Covert
Mask of Anubis
Ninja Camp
Mystic Vale
Oceanos
Sushi Go Party!
World's Fair 1893

I wanted to add Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure, Lotus, and Yokohama, but I think they're getting the coverage they deserve. Yokohama won't be out until next year, but I own the Japanese version which has English and I love it. It's just hard to convince people to play it because they assume everything is in Japanese.
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Probably not your kind of game, but the heavy building/civ game The Colonists was way under the radar until Essen, and even then, most North Americans still have never heard of it, including game store owners I visit. It's an amazing game, but the publisher seems to have really dropped the ball on promotion in the English market, and the designer is new so there was no fan buzz. I was lucky to get a copy from my favorite FLGS, which had an employee who attended Essen pick up a copy.
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Sushi Go Party would be my pick as well. This is a fantastic game that improves on the original in every way necessary -- about as good of a gateway game as I could imagine.
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Project: ELITE is a really fun game that I think is being totally overshadowed by all the issues with its Kickstarter.
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+1 for World's Fair 1893
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+1 Risk: Europe. I had wanted a Risk replacer for a while, and this is a big change from regular Risk, but it needed to be. I am happy to let me old copy go.

My other big surprise, was how much I like The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game. I was hoping it might be say 70 percent as good as the excellent board game, but there is a chance of folks actually liking it even more!

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I'm in that camp, as is Tom Vasel! I just like how fast and fluid it is. It for me gives a good kicking to some of my other set collection card games. I really, really like it!

Downside is that despite having mini Euro cards, it does actually spread out a lot on the table. On the other hand, it packs into a much smaller box than the original, so is portable. But count out playing it on a tiny cafe table.
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Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?
 
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MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


Tiny Epic Western, maybe?
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MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


A Feast for Odin... its awesome!
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Sushi Go Party would be my pick as well. This is a fantastic game that improves on the original in every way necessary -- about as good of a gateway game as I could imagine.


I thought the issue with Sushi Go Party is that the first print run sold out much faster than expected?
 
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malibu_babe_28 wrote:
MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


A Feast for Odin... its awesome!


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Yes, I have heard great things bailout A Feast for Odin. I am kind of looking for a hidden gem in the worker placement genre though. Something I haven't heard much about. I gave been considering Odin though.
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A game that has flown under the radar, but still liked by everyone I've played with is Costa Rica
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malibu_babe_28 wrote:
MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


A Feast for Odin... its awesome!
It looks good, but I'm not sure I'd call it a "hidden gem". It's the next big Uwe game, so it's been pretty hyped for a while now.
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malibu_babe_28 wrote:
MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


A Feast for Odin... its awesome!


Great Western Trail.
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Best hidden gem: imo Ulm. I didn't get much noise beforehand like Great Western Trail, Terraforming Mars or A Feast for Odin, but is really nice mid weight old school Euro that is playable with both casual gamers and experts.

And the best 'hadn't heard of this one before' 2-player: Hanamikoji by EmperorS4.
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MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


Crisis is WP game that I actually enjoy. It doesn't happen often.
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MariettaTennis wrote:
Yes, I have heard great things bailout A Feast for Odin. I am kind of looking for a hidden gem in the worker placement genre though. Something I haven't heard much about. I gave been considering Odin though.


Well, like I mentioned above, The Colonists. You might also check out New Bedford.
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MariettaTennis wrote:
Does anyone have a suggestion for this year's best worker placement game that isn't a gateway game?


The Colonists is about as far from a gateway as you can and it is a worker placement variant. There's no blocking, but you pay the other player if you take an action where their worker is. There's also a spatial element to what actions you're allowed to take. Yummy, yummy.

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Probably not your kind of game, but the heavy building/civ game The Colonists was way under the radar until Essen, and even then, most North Americans still have never heard of it, including game store owners I visit. It's an amazing game, but the publisher seems to have really dropped the ball on promotion in the English market, and the designer is new so there was no fan buzz. I was lucky to get a copy from my favorite FLGS, which had an employee who attended Essen pick up a copy.


Is this a true 4x type of game? Or is it more friendly and doesn't feature extermination?
Is it more like Archipelago?

I'm really interested in this but there is so little info.
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quill65 wrote:
Probably not your kind of game, but the heavy building/civ game The Colonists was way under the radar until Essen, and even then, most North Americans still have never heard of it, including game store owners I visit. It's an amazing game, but the publisher seems to have really dropped the ball on promotion in the English market, and the designer is new so there was no fan buzz. I was lucky to get a copy from my favorite FLGS, which had an employee who attended Essen pick up a copy.


Is this a true 4x type of game? Or is it more friendly and doesn't feature extermination?
Is it more like Archipelago?

I'm really interested in this but there is so little info.


No, it's much more a big "multiplayer solitaire" euro building game. Players have their own board to put their buildings on,and then there is a main board that consists of hex tiles with actions. On your turn, you move your worker pawn(s) across the board, taking the allowed action on each hex tile you land on (take some wood, build a building on your home board, convert clay to bricks, etc). The interaction is more blocking: another player can land on the tile you have a pawn on, but they have to pay you for it, so you avoid doing that unless necessary.
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canadiankorean wrote:
quill65 wrote:
Probably not your kind of game, but the heavy building/civ game The Colonists was way under the radar until Essen, and even then, most North Americans still have never heard of it, including game store owners I visit. It's an amazing game, but the publisher seems to have really dropped the ball on promotion in the English market, and the designer is new so there was no fan buzz. I was lucky to get a copy from my favorite FLGS, which had an employee who attended Essen pick up a copy.


Is this a true 4x type of game? Or is it more friendly and doesn't feature extermination?
Is it more like Archipelago?

I'm really interested in this but there is so little info.


I am interested in this also, and Ulm. I will check these out. Crisis too I haven't heard anything about that one.
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