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Chris Steele

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Hi! I'm just getting into the hobby in a serious fashion and I've never played a worker placement game. I like simple or medium weight rules and games and was wanting suggestions for good intro worker placement games for me and my group to try.
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David Marowske
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Lords of Waterdeep seems to be one that gets recommended a lot. I like it and it is easy to teach.
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Brian Berger
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Lords of Waterdeep is solid. Another one I would recommend would be Stone Age.
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Raiders of the North Sea
Lords of Waterdeep
Stone Age
Viticulture
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Eric Matthews
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Carcassonne, is in my oppnion the true starter worker placement game, though I know others will disagree about it being a true WP game.

Stone Age
Lords of Waterdeep
Base Viticulture
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Darek C
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Definitely try
Stone Age
Lords of Waterdeep

think about
Tikal

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William Korner
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Agree with above - Lords of Waterdeep and Stone Age are very good worker placements that are easy to teach and fun to play.
 
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Russ Williams
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Another vote for Stone Age.

Ganybyte wrote:
Carcassonne, is in my oppnion the true starter worker placement game, though I know others will disagree about it being a true WP game.

It indeed seems quite a stretch to call Carcassonne a worker placement game. E.g. there are not specific places continually available to all players when vacant. There is no characteristic concept of a worker placement phase, then a separate phase to resolve the selected actions. Indeed some of the placed meeples never come back in Carcassonne. And "resolving" a "worker" in Carcassonne does no real "actions" except giving points. Etc.

One might as well call Go a worker placement game.
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Evan
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The majority of my game collection is worker placement and Stone Age is not only one of the most accessible, but it's also one of the best.
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Chris Steele

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Awesome! Thanks so much for all the suggestions. Will definitely be looking into these!
 
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Gláucio Reis
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Another vote for the default recommendations: Stone Age and Lords of Waterdeep. I'm an experienced gamer and still think they are among the best worker-placement games (if you take the "mandatory quests" out of the latter, that is).
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Josh Worley
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Other really fun options for gateway worker placement games are:

Yakitori
Gear & Piston
 
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Chris
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Burger Boss

these other games like Waterdeep.. they're fine but overpriced and themeless. Burger Boss is actually MORE thematic and WAY cheaper, but otherwise really quite comparable to the base Waterdeep game.

Note that "Worker placement" is just one of so so many mechanisms, and people don't really demand other mechanics in the same way as this, mostly as these games you're being quoted are mostly JUST that one huge mechanic with not much else of interest going on. I'd really really urge you to NOT look for Worker Placement games and instead look for games that you think look great, no matter what the principle mechanic in them is.

But if you want the bestest war / area control game that also includes a worker placement mechanic, Dominant Species is a fantastic game.
 
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Check out Coal Baron when you have a chance.
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Chris Steele

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I'm not just looking to only get into worker placement or 1 style of mechanic. My collection so far has somewhat of a variety of mechanics and I do just try to get games that look fun or interesting to me regardless of mechanics/reviews/etc. I just want to try out the mechanic to see if I actually enjoy it first.
 
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DarkStar13 wrote:
Hi! I'm just getting into the hobby in a serious fashion and I've never played a worker placement game. I like simple or medium weight rules and games and was wanting suggestions for good intro worker placement games for me and my group to try.


I introduced someone who had never played a worker placement game to the mechanic with A Feast for Odin . They had a mental breakdown shortly after I explained placement option 53.

Lords of Waterdeep would get my nod.
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Amy Ash
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On the lighter scale, but we really enjoy Champions of Midgard.
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Lords of Waterdeep.

Played this recently with someone who isn't a huge gamer and they won the first time. Their thoughts? "This is like Agricola, only way easier."

It's worker displacement distilled to its most core components with just enough to make interesting. Highly recommend that game.

Stone Age is also a good beginner game.
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Jeffrey Spenner
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Viticulture, definitely (especially if you enjoy a game with a strong theme). The base game is quickly graspable but still immensely enjoyable even after many replays. Then, you can trick it out all sorts of ways with the Tuscany and Moors expansions. Plus, the art and production is beautiful.

After a single (solo!) play, it skyrocketed to become one of my favorite games, and I don't see it dropping much anytime soon.

Edit: As far as I can remember, this was also my introduction to the worker placement mechanic. I'm equally hooked to it as I am to the game.
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Viticulture is excellent. However, I do think it is more involved than either Waterdeep or Stone Age. I'd suggest Viticulture if you find the theme significantly more appealing than the other two and if you are comfortable with a medium-weight game vs a lighter game.

Not that Viticulture is super complicated, but it has more moving parts than the other two.
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James Wahl
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Stone Age is the perfect basic worker placement game, and almost the only one I need. Also, dice.

Also, Carcassonne is definitely a worker placement game. Controversy!
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Definitely stone age. It's always a hit with 'new' gamers we introduced it too. My group isn't a fan or Lords of Waterdeep because they think it's too simple. I haven't played it, but that still sounds like a good game for you.
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Dan Mansfield
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Lords of Waterdeep or Stone Age. If I had to pick just one, I'd go with Stone Age; it's more fun with the dice, which a lot of non-gamers like because a little randomness usually appeals to those who don't want to get invested in learning the strategy.
 
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