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Jordan Garcia
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Right now, the only worker placement I have is Lords of Waterdeep. What would be a good, "next step" game for this genre?
 
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Yedo or Viticulture perhaps? Maybe Manhattan Project.
 
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Tzolkin, Stone Age, Dungeon Petz, The Village
 
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nyem24 wrote:
Yedo or Viticulture perhaps? Maybe Manhattan Project.


Add Snowdonia and Lancaster.
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Coin22 wrote:


Village is good. Stone Age is on the same level as LoW. Tzolk'in and Dungeon Petz are definitely more than just the next step up although Tzolk'in has the easier rule set.
 
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Next step in complexity or next step into new mechanics?
 
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Snowdonia
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+1 for snowdonia
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My progression has been:
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small E Lords of Waterdeep E Agricola E Fields of Arle

The nice thing about learning Agricola is that you can play the "family variant" without cards, and then introduce more complexity when everyone is ready. If you have iOS, the Agricola app is also a great tool for both learning and just trying it out.
 
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nyem24 wrote:
Yedo or Viticulture
 
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Dominant Species - if you want a fantastic 3-4 hour worker placement, area control, euro war game

Keyflower - worker placement with a lot of fun complexity and auctions.

For worker placement, I would also look into dice placement games:
Covert - dice placement, code cracking, completing mission cards.
Steampunk Rally - fantastic game, includes 7 wonders style drafting, dice placement, and racing.
Alien Frontiers - haven't played this one.
Kingsburg - new edition coming out soon that incorporates some expansion that was essential for the first edition to shine. Haven't played this one.
 
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Another +1 for Snowdonia.
 
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+1 on Village, but agree with another poster that Stone Age is the same level as Waterdeep.

Champions of Midgard is about the same level as Stone Age, but gives you fewer workers and more places to place your meeples, so it's a bit more interesting than Stone Age. I have never played Waterdeep.

I would recommend The Gallerist because at its heart, it's a very simple worker placement game as you only have one worker and can only go one of four places. However, there are so many cascading effects to those choices and so many layered end game scoring factors that the mechanics aren't really a step up, but the complexity is probably two or three steps up, easily.
 
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GoingTopShelf wrote:
I would recommend The Gallerist because at its heart, it's a very simple worker placement game as you only have one worker and can only go one of four places. However, there are so many cascading effects to those choices and so many layered end game scoring factors that the mechanics aren't really a step up, but the complexity is probably two or three steps up, easily.


I'd say the Gallerist is both a good and bad idea in that it's clearly, technically worker placement, but it doesn't really matter that it is.

I'd urge OP to stop looking for "worker placement" games and instead look for "great" games. It shouldn't matter that it uses a certain mechanic. Especially WP, as an action mancala, dice placement, card play, and many similar action limiting mechanics can all be used to create the similar tension and inability to always do the thing you want.

When you get to decent "Worker Placement" games like Gallerist, Dominant Species, Madeira etc. They're deep enough to not have this one bloated headline core mechanic sitting over the top of them, and instead become their own indiviudal experience full of all sorts of different mechanics used in their own creative ways. Yes they contain WP, but it doesn't matter.
 
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+1 Keyflower, also check out Archipelago.
 
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