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Victor van Waveren
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First off, I still love Catan and have a ton of fun playing it.

I’m at that point though, that I want to try something else, but still in the same vain as Catan.

I’m a big Dice Tower fan and have watched a ton of top 10 lists and still don’t have a good feel for what to try.

Basically this is how I’d like to post he question: “Oh, so you love Catan, why don’t you try this game the next time you play a game…”


Thanks for any feedback!
 
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Could you elaborate a bit? Helpful information would include: likes, dislikes, favorite mechanisms, player count relevance, duration preferences, etc.

Off the bat, though, I am going to say The Castles of Burgundy and Roll for the Galaxy.
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It struck me while playing Concordia for the first time that it would be a good "next game" after Catan.

It has a very simple rule set and a more interesting approach to building than in Catan. Blocking is a non-issue, it just gets more expensive if you are late to the party in a given location.

And no trading with other players. If I want to trade with other players, I'd rather play something completely different, like Colosseum or Bohnanza.

Edit: goofs.
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TheSAguy wrote:
First off, I still love Catan and have a ton of fun playing it.

I’m at that point though, that I want to try something else, but still in the same vain as Catan.

I’m a big Dice Tower fan and have watched a ton of top 10 lists and still don’t have a good feel for what to try.

Basically this is how I’d like to post he question: “Oh, so you love Catan, why don’t you try this game the next time you play a game…”


Thanks for any feedback!


It really depends on what you like most about Catan. If you like the general theme and the strategy, then +∞ for The Castles of Burgundy.

If, however, you enjoy all the over the table interaction (dealing for sheep and wood and such), then you might enjoy something like Cosmic Encounter more.

Still, I personally don't think you can go wrong with The Castles of Burgundy.
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Have you tried the Catan expansions? If not, they can give Catan a refresh.
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oilerfan wrote:
It struck me while playing Concordia for the first time that it would be a good "next game" after Catan.

It has a very simple rule set and a more interesting approach to building than in Catan. Blocking is a non-issue, it just gets more expensive if you are late to the party in a given location.

And no trading with other players. If I want to trade with other players, I'd rather play something completely different, like Colosseum or Bohnanza.

Edit: goofs.


+1 for Concordia! We've successfully pitched and played this with our friends as "better than Catan."

Plus, Shut Up & Sit Down has a RAVING video review of it that you can share with your friends to peak/test their interest.

We cite the positive features such as:
-Scoring at the end! No feeling sad that you're behind on the score track.
-No blocking! No feeling stuck early in the game and suffering for 2 more hours.
-Multiple paths to victory! Feel one path getting constricted? You can pivot strategies.
-Multiple paths to what you want! If you want something badly, there's more than one way to get it.
-A game of abundance, not famine. Not a Uwe game where you barely survive.
-Really fast turns! Of course new players will be slower at first; but once you've learned it, turns are really short.

 
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I've been looking for Catan 2.0 for a long time.

If you like the trading aspect, I am not really sure of a good alternative. If you like the expanding across a map, I recommend Archipelago or Concordia.
 
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I just remembered Mare Nostrum: Empires from another thread. It has a cool trading system, and you get to build buildings across the board. Plays best at 5, but is a legit 90 minute game.
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I would suggest you update your BGG profile to include all the games you own and how you rate them. Then you can find Geek Buddies and have a constant flow of game ideas.

And be very, very poor.
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We love Catan and had a hard time finding anything that scratched the same itch. However, here are some that we have really enjoyed after playing Catan:

Catan: Cities & Knights
Stone Age dice rolling and resource management
Castles of Mad King Ludwig build a crazy castle and get points for adjacency, secret goals, and public goals
Archaeology: The Card Game - some similiar mechanics to Catan, but in a compressed time frame (trading, stealing, losing half your cards, etc.)
Machi Koro - dice rolling certain numbers produces certain things. Build different buildings with different numbers to accelerate your growth.

If you like player interaction, here are 2 I would recommend:
Santiago - farming game with area scoring, bribery, and once-round auctions
Cosmic Encounter - negotiation game where each player has a special power
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Alhambra, Ad Astra.
 
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I've heard Deus described as a step up from Catan. But you may want to branch out and try some other classics, like

Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
Pandemic
Takenoko
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Antike II -- civ lite without dice or other randomness

Chinatown -- the best trading game

Trains -- deck-building driving meaningful board play

 
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Compounded has a good trading aspect, if that's what you're interested in.
 
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I'm assuming you are just starting out on this boardgame discovery. Catan is a great gateway game to Eurogames and you may want to experience more of these types of games. I highly recommend you take a look at the Hotness list (on the left side of the screen). Also take a look at the top 100 (or even 200) and take a closer look at what catches your fancy.

My interest in Eurogames grew with my first xp with Settlers of Catan. I loved the game so much that for a while, I only bought anything related to Catan such as the 2 expansions, the cardgame version, historical scenarios and offshoots. At my FLGS, I was fortunate enough to experience other Eurogames and bought the ones that I enjoyed also. Later, I learned of the Spiel des Jahres award and bought a few that won that coveted award.
 
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How much are you willing to ramp up the complexity?

If you really want to harvest limited resources and build up your faction on an island (or group of islands) then take a look at Archipelago.
The game is gorgeous and there are all kinds of things you can build...if things go well.

 
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Phogg wrote:
How much are you willing to ramp up the complexity?

If you really want to harvest limited resources and build up your faction on an island (or group of islands) then take a look at Archipelago.
The game is gorgeous and there are all kinds of things you can build...if things go well.



This is definitely a great "next step" game. However, be aware that the time needed to play it will be double or triple how long it takes to play Catan.
 
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Victor van Waveren
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I just wanted to say thanks for all the replies and great suggestions.
I'll update my profile and digest what had all been mentioned.

Thanks again!!
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Phogg wrote:
How much are you willing to ramp up the complexity?

If you really want to harvest limited resources and build up your faction on an island (or group of islands) then take a look at Archipelago.
The game is gorgeous and there are all kinds of things you can build...if things go well.



+1 Amazing game! If this suits your fancy, 'Keyflower' is another great tile based game in a similar level of complexity!
 
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My brother and sister in law were huge catan lovers until I introduced them to Stone Age(who doesn't love rolling dice?), Mare Nostrum(trading, area control, economic), Empires age of discovery(area control, economic) and Lords of Waterdeep(resource management). The one they loved the most is Stone Age and I think you would too to start, it's easy to learn and has an element of push your luck and can be very cut throat like catan can be sometimes.

They still like the game and I don't mind playing it now and again but if given the choice they always choose one of the above over it.

I would also add dice city and+ 1 for machi koro as they are similar to one aspect of catan. Hope this helps
 
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El Grande. Fast to learn but more strategy than Catan. No dice or other luck elements.
 
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This is probably jumping off the deep end a bit, but I have always felt that Glass Road and Terra Mysticagive me a similar feeling to Catan, almost Catan-Advanced.
 
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Dan Winnowski
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KristopherHickman wrote:
This is probably jumping off the deep end a bit, but I have always felt that Glass Road and Terra Mysticagive me a similar feeling to Catan, almost Catan-Advanced.


Haven't played Glass Road. Totally agree re Terra Mystica. But I think an intermediary step would be better.
 
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Handa doen Concordia and Terra Mystica for me.
 
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