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Mike Lin
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I'm looking to fill my order with a couple of "heavier" games and my wondering which of these 3 is best for me: Pillars of the Earth, Notre Dame, and Caylus Magna Carta. I mainly play with my wife and sometimes with family members. Which is easier to learn/explain? Which may be enjoyed with non-gamers? Thanks.
 
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I haven't played Caylus Magna Carta, but it looks to be essentially the same as Caylus without the favor tracks and with the rest streamlined - so still a bit involved.

Both Pillars of the Earth and Notre Dame have a lot of special functions that need to be explained, however I feel Notre Dame plays easier. Pillars has several distinct phases that play follows in sequence from turn to turn where Notre Dame has a much more steady flow throughout its course. For that reason (and because I think it's just an overall better game) I would suggest Notre Dame.

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Another vote for Notre Dame to play with the family. Pillars is too quirky and nasty for a game with so much luck (even for me). CMC plays just like the original, and I think it would be a little heavy for family settings.
 
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I would say begin with Notre Dame then try Pillars...

I think once the get the hang of ND, they'll like Pillars a lot.

-DK

have yet to try CMC
 
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I've played all three, and would rate them for friendliness:

1. Notre Dame,

2. Pillars of the Earth

3. Caylus Magna Carta.
 
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I've only played Pillars, but it's my personal favorite for introducing new people to the genre of Euro games (even more than Catan or Carcassonne). The reason I feel it exudes such friendliness is due to the phased turn order (which ND and CMC may also offer).

By taking the lead and explain as I worked through the phases, most people I've taught have picked up the game by the second round.
 
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Pillars of the Earth.

Easier to learn.

Easier for non-gamers to grasp.

More family friendly.

The one that meets your requirements.


And I've played them all.



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