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nithos nithos

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Looking for some recommendations for a friend. He is big on worker placement and Rosenberg designed games.

Core collection contains:
Agricola + Expansions
All Creatures Big and Small + Expansions
Thunderstone
Caverna
Small World + Expansions
Power Grid
Mansions of Madness

He wants something with a strong theme and specifically mentioned he only owns one deckbuilder. Plays 2 player with his SO and game nights with up to 5.

Budget is under $30.

I am leaning towards Patchwork, but looking for additional suggestions.
 
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Lewis & Clark or Islebound could work.
 
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Lords of Waterdeep is a good option.
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LarryKruger wrote:
Lords of Waterdeep is a good option.

I'll heave in with a +1 for Lords of Waterdeep.

My personal fav is Dominant Species, but too heavy for most.
 
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The obvious answer is Caverna: Cave vs Cave
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PaulEvans wrote:

My personal fav is Dominant Species, but too heavy for most.

He already owns this one, but I don't think it hits the table much.
 
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quill65 wrote:
The obvious answer is Caverna: Cave vs Cave

Wasn't even aware of this game. It does seem like a pretty good fit.
 
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If you don't want to give "another" Rosenberg game I would suggest Keyflower. It is designed by Richard Breese who invented the worker placement mechanic. In Keyflower it is combined with bidding, special building tiles and a resource engine. Awesome game, has quickly become one of my favorites. Plays also well from 2 to 6 players. It goes over your budget but so do most other suggestions.

A -1 for Lords of Waterdeep. That is an entry worker placement game. Probably too light for him considering the other games he likes.

Caverna: Cave vs. Cave is the 2-player "spin-off" of Caverna. If he has just one regular gaming partner it may be an option.
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Since everyone is ignoring your $30 limit, I will throw Covert in the mix. Dice placement for 2-4 players. Cold war theme.
 
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The $30 limit really narrows the field. I'll throw in Tiny Epic series.
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nithos wrote:
Looking for some recommendations for a friend. He is big on worker placement and Rosenberg designed games.

Core collection contains:
Agricola + Expansions
All Creatures Big and Small + Expansions
Thunderstone
Caverna
Small World + Expansions
Power Grid
Mansions of Madness

He wants something with a strong theme and specifically mentioned he only owns one deckbuilder. Plays 2 player with his SO and game nights with up to 5.

Budget is under $30.

I am leaning towards Patchwork, but looking for additional suggestions.


$30 budget? How old is your friend, 12?

Seriously though if he likes worker placement he will really enjoy Champions of Midgard, a ridiculously underrated game.
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nithos wrote:
quill65 wrote:
The obvious answer is Caverna: Cave vs Cave

Wasn't even aware of this game. It does seem like a pretty good fit.


It's a perfect fit: this is an excellent little game, under $30 and he likes ACBAS and Caverna. In fact, it's such a good fit, you should make sure he hasn't bought it already.
 
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Maybe Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar is something that fits the budget.
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Try Stone Age
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nithos wrote:
He wants something with a strong theme and specifically mentioned he only owns one deckbuilder.


This may be way off target, but might he be hinting that he would actually like another deck builder? That would certainly be more achievable within the budget.
 
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willshaw67 wrote:
nithos wrote:
He wants something with a strong theme and specifically mentioned he only owns one deckbuilder.


This may be way off target, but might he be hinting that he would actually like another deck builder? That would certainly be more achievable within the budget.

Yeah, that's why I included it in the post. Most of his games lean toward the heavy side (from my perspective), while deck builders seem to lean towards the lighter side.
 
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Swaygodeus wrote:

$30 budget? How old is your friend, 12?

Seriously though if he likes worker placement he will really enjoy Champions of Midgard, a ridiculously underrated game.


I just used friend to gloss over the details. Most people seem to be completely ignoring the budget limit set anyways.
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nithos wrote:
Swaygodeus wrote:

$30 budget? How old is your friend, 12?

Seriously though if he likes worker placement he will really enjoy Champions of Midgard, a ridiculously underrated game.


I just used friend to gloss over the details. Most people seem to be completely ignoring the budget limit set anyways.

I actually took the effort yesterday and checked prices of several worker placement games. I did not find one that was rated highly and cost less than $30. I think La Granja was about the cheapest with ~$35 online but excluding shipping. I think you either need to relax your budget or look for a different type of game.

If your friend would be interested in combining worker placement with deckbuilding Lewis & Clark is an excellent option. It is certainly a pretty heavy game though.
 
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odie73 wrote:

I actually took the effort yesterday and checked prices of several worker placement games. I did not find one that was rated highly and cost less than $30.


I appreciate the effort. There wasn't an obvious pick, hence the thread.

Would Discoveries be too much of a step down in complexity based on his existing collection?
 
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The Prodigals Club is $36 (Coolstuff) and plays 2-5 players. Some people don't like the theme (lose your possessions, social status and political campaign), but for others the theme is a blast. Very good worker placement at all player counts, but best at four.
 
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New Bedford Highly underrated. Plays really well with two. A couple of different paths you can take to victory.

Sail to India So much euro in such a tiny box.

Tiny Epic Galaxies A nice little dice assignment game with the ability of others to follow actions.
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Spyrium neat worker placement by the inventor of the genre. nice twist on the basic worker placement mechanism. a market-based mechanic driving up prices and increasing opportunity cost. plays great 2-5 players, scaling naturally due to the market. available cheap (several $10 entries on the geek market)

Star Realms (or hero realms) for a cheap deckbuilder. very fun little game, expansions available if it strikes a chord. only 2 player though.
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