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Badger Man
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Got a friend in need of a gift. Briefest possible description of his experience:

Rages at Archipelago
Loves Twilight Struggle and Puerto Rico
Said 'Anything with cards'

Not much to go on so am appealing to y'all...
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Carcassonne
Splendor
Ticket to Ride

Carcassonne is by far the easiest and though you can block opponents it's usually doesn't happen until you know the game.

Splendor is also very easy but the strategy has more depth and you have to plan ahead.

Ticket to Ride has a few more rules and definitely can be competitive, it doesn't have to but can be. Still very easy but not 'mental' of a game as Splendor. DEFINITELY get the 1910 expansion for this base game. And if you like it there are standalone versions that have maps all over the world. Each with a few added and different rules. But the USA is the first and most likely the best to learn from, with the expansion.

Me? I'd get all three for sure.

If you want a deeper game but co-op Pandemic.

 
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Something heavier with a drafting/deck building mechanism:

Terraforming Mars
Great Western Trail
Blood Rage (includes area control and miniatures)

7 Wonders for an easier game
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All good suggestions

I think he had something heavier in mind.
 
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Ken at Sunrise wrote:

I apologize, but given the OP said he loves Twilight Struggle and Puerto Rico, both medium heavy Euros, I think those suggestions are far too light.

I'd go for something like Concordia, Terraforming Mars or Great Western Trail

edit: ninja'd. In that case +1
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One of his group owns Blood Rage and I own GWT. 7 Wonders is a good shout though...
 
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If he loves Puerto Rico, the games don't have to be too 'simple' I guess.
Have a look a Lords of Waterdeep or Stone Age: nice gateway workerplacement games. Look good, easy to grasp and lots of fun.
Or maybe Potion Explosion or Kingdom Builder. Gmes look also impressive, straightforward rules and just fun to play. They also work when coworkers or other casual gamers are over for dinner and games.
If he likes cards, try a deckbuilder, like Valeria: Card Kingdoms or Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure.
These are all gateway games.
Highly recommended games that are more the weight of Puerto Rico are Terraforming Mars and Concordia. Two of my favorites!

Edit: ninjad for some titles.
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We have a couple of copies of Concordia kicking about. Does Terraforming Mars not still suffer the whole component quality thing?
 
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badger101x wrote:
We have a couple of copies of Concordia kicking about. Does Terraforming Mars not still suffer the whole component quality thing?

The player boards do suffer from being knocked, but the component quality issues are overrated IMO. They're better than Castles of Burgundy, and the game deserves better, but they aren't 'bad'. They're just not 'great'.
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badger101x wrote:
We have a couple of copies of Concordia kicking about. Does Terraforming Mars not still suffer the whole component quality thing?

My copy has seen between 20 and 30 plays and I don't have any complaint yet. Was a little woried the first time I saw the game. But the quality of the components seem to be better than they look.
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badger101x wrote:
We have a couple of copies of Concordia kicking about. Does Terraforming Mars not still suffer the whole component quality thing?


If you have Concordia, the new version of Brass coming out might be along your lines. The art is beautiful and the game definitely has depth.
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Yeah a close friend got the full Brass package and am really looking forward to that
 
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Sounds like you need something a bit more offbeat. Take a look at Lewis & Clark for a great mix of deckbuilding and worker placement.
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game for area control, combat, and engine building.
If it can be without cards: Keyflower is one of my favorites. It nicely combines worker placement and bidding with some tile-placement and a resource production.
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Because he likes Twilight Struggle and wants something with cards, I'd recommend Combat Commander: Europe.
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Thanks for the suggestions folks... I don't think cards were essential but he clearly enjoys managing hands and resources...
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badger101x wrote:
Yeah a close friend got the full Brass package and am really looking forward to that


I'm looking forward to Brass as well. Somehow, don't ask, I'm getting three copies. Now I need to find someone who wants two of them.
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Always willing to help a fellow Badger.

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anything from GMTs' Coin series -- pick something with a theme you think he will like:
https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/208026/guide-gmt-game...
GMT's own site: http://www.gmtgames.com/c-36-coin-series.aspx
+1 Combat Commander Europe

Now, if you also have a requirement 'plays 4 or 5' then this is not a very good list. Let us know about player count if it matters.
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Commands & Colors: Ancients and the rest of that family are great medium-light card-driven games.
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2-5 player count is generally the range...

So far am thinking:
Terraforming Mars
Some GMT title
Istanbul
7 Wonders
Lords of Waterdeep

All good suggestions... decisions, decisions
 
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Another recommendation for Great Western Trail. Simply an amazing game, your friend will love it!
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Beyak wrote:
Another recommendation for Great Western Trail. Simply an amazing game, your friend will love it!


In the same "Great Designer Series" is Kraftwagen. Also really fantastic.

Also try Evolution: Climate
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