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Love the genre. A bit out of the mix, and haven't been following game release news. I originally had "2017" in the title instead of "New," but I didn't want to overly constrain the request.

Nusfjord is the only one I've clocked that is a new addition.

Anything else? Hell, am I missing a classic (now that I'm gone to the trouble of listing out what I own)?

My collection already:

Keyflower
Caylus
Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport
Le Havre
The Pillars of the Earth
Vinhos Deluxe Edition
Russian Railroads: German Railroads
Chimera Station (on order).
Alchemists
AquaSphere
Bora Bora
Charterstone (on order)
Istanbul: Mocha & Baksheesh
Viticulture Essential Edition (+ Tuscany)
Spyrium
Orléans
Troyes
Myrmes
Ora et Labora
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Harbour (aka Tiny epic Le Havre)
Village
The Voyages of Marco Polo
Trickerion: Legends of Illusion

(and I'm omitting Trajan and games like Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done, or The Oracle of Delphi since the vast majority of the "game" revolves more around managing your player board than the WP elements of the title).

You may notice Agricola and Caverna aren't on this list. Never tried the latter, and never liked the former.
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Check out Champions of Midgard and its expansions Champions of Midgard: Valhalla and Champions of Midgard: The Dark Mountains
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Newest worker placement I have heard of is Calimala, which just came out at Essen. You can see a playthrough with Heavy Cardboard which is pretty good.

For older worker placement games, if you don't already know of them:
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - interesting time aspect to the worker placement
Stone Age - my introduction to worker placement
Dominant Species - this is like El Grande on steroids + worker placement
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djn1981 wrote:
Newest worker placement I have heard of is Calimala, which just came out at Essen. You can see a playthrough with Heavy Cardboard which is pretty good.

For older worker placement games, if you don't already know of them:
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - interesting time aspect to the worker placement
Stone Age - my introduction to worker placement
Dominant Species - this is like El Grande on steroids + worker placement


Ahh, yes, Tzolk'in. How could I leave that off my list! Updated.

Stoneage I would have liked in the early days, but I think it's too simplistic for my tastes today (as is Lords of Waterdeep, but the expansion helps bring it to the level).

Dominant Species is one I have overlooked. I know the name, and have considered it, but never pulled the trigger. Thanks for the reminder.

Looking into Calimala now.
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A Feast for Odin is pretty new still and I personally find it excellent.

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djn1981 wrote:
For older worker placement games, if you don't already know of them:
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - interesting time aspect to the worker placement
Stone Age - my introduction to worker placement
Dominant Species - this is like El Grande on steroids + worker placement


All excellent suggestions!

Not new, but for your classics list, I might add (if you haven't tried them): Kingsburg, Alien Frontiers, and Yedo
 
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I just played Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game this week, and it's straight-up worker placement.
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Newer worker placement games that I love (and you haven't already listed):

Lorenzo il Magnifico
The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
Covert
Ex Libris
Papà Paolo
Coal Baron: The Great Card Game
Coldwater Crown
C.O.G.
Yokohama
New Bedford



Ones I'm looking forward to, but haven't played yet:

Rajas of the Ganges
Agra
Harvest
Dinosaur Island
Keyper
Ave Roma
Montana
Rise to Nobility
Calimala
Wendake


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Ranior wrote:
A Feast for Odin is pretty new still and I personally find it excellent.



The Patchwork puzzle stuff turns me off. Am I being harsh? Is it a pretty brilliant WP besides that? The overwhelming amount of action spaces right from the start also was a bit of a turn off, but I honestly have only glanced briefly.

Regnad Kcin wrote:


I might add Kingsburg, Alien Frontiers, and Yedo


Kingsburg is on my radar as a new edition looks right around the corner. Alien Frontiers I've been told wasn't too hot with two, which is my main play count... but perhaps.

Yedo I flirted with in the past, but decided to leave out. Isn't it OOP now anyway?
 
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Harvest packs a lot of stuff into a pretty small box. Agricola like without the feeding requirement and interesting turn order mechanism.
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Anarchosyn wrote:

The Patchwork puzzle stuff turns me off. Am I being harsh?

You are being too harsh.

It's really one of the best

We also should add Raiders of the North Sea and Village because they somehow do it different.
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I don’t know if it’s the best of late, but my son and I have really been enjoying Raiders of the North Sea. Like, a lot.

Edit: Oh man. It wasn’t listed above when I wrote this. Now I’m just a copycat. Let’s call it +1 for Raiders.
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If you liked Vinhos you could have a look at Lisboa
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Stannis the King wrote:
Anarchosyn wrote:

The Patchwork puzzle stuff turns me off. Am I being harsh?

You are being too harsh.

It's really one of the best

We also should add Raiders of the North Sea and Village because they somehow do it different.


Will take another glance at Feast of Odin.

Village (and all expansions) are in my collection. I've updated my list.

Raiders I didn't realize was WP. Explorers was on my list for a bit, but I can't remember my opinion on Raiders.. Since Jason also seem adamant I check this out (nods to the post below yours), I'll prioritize a few videos.

mirkocano wrote:
If you liked Vinhos you could have a look at Lisboa



Is that Worker Placement? I have it sitting on my kitchen table right now, as it arrived yesterday (but I was set up to actually play Vinhos of all things). I broke the shrink wrap, nabbed the rules to my bedside, but haven't peeked just yet.

Cool.
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+1 for Manhattan Project Energy Empire...
and Manhattan Project of course.
Then there is Anachrony (my personal number one of all time) and Trickerion if you are after heavier games.
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Not mentioned yet (I think): Anachrony Worker placement with miniatures, variable player powers and an interesting "debt" mechanism.
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A Column of Fire is a new Ken Follet based game and seems to change up the dice/worker placement scheme since the dice end up counting the time you must utilize the characters you pick. Haven’t tried it yet, but I think it looks interesting.
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Anarchosyn wrote:
mirkocano wrote:
If you liked Vinhos you could have a look at Lisboa



Is that Worker Placement? I have it sitting on my kitchen table right now, as it arrived yesterday (but I was set up to actually play Vinhos of all things). I broke the shrink wrap, nabbed the rules to my bedside, but haven't peeked just yet.

Cool.

If you're classing everything you originally listed as worker placement then I don'tthink you knwo what worker placement is in the first place.
 
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Not too old:
Yunnan -- one review called it a "knife fight in a phone booth." ~ OOP

Another Asian theme: IKI
-- technically not WP, but a beautiful game with interesting movement/interaction.
~ 'funagain.com' has copies.

If Lisboa isn't WP ... CO₂: Second Chance will qualify. Great designer.

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TheRocketSurgeon wrote:
Anarchosyn wrote:
mirkocano wrote:
If you liked Vinhos you could have a look at Lisboa



Is that Worker Placement? I have it sitting on my kitchen table right now, as it arrived yesterday (but I was set up to actually play Vinhos of all things). I broke the shrink wrap, nabbed the rules to my bedside, but haven't peeked just yet.

Cool.

If you're classing everything you originally listed as worker placement then I don'tthink you knwo what worker placement is in the first place.


As is often the case when the socially maladjusted enter a thread, their accusations say more about their own inexperience than those they accuse.

If you're going to be the antagonistic kid in the corner nobody really wants at their party, the least you can do is back your hubris up with some specifics.

Do I consider Village a worker placement? Not really, but somebody brought it up, and I reconsidered, so it got added to stave off other references (it is sort of a worker placement, but not really -- it isn't the main means of action selection).

Everything else in that list I stand by.

p.s. Troyes might be what you're kvetching about, no? People have argued, successfully in my opinion, that the dice are workers of relative strength (ala Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia), as they are used to activate action spaces.

Worker placement doesn't have to necessitate blocking.
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Has anyone played Dinosaur Island yet?

I see it is a worker placement or at least has that mechanic, how is it?
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odie73 wrote:
Not mentioned yet (I think): Anachrony Worker placement with miniatures, variable player powers and an interesting "debt" mechanism.


The miniatures are a separate purchase, and aren't cheap. The game looks intense, though. I definitely wanna try it.
 
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Great list. I am a big WP fan. Two of my favorites that are not on your list:

Dungeon Lords

Tribune: Primus Inter Pares

Neither is new. Both have quality expansions.

Dungeon Lords is excruciating because you always need to take more actions than you are able. You choose where to place your workers before knowing where others will place theirs!

Tribune requires you to collect different sets of cards and each space offers a different way to get cards - purchase open cards, purchase blind, compete in an auction, etc. Then, using these cards, you vie with other players to control different factions. Game comes with different victory conditions depending on number of players and target game length.

Highly recommend both games.
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Ranior wrote:
A Feast for Odin is pretty new still and I personally find it excellent.



And Russian Railroads.

These are the two I came to recommend. Russian Railroads is hard to find, but so, very good.
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