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Andy Szymas
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Some of my favorite games include Anachrony, Argent, Manhattan Project. These are all worker placement games where the individual workers may be unique or have special rules/powers. Any suggestions for games to round out my wishlist that have similar type mechanics?

(Dice Placement is almost like a subset of this, but it's also something I enjoy, so feel free to recommend those as well!)
 
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I haven't played it yet, but it is very high on my wish list.

Chimera Station, a sci-fi worker placement game where you actually pull apart and change your workers (aliens) to have specific powers, looks awesome and is reportedly an under appreciated gem of a game.
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Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
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The Voyages of Marco Polo
Dice are workers

Finished one game tonight with my wife, great game.
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What do you think ofObsession? Different workers perform different functions and you have to manage your workforce based on the guests and activities you want to play.
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I guess it's more action selection, but Railroad Revolution
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Mecanisburgo has unique workers and hidden worker deployment, along with all kinds of other bananas stuff. its not necessarily a great game, but its weird enough to be worth a look if you like off the beaten path kind of stuff.
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Outlive comes for me to mind. The workers have different strength values. Stronger ones can bully weaker ones. That means that if you play the strongest first, then that resource is save. On the other hand, if you play weaker workers first, you have stronger ones left later, allowing you to pressure opponents.
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Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia

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Might be what you're looking for:
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Viticulture with the Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture expansion had specialty workers. I'm not sure that module has been incorporated into the newest "Essential" version of Tuscany though.

Caverna: The Cave Farmers kind of has specialty workers in the form of Adventurers. Any worker can be an adventurer, which then leads to certain spots on the board being more profitable, but it takes an action to promote a normal worker to adventurer, and not everyone chooses to do it.

Perhaps this is obvious (the OP having mentioned The Manhattan Project), but there's also The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, and The Manhattan Project 2: Minutes to Midnight.
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Ex Libris has one worker with special powers.
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Raiders of the North Sea has 3 different colors of workers — some colors get you more stuff on certain placements. Most placement spots require a certain color of worker. So you want to be planning your next turn when you’re deciding what to do for your 2nd move (pick up a worker) in your current turn.
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Frisches wrote:
Ex Libris has one worker with special powers.


Actually, now that you mention it like that, even without the expansions Viticulture has the "Grande" Worker, which works differently than the other workers.
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Keyper: Most worker have a specific profession and will give you a bonus when used in the right place.

Lorenzo il Magnifico: The "strength" of each worker is determined by a dice roll at the beginning of each round.
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I've never played it so I can't say if it's any good, but I remember at some point being really interested in Archon: Glory & Machination which has a system where workers have special powers. All your workers start off as basic ones and throughout the game you can take actions to upgrade them to have particular powers.
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CrazyGardener wrote:
I haven't played it yet, but it is very high on my wish list.

Chimera Station, a sci-fi worker placement game where you actually pull apart and change your workers (aliens) to have specific powers, looks awesome and is reportedly an under appreciated gem of a game.


This game was my first thought when I read the thread title. It's indeed a good game, and mutating your workers is something I never encountered before. I wouldn't call it my favourite worker placement game, but I do think it's underappreciated.
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Bora Bora uses dice as workers.
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In Troyes you place your workers to have dice to perform specific actions (trade, military and religious).
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Moai has workers with variable effect, in some areas they are placed hidden (e.g. competing for cutting wood in the dwindling forests).
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CrazyGardener wrote:

Chimera Station, a sci-fi worker placement game where you actually pull apart and change your workers (aliens) to have specific powers, looks awesome and is reportedly an under appreciated gem of a game.

Somehow I had never heard of this, but it does seem great. Thank you.
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Trickerion is a beautiful worker placement games where your magician and his different apprentices and specialists are the workers.
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I second Chimera Station, I think it's a great game and psychically modifying the workers feels really new and fun.

An older game featuring workers of different strength is Lancaster.

And when it comes to dice placement games I agree that The Voyages of Marco Polo and Bora Bora are great choices.
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Frisches wrote:
Ex Libris has one worker with special powers.

I feel like your wording was vague/cryptic.
So to clarify, each player has 3 workers. 2 generic workers and one with a unique special ability.

I haven't played it yet but Demon Worker has unique worker powers.
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In Village the workers represent different generations of a family, the older ones die sooner than the younger ones, so you have to plan out who does what action for you because some workers might die before getting to finish their actions.
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