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Charlene
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Apologies for my millionth thread. I'm trying to find one last game for my bf and in the course of this my brain has turned to mush and I can barely think anymore.

So! Thematic euros. I don't really care what the theme is, just so long as it isn't "here are 3 black cubes and 2 orange cubes for 2 victory points" kinda thing. Something where the theme actually matters, as far as euros go. Actually I do care a little about the theme. I'd prefer no farming or stuff like viticulture and vinhos. They're just not drawn to that.

I'll accept hybrid recommendations.

Playing to 5 players is a bonus but 4 is ok. Edit: I'd like the game to scale to 5 now.
Playtime under 2hrs.
Weight... under 3 in the bgg scale.

I'm currently eyeing up Chimera Station and The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire but I don't know how thematic they are.

What do you consider to be the best thematic euros? Thanks as always!
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I would recommend Evolution, since it matches all your criteria. The theme is strong in my opinion.
Chimera Station is not really thematic, Manhattan Project more so, but I think both games are not very good games.
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Pay Dirt is about mining gold in Alaska. Contains an auction element, which I didn't like (so my copy went up for sale), but the way you'd build your small mining enterprise and run your dirt through it to find gold felt very thematic.
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I know that I already recommended that in one of your other threads - but I think that Blood Rage really fits your criteria here. cool

Really.

Oh, and Legends of Andor might be worth a look.
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I could go on and on, but I'm not sure more is better.

FWIW, I don't find Evolution very "Euro". Same with Blood Rage.
And original Manhattan Project is superior to Energy Empire.
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Cuba is perhaps not quite as thematic as you'd like, but I certainly feel that the actions fit the story in the game. Players each run a plantation in pre-revolution Cuba. Although there is a farming element here - harvesting crops, shipping them for a good price, selling them straight to the market, or perhaps refining them to garner a better price - you'll also spend a good amount of time erecting new buildings on your plantation, which will offer new abilities (cafès, banks, black markets, a golf course etc.), and occasionally you'll be bribing the government to put in effect only those laws that benefit you.

Btw, the expansion Cuba: El Presidente works really seamlessly with the base game, and in my book adds +1 on the BGG enjoyment scale.
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Dawaran wrote:
I would recommend Evolution, since it matches all your criteria. The theme is strong in my opinion.
Chimera Station is not really thematic, Manhattan Project more so, but I think both games are not very good games.


Awesome, I'm glad you said that because I've already bought evolution! laugh

stoerenfried wrote:
I know that I already recommended that in one of your other threads - but I think that Blood Rage really fits your criteria here. cool

Really.

Oh, and Legends of Andor might be worth a look.


He's played Blood Rage and didn't really like it I checked out Legends of Andor earlier and I'm not sure about it. I think he'd prefer a different theme. Not sure. Thank you.
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Fresco, although it only plays four.
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Photosynthesis, where your trees grow according to whether they receive light (or don't grow when shaded).

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Myrmes is more thematic than the other euro I have, though it's about 3.4 complexity. But it's got cute ants!
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Scythe, Outlive, and Champions of Midgard are the best 3 'thematic' euros that I've played.
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Kraftwagen
+1 for The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire
+1 for Evolution: Climate but I wouldn't say it's at all a Euro game, even though it rocks.

I've played Kraftwagen often and it's one of my faves. Easy to learn and play, but a great theme.
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Lords of Waterdeep
 
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Denga wrote:
Scythe, Outlive, and Champions of Midgard are the best 3 'thematic' euros that I've played.


A post-apocalyptic euro... surprise

If this was 5p I would have bought it already but right now I'm going to stick it on my ever-changing list for me to mull over. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
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Food Chain Magnate For.The.Win



Thebes- one of the most thematic Euros out there. Only 4 players though.
Tigris & Euphrates- Classic

Cleopatra and the Society of Architects- Very pretty.....


High Frontier (Third Edition)- The hardest thematic Euro
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GeoffreyB wrote:


Wait, what? Looks like a lot of cubes to me.... whistle

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TedW wrote:
GeoffreyB wrote:


Wait, what? Looks like a lot of cubes to me.... whistle








What about now? You can start the video @ ~ 1:14, or click here...




 
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Shifting Realms is a recent one that I have been enjoying very much.
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The game I own that most strongly creates a narrative and I most easily get into the theme of is De Vulgari Eloquentia. It plays five, takes about two hours, weight I'd say is just a bit above three, and it's most definitely a euro.

You start out as merchants in Italy and decide to work to unify the Italian language, throughout the course of the game you can join the church by becoming a monk and later a cardinal (if you can make the right connections). The game ends when the pope dies at which point one of the cardinal players can become the next pope, but for that you need a lot of political support, and you need to be the most knowledgeable person among those who qualify.

In the meantime you're travelling around Italy and doing various things to study the local languages, such as collecting manuscripts in the five local dialects, studying the Riddle from Verona and Canticle of the Sun, and potentially studying at the University of Bologna. Mechanically it's solid, but honestly the big appeal every time I play is getting into my character's adventure, you really do come out of every play with a story.
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feldfan2014 wrote:
TedW wrote:
GeoffreyB wrote:


Wait, what? Looks like a lot of cubes to me.... whistle








What about now? You can start the video @ ~ 1:14, or click here...






I have those deeples. Game still has no theme.
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The Voyages of Marco Polo is a really solid Euro and one of my favorites. Aside from filling contracts, you travel the Silk Road, with all much of the known world open for you. The player powers make each game exciting and have a good number of "Oh I get it!" moments. Plus, every aspect of the components is on point and makes for a very immersive experience.
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TedW wrote:
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weight... flexible but under 3 in the bgg scale

Nope
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qudoz wrote:
feldfan2014 wrote:
TedW wrote:
GeoffreyB wrote:


Wait, what? Looks like a lot of cubes to me.... whistle








What about now? You can start the video @ ~ 1:14, or click here...






I have those deeples. Game still has no theme.


I never said it did. But at least you are now trading "3 black cubes rogues and 2 orange cubes fighters" for those 2 points now.
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Shakespeare is a great, very thematic euro and fits the other criteria, too.
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