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Madhujith Venkatakrishna
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Hi All,

I have Puerto Rico and Caylus and enjoy them both, but wanted to know how does The Princes of Florence compare? I saw an earlier post that spoke about Goa and this, but wanted your thoughts around the above mentioned games.

Thanks for helping.

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Madhu
 
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madhujith wrote:
Hi All,

I have Puerto Rico and Caylus and enjoy them both, but wanted to know how does The Princes of Florence compare? I saw an earlier post that spoke about Goa and this, but wanted your thoughts around the above mentioned games.

Thanks for helping.

Best,
Madhu


Not very similar - Princes is an auction game, there's more similarity between Princes and Goa for that reason.

Would you like Princes if you like Caylus and Puerto Rico? - depends if you like the auction mechanic or not really. There are multiple routes to victory in Princes (put on big works, put on lots of works, build etc) and you need to plan, like in the 2 games you mention - but game play is different. Also depends on how many people you usually have for gaming, Princes really needs 4-5 to shine.

Best to check out the reviews (or comments) to see if it sounds like a game that appeals to you.
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I agree with Nick. POF is a completely different game to Caylus or PR. It has a similar complexity (maybe slightly simpler) but the gameplay is different. POF seems to be an acquired taste. I like it, but I have trouble finding people to play it with. It does have a keen fan base, and a good rating on BGG, but it is not a casual players game. If possible, try before you buy?
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One thing worthy of consideration is the number of players you tend to have available. In my opinion PoF is a fine game for 5 players but diminishes rapidy with less than that. Compared to PR and Caylus which play very well with 3 or 4 players and reasonably with 2.
 
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Prince of florence doesn't play at all like PR or Caylus and compared with goa, the only similarity that I could find would be the auction system that's all. PoF is a good game but needs to be played by 3 or more players as per PR and Caylus realy work well in a 2 player game. Goa works very well at 2 players or more. I would recommand Goa before PoF. But both are good games.
 
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madhujith wrote:
Hi All,

I have Puerto Rico and Caylus and enjoy them both, but wanted to know how does The Princes of Florence compare?
BADLY.

IMO, PoF is almost unplayable with 5 people - and some are saying that's what its sweet spot is? surprise

I don't even like playing Caylus or Puerto Rico, and I'd still recommend people to play those instead of 5-player PoF.
 
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Thank you all for the responses.Well being in India is a difficult place to try out board games as we do not have access to any one of them and have to get it through friends and family who travel outside :-( but one thing is emerging that PoF might not be the greatest pick for a smaller group say 2-4.

Will probably go in for Goa in that case.

Thanks again,
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IMO, PoF is almost unplayable with 5 people - and some are saying that's what its sweet spot is? surprise

I don't even like playing Caylus or Puerto Rico, and I'd still recommend people to play those instead of 5-player PoF.


PoF is my top rated game and I will only play with 5 players because it is fiercely competitive with 5 players. It pales with 4 or less (everyone gets what they want at some point and it becomes a simple game of efficiency).
 
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reapersaurus wrote:
madhujith wrote:
Hi All,

I have Puerto Rico and Caylus and enjoy them both, but wanted to know how does The Princes of Florence compare?
BADLY.

IMO, PoF is almost unplayable with 5 people - and some are saying that's what its sweet spot is? surprise

I don't even like playing Caylus or Puerto Rico, and I'd still recommend people to play those instead of 5-player PoF.



I obviously would recommend Princes of Florence over Goa, regardless of the number of players! However, Princes of Florence is not very good when playing against inexperienced players. The exception being if new players have been taught basic concepts, such as auction values, standard actions for Round 1 (buying 1 Profession Card and 1 Freedom,) the fight for Best Work, properly converting Florin from Works and so forth.

For a better understanding of the game, I recommend reading the strategy articles written by Linnaeus. Below is the first in the series of 3 articles:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/79193
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