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James Bentley
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Well, I've pre-ordered Agricola without having played it, however, I've read through (most of) the rules and I'm very intrigued (sp.?) by it....so, as I said, I've pre-ordered it.
So, while I wait for it to be released, I'm looking for a board game that will scratch my "Agricola" itch...by this I mean something related to farming, that might also include animals. However, I need it to work well with 2 players, and if it plays well solitaire, that would be a huge bonus. (I realize I'm describing Agricola itself here...) Maybe even incorporate area control/territory building...maybe economics also.
Whew! Is this too tall an order? Am I being too picky? I'm just hoping that out of all that's out there, surely something currently available comes CLOSE to filling that bill.
I own and enjoy Puerto Rico, which is farming related....I've been looking at "Hacienda"...would this be a good choice?

Thanks for any and all input...!
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Those animals in Agricola are just cubes. So my advice is to grab Caylus or Pillars of the Earth or Leonardo Da Vinci or Age of Empires III.
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Speaking of cubes...you might get that itch scratched by playing Harvest Moon for the Nintendo Gamecube. No multiplayer...but lots of solitaire farming to be had while waiting for your boardgame version of farming.
 
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Roads & Boats perhaps?

Not actually farming, but there are donkeys and geese, the material flows are vaguely similar and it has excellent solo play options.
 
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I hear the Farming Game is pretty similar.
 
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SettlerOfCatan wrote:
Knizia has a new one coming soon called "Die watchen grassen gröwen"


Is that his follow-up game to the classic "Aufpassende Farbe Trocken"? (if you're going to be clever, use the real language) cool

 
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Thanks for the input, I appreciate it.

I guess the animals I mentioned was more of an after-thought, so they're not that important, but I AM looking for something along the same farming/agriculture theme....

Do the games you've mentioned play well 2-player, and how about solo? I've heard of Caylus, but don't know that much about it, however, I guess I should have mentioned that the game must also be a fair "gateway" game IF POSSIBLE....the person I will be playing with mostly is my wife, and she's not too keen on the brain-burners I've tried a couple of times before....

Thanks, I really do appreciate it....
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I've considered Roads & Boats, but I keep reading that the solitaire play is more of a puzzle than anything else....and the price of that thing! I can't talk my wife into spending more on a board game than we pay for electricity every month....whew!

So, is it REALLY just a puzzle solo?

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jrbentley wrote:
I've considered Roads & Boats, but I keep reading that the solitaire play is more of a puzzle than anything else....and the price of that thing! I can't talk my wife into spending more on a board game than we pay for electricity every month....whew!



I suggest you start leaving more lights on.
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DarrellKH wrote:
jrbentley wrote:
I've considered Roads & Boats, but I keep reading that the solitaire play is more of a puzzle than anything else....and the price of that thing! I can't talk my wife into spending more on a board game than we pay for electricity every month....whew!



I suggest you start leaving more lights on.



Well, it's more just a matter of getting my wife to stay on the bicycle longer......
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Check out Pillars of the Earth and see if it's a game you might be interested in trying/purchasing. Like Agricola, it uses cards and a worker placement mechanic. Caylus is up the same alley, albeit heavier than Pillars (but probably a similar weight to Agricola itself). I'd recommend Pillars first because it will come closer to satisfying the non-brain-burner requirement.

Scott Nicholson did a very nice video review of Pillars of the Earth -- watch it!


 
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Thanks, I will check out Pillars!

BTW, is it playable solo also....?


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tornspace wrote:
Very much like Agricola:




Hmmm, not sure if you're referring to Pillars....so Pillars doesn't play solo? Or are you saying Agricola doesn't play solo very well....?

(Is that paint thinned? Perhaps you should re-paint and thin no more...)

Thanks for the input!
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jrbentley wrote:
Thanks, I will check out Pillars! BTW, is it playable solo also....?

No, Pillars is for 2-4 players. There really aren't that many solo games out there, at least for most themed games.
 
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Hacienda is a great choice! :-)
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Thanks for all the input....after careful consideration, I decided on........

......Arkadia! (Yeah, I know, out of left-field.) I listen to some podcasts (love "The Spiel"!) and when I heard the review of Arkadia, it piqued my interest...I looked at several reviews, and decided to give it a try...however, I will end up trying Hacienda, too.....

Thanks for everyone's input, patience with a newbie, insight, points-of-view, senses of humor, 2-cents, etc, etc, etc.....



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