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Justin Malek
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Ok, so I've been on this Kapilands and Tycoon Online kick for a while now and I've been wondering, how many board games out there could emulate the same thrills I get from those browser-based business sims. The only games I have that come close to this are Puerto Rico, Agricola, and maybe Dominion (mind you, I LOVE these games).

Requirements (or therefore lack of):
Any theme suits me (but I'm probably going to see 100 train games mentioned)
2-4 players
The lighter the better, unless the heavy one is a must-play game
Some sort of business simulation (buy/sell goods, manufacturing, expansion of your empire, possible stock market)

I apologize for the lack of description. For those who play Kapilands or Tycoon Online, you'll probably understand where I'm coming from. For those who don't, try one of them, get a feel for it, and possibly produce a result. A Q&A is welcomed as well. Thanks!
 
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I highly recommend Container. Any mini-review I could give wouldn't do justice to the game so go read the reviews.
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Power Grid, For Sale, Container, Railroad Tycoon, Wealth of Nations

All of these would be good for different reasons. Check them out.
 
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Wealth of Nations looks like something that I was looking for, but Container looks light enough for me to teach to people. I have to consider my options when I purchase board games. Some players can handle stuff like Arkham Horror, while others you have to beg to play Catan with. You know the feeling
 
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Traders of Osaka and Queen's Necklace are both interesting business games worth exploring. They play under and hour.

 
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While dry on theme, Business Strategy is a great, older business model game of buying, manufacturing and selling.

It's not a highly-collectible game, so it can be had for very cheap online.
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Container since unlike most economic games, it doesn't simulate free markets, it creates them. However, it doesn't play 2.
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It is not out until around June, but Automobile by Martin Wallace sounds like it might be one that would fit some of your criteria. Possibly a little heavy and it is 3 to 5 players, but worth a look anyway. A recent post gives a pretty good description of how the game goes (but bear in mind the writer is Portuguese).
 
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Ian Klinck
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Fantasy Business isn't too bad.
 
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Depends on what kind of business you want.

Power Grid is undeniably the best one out there, but it isn't about manufactured goods, it is about energy trading and resource management.

If you want an investment/production driven game, Crude: The Oil Game is by far the best simulation of futures trading I've ever seen.
 
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Yea, Container is probably your best bet. I don't like it as a game, but I think it's probably the most realistic and enjoyable business simulation game.
 
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Power Grid? Bah, it's really not that great.
 
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Acquire (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5) is pretty simple and should fit the bill.
 
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Executive Decision is excellent
 
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wcdunning wrote:
Acquire (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5) is pretty simple and should fit the bill.


I like acquire a lot, but it lends itself more to an investment game I believe. There's not much about manufacturing or free markets. It's about getting the best return on your investment.

But maybe that's close enough!
 
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Clement Tey
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What about Le Havre?
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princemousey wrote:
What about Le Havre?
Le Havre would be good indeed. It contains many of the aspects you are looking for but it is towards the heavy side.
 
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