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Ra is the only game to date that I've rated a 10. It's a 10 in my book because I have yet to encounter another game that makes me feel like Ra does.

My heart literally starts beating faster during some of the tile draws. It's the 3rd epoch. There is only space for one more Ra on the track. The opponent needs to pull a specific monument to amass enough points to win the game. I'm screaming in my head, "Ra, RA, RA!" He reaches his hand into the bag and pulls out a...

I also enjoy it because when it is my turn not only does my heart get to beating a little bit faster, but I've been loving the agonizing decisions! They can be as simple as should I call Ra or should I pull another tile? Should I use my god tile to grab that pharoah? Should I bid on this lot with the 1 sun in the middle? So simple but sometimes so tough!

I'm going to continue to play Ra and play it a lot, but I sure wouldn't mind finding another game that did this to me.

Any suggestions? What games get your heart pounding?
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One that really suprised me this way is Fjords. The SO and I got this figuring it'd be a nice, mellow tile-laying game.

It is an easy and quick game of placing and laying tiles, but the decisions aren't easy. We love it, even though it's anything but mellow.

Bonuses (for us anyway): inexpensive, and takes up little space on the shelf or the table.

Downside: it is two-player only.
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nmadd wrote:
My heart literally starts beating faster during some of the tile draws. It's the 3rd epoch. There is only space for one more Ra on the track. The opponent needs to pull a specific monument to amass enough points to win the game. I'm screaming in my head, "Ra, RA, RA!" He reaches his hand into the bag and pulls out a...


So what tile did he pull?! I've got to know!!
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nmadd wrote:

Any suggestions? What games get your heart pounding?


Sounds like you could go for some games that are all about pushing your luck;

Can't Stop
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I think some of the best similar moments come from card games like Spades or Hearts. A more "gamey" game would be Tichu though. Are you going to make that tichu call? Is someone going to bomb you just before you can go out?
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cosine wrote:
nmadd wrote:

Any suggestions? What games get your heart pounding?


Sounds like you could go for some games that are all about pushing your luck;

Can't Stop
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I think this is on the money. What excites you about Ra is the press-your-luck element. I would also add Lost Cities to the list of ones you might check out. Double or Nothing could work as well if you can find it.
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cferejohn wrote:
cosine wrote:
nmadd wrote:

Any suggestions? What games get your heart pounding?


Sounds like you could go for some games that are all about pushing your luck;

Can't Stop
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I think this is on the money. What excites you about Ra is the press-your-luck element. I would also add Lost Cities to the list of ones you might check out. Double or Nothing could work as well if you can find it.

Hey, you two are right. I think this is what gets me going.

I do have Lost Cities and my wife and I have played it 50+ times already. We do enjoy it quite a bit and you are right that it does have a bit of that element.

I'm definitely checking out the other games mentioned.

Thanks!
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cosine wrote:
nmadd wrote:

Any suggestions? What games get your heart pounding?


Sounds like you could go for some games that are all about pushing your luck;

Can't Stop
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Cloud 9 as well. Pickomino
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Battle Line or Schotten Totten seems like a slamdunk, given your comments above.

For a multiplayer game, Taj Mahal perhaps.
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That's funny, I came in here about to recommend Ra.
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Maybe San Juan or Race for the Galaxy. You might be familiar with these games. You use cards as both buildings and money. The agonizing decision is when you really want to build a few different buildings in your hand, but you will need to discard one as money to pay for another.
 
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Thebes has tile drawing that can result in groans or exuberance depending on what you pull.

Biblios has a little bit of a press-your-luck element to it during the donation phase. Plus, it's just a very good game.
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Thanks for all the additional suggestions. I've got a lot of games to look into.

I own and/or have played RftG, San Juan, Battle Line and Taj Mahal. I love RftG and Battle Line - good suggestions there, thanks.
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nmadd wrote:
My heart literally starts beating faster during some of the tile draws. It's the 3rd epoch. There is only space for one more Ra on the track. The opponent needs to pull a specific monument to amass enough points to win the game. I'm screaming in my head, "Ra, RA, RA!" He reaches his hand into the bag and pulls out a...


So what tile did he pull?! I've got to know!!

Knowing my luck, probably the monument he needed.
 
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For edge of the seat randomness yet still having some teeth to how you play I really enjoy:

Marvel Heroes

 
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Twilight Struggle. I always feel like I'm on the verge of losing, even when leading by VP down to the very last card, maker placed, op spent.
 
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morningstar wrote:
That's funny, I came in here about to recommend Ra.


That's not funny, that's coincidental.

Funny is a nudist playing an accordian.
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Tichu!!!!

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Tichu!!!!



That was my instictive response as well. IMHO, no game delivers the heart-pounding moments and agonizing decisions quite like Tichu does.
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I may be an oddball but Oh Hell! (and the related Wizard) does this for me.

"Will I make my bid? I will as long as the lead card on the next trick is not hearts... Please, please... no hearts.... AH! HEARTS!"
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