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Nathan Clark
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I'm looking for a game where you are building up property (of any type - shares, houses, railroads, shops, companies, bricks - whatever) and you get money or resources to play with.

I love that feeling you get when you're playing a game and feel "rich", or when you feel poor, but you have a plan to get rich.

I want the feeling you get with Monopoly where you are playing with money and resources. Having said that, I am totally over Monopoly.

I should also say that I am looking for a game that won't scare non-gamer friends and family away. It can't be too long (under 2 hours) and it can't have too many rules and stipulations.

Based on advice received so far, I have narrowed my list down to the following:

Acquire
Metropolys
Chinatown
Manila
Chicago Express
Shark
Container
Wealth of Nations
Stone Age
Saint Petersburg

As you can see, my list is still pretty large. Any advice you can offer on these games would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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Pete Belli
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Playing Redneck Life would make almost everybody feel rich.
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pete belli wrote:


Playing Redneck Life would make almost everybody feel rich.


Or The Mad Magazine Game.
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Moneyworld Inve$tor
Mansions & Money
Making Money
Double your Money
Money, Power, Respect
Money! Money! Money!
Money Bags
It's Only Money The Game
Leave It To Beaver Money Maker Game
Easy Money
Money!
Steam
Who's the Richest?
Rags To Riches
Race to Riches
Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggarman, Thief
Strike it Rich
Strike It Rich
Richie Rich
"You'll Never Get Rich"
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I think I know that feeling you are talking about. I may be mistaken, but what makes me feel that way is not just having a lot of money, but having an amount that allows me to buy (or not, if I choose) a lot of things in the same game that gives you very little options when you are poor.

Many of the games in your list seem to be games where the money you have is really just meant to buy certain specific and predetermined things. I would much prefer a whole array of options that could affect my game by their purchase or even by a non-purcase, i.e. growing my wad of cash and scaring my opponent with its potential. To me, feeling rich is very much about saving money so that you have it to spend when the time (and price) is right. I would love a game that rewarded you for saving by presenting delicious opportunities to buy low for big game impact.

For some reason, the games that I thought of when you described feeling rich were games where there is lots of different stuff to buy every turn. So I thought of the old MB GameMaster series games like Axis and Allies or Conquest of the Empire. Those, however, clearly do not fit into your condition of "can't be too long (under 2 hours) and it can't have too many rules and stipulations".
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Acquire is a truly classic game. The rules are not hard, every game is different, and an average game lasts a few hours. This game is at the top of your list, and you should just go out and buy it.

The longevity of this game is proof that it is a truly great game.

You also might want to look into some of the train games. I have played 1870 a few times, and though the rules are fairly complex, after a couple of plays you start getting the feel for how the stocks work, and you manage both your personal wealth and company wealth while building the rail empire of your dreams.
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Not Metropolys. This game will leave you feeling poor as the game progresses--your options shrink rather than expand the farther you get into the game, and there's no money to play with. It's a great game, but not what you're looking for.

I think you would very much enjoy Genoa (recently rereleased as "Genoa") although it doesn't fit several of your criteria. It'll take 2-3 hours to play, and it's not particularly light on the rules, and it will scare away non-gamers. So I wouldn't say "run out and buy it" but if you ever have the chance to play someone else's copy you should. The framework of the game is very "loose" and you'll win or lose based on your trading acumen and negotiation skills. If you win, you'll not only feel rich, but you'll feel that you got that way because you were clever, not because you had a lucky draw.

I own but have not yet played Chinatown. Judging from the rules it might be the game you're looking for.
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Power Grid really gets the money flowing after you get a few cities. That always makes me feel rich. Of course, it can also make you feel poor when you don't have the resources to bid on the power plant you want.
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Chicago Express is great. Get it.

A harder, longer game that I like better is Imperial, but I don't play it often because it takes about 3 hours.
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Also consider:

Tycoon
Bazaar
Puerto Rico
For Sale
Catan
Goa
Power Grid
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The rules for Vegas Showdown start with "You are a multi-millionaire." I always figure we could just stop there and call it a "win".
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My list for that particular set of requirements is rather short:

Acquire
Acquire
Acquire
Acquire
Acquire

The one game in my collection I couldn't live without. Very good game, with a great feeling of triumph and enough luck to keep it interesting. Super simple rules and good for gamers and non-gamers alike.

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A game that was mentioned in another recent thread -- Vegas Showdown -- would seem to fit the bill here.
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I'm usually just starting to feel rich at the end of a game when I play Catan. I love getting eight cards on a roll, and sometimes wish the end game had a second phase after everyone was sufficiently "developed".
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Cashflow 101 - it costs a lot, but if you find it in a thrift store or know someone who has it, give it a try.

Triopoly - I've never played it, but it's supposed to be an off-shoot of Monopoly.

Cuba - you get to buy votes, and buy items needed at market. Having cash can definitely affect the game.
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Natdog wrote:
Having said that, I am totally over Monopoly.


LOL. Good thing you added that, or you'd have the BGG vigilantes after you.

Monopoly's not that bad, is it? (It's been a long time for me, and I don't know if I ever played it right.)

Oh, btw, I'll suggest an out-of-print game, FWIW: Merchant of Venus.

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Drew Spencer
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There's a great feature on this site to help you narrow it down:
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Which game(s) should Nathan buy?
Acquire
Metropolys
Chinatown
Manila
Chicago Express
Shark
Container
Wealth of Nations
Stone Age
Saint Petersburg
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Nathan Clark
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Drew - this is brilliant!

Thanks for setting this up. I look forward to seeing the results.

Thank you everyone else for your comments and suggestions.
 
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