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Hello fellow BGGers, I come to you all with another question. Power grid has gone over very very well in my gaming group, I'm looking for the next step after it. We really enjoy the simple rules yet deep play. The supply/demand mechanic is awesome and we love it. The time of ~90 min to 2 hours is also fine. So the big question is what economic type game should I get next, these are a few of the ones I was thinking about, any other ideas are greatly appreciated too..

Automobile
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Steam

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So you're done with Power Grid, then? Wore it out? Exhausted all its possibilities? Just getting so stale that you now need another game to replace it--or more than one?
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I just bought Brass, but haven't jumped into the rules just yet. I have read here that new players may take 3-4 hours to get through the first game, but I'm still looking forward to trying it.
 
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As a huge Power Grid fan, I think Automobile is probably what has come closest to the "Funken Experience".

Accomodates 3-5 players (though 3 is out of question for me), plays in ~2h, and is also about jockeying for turn order on 3 tracks (roles/executive action/plants), with some twists. Awsome game, completely different in its mechanism from PG but also so close in the feeling of the game. Neither more difficult nor simpler, different but the same wow

I have only 4plays of the game but am really looking forward for more. Much more... (and a new edition of course shake )

As a short side note, I find Steam much more dry than Automobile. And I am not really looking for more plays of it. It is more "abstract" to me than Automobile, where theme is at premium I think. Really really awsome game.
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Staufman wrote:
Hello fellow BGGers, I come to you all with another question. Power grid has gone over very very well in my gaming group, I'm looking for the next step after it. We really enjoy the simple rules yet deep play. The supply/demand mechanic is awesome and we love it. The time of ~90 min to 2 hours is also fine. So the big question is what economic type game should I get next, these are a few of the ones I was thinking about, any other ideas are greatly appreciated too..

Automobile
Brass
Steam

Thanks for the help!
Staufman


Automobile is a good call, although you may have to wait for the reprinted version (from Mayfair, IIRC).

Also ... Take a look at the extra boards for Power Grid.

They're not just new maps, they all have little changes to the rules that can make them a little different.


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Moviebuffs wrote:


Also ... Take a look at the extra boards for Power Grid.

They're not just new maps, they all have little changes to the rules that can make them a little different.


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Yeah, we aren't DONE with Power Grid, just something else we can play to mix it up every once and a while.

We have played on a few other maps, whic were great, I think we are looking for a different experience though, but still in the economic style.

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

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Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

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Keep an eye out for the new printing of Tinners' Trail, similar and a little simpler than Automobile.

Also ... Have a look at Wealth of Nations, or maybe even Planet Steam if money is no object


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I ditto the calls for Automobile. Great economic game. Another that has not be commented about yet is Chicago Express. It has some auctions, route building, a bit of cooperation, and a bit of screwage. Most Martin Wallace games have a heavy economic bent to them so you won't go wrong with most of them. It depends on what theme you particularly like.
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Staufman wrote:
I think we are looking for a different experience though, but still in the economic style.

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

Staufman


Some of the economic games I enjoy that aren't on your owned list:

Acquire - in my top 3 Union Pacific is also good, a train style version of Acquire.
Cuba is also in my top 5
Le Havre - I like more than Agricola
Notre Dame - it's listed as an economic game here, not sure if it fits that bill, but a very good game
The Pillars of the Earth and Stone Age are sort of similar, but they are different enough from each other - both very good games
Vegas Showdown - if you can look past the paper player mats, this is an awesome game
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Staufman wrote:
So the big question is what economic type game should I get next, these are a few of the ones I was thinking about, any other ideas are greatly appreciated too..

Automobile
Brass
Steam


Check out this thread: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/422676

He was looking for recommendations between these three as well as Chicago Express and Container. Lots of helpful replies and other ideas.
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Both Brass and Steam are solid games.

I'd suggest you look into The Princes of Florence

Also, if you haven't tried these, they may help keep Power Grid fresh for your group:
Power Grid: China/Korea
Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
Power Grid: France/Italy
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I'll second The Princes of Florence and also add in Container
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Staufman wrote:

Automobile
Brass
Steam

You do not have to look any further and indeed you didn't even need to make a thread about it. You are right on the money. Stop reading this and go buy all three. They are the clear and obvious choices.

As expected, some people come into these thread and just throw out the name of games they like instead of addressing the OP's needs. Ignore those and stick with what you listed.
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Staufman wrote:
Yeah, we aren't DONE with Power Grid, just something else we can play to mix it up every once and a while.

We have played on a few other maps, whic were great, I think we are looking for a different experience though, but still in the economic style.

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

Staufman


The china map especially makes for a very different game with the fixed power plant market. Just the fact that there is one fewer plant available than players available each round (no restocking the plant market between auctions only at end of round). The first round there is exactly one plant per player, so this means someone will have to buy the #6 garbage plant
 
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rmartinc wrote:
Staufman wrote:
Yeah, we aren't DONE with Power Grid, just something else we can play to mix it up every once and a while.

We have played on a few other maps, whic were great, I think we are looking for a different experience though, but still in the economic style.

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

Staufman


The china map especially makes for a very different game with the fixed power plant market. Just the fact that there is one fewer plant available than players available each round (no restocking the plant market between auctions only at end of round). The first round there is exactly one plant per player, so this means someone will have to buy the #6 garbage plant


That is true, but the #6 is not as bad as it usually is when you consider that Coal and Oil cost 5 at the start, so most of the Coal/Oil plants will cost more to fuel.
 
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Lots of good recommendations above.

I'll second Planet Steam, Brass, Acquire & The Princes of Florence.

Brief descriptions:

Planet Steam is extremely economic. Production, expenditures, plots to claim, 4 types of goods to produce.

Brass is very tight and economic. Loans, income, connections, Martin Wallace.

Acquire is more stock market-esque. Shares, expansion, visual arrangement/organization/area/spatial.

Princes is very different - less economic. Auctions, limited actions, achieving goals, spatial component.
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I cannot suggest Age of Steam/Steam enough. Great games with tons of replayability and expansion maps that are actually worth picking up.
 
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Notre Dame feels like a good follow up to me.

Simple but deep, similar feel of choices to power grid. A little shorter.

You might want to consider it.
 
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DaveD wrote:
rmartinc wrote:
Staufman wrote:
Yeah, we aren't DONE with Power Grid, just something else we can play to mix it up every once and a while.

We have played on a few other maps, whic were great, I think we are looking for a different experience though, but still in the economic style.

Thanks for the recommendations! Keep them coming, are there any other games I should have on my radar too?

Staufman


The china map especially makes for a very different game with the fixed power plant market. Just the fact that there is one fewer plant available than players available each round (no restocking the plant market between auctions only at end of round). The first round there is exactly one plant per player, so this means someone will have to buy the #6 garbage plant


That is true, but the #6 is not as bad as it usually is when you consider that Coal and Oil cost 5 at the start, so most of the Coal/Oil plants will cost more to fuel.


True, but that just further demonstrates how the market is different
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Another vote for Stone Age : easy to teach, fun to play and a 100% acception at any kind of public. You will not go wrong with this one!
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Just wanted to mention that while Stone Age has been mentioned twice above, it is not what you are looking for. I love the game, but I would not call it an economic game. Not similiar to Power Grid, not at all.

Haven't played the games you mention though, so I can't help you there.
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