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Well I think this is my first post on the Recs forum.
A friend of mine feels ready to make her first modern game purchase! She says she likes the tile-laying of Tikal, and the sense of building up and developing she gets in Catan. She had a little AP in Tikal though. I thought she might enjoy Mexica, but I wanted to get some other opinions on potential games as well.
I showed her photos of Torres, but she wasn't into the whole tower-building part of it.

She's probably played ~10 games so far, so she's still a relatively new gamer. She's played Carcassonne, but I own that one and she wants to get one I don't have.
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Take a look at Fjords. It has a tile-laying phase that includes claiming territory, then a second phase that continues the area control. Surprisingly vicious and brain burning for a quick little game.
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Maybe check out Taluva. It's a 3D tile laying game.

In Alhambra, players build up their own palace of tiles.

In The Hanging Gardens, players lay tiles on top of each other to make gardens.
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JohnnyDollar wrote:
Well I think this is my first post on the Recs forum.
A friend of mine feels ready to make her first modern game purchase! She says she likes the tile-laying of Tikal, and the sense of building up and developing she gets in Catan. She had a little AP in Tikal though. I thought she might enjoy Mexica, but I wanted to get some other opinions on potential games as well.
I showed her photos of Torres, but she wasn't into the whole tower-building part of it.

She's probably played ~10 games so far, so she's still a relatively new gamer. She's played Carcassonne, but I own that one and she wants to get one I don't have.


Mexica is an excellent area control game.

Big City (out of print)

Chinatown (tile-laying game)

Utopia (area control)

Attika (tile-laying)

Age of Mythology

Arkadia (tile-laying)

Agricola (some tile-laying)

Tower-building games (which you say she doesn't like):

Manhattan

Capitol
(area control)


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With beginners, I've had some good success with Aquädukt. There are many fun choices and the games moves pretty quickly compared to Tikal. It's those darn action points that slow things down... In Aquädukt you only make one decision at a time. There is an element of luck though which is great for beginners but seems to upset hard core gamers. I personally have no issue with it.

Good luck.
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Steam maybe? The basic game's pretty fun.

If she likes Carcassonne, maybe one of the other versions of it like Carcassonne: The Castle (for 2 players) or Carcassonne: The City.

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Taluva, Alhambra, The Hanging Gardens,Attika, are what jump to my mind.
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With beginners, I've had some good success with Aquädukt...


I've had good luck with this game as well.
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Alhambra is a great example of this - just enough more than Carcassonne to consider it a step up in complexity.
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Agricola Really??
In the sense that you lay a pice of cardboard down, I suppose, but probably a way too heavy suggestion for someone who gets AP with Tikal.
I hope that was tongue in cheek.
By that token, I suppose Smallworld would qualify??

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I second the vote of pdoherty for Alhambra. SDJ-Winner, so You have some assurance it works with a wide audience. Tom Vasel did a video review, so You might want to check that out.

A game that is not often mentioned but also a SDJ-Winner and should be checked out by You is Wacky Wacky West. Its designer is Klaus Teuber btw, who is the father of the extremely successful Settlers of Catan game line.

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I think Elasund: The First City would be a good fit. Has a bit of Catan feel, but really plays totally differently, and involves laying down building tiles to build a city.
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I also quite like Fjords which was mentioned earlier, and I would emphasize that in this case "vicious" is a good thing.
Another suggestion is Gheos which is also relatively quick and ruthless. You don't "own" any of the five civilizations, but you in a sense invest in them, so it might be in your best interest to say sabotage the green civilization in support of the red one, and later in the game do the exact opposite. So it can be "mean", which is either a good thing or a bad thing.
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Vegas Showdown, maybe? (No clue how difficult it would be to find - I think it's out of print).
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Thanks for all these suggestions, you guys are awesome! Hanging Gardens is particularly promising, as her Master's and her current job are both related to plants. Aquadukt, Alhambra and Taluva all look and sound particularly promising as well. Anyway I will pass all of these ideas on to her so she can choose one...
 
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Let us know what you eventually select and what your impressions are of the game when you try it
 
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