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I'm considering getting Chinatown now that it's up at Tanga. My only concern is that the trading in this game seems very similar to the trading in Bohnanza, in that it's quite simple (only a few things are traded) and open-ended. I know that all trading/negotiation games are to some extent variations on a theme, but still.... For people who've played both Chinatown and Bohnanza, is it worth having both if I already have (and enjoy) Bohnanza?
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These are TOTALLY different games. The trading aspect of both games is important, but the roles that they play in each game, and the rest of the games themselves, are substantially different.
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Verkisto wrote:
These are TOTALLY different games. The trading aspect of both games is important, but the roles that they play in each game, and the rest of the games themselves, are substantially different.


The method by which you collect sets, play, and manage them is entirely different. There's also the idea that instead of a singular payoff from the set collection, finished set or not, that your payout is on a sliding scale based on completion and your sets continue to pay even after completion.

The similarity of open negotiation is the only real comparison. That's such a general mechanism that it's not truly measurable in terms like "similar".
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I own and have played both. While both games involve a trading mechanic, they are quite different IMHO. For one thing, in Chinatown, cash -- which is also used as victory points for winning -- is also tradeable, making bargaining that more interesting. Much of the Chinatown trading is influenced by the boardplay. Players can trade combinations or cash, business tiles, and/or onboard businesses as they please.

Both games are excellent; I prefer Chinatown over Bohnanza, because the trade mechanic seems more open. I'm glad I own both.
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Wow, these games are so different, it's really hard to compare the two. I own and enjoy playing both. But I'd choose Chinatown any day over Bohnanza.

 
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Thanks for asking this question, I was debating picking this up from Tanga as well, though not in direct comparison to Bohnanza which I love. After reading on the replies here and reading up on the game, I decided to go for it
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Good choice. I own them both and love them both very much.laugh
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Eldard wrote:

Both games are excellent; I prefer Chinatown over Bohnanza, because the trade mechanic seems more open. I'm glad I own both.
Same here. I own both, and if I didn't own Chinatown I'd grab it in a heartbeat (one of my favorite games.)

I'm puzzled, the op suggested it was posted on Tanga. Usually, games are available for only a short time, you don't have time to post questions and later decide. Also, I haven't seen any games posted on Tanga for a couple months now. What gives?
 
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It's still available on Tanga now: http://tanga.com/deals/current/game

Tanga started a games-only deal a few months ago, with a mix of great and not-so-great deals. Chinatown is being offered as a 48-hour deal, which means I have until 7 pm PST tonight to decide whether to bite....
 
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Chinatown made Bohnanza obsolete in my book.
 
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