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Tomas Lundin
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Sorry for the cocky headline. Now I know Reiner has designed very many games and I have certainly played a minority of them. Anyway, four of his designs are right up there among my very favorites. So, four Knizias, is that all the Knizia you need? After all, there are many other games by other designers that you want in your collection as well.

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Tigris & Euphrates. Great complex strategy game for meatier occations. Simply great.

Samurai. Scales well. Medium complex. Great components. Easy to learn!

Battle Line Two player classic and it doesn't get old. Great for "making gamers" and easily enjoyable for typical traditional card game players.

Ra A really fun medium weight auction game with a seemingly very wide appeal. Also, playable and still interesting for two players.

Is there any other Knizia game that you feel is a must-have? Then let's have it!
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Håkan König
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While it is somewhat of a love it or hate it, I suggest Lord of the Rings. I love it, and right now you should be ableto find it cheap in Sweden
(City Gross Malmö hade det på rea för 149 när jag var där i lördags).

Also of inteest should be Through the Desert and Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation.
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Modern Art and Ingenious and Lost Cities are among my favorite games of all.
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Taj Mahal is probably his most tense game.
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I agree with Håkan - all the games he mentions are must haves to me.

In addition, Knizia has a billion light/family games. They don't get much respect here on BGG, but I always have a great time playing them with kids or nongamers: Escalation!, Double or Nothing, Zirkus Flohcati, and High Society are all worth getting if you like this type of game.
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I really love Tigris and Euphrates, Ra, and LOTR: The Confrontation.
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Tigris and Euphrates, Ra, Taj Mahal and Lord of the Rings are essential Knizia games.

Through the Desert and Beowulf are also very good.
 
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Hollywood Blockbuster and Modern Art. Both are great bidding games with many decision points.
 
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Medici is a great game that plays with 5-6 very well.
 
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I would only add Through the Desert. I love Lost Cities, Taj, and Amun Re. And I really enjoyed Medici. But I think the 4 listed games along with TtD definitely capture the essence of what makes Knizia games so good.
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I never think in terms of "must haves," but Taj Mahal is my favorite Knizia, and I've played a bunch. Actually it's my favorite game overall.

Ingenious is a good game for introducing new people to the hobby. It's a bit more accessible than Ra, I think (which not to say anything against Ra).
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My favorite Knzia is Blue Moon City. It's an excellent mid-weight/family game, but not as much praised as his better known titles. Others I really like are Dream Factory (although I've only played it once, German edition) and Taj Mahal.

Interestingly, I'm not very fond of any of the four games mentioned in the original post, from which I only own T&E.
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darksurtur wrote:
Taj Mahal is probably his most tense game.


I totally agree.

Gola wrote:
I never think in terms of "must haves," but Taj Mahal is my favorite Knizia, and I've played a bunch. Actually it's my favorite game overall.


It's also my favorite game overall.

I own almost 40 Knizia games and have played several more; there are so many terrific games that I hestitate to begin listing them. But IMHO, Taj Mahal is his masterpiece.
 
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If you have to stick to four, then I would drop Ra and Battlelines and pick up Amun Re and Modern Art.
 
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GSReis wrote:
My favorite Knzia is Blue Moon City. It's an excellent mid-weight/family game, but not as much praised as his better known titles.

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My family love it - great 4 player game - and it has nice "layering" that gives the feel of interesting detail without being overly complex.
 
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Oooh. I agree four (or three) might be enough Knizia IMHO. Through the Desert, Taj Mahal and Lost Cities, eh? I currently own T&E but it doesn't get played.
 
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Zelif wrote:
I currently own T&E but it doesn't get played.


I own Blue Moon (with all the decks), and it only got played once so far.

Lost Cities, OTOH, was an instant hit with my wife. Now that we've loaned it to a friend, I need to get my wife to try Battle Line with me.

Somebody just recommended Ingenious to me, and I'm half tempted to buy a copy.

I bought Lord of the Rings for my nephew several years ago, and we played at it for a couple hours, then I never saw it again. Lately I'm wanting a copy for myself.

It's a bonus that Ingenious and LotR are suitable for solitaire, since that's how I might end up playing them most all the time.

 
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Zelif wrote:
I currently own T&E but it doesn't get played.


I own Blue Moon (with all the decks), and it only got played once so far.

Lost Cities, OTOH, was an instant hit with my wife. Now that we've loaned it to a friend, I need to get my wife to try Battle Line with me.

Somebody just recommended Ingenious to me, and I'm half tempted to buy a copy.

I bought Lord of the Rings for my nephew several years ago, and we played at it for a couple hours, then I never saw it again. Lately I'm wanting a copy for myself.

It's a bonus that Ingenious and LotR are suitable for solitaire, since that's how I might end up playing them most all the time.



If you plan to play Ingenious with your wife most of the time get the Ingenious: Travel Edition. It's the the two player variant - plays well with 2, is small and easy to play, a game lasts about 15-20 minutes. My gf loves Ingenious.
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