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Aaron Mitchell
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No, not talking about your mom.

I'm looking for a game that's relatively easy to get into, simple streamlined rules, yet high in depth and replayability and just plain fun.

Out of the top ten, I think a really good example of this would be El Grande. The rules are quite easy to learn and the hardest part is probably learning the action cards. The actions are quite straight forward however. It also has a nice depth to it and is always fun. I feel Agricola and Puerto Rico are a bit more complex in their rules and harder to get into. Dominion I think is a bit shallow. Some other good examples outside the top ten for me are Tichu, and maybe Stone Age, though SA may be walking a shallow line. I know there are a lot of easier games out there where there are many special powers to learn before you have a grasp on the game. Not what I'm looking for either.

I mainly want a Euro game that plays 2-6 (open to other suggestions however), and I don't really care how long it is or the mechanics themselves. What's your favorite Easy/Deep/Fun game and why?

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You should try a train game. Railways of the World is a great game and is of the exact complexity you are looking for. Railways of the World is the name of the new edition, but it is the exact same game apart from new (and some say better) maps. The only problem I can see is that I do not know how well it plays with two, I would expect it to be better with more (have only played it with 5 or 6). Steam I haven't played, but the basic Steam could also work for you. There are two player maps to be bought for Steam, so this game should work nicely for two.

If you do not mind a slightly dry game, Notre Dame is another suggestion. Slightly meatier than Stone Age, plays well with two. Only 2-5 players though.
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Bolger wrote:
You should try a train game. Railways of the World is a great game and is of the exact complexity you are looking for. Railways of the World is the name of the new edition, but it is the exact same game apart from new (and some say better) maps. The only problem I can see is that I do not know how well it plays with two, I would expect it to be better with more (have only played it with 5 or 6). Steam I haven't played, but the basic Steam could also work for you. There are two player maps to be bought for Steam, so this game should work nicely for two.

If you do not mind a slightly dry game, Notre Dame is another suggestion. Slightly meatier than Stone Age, plays well with two. Only 2-5 players though.


You know, I've been thinking about getting a Wallace train game too. The fact that it may not play two doesn't bug me that much. That's just the range I'm looking for. 3 to 6 is probably my preferred range. What about Chicago Express, is that any good within my preferences? I'll look into Notre Dame.
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I think Chicago Express is a good fit. Very simple rules, but the strategy is quite opaque. It's based around a series of auctions, so if auctions aren't your thing, then probably skip it. The box says 2-6, but from most reports (though I haven't tried) 2 doesn't work well, and 6 is probably a little much.
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cferejohn wrote:
I think Chicago Express is a good fit. Very simple rules, but the strategy is quite opaque. It's based around a series of auctions, so if auctions aren't your thing, then probably skip it. The box says 2-6, but from most reports (though I haven't tried) 2 doesn't work well, and 6 is probably a little much.


I agree. Completely forgot about Chicago express. I have played it once with three players and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would (not an auction game fan and don't really enjoy player driven economies). Simple rules, was great with 3 players and I imagine even better with more.

And I would pick Railways of the World over Steam if the two player option is not that important. I have a feeling it is more forgiving, and there are more pretty bits, and just fits your criteria better.
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Easy and deep are fairly contradictory aspects in a game.

My first thought is Go but you want a eurogame. And Go has simple rules but a learning curve.
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Railroad Tycoon was exactly what I was thinking too. I have the Railroad Tycoon version so the board is three separate pieces (not sure if that's the case with the Railways of the World version board.) My wife and I play two player using just the middle board and it works great - just ignore any cards that refer to cities not on that board. Railroad Tycoon is one of my 10's, and probably the easiest, yet deepest game I rate so highly. Most of all, it's fun!
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I'm looking for the same thing. I just tried Hive out last night, and liked it. I was impressed with how easy it was to learn. A 10-minute practice game was all it took. I'll have to see if it lasts.

Because I usually end up playing with at least one new person, I'm always looking for games that hold up to repeated plays, but aren't completely bewildering on the first play. It's hard to find.
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I don't know if it's as deep as you're looking for, but Infinite City is very simple to learn (all the rules are on the tiles themselves), plays 2-6 equally well, and involves a fair amount of strategy.
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You can go crazy about depth in this thing (if he takes this then he'll have this many points here then he'll leave that for me, etc), or just play it as a 10 minute filler. Its absurdly easy to learn.
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tesuji wrote:
Easy and deep are fairly contradictory aspects in a game.

My first thought is Go but you want a eurogame. And Go has simple rules but a learning curve.


Actually Go is a great example as well. Great game, I forgot to use it as another example.
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tesuji wrote:
My first thought is Go but you want a eurogame. And Go has simple rules but a learning curve.

The OP might have "fun" looking through these "simple" rules.

Here are some real recommendations:
Attika: Pretty simple, some luck, pretty deep for a euro (actually, I'm hard pressed to think of a deeper euro), but does not scale well at all.

Ra: Very simple (well, scoring will be weird the first time only), but some hard, interesting decisions. Scales 2-5 nicely.

Le Havre: Bit unintuitive, as it looks complicated, but there's really very little overhead (the buy/build thing is the only sticky part of the rules). Pretty deep. Doesn't go to 6p, though.

Medici: Hits most of your buttons, but I don't think it works for 2p (?). Tough range. I'd recommend Modern Art, too, in a similar vein.

Carcassonne: More depth than most here give it credit for, at least for 2p and 3p. Certainly simple and scalable.
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Christine Biancheria wrote:
Top Race

Ooh, yeah, forgot that one. I don't think it's deep at all, actually, but it fakes it pretty well. Certainly nails the fun and simple part.
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Endeavor and Race for the Galaxy are pretty awesome.
 
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scifiantihero wrote:
Endeavor and Race for the Galaxy are pretty awesome.


Race is the opposite of easy to get into.

While I don't think Dominion is shallow, at least no more than Tichu, so take my suggestion with a grain of salt.

How about Tobago?
 
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I'm not familiar with the much-discussed CHICAGO EXPRESS, but I'd back STEAM's base game as being exactly what you're looking for.

I'd also strongly recommend Roads & Boats, Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India, Chang Cheng, Attika and The Bridges of Shangri-La - when I think of powerfully deep games with startlingly simple rules, these are what come to mind.

But if you think of EL GRANDE as simple, definitely look at Shogun and/or its sister game Wallenstein (first edition) - they're right around that level with some very interesting challenges
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These are the 3 same criteria that I look for in games.

Some of my favs in that category apart from El Grande are the Princes of Florence, Le Havre, Chicago Express, and perhaps Hansa Teutonica (Endeavor is easier as the scoring possibilities for HT can be a little overwhelming, but IMO it's deeper and more fun for sure).

Ra is an easy game to pick up that has the push-your-luck fun aspect but it is of a slighter lighter weight, prob similar to Dominion.

My top recommendation is definitely Princes of Florence though. It's deep yet accessible to non-gamers because of the simplicity of the rules. You basically have 2 buy phases each round, one via auction, other via 2 actions (which can be used to produce works too). With El Grande, it has served as my preferred gateway to heavier Euros. Too bad they both only play well with 5.
 
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Chicago Express. Great game!

Samurai is also a very easy game with nice depth.
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Chicago Express. Great game!

Samurai is also a very easy game with nice depth.


I have often wondered about Samurai myself. Just concerned that the abstract nature of the game would compromise on the fun.
 
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What my playgroups have found annoying about SAMURAI is the scoring system - there's really no way to tell who's winning until scoring occurs, and it often winds up so different from what anyone thought it feels almost random.
 
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