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Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg
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My group has enjoyed the game Chicago Express a lot. It really surprised us with its interactive play between players. What other games create this feeling of shifting alliances?

In my experience, Bohnanza and Acquirehave had some elements of this and are at about the same level of game weight for our group.

Do you agree and can recommend other choices for us?
 
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Peter Mumford
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The best companion game to Chicago Express would be German Railways, soon to be released by Queen as German Railways.
 
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There is a strong element of shifting alliance in The Bridges of Shangri-La. It's pretty good and it's also fast like Chicago Express. It's a game of majorities instead of economics however.
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Gary Weinfurther
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The king of shifting alliances is Cosmic Encounter.
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Maybe Indonesia?

There players produce goods, but you usually need someone else to ship your goods, so they get part of your profit.

You might also be interested in 'leeching' games, like Puerto Rico or Race for the Galaxy where one players action gives everyone some degree of benefit, but you can make buildings that improve certain actions for you, so if two players both have e.g. a produce/consume strategy or a building strategy going, their role choices tend to help each other out.
 
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Keep an eye on Poseidon
 
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Also consider hidden traitor games. Players must work together and trust each other to be able to win, but any given player may be working against you, so you don't want to put too much resources/responsibility into their hands, especially if they have already made quesionable moves. However here the alliances are forced by loyalty cards rather than emerging organically.

Battlestar Galactica is the best of the genre, Saboteur is also quite good IMO
 
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Pretty much any 18xx game will feature this, but they are certainly much weightier. My personal favorite for shifting alliances is Imperial, which ranks high on my best games ever list, as well. It's longer than Chicago Express, but the rules are no more complicated.
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Should take a look at Container . A good econ game where player need to cooperate on certain level.
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Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg
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Thanks to everyone. You've given me some games to explore. I have played Cosmic Encounter, and that does a good job fitting the bill. Except that only the guys like it, the women roll their eyes at another space game.
 
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Check out Hab & Gut and Graenaland.

Edit: and Colossal Arena.
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