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Jed Litwiller
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I purchased Agricola about 6 months ago and I have about 10 plays under my belt. I'm looking for a worker placement game with more direct interaction.

At this point after reading and watching reviews I'm seriously considering Carson City, with Alien Frontiers being my second choice because of the card interaction and the dice rolling aspect. My main concerns are that the dueling in CS could be too simple (with not enough skill involved) and that the "take that" aspect of the cards in AF would be too annoying.

Would these concerns be minor complaints of overall excellent games or does anybody else have any other recommendations?

Jed
 
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Jay Sheely
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I like Carson City as a worker placement game. I think it's an excellent game.

There are 2 variants for the duels and there are ways to add firepower to give yourself an edge in the duels. There is more player interaction than Agricola but not much.

Haven't played Alien Frontiers although I own it. Traded Agricola away.
 
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Jed Litwiller
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There is more player interaction than Agricola but not much.


That's partly what I was wondering. Basically I'm looking for a worker placement game that has more direct player interaction than "I'll take wood because I know he/she needs wood," if that exists.

Also, I'm not looking to get rid of Agricola as I thoroughly enjoy the game and can see myself enjoying it for years to come.

Also, something between 1-2 hours would be preferrable, which both CS and AF seem to be.
 
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Jeff Binning
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Troyes has been getting lots of table time for us lately. One of its co-designers also designed Carson City. A very good game.
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Korey Jackson
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While the dueling in Carson City isn't exactly "skill-based," it does add another "take that" wrinkle to worker placement. There's also quite a bit of interaction among players as you build up the town itself and vie for spots on the board. If anything, that's where most of the interaction takes place. Yes, the duels add a nice element of potential (and actual) threat, but it's board position that requires skillful (and watchful) interaction.

I really enjoy the game. If your group likes worker placement and has the stomach for a little injection of randomness, there's a good chance you will too.
 
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Andy Andersen
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You might want to take a look at Stone Age and Egizia
 
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Ryan Dalton
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I have enjoyed Carson City the few times I've played it. We've always played with the duel variant, using the strength tiles instead of dice. My only complaint with it is that the game can get a bit fiddly when it comes to counting up incomes, with rotating buildings so that the arrows align with the values and so forth. I just wish there was a better way to keep track of your money, like an income track.

hmmm...... *heads over to Carson City page to see if somebody's already made an income track add-on to the board file*
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Jed Litwiller
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Quote:
You might want to take a look at Stone Age and Egizia


I've played Stone Age several times on Yucata, and although I enjoy it, it doesn't have the direct interaction I'm looking for. Have to play Egizia.
 
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Jeff Binning
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Dishbird wrote:
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You might want to take a look at Stone Age and Egizia


I've played Stone Age several times on Yucata, and although I enjoy it, it doesn't have the direct interaction I'm looking for. Have to play Egizia.


We have Stone Age and Egizia, and enjoy both of them. For me, the game play has gotten better with each of them. Stone Age was first, followed by Egizia, and now surpassed for me with Troyes.
 
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Mathue Faulkner
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I think Alien Frontiers is probably a good fit. There is definitely more interaction than typical worker placement games like Agricola or Stone Age. The primary interaction in those games is typically just a competition for resources/actions. Alien Frontiers still has that, but is also an area control game and also has some interactive cards.

You wondered if the cards are too much of a 'take that'...but I haven't found that to be so. Most of the cards aren't necessarily even interactive, but the ones that are can really help someone catch up when they're falling behind, etc. It probably depends on your group to be honest. Most of the people I play with aren't highly confrontational, so while we use the cards, nobody gets too crazy...
 
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Garry Rice
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I would third Troyes...you can directly impact other players by using the dice they would like to use and by kicking meeples out of buildings so they can't roll as many dice (they can still buy them from others...but its nice to have a good number yourself!).
 
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James Derbyshire
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Carson City is a brilliant game and unfortunately seems to get overlooked a lot. I can't recommned it enough.
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Hoyle A
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Caylus is an excellent recommendation if you're willing to go a bit heavier. Alien Frontiers is also a great game, and I find nothing annoying about the cards. If there is a particular one you really don't like you can always take it out. I haven't tried carson city yet.
 
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