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Andy Taylor
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I am part of a small gaming group that meets every few weeks. There are 8 of us total, but typically we are able to get 6 of us together. We've been into gaming for a couple years and we have been able to accumulate a fair amount of games...Power Grid, Santiago, Agricola, Intrigue, 7 Wonders, Robo Rally, Traders of Genoa, Chicago Express, Citadels, Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, Acquire, and Chinatown are examples. We've also played some online Diplomacy as a group.

We are an easy going group but we like games that are deep in strategy. We also like to "razz" each other as we out-think each other. We share a lot of laughs when we play, but we're all very competitive.

Can you recommend any high strategy games that would accomodate a minimum of 6 players? We've enjoyed the games listed above... 7 Wonders may be the slight favorite of the group because there is no downtime. We are contemplating A Game of Thrones (2nd edition), so I am wondering if there are other games you might recommend instead?

Thanks much!
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Kevin Garnica
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If you don't mind 6 as a MAXIMUM number of players, try
Dominant Species.
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+1 for Dominant Species.

I'd say Imperial or Imperial 2030.

Also, there's one more game that I have in mind when I read this,
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.....we like games that are deep in strategy. We also like to "razz" each other as we out-think each other. We share a lot of laughs when we play, but we're all very competitive.

it's Hansa Teutonica. But too bad it's only for 5 players. But please, do check it out. The quote basically explains my exact gameplay with my friends when we're playing Hansa. Plus, since we're all very competitive, the fastest game we had for 5 players was 45 minutes!
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Honestly, the request for a good strategy game that plays with "at least" six players, is going to be VERY tough.

With that in mind, here are a few efforts at something that might work for you:

Struggle of Empires - Wargame. Wallace. plays up to 7.

Cosmic Encounter - More chaos here, but mini strategies are present at every turn. Your comment about "razzing" each other makes me think this one would be a hit. It's invites the razz. Base game plays 5 players, but you can pick up both expansions and take it up to 7 players.

Eclipse - Cult of the new. It plays up to six. I haven't played it yet, but I own it and have high hopes. You should definitely be looking into it as many have already claimed it fits the grand-strategy-in-less-time role.

FWIW, A Game of Thrones is good. It would sit on my shelf for way too long between plays, so I don't have it. But when I played it, it created a good sense of grand strategy, mixed with war, diplomacy, and backstabbing.

+1 Dominant Species

I hope this helps! Good luck and have fun!
 
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Geoff Hall
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+1 for Dominant Species and Eclipse, both of which max out at 6 players. Honestly though you'll be hard pushed to find many solid, medium to heavy strategy games that don't max out at 6 (or under). I'm not saying that there aren't any but the selection will be fairly small.

That said both StarCraft: The Board Game and Warrior Knights play up to 6 as well, although if you go for Warrior Knights I'd also make sure to pick up Warrior Knights: Crown and Glory, which markedly improves the base game and doesn't cost much extra.
 
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Andy Taylor
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Wow. You guys are awesome. I was looking at Dominant Species, but where can I find it without paying $100 for it?

Hansa is definitely a game we've been considering and one in our group just got Imperial, which we're looking forward to trying.

I really appreciate the suggestions...I'll be checking all of these out today!
 
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