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As the title says; what, in your opinion, makes one a better game than the other?
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Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization is better in that it has more depth and more of a feel of building something longterm.

Galaxy Trucker is better because its play time is short enough that it will hit the table more often, because it uses spatial sense, and because it is frantic fun. Galaxy Trucker is also better because it is easier to learn.
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Wildly Different games. (just figured out the link)

Galaxy Trucker: Quick and can even be shorted, simple rules, immediately fun but with limited depth. Not a design masterpiece at all but the ship building mechanic is truly brilliant.

Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization: Much longer game, that takes longer to learn and is more complicated, with a good deal more depth and further strategic hidden depth, arguably not immediately fun; fun comes after investing time. Perhaps a design masterpiece but its grand scale does create associated problems.

Looking at your ratings and games I'd get both but start with Galaxy Trucker.
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Through the Ages is better because it has a huge variety of different cards.

Galaxy Trucker is better because it has fantastic tiles, boards, and lots of fun bits.
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Galaxy Trucker is perfect for when its 11:30pm, there's just one more beer left to taste, and no one is quite ready to go home yet.

Through the Ages is perfect for when its raining outside, your chum(s) have finished lunch, and everyone is ready for a serious game.
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As stated above, TtA is a long complex game. Galaxy Trucker is a 90 minute puzzle-like game.

Personally, I would pick TtA over Galaxy Trucker, but you have to know your audience. Galaxy Trucker is infinitely more approachable than TtA. TtA is for hard core gamers only and requires abotu 4 hours to play.

All that said, I would recommend another Vlaada game: Dungeon Lords over either of the above; it has some puzzle elements as well as a bit of a "building" theme.
 
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Alternately, if your friends want to have fun and then someone wins, go with with Galaxy Trucker.

If your friends can't stand not being in control of their resources, you better go with Through the Ages.
 
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Is it worth getting Galaxy Trucker based on its expandability? Or is TtA's replayablity so high it doesn't matter?
 
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monkeyhandz wrote:

Looking at your ratings and games I'd get both but start with Galaxy Trucker.


Seconded. And in between buying them you could try out TtA online at http://www.boardgaming-online.com/ if you can find a two or three others to join you.



 
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Myoman wrote:
Is it worth getting Galaxy Trucker based on its expandability? Or is TtA's replayablity so high it doesn't matter?


I played Galaxy Trucker about a half dozen times (and had the big box expansion) and grew bored with it.

I have played over 400 games of TtA, mostly online, and still enjoy every play.
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casualgod wrote:
Myoman wrote:
Is it worth getting Galaxy Trucker based on its expandability? Or is TtA's replayablity so high it doesn't matter?


I played Galaxy Trucker about a half dozen times (and had the big box expansion) and grew bored with it.

I have played over 400 games of TtA, mostly online, and still enjoy every play.


Agreed.

TtA's replayability is immeasurable.
 
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I've played both.

Galaxy Trucker is pure chaotic fun! If you get the expansion, it is very replayable - but only if you like spatial puzzles. Almost my favorite game of all time.

Through the Ages is much more of a gamers game. Not to my taste (although there are plenty of gamers-olny type games that I love). Kindof long for the payoff. I also believe it has clunky mechanics. I'll play it I guess, but I won't suggest it.

I think both are Try-Before-You-Buy types.
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