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August Larson
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I've come to realize recently that the engine building games are some of my favorite: Agricola, Race for the Galaxy, Dominion to name a few. I just really enjoy games that let you build your farm/kingdom/etc. from nothing into a large thing that just works. I'm looking for something more along the lines of Agricola, though, but perhaps simpler so I can actually get my family to play it with me. Any suggestions? Thanks!
 
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This just screams At the Gates of Loyang. It's from the same designer as Agricola, but Loyang is much more about building your engine to fulfill orders. Loyang will allow you to start small, building in small chunks, and eventually, you'll have a juggernaut of an engine, filling orders left and right.

I don't know that I'd say that Loyang is much simpler than Agricola, but it's definitely friendlier to the nongamer. My wife doesn't like Agricola, but does like Loyang. In Agricola, you can feel like you're barely one step ahead of ruin, trying desperately to figure out what to do to scrounge up those two food before harvest. Loyang is much more about building that engine, and with the drafting system, you very rarely feel stuck with an option you don't like.
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Walnut Grove would be another option.
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Glen More sounds like just the ticket. Cheap, enjoyable, relatively light engine builder.
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I think Glen More is one of my favorties for this, it's engine building, but with some puzzle aspects of how you can maintain the engine and still add to it.thumbsup

Another I would recommend on the cheap is Innovation, it doesn't have bits to push around, the engine is just points/"money" creation, but if you get a well honed combination of cards put together it truly feels like an engine. The game has it's flaws (it's pretty chaotic at times) but if you go in knowing what to expect it's a real joy.
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I see you already have San Juan, which is essentially the same mechanics and gameplay.

My personal favorite in this realm is Airships, although some may not enjoy the dice aspect.

Others that I would recommend off the top of my head are Saint Petersburg and 7 Wonders. I feel like there are many euros with this mechanic, but I can't think of more at the moment.

Also think about picking up almost any other deck/dice builder. The more popular and (in my opinion) simpler ones are Eminent Domain, Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, and Quarriors!.

Hope this helps!
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nbergom wrote:
This just screams At the Gates of Loyang. It's from the same designer as Agricola, but Loyang is much more about building your engine to fulfill orders. Loyang will allow you to start small, building in small chunks, and eventually, you'll have a juggernaut of an engine, filling orders left and right.

I don't know that I'd say that Loyang is much simpler than Agricola, but it's definitely friendlier to the nongamer. My wife doesn't like Agricola, but does like Loyang. In Agricola, you can feel like you're barely one step ahead of ruin, trying desperately to figure out what to do to scrounge up those two food before harvest. Loyang is much more about building that engine, and with the drafting system, you very rarely feel stuck with an option you don't like.


Y'know, I was avoiding At the Gates of Loyang previously for two dumb reasons: 1) I'm not a fan of Klemens Franz's art and 2) I don't like Asian themes much. But when you suggested this game to me I decided to actually watch a review or two before passing judgement. I did just that and I'm now really interested in AtGoL and will see if I can play it or just acquire it myself. It does look simpler than Agricola in a way, and I think my family would prefer not barely surviving but prospering. Thank you!
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I think Homesteaders may be exactly what you're looking for.
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Pssst! Hey, Donald X... Please make "Engine Builder" next. Thanks. whistle

Edit: forgot to add +1 Homesteaders, also I haven't tried it personally but Barons looks interesting. OOP now, but I hear more are coming in the next couple of months.
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cjp0605 wrote:
Pssst! Hey, Donald X... Please make "Engine Builder" next. Thanks. whistle



Good one!
 
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cjp0605 wrote:
Pssst! Hey, Donald X... Please make "Engine Builder" next. Thanks. whistle



Dominion is an Engine builder imo.
I reckon he has an engine builder in his designs.
I heard before he got Dominion published he had over 10 games ready. So, I think you will see his name on game boxes for a long time to come.

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Macao is an interesting engine builder, plays well with 2-4, has an interesting dice action mechanic, and is light enough to interest casual gamers, while offering enough deep strategy to keep a serious gamer intrigued.
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I like La Città quite a bit.
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Are the best engine building games I have come across so far.
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You know Eminent Domain combines both the Dominion and Race for the Galaxy type feel and game. Best of both worlds to a degree.

You mentioned you liked both those games, so I imagine Eminent Domain would be right up your alley.

 
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Thanks for all the replies everyone! I now have a lot of games to look up. I'm thinking Eminent Domain sounds great for me because of how much I love sci-fi.

And if any of you happen to have one of those games for trade I might be sending a PM your way.

 
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Locomotive Werks lets you build all of the engines.
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colmustard21 wrote:
Thanks for all the replies everyone! I now have a lot of games to look up. I'm thinking Eminent Domain sounds great for me because of how much I love sci-fi.

And if any of you happen to have one of those games for trade I might be sending a PM your way.



Might be one on the saltcon math trade, might wait till then, or test it at saltcon...that is if you are going to a convention in your state
 
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colmustard21 wrote:
Thanks for all the replies everyone! I now have a lot of games to look up. I'm thinking Eminent Domain sounds great for me because of how much I love sci-fi.

And if any of you happen to have one of those games for trade I might be sending a PM your way.



Might be one on the saltcon math trade, might wait till then, or test it at saltcon...that is if you are going to a convention in your state


Thanks for mentioning Saltcon, I forgot about a game convention in Utah since I've been out of the state since 2009. It used to go by a different name and was held in August, so I'm glad to know about this, Should be fun!
 
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Le Havre ....oh...simpler than Agricola...


I will definitely +1 Glen More and Homesteaders.

Macao was mentioned and I'd put that in the maybe category...but the other Feld that might work better is - The Castles of Burgundy.

 
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colmustard21 wrote:
I've come to realize recently that the engine building games are some of my favorite: Agricola, Race for the Galaxy, Dominion to name a few. I just really enjoy games that let you build your farm/kingdom/etc. from nothing into a large thing that just works. I'm looking for something more along the lines of Agricola, though, but perhaps simpler so I can actually get my family to play it with me. Any suggestions? Thanks!


I highly recommend Puerto Rico, and I would like to give +1 to Homesteaders as well.

 
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Fleet once it comes out (soon!!!)

all those mentioned above and puerto rico x2 though its not a classic engine builder in my mind

x2 on glen more
 
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If you don't have a good train game in your collection, Railways of the World is one of the best engine-builders I know. Start with nothing but eager investors, and create and operate a continent-spanning railroad! It's a good family game, and very attractive on the table.
 
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jjloc wrote:
Outpost
The Scepter of Zavandor
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Are the best engine building games I have come across so far.


Well sure, but they're all the same game
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