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Hey all,

My group has spent the last 3 weeks playing Lords of Waterdeep, Manhattan Project and Belfort. But it seems like everybody kind of sits in their own world working out their strategies. The only thing that messes them up, is when someone takes one of their spaces. I want some chaos! Here is what I have like so far.

The mandatory quests help out in LOW. But I dont feel that there are enough of them. The intrigue cards are very good, but I think need some power.

In Manhattan project the bombers and fighter are ok, but I need to get rid of the workers. The espionage is pretty cool.

So please help me out. Is there any worker placement game out there where I dont just have to sit and wait for my next turn?

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Dominant Species I think this game would do it.
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I havent played it, but possibly Alba Longa might fit your criteria
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There are few worker placement games more vindictive than Caylus. You are still "sitting there waiting for your next turn", but you're not playing Caylus unless you are truly screwing over every other player in the game.

Troyes also has a neat mechanic where you can force your opponent's workers out of a particular section of the town, which will reduce or eliminate their ability to get that color of dice during the following turn.
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I recommend Carson City - your workers are cowboys and opposing ones placed on the same space have to duel each other, so you may have to make sure you have enough guns to defend what you want.
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Ok, I have carson city and have dominant species on the way. I will have to check out Alba Longa.


Last night we played Belfort and my buddy built such a huge workforce, there was no way to touch him. I really wanted a fireball to come and take out his elves.
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Aurendrosl wrote:
Troyes also has a neat mechanic where you can force your opponent's workers out of a particular section of the town, which will reduce or eliminate their ability to get that color of dice during the following turn.


This is a good suggestion. Troyes is a pseudo"dice-placement" game where opponents can buy your dice.
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Take a look at Vanuatu where you can deny an opponent a worker just by placing yours on the spot - nice area majority fight on worker spots - only the one who has the most workers gets to use the action.
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+1 Carson City
+1 Vanuatu
+1 Dominant Species


I own all three and I do enjoy them more than regular worker placement due to the fact that you can interfere with someone.

Carson City is my favorite of these three due to the ability to really mess with someone if they start pulling away. Got a property making too much money? Well I'll rob it. What you want that third bank? Let's have a shoot out for it. Overall always a good time. The only problem I have with it is how tough the fight for the victory point spots are.
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My friend, I would suggest Chaos in the Old World. Very little down time as you are always messing with someone or they are with you. Great fun.
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Age of Empires can definitely have some screwage. While you don't take away people's workers, there is some area majority in the taking of actions, and warfare actions where you mess with people's placement for scoring. There are definitely some major chances to mess with other people's engines.
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Tribune: Primus Inter Pares or Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery
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Lancaster, I haven't played yet, could also fit:
worker placement + area control and a bit of 'war'...I need more input on that game...

A different cut-throat worker placement I really like is Eketorp!

edit: ..but if you are looking for straight interaction, why not changing the genre, something like Friedrich, Wallenstein (first edition) or Warrior Knights..?




 
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The first game that came to my mind is Lancaster. In that game, you have workers (knights, actually) of different strengths, and you can use stronger knights to displace weaker knights, forcing them to place somewhere else.
 
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..if you want to stretch the terms 'worker' and 'placement' even a bit further, I'd say 1812: The Invasion of Canada (you place your troops back into play) for now and of course Tammany Hall on Kickstarter, but you'll have to wait until November ;-(
 
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The game that came to my mind was GMT's Conquest of Paradise. It's got lots of randomness and the potential for attacking other players islands. I played a three-player game a few weeks ago and it got wild and wooly at the end. Note the last paragraph below from the description by the game's developer:

Conquest of Paradise is a game of empire building in the "Polynesian Triangle" of the central Pacific Ocean for two, three, or four players. Players explore the unknown ocean around them, hoping to discover the most lucrative island groups, and colonize them. They build canoes and train warriors to create a force to defend their empire, while forging lines of communication with their developing discoveries. Resources are scarce; using them wisely is a key to victory. Investing in exploration widens your empire. Building warriors strengthens your empire. Investing resources into cultural innovations can yield unexpected dividends, like tattooing, hula dancing, surfing, or even the giant moai statues of Easter Island fame.

Conquest of Paradise is a well-tested, fast-playing design geared to appeal to players who enjoy games like New World, Civilization, and Conquistador. You can learn the game in 10-15 minutes and finish a complete game in 60-90 minutes.

Conquest of Paradise is a game of exploration and empire building, but also (as you'd expect from a GMT game) CONFLICT. Choosing when to build those expensive warriors, and when and where to fight, given limited resources, is key to your success.

Conquest of Paradise
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xeonrf wrote:
Dominant Species I think this game would do it.


This is EXACTLY what you are looking for.
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BigMacTruck wrote:
Ok, I have carson city and have dominant species on the way. I will have to check out Alba Longa.


Last night we played Belfort and my buddy built such a huge workforce, there was no way to touch him. I really wanted a fireball to come and take out his elves.


If you have Dominant Species on the way then your problem is already solved. Seriously. It's a direct conflict driven worker placement game with some of the most sadistic ways to screw over your opponents you have ever seen.
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+1 Carson City
 
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