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Que Blaze
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Ok so one of my game groups absolutely loves Catan and no matter how hard I try to get other games to the table, that game always gets on.shake

So I am looking for another game similar to settlers, maybe not exactly the same but good easy mechanics for 4-5 people, maybe 6 every now and then.

I would appreciate any help in this matter...

Thank you!
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Ad Astra - Never played it, but almost always compared to when I see this question

Wiraqocha - At least at first glance, but I think it's a bit more nasty...

What mechanics are particularly interesting for your group? And what games have you tried that didn't work?

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Also Dark Horse seems very similar...
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My group has a similar fixation on Settlers.
(Not that I mind, I love settlers as well, but it’s nice to have some variety…)
Much to my surprise, the only game that has managed to contend with it so far has been Olympos. Being a Ystari game, it is on the heavier side of things, but it seems to be one their most accessible games and I think any Catan crowd could handle it.
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"Settlers upon Catan once A-G-A-I-N-?-!-?-" Check within their VARIANTS for anything too!
 
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+1 for Ad Astra: I've played it, and while the gameplay feels very different from settlers, the rules look very similar, straight down to the buildings you can build and the resources in the game.
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Up to 6P?

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When I play Alien Frontiers it always reminds me a lot of Settlers in terms of feel, although the mechanics are quite different.

You are trying to place colonies(~settlements) on a map, certain areas of the map may be advantageous for different reasons, you need to collect resources in order to place colonies, there are alien tech cards (~ dev cards) which can offer various bonuses, and dice rolling to give a dose of luck. The scoring is open information and, to some extent, it is based on how many colonies you've placed, just like Settlers.

AF offers some differences too, which you may enjoy if you're growing tired of Settlers: rolling many dice (your personal fleet of "spaceships"), placing your dice in a worker placement style mechanic, ways to mitigate unfortunate dice rolls, alien tech cards give you two possible bonus (one that can be used each turn, or a one time use bonus), no trading but potential to steal resources from other players.

The base game only plays 2 to 4 players, but the soon-to-be-released expansion adds the option of a fifth - although, personally I feel a fifth player would make the game too long. There are a lot of good AF videos, so check them out and see what you think.
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Lords of Vegas

Similarities to Catan: Victory Point-based, resource collecting (money), trading, dice-rolling.

However, the game moves forward less on luck and more on player action. Lots of yelling goes on during a reorganize or gamble action. A well made game.

Just make sure that you point out to your group there is less luck than appears on the board.

Also, it only plays up to 4!
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Moe45673 wrote:
Lords of Vegas

Similarities to Catan: Victory Point-based, resource collecting (money), trading, dice-rolling.

However, the game moves forward less on luck and more on player action. Lots of yelling goes on during a reorganize or gamble action. A well made game.

Just make sure that you point out to your group there is less luck than appears on the board.

Also, it only plays up to 4!

Oh! Great recommendation. I've actually thought that before.... (just forgot about it when posting here)
 
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+1 for Ad Astra: knocks the socks off of Settlers
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Not one of my favourites but try Citadels or one of my favourites I'm the Boss! or Elfenland

And yes to Ad Astra
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What it is that your fellow-gamers like about Settlers of Catan?

If it's collecting resources and constructing buildings that your group likes, consider Albion, which is by the designer of Carcassonne. It doesn't have the trading and replayability that is present in Settlers of Catan, but it's definitely worth looking at if moving settlers on a map and using resources to build stuff is your thing.

For a game with lots of trading, you might want to check out Oltre Mare, and the wheeling and dealing of goods cards that's inherent to this game will appeal to folks who enjoy that aspect of Settlers of Catan.

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queblaze wrote:
Ok so one of my game groups absolutely loves Catan and no matter how hard I try to get other games to the table, that game always gets on.shake

So I am looking for another game similar to settlers, maybe not exactly the same but good easy mechanics for 4-5 people, maybe 6 every now and then.


Catan's a good game. I will never turn down an offer to play Catan. That being said, I've also got the same group enjoying games of Evo, Mission: Red Planet, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, and Survive: Escape from Atlantis!. Maybe you might want to try one of these.

Good luck!
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This question gets asked a lot - because it is a good one! As others have said, it depends on exactly what it is your group likes about Settlers.

A little bit ago I made this Geeklist to pull together some of the more common answers to this question, organized by what aspect of Settlers it was that one found particularly appealing. Hope it helps!
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To offer a contrary opinion, why not offer something completely different? Anything like Catan, will invariably get compared to Catan, and likely fail that test. Thereby leaving you with a shelf full of unplayed Catan-esque games.

For me, the key was to find something completely different that also excited them. That naturally led to the question "Well, if this is as good as Settlers...what else is out there?".

I'm not going to claim it has been anything near a joy ride from there. The favourites still dominate most game nights, and its not like they suddenly all converted into hardcore gamers. But it went from "Settlers Night" into "Board Game Night". Now we at play a variety of games.

My suggestion would be Dominion. It's utterly different, takes 5 minutes to explain, and 30 minutes to play. That way, you can use the "I'd really liek it if we could try this, it's really fast and we'll still have plenty of time for Settlers" angle. Hopefully, that should open the door to other options as well.
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You might try The Castles of Burgundy - it has dice and hexes, which should provide some comforting common ground with Settlers while being a very different game with a step up in complexity.
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EndersGame wrote:
What it is that your fellow-gamers like about Settlers of Catan?
this ^^^

If it's the trading they like then try Bohnanza.
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Quite a few years back my group moved up from Settlers to "La Citta". It quickly became a long standing, go to favourite. A fantastic, well balanced resource management game. I never see it mentioned much on BGG and I find that puzzling.
 
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There is always Starfarers of Catan. It's quite similar, of course, but has enough major differences that it doesn't feel like you're playing a re-theme of Settlers. In many ways I enjoy it more.
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The Settlers of the Stone Age and Catan Histories: Struggle for Rome

.......too similar.......?
 
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Boomtown is similar in that players are building mines and roll a pair of dice to determine their production each turn. It's a lot more confrontational in that cards are claimed in an auction each round, players can destroy each others' mines and steal or tax gold, and it has a built-in time limit as it ends after one run through the deck.
 
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Believe it or not I tried a totally different game in Lords of Waterdeep and it was a hit, so I'm very happy with that, I also mentioned to them Stone Ageand they seemed very interested! I love when my board game list grows, now I just need the money lol
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