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Hello,

I am currently shopping for new games for my gaming group. Having recently purchased both Hansa Teutonica and Endeavor, I am generally looking for some lighter games that can fit into our preferred playtime of one hour.

However, I have been considering these two games for a while, since before I purchased HT and Endeavor, and I still feel like getting one of them. We are normally three players(very rarely four), but occasionally one of us can't make it so we are stuck with two people. In your opinion which of the two games is quicker and which would be best with 2-3 players?


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Can't go wrong either way, but Puerto Rico would be my choice. It's a classic game.
 
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I just got Homesteaders and have played through a solitaire/tutorial game I found on BGG and one of the solitaire scenarios. While I have yet to play with others, I like the game and the auction system because everybody gets something. Money is tight in the beginning so one should not be afraid of taking on some debt, but it can be ameliorated in later rounds.

I've never actually played Puerto Rico,though I've researched it with the idea of buying it. I do enjoy it's little brother, San Juan, and in my view a better game for casual gamers. However, since PR also has a "pick a role for this round component", I suggest Citadels, which is more forgiving of new players than PR.

So if your choice is between Homesteaders and Puerto Rico, my advice is Homesteaders.
 
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Both are wonderful games - if I had to choose one I would choose Puerto Rico, but I'm glad I dont have to choose
 
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I have played both games. Puerto Rico is my all-time favorite game, but I also like Homesteaders alot. PR is unplayable with 2. 3 or 4 is best. HS is good with 2 or more. It is also a shorter game. Playing PR in less than 90min is unlikely and 120-150min is more likely.

Any questions, feel free to ask.
 
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I own both, and love Homesteaders. Puerto Rico is okay, but not my favorite. Having said that, it is a solid game and I can see why it gets its applause. Homesteaders is probably a little bit shorter, but not that much. If you look into the official variant for Puerto Rico, I actually quite enjoy it with only 2...so I'd say that they both play well with 2-4 players. Homesteaders feels a bit more sandbox-like which can make players feel lost as to strategy initially, but the game is easy to teach since the rules are so straight forward. Puerto Rico is much more subtle...
 
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greyuriel wrote:
PR is unplayable with 2.


I absolutely love Puerto Rico with any player count. 2 players is excellent. Here's a great article:

Ender's Comprehensive Overview: An analysis of Puerto Rico as a two-player game, and a comparison of the most popular variants

We play the 3 roles/2 roles variant.
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Thanks for the responses everyone. What about the playtime? Which game plays faster once you get the hang of it? This is a big deal with my friends and I.
 
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Erratik wrote:
Thanks for the responses everyone. What about the playtime? Which game plays faster once you get the hang of it? This is a big deal with my friends and I.

Both are relatively short, but I think Homesteaders is the quicker of the two...
 
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I've owned them both. I've since sold Puerto Rico and kept Homesteaders. That should tell you something right away.

Secondly, Homesteaders is definitely shorter, I don't care what anyone says. It also plays very well with any number of players, 2-4.

For me, homesteaders feels like Puerto Rico distilled. Everything about the winning condition comes from picking the right building/plantation tiles. Well, choosing the right building to build in Homesteaders is EVERYTHING! It all comes from that aspect. That and the auctions, which Puerto Rico does not have. But then again, I happen to love auction mechanics in general.

Also, I find Homesteaders to be less unforgiving to new players if they play poorly at first.
 
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