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I'm not very good at navigating the Advanced Search function apparently.

I'm looking for a game that involves players trying to make the most money (or something in that ballpark). Something like Power Grid, Automobile, Locomotive Werks, etc. Not so much a stock shares game like Chicago Express though. Another I'd consider slightly in that category is Colosseum, since you're spending money to get the biggest output.

What I'd prefer is something not so heavy. I don't mind kinda heavy, just nothing that I'm going to feel stupid playing. I'd say Automobile closes in on the limit of playing a game versus doing mental math exercises. Also, playable with more than 4 is a plus.

Thanks for the help!!!
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I'd say that Automobile will do the trick for you quite nicely.
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Age of Industry - 5 players. You start with no money, which means you must take out loans in order to build up industries. Once those industries serve their purpose, you will get money to go towards those loans and to play out more industries.

Railways of the World - 6 players. Again, start with no money, but you can sell shares. This means you get money for free when needed, but must pay out every turn to for the shares which will never get paid off. Still, you should make more than it takes, by building railroads and upgrading your trains to deliver goods. See also Steam & Age of Steam.

Navegador - 5 players. This time you start with money! In this rondel game, you send out ships to explore and invest in colonies and factories, to make money from the market, which you can spend on even more colonies/factories, more ships and workers, and other buildings that will make things cheaper for you.
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I will suggest Masters of Commerce as it meets several of your criteria: it involves trying to make the most money, is relatively light, and plays with up to 11 players.

The old classic Acquire certainly comes to mind as well, although it does center around stock shares.
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Can also consider:

Homesteaders - 4 players. Auction game, as you purchase more building sites, you slowly acquire more goods and money for even better buildings. Can take out loans that work against if not paid off by the end.

Leonardo Da Vinci - 5 players. Worker placement, will have to spend money for components and lab upgrades in order to complete inventions. Inventions bring in more money. At the end of the game, whoever has the most money wins.
 
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MisterG wrote:
I'd say that Automobile will do the trick for you quite nicely.


Thanks, but I've already played Automobile. Looking for something I don't know about yet.

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Navegador - 5 players. This time you start with money! In this rondel game, you send out ships to explore and invest in colonies and factories, to make money from the market, which you can spend on even more colonies/factories, more ships and workers, and other buildings that will make things cheaper for you.


Played it, like it a lot. It's economic, but the other mechanics overshadow the economics and make it feel more like...something else to me.

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Age of Industry - 5 players. You start with no money, which means you must take out loans in order to build up industries. Once those industries serve their purpose, you will get money to go towards those loans and to play out more industries.


I'll look into this one!
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DoomTurtle wrote:
Homesteaders - 4 players. Auction game, as you purchase more building sites, you slowly acquire more goods and money for even better buildings. Can take out loans that work against if not paid off by the end.


This one gives me a headache as I'm trying to calculate the optimum sales and uses for trade tokens.
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How about Saint Petersburg?

It's older (2004), but I just bought it and after 9 plays we are having a lot of fun.

You definately spend money to make money, and the rules are simple (but the strategies are tougher). With the expansion it plays to 5 players, 4 without it. There is a 'switch' of knowing when to focus more on points, as that is what ultimately wins the game (but you cannot do that successfully without first making a revenue generating machine).
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What about Container?
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Dave Martin wrote:
How about Saint Petersburg?

It's older (2004), but I just bought it and after 9 plays we are having a lot of fun.

You definately spend money to make money, and the rules are simple (but the strategies are tougher). With the expansion it plays to 5 players, 4 without it. There is a 'switch' of knowing when to focus more on points, as that is what ultimately wins the game (but you cannot do that successfully without first making a revenue generating machine).


Oh yea, I totally forgot about this one. I've owned it for years, but haven't played it enough. Too bad it's only up to 4 players.
 
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Tinners' Trail - You start the game with £15. With that, players have to balance their spending each round between building new mines (done by a round-table auctioning phase) and the cost of mining copper and tin. Most players end the round with near £0 remaining. Then every player turns around and sells his copper and tin for the going market prices, which (should) always creates a positive return on investment. At the end of each of the four rounds, players can use their profits to purchase VPs.

So, as you requested, this game is all about spending money to make more money. Additionally, there are several other actions players take that make mining more cost-efficient.

It's my favorite easy-to-teach, hard-to-master game, and it plays very quickly.

Good luck and have fun!

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brroney wrote:

The old classic Acquire certainly comes to mind as well, although it does center around stock shares.


+1 for Acquire
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Some good suggestions in here. I'm learning about some games that I've not heard of.
 
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I like all of DoomTurtle's suggestions and the games that you mention, but here are a few more that you might like:

Jet Set - get the best routes and make money across Europe without buying any stocks!

Steam - its "Age of Steam" lite, with no dice and no stocks.

Samarkand: Routes to Riches - build trading networks by cleverly placing your camels and building alliances in the Middle East.

Power Grid: Factory Manager - the other side of the Power Grid, as you try to build the most efficient factory to make the most money while minimizing your electrical costs.

Masters of Venice - a game of buying low and selling high to make your fortune in Venice.

Mundus Novus - a card game where you trade, collect and play sets of cards to make the most money.

I think any of these would be something you might like. Check them out and see what you think!
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Maybe Greed Inc.?
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I've only played it once, but I second the Container suggestion. The rules certainly aren't "heavy". It struck me as about on the line of Power Grid in terms of mental computation.
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What about Container?

Yep, this was my thought, too. It's not a pure buy-low/sell-high game (the auctions and the quirky rules about the containers make it different, but interesting), but it's one of my favorites.

Hab & Gut is another one to consider, but that one maxes out with 4 players.

EDIT: And Shark plays up to six, but has some significant randomness. It's a damn fine game despite that, though.
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Wealth of Nations and Container are the games you seek, sir.

WoN plays up to 6 and is amazing. Watch the dice tower reviews. Spend money to make money, players can bankrupt themselves, a real player driven market, high competitiveness to make it big in a given industry. It rocks. Just make sure you play with the V2 rules. Expansion not needed
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Brass?
 
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How about Manila?

This is a pretty light game and always a lot of fun with our gaming group.
It uses stock, but mainly, I think, to hide some of your money from the rest of the players. I mean, the stocks are there and they are an integral part of the game and the ending conditions, but to me, it's not really a nuisance. I don't like games with stock all that much, but Manila doesn't bother me.

The most fun is betting on whether ships make it or not and placing them on the ships to get a share of the loot and of course: piracy! Successful pirating is awesome!
 
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