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Justin Schroeder
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I recently bought a bundle of 5 new games, but in order for my wife to agree to the purchase, she said we should give one of them away as a Christmas gift. Although I don't really like the idea, I agreed. But now I am having trouble deciding which of them to give away.

Here are the games that I bought:
Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
Puerto Rico
Tikal
Stone Age
Power Grid

And here are the gmaes that I currently own:
Agricola
7 Wonders
Dominion
Dominion: Intrigue
Citadels
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
RoboRally
Ticket to Ride: Europe
Catan
Troyes

So based on my collection, which one of the new games would be best to give up? I want to try to have a varied collection, and I don't need a bunch of games that are too similar. Right now I was thinking I'd either give away Tikal or Stone Age, but I'm not really sure.

What would you give away, and why?
 
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I would keep Puerto Rico, Stone Age and Power Grid for sure. But, that is because I really enjoy those 3 games.
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Don't give away Stone Age, it will become the best game in your new collection! Immediately put this one into your new collection and we (I) will forgive that it was ever even under consideration. Same goes for Power Grid.

It'd be really hard to give away Tikal. I love the game. Honestly, though, it suffers a lot from AP-prone players. A 4-player game can be really fun with fast players, but you could wish you hadn't suggested playing it with if you have slow players.

Personally I'm not a big fan of Puerto Rico but people love it (and I can see why), so I wouldn't pick this one; you and your friends will probably like it.

That leaves Carc: H&G. I've played a lot of Carcassonne and I wasn't really impressed with H&G. You should buy the base Carcassonne later on. Besides, H&G is playable on Yucata.de which you can play without your wife knowing. ninja
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I'd give away either Carc Hunters and Gatherers or Tikal.

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If you are going to give one away, it should be one of the lighter ones since the recipient may not be a heavy gamer. So that means you should give away Carc: Hunters and Gatherers. The others would only be good gifts if they had experience with meatier games. Tikal is certainly going to go over their heads if they are not used to Euro style games.
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You have some time. Play each one of the five and decide which one has the least appeal.
 
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I know I'll be in the minority here. I don't see the allure of Power Grid. I couldn't trade it away fast enough. But before I get slammed, if you have more hardcore gamers, it might be better. Plus I'm not a big auction fan so take that with a grain of salt.

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I'd give up Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers. Although, that is probably the lightest of the games in the bundle. So, if you want a lighter game, ignore my advice and keep that one.
 
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Personally, I'd get rid of Tikal because that's the one I like least. However, that doesn't help you much.

Looking over your collection, I would probably toss either Tikal, Power Grid, or Stone Age. Stone Age is similar, (though lighter and not the same as) Agricola. So if you're worried about having redundant games, then Stone Age may be the way to go.

Tikal is an action point, worker placement game and a little unlike anything else in your collection. That means you'll either branch out into something new that you enjoy, or it may be something you're not interested in. Since its an unknown, it may be best to get rid of it.

Power Grid is a wonderful game and most everyone enjoys it. But it's also a little heavier than most of the stuff on your list and is much more of an economic game than the rest of your collection. If you like the level of depth and complexity in your current collection, then Power Grid may fall flat for you.

And, whatever you do, do not get rid of Puerto Rico. Given the other games in your collection, Puerto Rico will be right up your alley.
 
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Carc H&G for sure.
A) You don't need it anyway.
B) It's the easiest for others to self-digest
C) It plays better with 2 than the rest (except maybe Stone Age).
 
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I would personally get rid of Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, because I know it's the one that I would enjoy and play the least. Tikal also covers tile placement and area influence/control.

Similarly, you could give up Stone Age. If you're looking for a resource conversion game with action drafting (worker placement), Agricola is the better game. And contrary to the advice above, Tikal is not a worker placement game, although the rest of the advice is good.
 
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If you mostly play with specific player counts, that could greatly affect the answer. Also, if you play with a wide variety of people, so that any given game is likely to have people who have played that game a lot, along with first-timers, that could affect the choice (cough, Puerto Rico, cough).

I don't see a lot of overlap between the new games and your existing collection, so that's not a great way to decide.

I'll refrain from giving specific advice, because of the 5 games, I think I rate them all between 5 and 7 (and one should probably be a 4).
 
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Too much of the advice is here is which one would be best for YOU to get rid of. Given your situation, that is not the correct question. It is which one is the best GIFT to give? The one you give away needs to match the person you are giving it to. Case closed.
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Give up Stone Age. You've got worker placement in Agricola, and it would be a good gift. Carc is everyone's fave to give up but it's tile laying, which you don't have.

I like them all except Power Grid; I hate it so much.
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Give up Dominion...

I am looking at this as an intervention...laugh
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Give up Stone Age. If the recipient isn't a heavy gamer, they'll appreciate it and Agricola is a better game.
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justintimeforfun wrote:
I want to try to have a varied collection, and I don't need a bunch of games that are too similar.


So why are you keeping two games of Dominion?
 
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keep either agricola or stone age
 
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joe_salamone wrote:


I agree with Joe and the others who said this!
 
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Aenea wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:


I agree with Joe and the others who said this!

Agreeing here too.
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Narl wrote:
Aenea wrote:
joe_salamone wrote:


I agree with Joe and the others who said this!

Agreeing here too.


Disagreeing - but then again I love the game and you don't have anything else like it in your collection.

The more important questions are, (1) who will you be giving the game to, (2) what kind of game will they actually like, (3) will you be able to meet up with them (potentially regularly) and have the chance to play the game anyway?

I'd ditch Stone Age personally - you already have Agricola as a great worker placement, and Troyes has dice rolling. Stone Age doesn't really provide much new that you'd collection doesn't already cover. Plus I think the game is dry - very perscriptive strategies.
 
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Give away Carcassonne, and make your wife a gift of Carcassone for Christmas

(This is at least the way I would handle it ;-) )
 
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Give the wife away.
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Did your wife say what Christmas you had to give selected game away for. Hang on to 'em all for a few decades until one's "vintage" then give it away.
 
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Based on all of the feedback in this thread, I think I am going to give Carcassonne. It is actually going into a gift exchange and I will have the chance of getting it back anyway. The people who are in the gift exchange are not gamers either, so the lightest game would be the best gift.
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