Robert Woodham
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Hey guys. I'm considering adding a couple of games to my collection this December.

I currently considering Liberte, Cyclades, Cyclades: Hades, Game of Thrones, Twilight Struggle, and 1960.

Out of the above games, I have played Liberte (the 2000 edition), Cyclades with Hades, Game of Thrones (1st edition), and 1960.

The issue is that I only have the funds to choose 3 of the above, and would like to choose games that will grant my collection some variety and flexibility.

Thus far my collection is pretty limited; I own Chaos in the Old World, Eclipse, Diplomacy, and Fury of Dracula, and Bang! I have also played many Euro-games, but do not own any.

The one item I'm certain about on my list is Game of Thrones to my collection. I have never been disappointed by the 5-player 1st edition, and I love how similar the game mechanics are to Diplomacy while still offering something quite fresh. So that's a definite buy on my part.

This leaves me with two purchases left.

For one of those purchases, I would like to add a 2-player game to my collection; since I've played 1960 to death, I'd like to try something new out, hence Twilight Struggle. Would you guys recommend Twilight Struggle to a 1960 aficionado?

The other game would consequently be either Liberte or Cyclades. I have played 3-player Liberte twice now, and enjoyed it immensely. I have only played 5-player Cyclades once with its expansion, and enjoyed it quite a bit as well. At the same time, I have no idea how good Cyclades is without its expansion.

My other option, in favour of Twilight Struggle and Liberte/Cyclades is Cyclades + its expansion, but I'm not sure if I am willing to shell out $60-70 for a single game. I think the main issue is that I already have a 5-player game in my collection: Fury of Dracula. Liberte can also double up as a 5-er, and Game of Thrones can be modified to 5-players if need be.

So, what do you guys think? Is Cyclades magical enough to stand on its own, or should I broaden the number of viable players in my collection with a 2 and 3+ player game?
 
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Hi,

If you like 1960, then you should also enjoy Twilight Struggle.

I have Cyclades, but I have not played the expansion. IMHO the list of of games where the expansion provides a big and meaningful improvement are relatively few. I would recommend that if you can afford it, get Game of Thrones, Cyclades (no expansion), and Twilight Struggle.

You could also consider Runewars, which I think is being released in a revised edition in December, and also D&D Conquest of Nerath if you like your dudes on a map stuff.
 
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I'm currently in the process of selling Runewars, so I'll pass on that one.

So the main question is, Cyclades or Liberte? I hear Cyclades is bad w/ less than 5.
 
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I guess Cyclades is not that great only with two players. Three and above is absolutely fine.
 
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Is 3-player Cyclades better than Liberte 3 players?
 
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Actually, folks say 2 player Cyclades is better than 3 player (though not better than 4/5)

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/565067/how-is-it-with-2
 
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