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Carl Garber
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Which of these two would be better in terms of accessiblility and replayability for casual gamers?(replayability means still interesting after 30 plays). Thanks!
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Not too many people will have played Ginkgopolis.
and Glen More is widely regarded as one of the very best medium euros for 2 or more players, alongside The Castles of Burgundy.

Personally I haven't played any of them. whistle so I'm not much help!! gulp
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Neither - play King of Tokyo instead!
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glookose wrote:
Neither - play King of Tokyo instead!


NO! DON'T DO IT!

God, I hate that game.

OT: Go with the Gingk. Although if you were looking for a tile building game for casuals I would consider Alhambra since it's cheaper and just as good.
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Glen More.

Never played Gingkopolis though.
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Already have and enjoy King of Tokyo....but I have found it to be more of a guy game....many girls I have played with feel bad taking someone out of the game. Already own and love Alhambra! Looking for a game that is a slight step up to add a bit more strategy and more variety.

Gingkopolis looks better produced but looks like it could be harder to get your head around. Glen More is raved about but I wonder if it is because it is so cheap? Is it a great game on its own merit or just in light of its cheap cost? I think Ginkgopolis will be more visually appealing, but maybe less interesting? Maybe too abstraxt?
 
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I own them both, but I have not played Glen More yet... one of these days!

But I have played Ginkopolis 8 times in the past 2 weeks or so. I really enjoy the game, but each game had at least 1 person that had not played before. I am looking forward to playing it again. I played one 3 player game, five 4 player games and two 5 player games.

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Ginkgopolis is a fantastic game, and also quite replayable. Glen more is a fine game as well, but I think Ginkgopolis is simpler rules wise.
It's pretty easy to explain. Basically, you play a card with a tile, and the tile goes on that exact spot.
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broken clock wrote:
glookose wrote:
Neither - play King of Tokyo instead!


NO! DON'T DO IT!

God, I hate that game.



Agreed.


On the other issue Glen More is pretty damn solid as others have said here. I haven't played Ginkopolis yet.
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I haven't played Gingk yet, but they look to be very different games. Personally I'm not a big fan of Glen More. I think there are better games with very similar mechanics (Ora et Labora, Caylus, Castles of Burgandy, for example) and suspect that many enjoy it because it is more affordable and lighter in strategy.
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If it makes a difference, Gink comes with solo rules. That alone would sway me.
 
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I haven't played Gingkopolis but I have played Glen More about nine times and am almost bored with it.
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Triad1 wrote:
broken clock wrote:
glookose wrote:
Neither - play King of Tokyo instead!


NO! DON'T DO IT!

God, I hate that game.



Agreed.


On the other issue Glen More is pretty damn solid as others have said here. I haven't played Ginkopolis yet.



I also agree. King of Tokyo runs out of gas after about 5 plays. But this guys avatar reminds me of something: Saint Petersburg is an awesome game.
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Glen More is really good, but it has a couple component issues.

The first is that the tiles and cards are very, very tiny. It is really hard to read them when they are in the center of the table (and if they're across the table, it's basically impossible).

Also, the finish on the tiles and board is glossy, meaning that the tiny print is regularly further impacted by glare.

I haven't played Ginkgopolis, but it does have better looks (at least from videos). I was on the fence about the game itself... still am.
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I've played. Un my opinion Glen More is a better game but is less accessible for casual gamers. Gingkopolis is better suited for casual gamers.
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Interesting question. I haven't played either, but both are on my wishlist and I have wrestled with which one I want more/sooner. I don't see them as comparable gaming experiences so it's not a matter of either or. I also don't think that there is a significant difference in price.

I do think Glen More is getting harder to come by and while Ginkgopolis is new and widely available.

If you might end up with both in the future I would get Glen More first just because of availability issues.

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CarlG wrote:
Already have and enjoy King of Tokyo....but I have found it to be more of a guy game....many girls I have played with feel bad taking someone out of the game. Already own and love Alhambra! Looking for a game that is a slight step up to add a bit more strategy and more variety.

Gingkopolis looks better produced but looks like it could be harder to get your head around. Glen More is raved about but I wonder if it is because it is so cheap? Is it a great game on its own merit or just in light of its cheap cost? I think Ginkgopolis will be more visually appealing, but maybe less interesting? Maybe too abstract?


Played Gingkopolis for the first time on Wed night, as a 3 player, taught 2 others how to play. I was a little muddled in the explaining, however, I realized a few things:
The rules could have been written a little clearer on a few points. They're not terrible, just a little murky. Play through it once, however, and you'll realize that the mechanics are quite simple.

The terminology in it doesn't help, but it is thematically there. We ended up renaming "urbanizing" to "expanding", "Adding a floor" became "Growing", and "Exploiting" became "Discarding".

If you do get Gink, play through 5-6 turns as a two player game. After those 5-6 turns you'll quickly see how it goes and should (hopefully) have a good feel for the game. Even with taking 5 minutes to figure out how the setup goes, you're still only looking at 15-20 minutes. And quite honestly, it'll be fairly easy to explain after that. The manual is a little daunting, the game might look it, but it's a big, snuggly, cuddly teddy bear that you can hit your friends in the face with when you take over their cities and steal all their points.

I know I'm going to be playing this one (and Castles of Burgundy) a lot. And likely teaching it a lot. Only a matter of time before some "teaching cheatsheets" go up on BGG, if they're not there already. Give me 2 weeks and I suspect I might end up doing that myself.
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I thought Ginkgopolis had some nice mechanisms, but then it was a pretty boring area majority struggle which was been done in many games. Glen More was much more interesting with multiple paths to victory - more like Hawaii in the variety of ways in which players can accumulate points.

P.S. the solitaire rules for Ginkgopolis are just rules for automating a second player - I like solitaire games, but that didn't interest me.
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Is Gingkopolis hard to learn/teach? Saw Tom Vasel's review, and I believe he said it's a bit wonky to learn.
 
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Arcueid wrote:
Is Gingkopolis hard to learn/teach? Saw Tom Vasel's review, and I believe he said it's a bit wonky to learn.

I don't really get why people are making that claim. I found it really easy to pick up, even from a relatively inexperienced teacher, and I've had no trouble teaching it to others so far.

Ginkgopolis is, IMO, a much easier game to learn and a far more enjoyable one than Glen More.
 
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Arcueid wrote:
Is Gingkopolis hard to learn/teach?


It shouldn't be. It was taught to me essentially from the rule book, and I got all the details in a confused order, but it wasn't so hard once I figured it out. I would say, as with many games, it depends on the quality of the teacher; it is not innately difficult.
 
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