Several ways to go about it:
the school of loud: Negotiation gamesIntrigue
is an euro which is said to be Diplomacy packed in an hour - said to be quite nasty. Alcatraz: The Scapegoat
- is it an euro? I think it qualifies. This is a game that feels like a co-op but it's a negotiation game. Plays best with 4 - you're prisoners trying to run away, but one person will stay behind. Now who will that be is a matter of serious negotiations and dirty schemes. trading games
- negotiation with no hurt:Bohnanza
(heavy) - they more or less feel like you're screaming at a middle east bazaar. The latter two have anything can be traded approach - they're not to be played with stock market games
- subtle partnerships in user generated economy. Talking is mostly in auctions, but I like them with negotiations as well (some say this is "variant")Chicago Express
- if you own a stock in a company you get to make decisions - like making it more profitable or ruining it on purpose or blocking another company. Depending on your portfolio. Modern Art
- pure auction game, but you will do better when you realise it's about partnerships and stock (stock being cards you get in your hand). A lot of ways of surfing on the groupthink.
The school of silent:card games and blocking games
:Tigris & Euphrates
- I'm calling it a card game, well, it's kinda like card game meets traditional boardgame and theme exists. Pegasus has a nice edition with 2 sided board.Tichu
- traditional cardgame style game based on Chinese climbing games. Played in teams 2 VS 2. If you like cardgames, this is one to get (and it's cheap). And if you want a 2 player game of this type get HaggisTorres
- abstract, brainburning, but I've got a thing for 3D puzzling. This is all about blocking and getting in the best position which is as high as possible. Silent, but a lot of elbowing. Taj Mahal
a card game with kind of auctioning, but it's also about building networks and bluffing. It's a game of chicken. Carcassonne
- you can play this nice or nasty and it's cheap and everyone who hasn't played it to death tends to like, so get it. It's tile laying with some stealing of points if you play it right. If you want to play it nastily there are 2 expansions made exactly for that: Carcassonne: Expansion 4 – The Tower
and Carcassonne: Expansion 3 – The Princess & The Dragonarea control
- as close as euros get to actually fighting, well sort of.Small World
- free for all fighting with wacky fantasy races - okay in the end it's just putting chips on the board and counting victory points, but it sure looks cute. El Grande
- I don't like it much, but it's a oldie euro with a lot of stuff going on, annoying other people is one of them. Dominant Species
- for me it's El Grande with better theme implementation and smoother gameplay which is also twice as long. If 3 hour games like this seem fun, go for it - I like Chaos in the Old World better. Tammany Hall
is said to be nasty area control game with good theme implementation. On my wishlist. Is it an euro?
- hybrids. For me the best of both worlds - theme and interaction of ameritrash with euro level of simple rules and smooth play. Chaos in the Old World
- looks like ameritrash and well it is, but it's area control and for me the best area control game there is. Asymmetrical powers and 4 players only (or 5 with expansion). The theme is either hit or miss (or well, I don't care what it is as long as there is one). Cyclades
- dudes on a map plus auctions. A game that gets better the more you play it. You must play and bid aggressively - it's all about ganging up on whoever is in front. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
- ameritrash classic that is simpler and more elegant than most euros. And nasty as hell. Kids can play this and they usually can take it - it's adults that can't. Bash the leader game all the way.