Tableau Builder recommendation?

My wife LOVES tableau building games like #Unfair, #Ex Libris, #Everdell and #Wingspan. We don't enjoy a lot of "take-that" in games. Thankfully in Unfair the "take that" cards usually have a better positive effect to use instead. Anyway she loves the building part of these, actually seeing your construction come together, whether it's a theme park, bookshelf, woodland city or bird sanctuary. 

Any other games that scratch this itch? Preferably not too much heavier than these.

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6 months ago

#Oh My Goods! Is a tiny box with a relatively sizeable engine/tableu builder inside. It is basically multiplayer solitaire so don't have to worry about take-that and it travels very nicely.

6 months ago

I'll check it out, thanks!

6 months ago

Also, #7 Wonders is a very calm game, it maybe has a little passive aggression but if neither of you are trying to create that it can be a perfectly peaceful game. I haven't played #7 Wonders Duel but have heard great things so that might be a better bet for just the two of you, someone who has it may be able to confirm or deny that?

6 months ago

@Courageous Bob we have #7 Wonders, but aren't a fan of the 2 player rules. I've heard the duel version is great at 2, but not sure it's for us. Only got 7 wonders because I found it used for $5 on Facebook.

6 months ago

That's fair, I have only ever played it at higher numbers and it wouldn't crack my top 20 even then. Unfortunately I haven't played a tonne of Tableu builders so if you come across one that you guys love (especially at 2P) do let me know!

Supporter6 months ago

#Terraforming Mars or any of the #Imperial Settlers games. I can’t wait for my copy of #Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North to arrive!

Supporter6 months ago

Town Builder: Coevorden looks great on the table (especially if you get a copy with the nice mat) and is more about building your town than attacking the other person (we don't like take-that in games, either). 

Supporter6 months ago

I'll have to look into this one.... 

6 months ago

I saw that at Origins last year! It looks really good. 

Supporter6 months ago

I haven't played any of these:

  • #Underwater Cities - It was the talk among the various communities for a while
  • #London Second Edition - First time seeing this but it looks wonderful. It's also designed by Martin Wallace
  • #Res Arcana - It's placed on many people's "top" lists for one of the great 2019 games

6 months ago

#Oceans or #Evolution: Climate are pretty neat tableau builders! I am taking @theDL's job recommending these lol. 

6 months ago

Haha, these are fantastic tableau builders, though they might have a little more player interaction than OP is looking for. I'd still recommend watching a review or two, or maybe a playthrough, especially #Oceans, since that one's a little more forgiving when it comes to the player interactions. I'm pretty sure Rahdo did one for Oceans and was super impressed with it.

6 months ago

Fair enough! I have not played either so I am not super familiar with how much interaction there is. 

6 months ago

#Terraforming Mars is a great one. Also, while Race for the Galaxy was mentioned (and is a fine choice indeed), I will also point your attention to #Roll For The Galaxy; the same game just with lots and lots of dice. Both are great, but I’d say Roll is a bit easier to learn than Race. Still, like I said, both are very good. 

6 months ago

@BenjaminK I've heard a lot about Terraforming Mars. I need to look into it again. It looks pretty bland from an aesthetic standpoint, which has always turned me off. I realize that standard makes me miss good games, but it is what it is. We limit our collection to keep our budget in check. In the wealth of options, we try to buy at the intersection of great gameplay and great artwork, curb appeal. 

6 months ago

I hear you on the game's aesthetics. Not super appealing. I am a big fan of art and theme, and while the drabness of Terraforming Mars is real, it's still a really good game. Personally, I probably wouldn't have purchased it myself due to its overall look, but fortunately I received it as a Christmas gift a while back. 

Supporter6 months ago

Maybe a touch heavier, but the best tableau builder out there is #Race for the Galaxy.*


*absolutely no bias apparent in this statement. LOL



6 months ago

I was expecting to see you recommend this, and I am not disappointed haha

Supporter6 months ago

I'm glad you weren't disappointed.... LOL