Classic heavier games?

I have Had my attention drawn to some more complex, but solid classic games (by classic I mean like 10ish+ years old). 

Games like El Grande, Hansa Teutonica, La Havre, and a real oldie, Acquire have been speaking to me. Are there any older, not really mainstream, games that are intriguing to you?

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Supporter13 months ago

Oooo I love Acquire. 

I don't know if it is a classic or not, but I've always been a little sad that Empire Builder didn't get more love. It was too long, but it was a good game for its time. 

I also consider the Agricola is a very good solid game.

Supporter13 months ago

I would really like to play Agricola sometime. 

Supporter13 months ago

I really enjoy it. But the economy is very tight, and it is tight in a painful way.  That is to say "it hurts so good...." 

Also, it is a Euro that feels decently thematic, always a good thing as far as I'm concerned. 

13 months ago

So so so good. I’ve played it just a few times and it definitely hurts so good...

13 months ago

Ohhhh that looks like a doozy. So far train games haven’t got a hold of me, like 18xx looks boring but I’ve heard good things! 

I like Acquire because it’s elegant and complex at the same time!

Supporter13 months ago

I really do enjoy Empire Builder. It is definitely a little step up from ttr, while being lighter than enthusiast grade train games. It is more of a pickup and deliver type of game than a stock game. I still think it is a little longer than it should be, but it is fun.

13 months ago

The way you described it appeals to me more. The stock aspect of the heavier train game stresses me out!

13 months ago

I LOVE El Grande!  That is probably my favorite!

Other loveable oldies are Agricola, Notre Dame, and Stone Age (feels like a lighter Agricola with less set-up)

13 months ago

I have been itching for a good game where I can mess with my friends, El Grande seems like that! 

Agricola is awesome, but I have not had an opportunity to try out Stone Age or Notre Dame, I will add them to the list!

13 months ago

Stone Age might be one to check out. Fun worker placement that's now in the 10+ classic stage in life.

In a couple years you can check out Trajan as a classic. :) Not quite ten years old, but getting up there on its geriatric status.

13 months ago

It depends on how complex and how out of the mainstream you're looking for, but you might look into some of Mac Gerdts' games like Imperial or Antike; you might try some of the Splotter Spellen games like roads and boats, Indonesia, or the Great Zimbabwe; you could look into some Reiner Knizia games like Tigris and Euphrates, Ra, or Shogun; then there are other games like Caylus, the Crayon rails series, Power Grid, or GMT war games... so many games!

13 months ago

Of those I have played Tigris and Euphrates and Power Grid...I’ve got a lot of work to do! The Knizias do appeal to me!

13 months ago

Take your time getting to all of them - I haven't played all of those I Just listed and I've been playing for 15 years! I even still need to play Tigris and euphrates, so you're beating me there

13 months ago

Oh don't worry. My budget and my space will limit my ability to try all of these out. It will come down to if opportunities come up. 

Supporter13 months ago

I love power grid. 

13 months ago

I keep talking about it on this site (sorry) but I'm really looking forward to trying the reprint of Dune. The game is 40 years old and considered by many to be a classic.

Supporter13 months ago

I recently watched a video about the Dune game and it looks really fascinating. I don’t know if it’d be right for my group but I can appreciate the game. 

13 months ago

I'm worried it won't be right for mine either, but I want to find a group to play it with, because I love the book a ton and this game looks like no other I've ever seen. It's seriously thematic and looks to me like it captures the feeling of the book well.

13 months ago

It does seem to require a group really committed to learning the political side of the game and how the different powers play with each other. Very conflict heavy!

Supporter13 months ago

That part would be cool and fun but my group definitely isn’t ready for that. 

13 months ago

It is definitely a group contingent game. I actually just saw it today at Barnes & Noble for sale! They have an exclusive copy there!

Supporter13 months ago

I’m consistently surprised by the selection of board games that Barnes and Noble have for sale. Good for them!

13 months ago

I am becoming more and more impressed with them! They have some legit games. I am traveling in Washington and Oregon and they have an even better selection up here compared to CA!

13 months ago

No need to apologize! It looks like a classic that is being reborn!