Best Engine-Building Games

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What are your favorite engine-building games? Bonus points if you list more than one or describe what makes them your favorite!

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Supporter10 months ago

I can’t believe this is 55 comments long and no one has mentioned Scythe.  

10 months ago

I am not sure I initially think of Scythe as an Engine-builder. I would love to hear why you think it is?

Supporter10 months ago

There are aspects of engine building. 

I would consider the tech cubes, recruits, and buildings to be parts of a engine. But, I don't really consider it to come together to be a complete engine. 

Supporter10 months ago

I agree. Scythe is... an amalgamation. It’s action selection, worker placement, area control. I don’t really get that engine building feel from the game. Sure the tech cubes are a bit of an engine upgrading mechanism but overall I don’t consider it to be engine building. 

Supporter10 months ago

Huh, that's funny because I don't find it to be worker placement at all.  Because you don't need to place workers and you don't ever retrieve them.  I guess I consider an engine building game because you build your society and how it will run throughout the game allowing yourself to do more and more.  You also get to pick which engine you'll build in the game.  Will you go for upgrades or recruiting, will you be passive or aggressive.  I don't think it's the predominant mechanic but I feel like it's there.

Supporter10 months ago

Well you do place and move your workers into position. Technically speaking. 

The reason why I don’t think of it as an engine builder - It’s not a typical engine where you can function more and more efficiently and combo and do things. Yes your individual actions get more effective but you typically can’t combo things or do normal engine building things. 

Supporter10 months ago

So worker building? Engine placement? Haha.

I think it's the way the star placement happens that makes me tie it to engine building.  You see one or two at the beginning and then toward the end it becomes almost a mad rush.  So it has the appearance of engine building to me?

Supporter10 months ago

Ok sure, but that could be just because the game is nearing completion? I dunno. 

Supporter10 months ago

👍🏼, it’s definitely not listed as engine building anywhere 🤷🏼‍♂️🤦🏼‍♂️😂.  I guess for me it was always because stars 3-6 seemed to place really quickly as the game draws near an end.

10 months ago

Bingo, I was trying to pin-point the type of game it is, but it is an amalgamation. Good word.

Supporter10 months ago

Viticulture for sure, especially with the Rhine valley cards.  There is nothing better than filling a wine order from your built winery.

10 months ago

These are my favorite:

Terraforming Mars

Wingspan

Roll for the Galaxy (also Race)

Splendor

Dominion can be a really good one as well.

Supporter10 months ago

Are these ranked from favorite to least? 

Also, do you prefer roll or race? 

10 months ago

Nope, just from when I thought of them. 

I've played Roll a ton more than Race, so I'm leaning toward Roll for favorite. Some days are a Race day though, as it scratches a slightly different itch. But yeah, I'm gonna have to say Roll is the top of the two.

Supporter10 months ago

Gotcha. I can't comment. I haven't played roll. 

10 months ago

Yeessss I love these so much!

10 months ago

I'm sure there are some other great ones I've played that I just didn't think of.

10 months ago

For sure but that list is solid haha 

10 months ago

51st State: Master Set is a fun engine builder. Resource conversion and tableau building included! Plus it they have little gun and gear meeples which are fun...

10 months ago

Totally agree, 51st is great

Supporter10 months ago

Have you checked out Empires of the North? Looks like such a cool game. 

10 months ago

I have not! Is it a similar play type as 51st state?

Supporter10 months ago

Same designer and the most recent iteration of that system. 

10 months ago

Looks like a very different vibe art wise than 51st state lol. But almost more complex!

Supporter10 months ago

I am actually a lot more interested in empires than in 51st state. 

10 months ago

Similar to this would be Glory To Rome

Supporter10 months ago

I want Glory to Rome! I’m a huge Roman history aficionado. 

10 months ago

The bummer is that it is basically impossible to find anywhere lol. 

10 months ago

I'd add Taverns of Tiefenthal as it is a deckbuilder which makes it a sort of dice drafting engine builder. 

Supporter10 months ago

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Terraforming Mars yet. That seems to be almost a pure engine builder. 

Is Everdell considered an engine builder?

What about deck-building games? Are they engine building games too?