Food Chain Magnate board game
Food Chain Magnate board game

Food Chain Magnate

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Food Chain Magnate is a heavy strategy game about building a fast food chain. The focus is on building your company using a card-driven (human) resource management system. Players compete on a variable city map through purchasing, marketing and sales, and on a job market for key staff members.

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  • Not a card game despite having ton of cards. The human resource and PR systems is genius with oozing theme. Kinda heavy with book keeping
  • The first Splotter I've played and I loved it! So many different strategies are possible. The interaction on the board is fantastic, it forces players to deviate from their strategies and make tough tactical decisions. I also think the theme really comes through in this one and that puts the ribbon on top and makes it a home run for me.
  • Straight forward systems building a very complex set of interlocking systems
  • --Oct2015-- Very interactive, engaging, and fascinating. There's a lot to consider here: possibly too much for a first game. But the decisions seem both real and meaningful: the evidence of my first game is that distinguishing good patterns from bad is vitally important, and that good play triumphs over bad.--Nov2015-- After five plays, I've made it a _9_; it's really cool. I've played with three different groups, and all have enjoyed it.
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Excellent choices in this list. Really want to play#Food Chain Magnate too. 

Love little lists like this!

  1. #Food Chain Magnate - The heavy game itch has been getting me recently and this bad boy is at the top of my list. 
  2. #Clans of Caledonia - I've heard a lot of good things about this one and I want to give it a shot. The streamlined, shifting market interests me, as well as the spatial element the board provides. Just looks like a nice, solid euro.
  3. #Inis: Seasons of Inis Expansion - Going to nab this one whenever it finally restocks. Which, hopefully, will be very soon. #Inis at 5p sounds fun and the cards and tiles really intrigue me.
  4. #El Grande Big Box - Been eyeing this one for a while. Another great area control game that works better at higher player counts, which is something I'd love to add to the collection. The auction mechanisms and surprise of the Castilla seem right up my alley.
  5. #Imperial 2030 - Board Game Barrage put me onto this one. Their description of it is very intriguing and I'm a big fan of Concordia, another Mac Gerdts game. 

Great post!

This is totally true. When I first entered the hobby, I was super savvy when it came to deals and gift cards. I honestly probably spent a total of around $20 of my own money on my first 5-10 games. Then as I learned what my tastes were, I was more willing to spend more to get games. Never thought I'd spend nearly $100 on a game like I did with #Food Chain Magnate. Never again though haha

Worker placement is pretty great, especially combined with other mechanics so I agree with you there. I like to play more midweight games than anything. Some of my favorites right now are #The Castles of Burgundy, #Wingspan, and #Terraforming Mars. I know none of those have worker placement lol so a few with that mechanism I'm into would be #Lorenzo il Magnifico and #PARKS.

That all being said, I have been interested in heavier stuff recently. I picked up #Food Chain Magnate and #The Gallerist not too long ago. They just don't to the table enough for me so solo options have been better for me in that regard.

Explain yourself sir lol. I mean outside of #Food Chain Magnate I really am at a loss

Agreed! The more I think about spending so much on a game like that it makes me want to cancel my pledge even more. Still haven't gotten around to it because of that temptation (doesn't help I backed within the first 72 hours for the extra extra stuff should I keep it haha)

Hmm what to compare Barrage to? That's a tough one because I don't think I've played anything quite like it. It kind of gives me#Agricola vibes with the shared availability of resources and blocking but that doesn't have the network building or contracts added in. I haven't played this one so I actually have no idea but maybe#Brass: Birmingham? At least from what I've seen and can tell. And I totally know what you mean lol. My fiancée really liked#Food Chain Magnate but I guess the key word there is LIKED. As in the past tense lol. I don't think she wouldn't ever play again or anything but I'd have to be nicer.

Have you played any other Feld designs? I feel you totally on the FOMO. When I first backed the project I'm like oh I definitely need the deluxe components. Then some people started dropping out and I was like ooooh numbered copies and they match the future games?! Let me up my pledge! In retrospect it all seems silly haha

Nice! The only game I've ever bought an insert for is #Food Chain Magnate off of Etsy. I'll check these out if I ever decide to take the plunge on one for #Paladins of the West Kingdom. I hate the set up in that game so anything that would make it easier would be much appreciated. The problem is the set up time makes me question if I want to keep it around in my collection period lol

It was probably the worst during #Orléans when she started writing down a strategy immediately after we played...she still has notes on #Food Chain Magnate in the box somewhere LOL

That sounds like a really good idea! I don't know of too many games that I own where this would be an issue..maybe #Food Chain Magnate with new players as there are set starts that are thought to be better than others.

She's played #The Gallerist with me. However, my answer to your question I think would be the heaviest game she actually enjoyed and would play again lol. That would be probably #Terraforming Mars. I would throw #Orléans and #Concordia on there but they're lighter than TfM I think...

That being said she did tolerate #Food Chain Magnate before our most recent game where I smoked her. Moral of the story is I need to learn how to throw games.

We play #Food Chain Magnate 2p and enjoy it. We also have Antiquity, Roads & Boats with expansion, Indonesia, Duck Dealer, and Bus. Bus is on TableTop Simulator. I'd also say Indonesia wants 3 (and it's also on TTS).

FCM, Antiquity, and R&B work with 2 (smaller boards to tighten it up). 

Interesting list. I didn't know you were that recent a convert to gaming. Looks like you have some pretty decent lists going on, especially since you have been in the hobby only about a year and a half. 

I looked at your top 25, even dropped a comment or two.... But, I did have a question about #Food Chain Magnate. What player counts have you played it at? I keep on thinking I want a splotter. I really want #Antiquity but that is out of print. #Bus is in print, and is comparitively affordable, but it has a minimum of 3 players. #The Great Zimbabwe is coming out again soon, that looks good. And, of course, I am interested in Horseless Carriage, which is their next game coming out. But, I really would like to find something I can at least play at 2 players.

I too thought about #Food Chain Magnate for mine but you're absolutely right quantity over quality prevails, especially when my fiancée too would rather crisp me in a fryer than flip burgers. Though she hasn't quite hated it as much as I expected...I think I'm going to have to throw a couple games for her to like it again.

Good question! I don't think my fiancée would allow many mean games in our house :P

That being said, I generally try to play nice while remaining competitive as long as the game will allow it. Meaning that in a game of #Food Chain Magnate if I have to advertise the pizzas I've been cooking to the houses you've been selling to just to slow you down, I totally will lol. I've also been told I'm savage in #Chinatown, interjecting during the open negotiations to try and get my deals made. I say that's just how the game is intended to be played.

I think the meanest game I've ever played was #Cosmic Frog. I heard a lot about it from the So Very Wrong About Games podcast and had to give it a try. A friend and I played over TTS and it is so arbitrary that it can be incredibly frustrating and downright ruthless. You definitely have to have the right attitude when you sit down to play that one. 

This week I played a lot on BGA..13 games of #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine to be exact haha. For the 3 plays I was introducing a friend to the game. He was a little anxious trying hard not to mess up for the other random people we got matched up with. After my 10 other plays, I ensured him there are loads of people out there that are just terrible at the game lol. I don't know if it was just misclicks or what but something was up with some of the people I played with. Don't get me wrong I had a few good groups and very enjoyable games. I think there's a little extra something to this game when you play in person.

Also played #7 Wonders Duel, #Lucky Numbers, and #Bandido on BGA throughout the week just to break up my plays of The Crew and to try something different. I own 7 Wonders Duel and it's a lovely game I can't get enough of. The other 2 were good for quick time wasters.

Other than that, my fiance and I played #Res Arcana, #The Castles of Burgundy, and #Food Chain Magnate this weekend. I think of the 3 she most enjoys COB even though she admits I'm better at it than she is. For some reason she has it in her head that I always beat her at most games so I told her we'll just have to start tracking our wins and losses. Might have to start letting her win some I guess ;P

Haha really really want list. I like it. At any rate it's a solid list. I'd recommend the 2 I own #Spirit Island and#Food Chain Magnate which are number 7 and 12 on my top 25 respectively. Although I have always wanted to try both#Grand Austria Hotel and#Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. Can't really go wrong