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The Essen crop, part 11: Le Havre 2p, Copycat and 1984 Animal Farm

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Le Havre: The Inland Port
Le Havre is one of my all time favorites, especially with 2 or 3. I didn't expect this to be like the original but with only 2, and it's not. It's a streamlined resource gathering game where you need to use buildings based on your overarching strategy. If you're going for the buildings that give you a lot of points for fish or grain, you'll have to really focus on those. There's no time to try more different things during one game. So we'll have to play again.
I enjoyed my first game but I wasn't blown away with it like with the original. Bud I didn't expect so

Initial rating: 7

Copycat
Friedeman Friese has been a bit of hit and miss with me. I love Power Grid, enjoyed my first games of Factory Manager but didn't enjoy it after that, I was disappointed in Furstenfeld, Black Friday didn't do it for me. But I'm always interested to see what he comes up with.
In this he made no efforts to obfuscate where the different elements and mechanics came from. But I was pleasantly surprised by how well it all worked together.
I quite enjoyed my first game of this and look forward to exploring this more, but I don't expect this to have huge depth or incredible replayability like Power Grid.

Initial rating: 7.3

1984: Animal Farm
I'm not a big fan of negotiation games. I do appreciate Traders of Genoa, but I'm not interested to play something like Diplomacy at all. And this game is more like the latter (I think).
We played the short version of the game as we unanimously decided that was what we wanted. And I'm glad we did. It felt too long as it was (maybe that had to do with our enjoyment of the game) and I can only see the long version outstaying it's welcome. Two rounds per set goal cards was clearly enough, a third round with the same set will just be a repetition of the second round, I expect.
The negotiations where always uneventful as it was easy to see what the best deal for everyone was. And if that didn't involve you, there was no way to negotiate your way to victory.
I did not enjoy this for a second, but I expect people who like negotiation games to like this as well.

Initial rating: 5
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