Splendor by itself is a pretty fun game, and so the variations on top of the game via this expansion make it all the more fun.
My favourites are the Orient & Trading Posts variations, with the Cities variation coming in 3rd.
I've never played the Stronghold variation, and even while looking at the rules / watching explanations of it, it seemed like something that would prolong the game so we never really got into it.
If you enjoy playing Splendor, buy this expansion to make Splendor night all the more Splendorous.
The original Brass game that was eventually perfected into Brass: Birmingham.
Not to say that Brass: Lancashire isn't good. It's brilliant too.
Lancashire comes with different industries and minor differences in rules and playthroughs that make it a really interesting game.
Would recommend you buy Brass: Birmingham though, and buy Lancashire only if you really enjoyed Birmingham and are looking for some variety.
Fun to play game that does seem daunting at first. But, don't fear, persevere!
This game has a TON of actions that you can do in a variety of permutations & combinations which can be quite overwhelming when you're trying to learn it / teach it.
However, all the actions are really simple, and once you play it for the first time, you figure it all out in a jiffy.
SHASN is by and far one of the best board games I've every played (second only to Brass: Birmingham)
This game is for seasoned board gamers for sure, since the rules can get a little complicated; especially when you get into the smallest of nuances around when to apply what rule, etc. But, SHASN does have a very active discord where if you post your query, you'll get your response fairly quickly.
Each game can go on for anywhere between 3-6 hours, so better be prepped with water, snacks, and moov / relispray for potential backaches.
Wavelength is a wonderful party game.
Fairly easy to explain and play. It really tests the boundaries of how well your friends group knows and understands each other when it comes to being on the same "wavelength" 😉
Anecdotally, my friends and I are pretty lame, so we call it "Lamelength" instead.
Because most of our clues lead us to figuring out if we're on the same lamelength. XD