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To some, the term “heavy Euro” might imply an especially minimal genre of EDM only heard at 6am on a Sunday morning in dank Berlin warehouses, but to board gamers, the term has different—if no less intense—connotations.
Euro games prize function over form, putting game mechanics above fluff and theme, but they can sometimes seem like competitive spreadsheeting in three dimensions, as players push wooden chips across patterned boards in order to maximize token yields.

The heavier the Euro, the more loops and interlocking systems there are—and the more it can feel like you’re simulating MC Escher’s abacus.
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