I am thinking about asking a question, but not sure if it is too open.
I find myself always purchasing games that have similar game mechanics. I prefer worker-placement games, and railroad tycoon type games and these games borrow from each other in terms of how the game plays.
What I want to know is what other type of game mechanics really make a game more interesting, increase the strategic element and really make the game what it is.
I appreciate that this question maybe seen as quite subjective, but it is a genuine question that I really would appreciate the answer on. Any thoughts?