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Christopher Gritt
United Kingdom
Brighton
East Sussex
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10
Apr 2009*
Brilliant! Requires planning. Lots of difficult choices.
2009-04-26
Owned
Mateusz Pitulski
Poland
Toruń
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10
Nov 2014
Jak gram w ten dodatek to nie odnotowuję podstawki
2010-04-30
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Yegor Sadoshenko
Ukraine
Dniepropetrovsk
Dniepropetrovsk region
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9
Jun 2009*
Now, that's an expansion! It gives so much to Keltis, it's unbelievable. Keltis itself was great. But after the expansion you can see that it was straightforward. Expansion is much deeper and brings more strategy and careful planning.
Like in Keltis we play with tokens face down.
2009-06-02
Owned
Griselda Scarlatti
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9
Jan 2010*
Good idea, to reniew the game by simply replacing the board. With the new paths, you lose in simplicity what you gain in choices and possibilities. It's nice to have both and to decide the type of game you want.
2010-01-03
Owned
Hiroshi Ishikawa
United States
Wexford
Pennsylvania
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9
Apr 2009*
Better than original Keltis. More control and more options over piece movements leading to more agonizing decisions.
2009-04-12
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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9
Apr 2011
Initial impression is that this must rank as one of the best "expansions" ever. It's basically a completely new game to play with the same deck of cards and similar scoring concepts. The same general heuristics will stand you in good stead for the expansion, but you have to be much more sensitive to tactical board layout issues in the expansion than you had to be in the basic game. The expansion lacks Keltis straightforward elegance, but also is definitely a game with more subtlety to it than the original. Not sure I'd call it better or worse than Keltis, but it's definitely different.

These follow-on Keltis products (Kartenspiel, Mitbringspiel, Keltis expansion) have really cemented my opinion - if any further demonstration was really needed - that Knizia towers over his contemporaries as a brilliant game designer. All four games use the same basic idea, of risk management and tiered scoring, but all play substantially differently, with different nuances, different tradeoffs, and different feels, that they are all distinct and worthwhile games. Where other designers simply re-use good ideas, Knizia does themes and variations.
2009-05-20
Owned
Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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9
Jan 2013
An alternative game board, plus a set of bonus chips, for Keltis. Game mechanics are virtually identical, but the game board is substantially different, and game play feels very different. The paths intersect at many places, allowing the player markers to jump colours, potentially having more than one marker advancing up the same track. There is a new set of chips to use on the new board - the usual bonus chips (including one new type that allows you to discard from a meld or hand), and a set of different coloured wishing stones. Points are slightly different - different coloured stones, as well as sets of three of a kind, both now score points. An added wrinkle is once a points plateau is reached (5, 8), advancing further decreases your score until the next plateau ... so do you push for more points or rest on what you've got in the bank. A much deeper and more interesting game board, that greatly improves on the linear nature of the base game. The base game is great for families, this board ramps it up with the increased options... highly recommended.
2009-05-10
Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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9
Mar 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed this expansion. It's a far more interesting game than the original. You've got a ton of difficult decisions to make in this one.
2009-05-13
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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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9
May 2009*
This Keltis game "rocks"!
2009-05-27
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Kevin O'Hare
United States
San Carlos
California
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9
Oct 2009*
It's a whole new game. Don't know that I would ever play the original game board as the new board adds so much to the play.
2009-08-09
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Mitchell Thomashow
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9
Feb 2012
Outstanding. This is the most intricate and interesting of the Keltis/Lost Cities family. There are many paths to victory and plenty of strategic considerations. This is one of the best blends of card play and board movement ever invented.
2009-12-09
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Matthew Popielski
United States
Brecksville
Ohio
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9
Feb 2010
This is so much better than the base game. It is a real shame that this will probably never come to the States as an expansion for Lost Cities the BoardGame.
2010-02-20
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Robert
Kuwait
Seattle
Washington
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9
Jul 2010
A whole lot more strategic than its parent game, this expansion has been far more of a hit with my local gaming crowd than the original, but we think we like Das Orakel the best of the Keltis family.
2010-07-04
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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9
Dec 2010
Excellent variant of Keltis where you have to play all colors and it has more strategy. Great!
2010-12-06
Kevin Yuen
Hong Kong
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9
Mar 2011
Vesta bought in Munich airport, her new favourite.
2011-03-26
Owned
Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
Washington, California, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kansas, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, etc. :-)
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9
Nov 2013
G033
2013-11-05
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Want In Trade
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Gabriele Pezzato
Italy
Padova
PD
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8.9
Mar 2014
I own Keltis second edition (German), which includes the expansion board (at the back of the Keltis board) and tiles. A great purchase for gateway games lovers.
2013-05-12
Owned
Nathan Trimmer
United States
West Jefferson
Ohio
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8.75
Aug 2009*
Makes a great game even better! The new board and rules really open things up and infuse Keltis with strategy.
2009-08-03
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Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
Hungary
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8.5
May 2013
I like Keltis but it's undoubtedly better. (more strategic, needs more complex thinking: not a gateway game anymore. Keltis is great as a gateway, the expansion is great as a true game.)
My review here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/409723
Actually I'm sure this is my favorite version of the 5 Keltis titles; O just love the tension and the need of planning ahead in this one. This game provides real game glee, the fun tension where I'm laughing during the game only because the game is so great.
2012-01-24
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Lando
Spain
Gran Canaria
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
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8.5
Mar 2009*
entretenido
2009-03-11
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Rob Herman
United States
Cleveland
Ohio
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8.5
Nov 2009*
This "expansion" for Keltis really unleashes what vanilla Keltis had turned into a boring mechanism. If I could buy this as a standalone game I definitely would. Available as only an expansion, I probably won't.
2009-11-26
Alfredo Hernández
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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8.5
Jun 2010
[Expansion]#1
2010-04-20
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Derek Thompson
United States
Marion
Indiana
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8.5
Dec 2010
2-4. Using Das Orakel cards to play this messed-up version of LC:BG. Very interesting gameplay, much trickier than the original. I really like it.
2011-01-02
Owned
A. Pettingale
United Kingdom
Ipswich
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8.5
Jan 2014
Really good expansion, as it makes Keltis a different game. We now play the basic game when we want to play a straightforward quick filler type game, and we play the expansion when we want to think a bit.
2014-01-11
Owned
For Trade
Steve Hughes
United States
Orlando
Florida
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8.2
Jun 2010
Keltis: Neue Wege, Neue Ziele
2014-12-15
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