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7.5
Mar 2009*
6.036
Owned
Plays: 2
I have played both sides of this map. The 1830's Pennsylvania map seems well designed. The coal bonuses are very tempting but it's tough to lay track over the mountains. The cities in the East make the track laid in that region very tight.

The Northern California map has several twists including a mega city in San Jose, the bridge from Oakland to Sanfrancisco and changing demand from Sacramento based on shipping into the coastal port. A map with some added spice but not radically different from standard AOS.
2011-12-18
8
Aug 2008*
5.820
Plays: 1
This refers to the South America map only: One of the tamer Age of Steam expansion maps that I've played on. The major innovation here is the handling of the hub city Buenos Aires. It is the only blue city on the board (and there can be no urbanized blue city either). It also receives an extra cube each turn. The catch is that any delivery involving it requires a payment be made to "El Presidente" who is either the bank or an opponent (who selects it as his role for the turn). The geography keeps things interesting with the Andes on the West Coast and the broad plains to the center and east.
2008-08-31*
8
Feb 2011
N/A
Plays: 1
Portugal only: Interesting map -- I spent much of the game in the North with one opponent so the special cube generation at Lisboa was not a big part of my experience. A lot of mountains and the board was very crowded by the end of our 4 player game. Not much in terms of new rules here but a decent map.
2011-02-19
8
Jun 2013
N/A
Plays: 1
Should be a tight, tough map but my one three player game had room or everyone to turn a profit relatively early and no shares were taken after round four or five. Would like to play a more tense gem of this with more players
2013-06-16
8
May 2014
5.605
Owned
Played the moon years ago. See my comments on that particular map for specifics.
2014-05-25
8
Apr 2013
N/A
Owned
Have played South America in a previous expansion but never in this format.
2014-05-25
8
May 2009*
5.730
Owned
Plays: 1
Very interesting expansion that offers three very different new games (assuming you have access to an extra copy of the board). The rules disallowing parallel routes and using others' track to move goods make the goods moving phase more easily to predict and significantly reduce the cutthroat nature of the game. The requirement of interstate delivery (if you don't choose the "Smuggle" option) makes for an interesting dynamic in the Central New England version. So far, I have only played Central New England (both maps at once with special rules).
2009-05-09
8
Oct 2009*
5.600
Plays: 1
I have only played the Washington D.C. expansion. Washington D.C. is one of those Age of Steam expansions that makes some rather radical changes to the game -- including a "ring-road" highway system that allows for virtual transfer of goods between routes and some unusual build costs. I played this with four players and found it to be a fun, tense map.
2009-10-11
8
Oct 2009*
N/A
Plays: 1
Played the Pittsburgh map only. This was a very tight map for three players with straight track build costs. This essentially forces the construction of odd loopy segments that crowd opponents out of key squares or force them to use complex track. The goods come out in bunches because there is not a light/dark side on the track. Weird but interesting three player map.
2009-10-11
8
Sep 2007*
5.677
Plays: 1
The Moon adds several new twists to the gameplay of Age of Steam. The Light Side / Dark Side flipping, building track off the edges to access the "spherical" surface, and using gravitational pull to commandeer a section of others' tracks all add up to a fresh new take on the game. While not a map that I would play to the exclusion of others, it is a nice variant to have in the mix.
2007-09-02*
8
Mar 2010
7.416
Owned
Plays: 3
Adds three interesting elements to the base game -- Pegasus, Cylon leaders and New Caprica. I like Pegasus and the Cylon leaders quite a bit; the humans have not yet lasted long enough for me to explore New Caprica yet. I also like the new character choices. Solid expansion.
2010-03-26
8
Dec 2005*
6.848
Plays: 2
Although I think that the 5-6 player expansion changes the game a bit by allowing players to build on other peoples' turns, the flavor of the original is retained. The extra tiles integrate neatly into the set-up and alleviate the cramped space nicely.
2005-12-10*
8
May 2010
7.035
Plays: 1
Adds a little spice and variety to the base game without complicating or lengthening the game beyond its welcome. Also adds a bit more chaos to a game that already has a fair share of luck.
2010-05-09
8
May 2010
6.630
I like how the ability to build between other turns makes up for the extra time between turns. If you like Seafarers and want to play with 5 or 6, it's a good choice.
2010-05-09
7.5
Mar 2006*
6.626
Plays: 1
More territory for Advanced Civilization. I've used this when playing in a seven player game.
2006-03-05*
8
Jan 2008*
7.231
Owned
Plays: 2
I give this game the same rating as the base game because the BGG rating is a measure of how much I would like to play it and my desire to play is equally as high as the original. For those looking to buy this game, you should consider how often you're likely to play it. If you play infrequently and are not a completist, CC:E has enough scenarios and variety on its own for quite a lot of play. If you need more scenarios and really want to explore British, Italian and French troops in new scenarios and on new maps, this is for you.
2008-01-03*
8
Nov 2010
6.296
Owned
Plays: 1
I haven't played the scenarios in this set yet but have used the card holders with the base game and earlier expansions.
2010-11-12
8
Nov 2010
6.429
Owned
Plays: 1
Haven't used any of the scenarios yet but have used the card holders with the base game and other expansions.
2010-11-12
8
Jan 2012
5.649
Plays: 2
Good expansion which seems well balanced in comparison to the original card set.
2012-01-21
8
Jan 2012
5.633
Plays: 1
These cards seem to be well integrated into the excellent base game.
2012-01-21
8
Apr 2009*
6.870
Owned
Plays: 3
Interesting new set of cards -- similiar to the council house but it costs less and has the penalty of allowing another player to force you to discard the best card of the bunch that you flip. This was not selected much in my limited experience with it on the table.
2009-04-11
8
Jun 2013
7.226
Owned
Plays: 1
Another quality expansion to a franchise that is becoming a bit unwieldy for those like me who like to play with all the options. The coin tokens offer a different take on the typical Dominion gameplay.
2013-06-24
8
Jun 2013
7.635
Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting mixture of cards. The immediate effects of certain cards adds a new element to the game.
2013-06-27
8
Jun 2013
6.701
Owned
Plays: 1
Interesting promo card that is based on the game Carcassonne.
2013-06-27
8
Jan 2015
6.444
Owned
Plays: 1
Excellent expansion to the base game that incorporates a lot of material from the film Serenity in an appropriate way. The new reaver mechanics make them more of a threat.
2015-01-31
8
Sep 2010
7.401
Plays: 1
I know that this is the sort of expansion that adds a fifth player and several elements that may or may not be used in a given game. We played with the extra ship tiles and blue aliens but not the fifth player and the harder event deck. I have not played the base game enough to need to explore the expansion material but it seemed well done.
2010-09-19
8
Apr 2008*
7.180
Owned
Plays: 3
I think this is a very strong expansion for the base game. I've only used the port rules so far and the six player map/pieces. I have found the rules to be an excellent solution to the naval problems of the original and I enjoyed my single experienc with a conflict-filled 6 player game. I am excited about the new house cards, fortifications and siege engines. The one time orders look intriguing but I am afraid they will lead to more AP. I am not interested in either of the two printed variant rule sets.
2008-04-06*
7.5
Feb 2008*
5.743
Owned
Plays: 1
A much improved product over the first expansion set as this actually includes two different potentials and offers more rings for Zertz. I have only played using the Zertz and Dvonn potentials in Ultimate Gipf and they are my favorites of the five potentials. They actually improved the game of Gipf as they made it significantly less dry without adding unnecessary complexity.
2008-02-03*
7.5
Aug 2006*
6.551
Prev. Owned
Plays: 17
This is perhaps the most worthwhile expansion to the base Heroscape game; I especially like the bridge tiles and trees
2006-08-12*
7.5
Nov 2008*
6.306
Plays: 1
Very cool looking terrain expansion for Heroscape. I like the Jungle cover rules and think the trees and brush are very well designed for the price. One of the best expansions for this game.
2008-11-13*
Kaispeicher (2012)
8
Sep 2013
6.345
Plays: 2
Takes a very good game and makes it even better. Love the new options and the way the top drow functions.
2013-09-14
7.5
Jul 2008*
7.060
Owned
Plays: 3
This is the classic example of an expansion which adds more but changes little. There are extra characters, locations, scenarios, zombies etc. and a few tweaked rules but there is little here that's going to change the game experience. This would make sense as a purchase for those who've played the hell out of the original and are looking for "more of the same" for variety. .
2008-07-01*
7.5
Mar 2009*
7.308
Owned
Plays: 1
This is an excellent expansion to the base game that allows one to play Eastern Front battles using Russian troops. The new rules for minefields, blitz wars and the special rules for Russian command programming add some additional depth to the system.
2007-02-18*
7.5
Mar 2009*
7.071
Owned
Plays: 4
This is the best of the expansions so far in my opinion. I like how the Japanese rules make the gameplay more filled with decisions. Do you attack the one figure unit that you hope to kill or do you try to crack the four unit infantry and limit its close assault bonus? I like the night rules as well.
2007-02-18*
8
Jun 2010
7.532
Owned
Plays: 1
I like Powergrid quite a bit and I find that the alternate boards add some replayability to the system. I appreciate how a few small rules changes can encourage one to explore different strategies without losing the feel of the original game. Benelux was interesting with its fast paced replacement of power plants.
2010-06-23
8
Jul 2012
7.441
Owned
Plays: 1
I primarily enjoy the different Power Grid maps for the same reason I like the different Age of Steam maps - the alternate rules keep the game fresh after many plays. I have played the China side of this expansion and felt that the "planned economy" of the power plant market was an interesting and kind of cool change.
2012-07-22
8
Nov 2009*
7.470
Owned
Plays: 1
An expansion in the style of Age of Steam additional maps. I don't play Power Grid as frequently as AoS so I have less need of additional maps with extra rules but I appreciate the variety and the subtle changes. I have only played the France portion -- I enjoyed the differences that the additional uranium and the large capital city added.
2009-11-15
8
Oct 2013
6.596
Owned
Plays: 1
UK and Ireland: Tight map with a very tight resource market in my four player game. The opportunity to shift network from one island to the other gave the game a different feel.
2013-10-12
8
Jul 2013
6.300
Owned
Plays: 1
Quebec is a very tight map and the clusters around Montreal and Quebec City make building choices interesting. The ecological plants rules seemed to provide an interesting, though fairly minor, effect as well.
2013-07-14
8
Mar 2010
7.640
Owned
Plays: 1
Early play with this expansion has seen very little in terms of actual use of the takeover powers. The cards needed have come slowly enough that it has not played a major strategic role for us so far. A little interaction between players is not a bad thing though so hopefully we'll see some more takeovers in the future.
2010-03-28
8
Feb 2009*
7.863
Owned
Plays: 2
I have only played with the additional cards and not with the objectives. The cards seem to be well balanced and mesh nicely with the original set from my limited exposure.
2008-09-21*
8
Apr 2015
6.380
Plays: 1
Nice expansion map for the Railroad Tycoon series. The mountainous terrain makes some longer routes very challenging but there are also some noteworthy rewards for those who choose to make the investment. I did not use the special rules regarding fuel depots in my game.
2015-04-05
8
Mar 2014
6.772
Plays: 1
I have played the "New Society" expansion on Yucata and enjoy the new cards. The expansion does not radically change play but gives a few new tweaks to the gameplay.
2014-03-12
8
Jul 2015
5.611
Owned
Plays: 14
I rate these equal to the base game although they are mostly good for variety. Picked them up at a tournament held locally at Brothers Grim Games.
2015-07-27
8
Nov 2013
6.753
Owned
Plays: 2
Some interesting cards here. Treasures are a very clever touch.
2013-11-23
8
Nov 2013
6.535
Owned
Plays: 2
Some interesting new cards here. I have yet to try the coop option.
2013-11-23
8
Apr 2011
6.927
Owned
Plays: 2
Adds news cards to the base set -- more options and some interesting cards but basically the same game -- see base set for review.
2011-04-17
8
Oct 2010
7.013
Owned
Plays: 14
This expansion makes the game a bit more interactive with some cards that seem to affect one's opponents more than those of the original. I love the card dividers provided here and the smaller box.
2010-10-24
7.5
Apr 2008*
7.183
Owned
Plays: 1
Nice map for a two or three player game. I haven't played TTR;Europe so I enjoyed the differences that the tunnel routes add to the game.
2008-04-17*
Vexation (2007)
7.5
Jun 2008*
6.296
Owned
Plays: 1
A very entertaining minimalist expansion. Very few materials are used efficiently in such a way that the base game is freshened and altered without completely changing its nature. I rate this slightly higher than the base game because I prefer playing the Transamerica game with the expansion, but I still play the traditional version as well.
2008-06-27*
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