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Subject: What expansion should i get first? rss

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John Van Wagoner
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my base game arrives monday, and i already know we'll enjoy the game...what expansion would you exp players suggest i get 1st?

thanks...
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Jerry Schippa
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Incursion for the rewards deck.

A 6th player and more races are nice, but the rewards deck is really what you want here.
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Buy them in order, skip Storm.
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I also think the reward deck opens up the game. So Incursion or Dominion
has a reward deck but only Incursion has the extra ships to add another player to your game so factor that in.
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It took surprisingly long since the previous one.

First get the first expansion.

Which expansion?
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I would go Incursion > Dominion > Conflict > Alliance > Storm

But I get the feeling that the upcoming Cosmic Eons is going to be a must..
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Incursion > Dominion > Eons > Conflict > Alliance > Storm
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The Warp wrote:
Incursion > Dominion > Eons > Conflict > Alliance > Storm


consensus seems to be that they start being optional somewhere in between conflict and alliance
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Since I will probably never use the Alliance Dials because I value the banter around alliances too highly, I will say this is my order:

Incursion > Dominion > Conflict > Eons = Alliance > Storm
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The banter doesn't go away. And now you have actual deception mixed in. "Oh yeah, I am definitely all in with the defense.... I promise".
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So basically a fairly common template here appears to be this:

Incursion > Dominion > [others in various sequences] > Storm

And that works for me, too. Reward decks first; alliance dials, hazards, & 7th/8th players in the middle; space stations last.
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Johann Gambolputty
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Messianic wrote:
Since I will probably never use the Alliance Dials because I value the banter around alliances too highly, I will say this is my order:

Incursion > Dominion > Conflict > Eons = Alliance > Storm

I agree with both your sentiments regarding the alliance dial and the ranking of expansions based on quality of aliens/extra included content. However, I think that Dominion and Eons have far too many complicated powers to make them good expansion choices for a group new to Cosmic. For that purpose, I'd put them in this order:

Incursion > Conflict > Alliance > Dominion > Eons = Storm

However, I really don't think there's been a must-have expansion in terms of aliens, and the only must-have bonus content has been the extra player colors and the Rewards deck. The aliens in the original set just seem much more well-rounded, elegant, and fun than the majority of those in the expansions.
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I agree with joann on dominion. For it includes the most fun aliens and the reward deck is full of surprise but you need to be a cosmic aficionados to understand the powers. The aliens in incursion are all very good and still easy to grasp. The reward deck is also simpler and less strong which is a good thing. Dominion was made by fan for fans and you have to become a fan to enjoy it.
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