Upgrade Angst
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Is it just me? Or does anyone else find 2nd editions very stressful?

Am I good with the one I've got, or should I upgrade?

If I do upgrade, am I going to wind up taking up extra dwindling game space with a copy that I have no use for (since I've got 2nd edition) and that no one else wants (since there's a 2nd edition available) and that I can't bring myself to just get rid of (because it's still a good game - surely SOMEONE will trade SOMETHING for it!).
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I wanted to love this game. It's very pretty, and the gameplay has a lot going for it. Since it wasn't readily available in the US, I went through a lot of hassle to get a copy.

And then I barely played it. Because despite a lot of great stuff, it's also got some flaws that lead to awkward gameplay.

Which it sounds like they are fixing in the new edition. And adding a few new cool things.

So...spend $55 for a duplicate copy of a game I've barely played for a few new tiles and some tweaks to the old ones?
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The new "enhanced" edition has nicer cardstock, a better box, art on some of the cards that used to be text only, and a few rules tweaks on the cards.

That would all be nice to have - but is it really worth bothering buying another version of the game for?

This one really sits right on the border for me - it's not so much stuff that I feel I must have it, but it's cool enough that I just can't quite ignore its existence.
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3. Board Game: Puzzle Strike (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:895] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Puzzle Strike was kind of fun, but had some problems. So, after a lot of griping and annoyance, I grudgingly shelled out for the "upgrade pack". Which improved a few things, but left a lot unfixed.

Then, almost immediately afterwards, they release a new edition that looks like it really DOES fix a lot of the chips that were problematic. After already selling us an upgrade pack which is now obsolete.
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Descent 2e didn't cause me any upgrade angst. The gameplay is sufficiently different that I might conceivably still pull out 1st edition (ok, probably not, but it could happen...). I've played 1st edition enough that I don't feel like I was throwing good money after bad for buying 2nd. And with a fairly cheap conversion pack I can use the 1st edition minis with 2nd edition.
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I drool over those nice thick variable height tiles and wooden pieces whenever I see the new version, but not enough to make me feel I need to replace the old one.
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Lisa and I each had a copy of Talisman from before we met, so we already had TWO copies of Talisman in the house (one complete with all the expansions). What did we need with a new edition? Ok, so it's got temptingly nice models, improved art, and incorporates some of the better houserules into the cards and board...

Managed to resist this until I was offered a trade for a game I had no desire for. I'm not sure we'll ever play the old one again.
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Like Talisman, we had two copies of DungeonQuest for a long time. I finally got over my packrattiness enough to donate my set for a charity auction.

Then...third edition. But do we really need another version?

Had a lot of hesitation on buying this, but we were happy to have purchased the new edition, and overall far prefer it.

Now we just need a Heroes set for it. No, we don't need much other stuff - just more heroes to play and I'll be happy.
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I keep being tempted by the new version, but I love the old version just fine as is.

Plus, we've already got two copies of the original, one still in shrink.
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I'm kind of amazed (well, no, it's WotC, so I'm not) that they re-released a 30odd year old board game without making some improvements, but hey, at least it's cheap. I can't see any reason to upgrade my old version though.
 
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Thunderstone Advance is technically backward compatible, but so far we haven't been willing to go through all the hassle to indicate the needed changes on the older cards. We did buy Advance, but that might just wind up meaning stop playing Thunderstone entirely.
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This was, for me, a disastrous upgrade. They released a 2nd edition set of Mage Knight rules, which were supposed to be compatible with the older figures. Except, they really weren't. So we liked the new rules better, but they didn't work well with all the figures we already had. Cue trying to houserule to combine the parts we liked, which just didn't combine well. A while of frustation later, we just stopped playing and collecting and switched to D&D minis instead...
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...which then proceeded to do exactly the same thing a few years later.
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I was fortunate with the 1st edition in that my copy had very few production flaws. Still when the 2nd edition came out I decided to upgrade right away. I sold my old copy to a friend for cheap.
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14. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
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The newest Red Box edition has cards that are so much more user friendly and the kicker is that I hadn't even played my second edition copy before it was released. Though I have to admit, taking up less space for the same game is a plus.
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