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Jordan Croswell
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1. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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One of the first expansions I ever bought and one of the best. This expansions adds so much my base box can barely close anymore. From a new virus, to new variant cards, to dishes for the cubes, to a bio terrorists role, and even a sticker to put on the board (so simple but so cool). This is what expansions should be and was worth every penny, I get excited just thinking about it.
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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Leaders takes the already fantastic 7 Wonders and adds a new dynamic - leaders. Each age of the game now has a precursor leaders phase where players can draft a leader that helps frame their strategy for the age/game.

I bought this expansion with the base game but didn't implement it until after a few plays. When I did, it took the game up another notch.

Only bad aspect is that it adds many new symbols that can be difficult to teach and remember, but playing with the symbol guide at our side is not a big deal.

I would never go back to base 7 Wonders after playing this.
 
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Incursion [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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This expansion can be summed up in two words: reward deck. Giving players a reason to help defend other people's planets. The rewards can be game changing and quickly became my favourite part of the game.

Without this expansion the game would feel like it's missing something vital.
 
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4. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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TIME Stories is a new favourite of my group. Without going into too much detail this case is the best of the first 3. It elaborates on the overall mythos of the universe and introduces some cool elements. It had some fun puzzles (which is the best part of the game) and did some interesting things with the cards (trying to be vague). My favourite case (thus far).
 
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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I am new to the Carsassonne world. Many of you have been playing this game for years, I just recently pick the game up after the reprint, and it has become one of my favourite games in my collection (see my top 10 list).

This expansion adds inns and cathedrals (true to it's name), which add a risk-reward element to the game. A way of scoring more points is always appreciated as my wife and I have become very competitive playing this game. I have mixed this expansion with the base tiles and have no intention of taking this out.
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Dark Ages [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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From what I've read online this is one of, if not the most, polarising Dominion expansions. Some people love it - some people hate it. I fall into the love side, in fact it's my favourite expansion. The theme in this one is so clear from the start, you are poor. You do not start with victory points like previous expansions, you start with broken down structures that can hurt your progress.

Working your way up to being able to buy colonies feels like a large accomplishment, a real rag to riches story. Some of the best cards are in this expansion too, the Gravedigger and Knights are great.

If I could only keep one Dominion expansion it would be this one because the theme is so clear and the victories feel so deserved.
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7. Board Game: Timeline Challenge [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1551] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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This is a curious entry - is it a full game or an expansion? I would settle on the word extension, but close enough to fit this list.

Timeline challenge takes all the cards from previous sets and uses them in 5 new and interesting ways. This extension can play up to 10 people (5 teams of 2) in head to head history based knowledge. My in-laws love it, my parents love it, my friends love it, but really what's not to love? It's Timeline with more strategy.

If I had to be critical I would say I wish the game pieces were made of a metal instead of a plastic that could break at anytime, but this is a minor gripe.
 
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Adding varying powers to each monster this expansion does a good job of making each monster feel unique and different, which was a problem I had with the base game. It feels natural and adds to the game without breaking it. One to check out for sure.
 
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9. Board Game: Machi Koro: Harbor [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
Jordan Croswell
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Machi Koro is a game where the creators keep changing how it's played (this expansion and the new Bright Lights reboot(?)). This changes the game for the better, adding new cards and new rules. Forcing players to change their strategy each game.

While not my favourite game in my collection, Machi Koro is much better with this expansion.
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10. Board Game: Desert Fox Deluxe [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Tony Doran
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Columbia
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Are wargames allowed in here? This game combines two old Strategy & Tactics magazine games; Desert Fox, and Trail of the Fox. But it does more. It expands the originals to include Operation Torch, and the period in North Africa before Rommel arrived in the theater. Also added new rules governing the effects of other theaters on the North African theater and vice versa. It radically effects how reinforcements and withdrawals occur, and so makes those functions no longer predictable for the players. Makes for greater replayability. Just a superb job.
 
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