You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...The Incredible Hulk revisited in the form of games Bad to Good. AKA Expansion Required Games
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We all know there's a new Incredible Hulk movie coming out this time with Edward Norton as Dr. Bruce Banner (aka the guy who hulks out) which is so far an improvement over the atrocity they released in movie form called "Hulk" a few years back.

This GeekList then is a collection of games that were released (as the previous Hulk was) and well...sucked ass, only to have an expansion or sequel or reimplementation of the same game come along to create a good end product.

I don't claim to know all of them but I've run into a few of these so feel free to jump in and add your own. Please list the "Bad" game first then the correcting or "Good" game/expansion after it giving description and points on each.
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1. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4454]
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OK here's the epitome of annoyances to me. Half a game packaged as a game. Unfold the board and sure enough you can see plainly it's only half the board...half the world! World War II with only half the world. WTF? Not to mention they tell you all the "cool" stuff you get when you drop another MSRP $40 for the expansion.
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2. Board Game: Attack! Expansion [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.53 Unranked]
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...and low the expansion fills in all those gaps and makes the naval deck you got in the base game useless. The other side of the world finally shows up to the war plus a bunch of keen mechanics to make the game not just another Risk rip off. Good thing Attack! Deluxe is coming out combining the two...wait isn't that how this should have been from the get go? Hell yeah it is.
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3. Board Game: WarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2687]
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Sometimes it's possible a computer/video game shouldn't be converted into a board game...they usually don't stand up, IMHO. This game was a seriously screwed up game. Build the flying units fast enough and you are unstoppable. Mundane and dull.
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4. Board Game: WarCraft: The Board Game Expansion Set [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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I'm a HUGE Warcraft fan for years and years and along comes the Frozen Throne to "fix" the base game. Lots of new things to keep the game from being just down right boring and basically that the jist of this expansion...another example of good game stuff that should have been included in the base game to begin with.
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5. Board Game: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1073]
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Very nice little civ game. Honestly this one is the anomaly of this list in that I think the base game is a good game on it's own...but not great and again it seems like they just kind of forgot to include this in the art files that got sent off to the printer because...
 
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6. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Mythology Expansion [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
 
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...why on earth would you ever play WITHOUT Atlantis and mythical creatures!?!?!?!?! Mainly the creatures is what's missing from the base game but there it is...once you play with them you don't ever want to play without them again.
 
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7. Board Game: Quest for the Dragonlords [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12173]
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This game is quirky at best as a base game. If I get something not quite right or get terminology wrong for this game forgive me it's been about 4 years since I've played it. I remember teleporting being insanely powerful and maybe not breaking the game but making it no fun.
 
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8. Board Game: Quest for the DragonLords: The Crystal of Power [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
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Only played the first expansion once ever and I recall that game went much much better, still wasn't a great gaming experience for me but now they have 2 more expansions out...surely there's a good game in there by now right?
 
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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This might be a point of contention here among some. I love Carcassonne and it's one of the 4 games to get a 10 rating from me...so it might be surprising to hear that...
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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...I'd never play it without Traders & Builders...
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne: Expansion 1 – Inns & Cathedrals [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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...and Inn's and Cathedrals. All the other expansions can be taken or left for the most part...but these I feel are fundamental to the game.
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12. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:124] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I still think that Ticket to Ride is a fantastic game and love playing it. Furthermore I still feel the USA map is my favorite map...
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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...but after playing TTR soooooo many times I got to where I knew what destinations new players had. The larger cards of the 1910 expansion is a much favored addition but the extra destinations and the "Big City" variant make this small expansion supreme for the game.
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14. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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As with Mare Nostrum I hesitate to add this due the premise I setup...I love Citadels no doubt but as my copy came packaged with the expansion I can honestly say...
 
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15. Board Game: Citadels: The Dark City [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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I can not imagine not playing with a couple of the alternate characters. i always like to use the Emperor and the Witch to replace King and Assassin respectively.
 
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16. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3572]
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How about this one? Again, half of a map and then they come out with...
 
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17. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1716]
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so they give us the rest of the map....but wait! There's more????
 
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18. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings Expansion Set (incl. Siege of Minas Tirith game) [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.37 Unranked]
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then they only sell this in the UK.

grrrrrrrr
 
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19. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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As good as this game is, it has a few blemishes
 
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20. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: A Clash of Kings Expansion [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Ports and the 6th player make an descent game great. The rest of the bits of fluff are to taste, but playing without this is just silly I say.
 
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21. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Lord of the Rings on it's own is pretty good. But, it felt like it was missing something...
 
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22. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Friends & Foes [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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...This is the missing piece. This includes boards that make the game feel complete. It also increases the difficulty just enough to make a win feel really satisfying. Also, it adds more to the game without making it too complicated.

I believe Reiner said that the expansion was originally part of the game, but FFG split them up to make it easier to learn.

I guess you can say that LotR isn't bad without the expansion, but I could never see myself not using it ever again.
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23. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Sauron [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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I believe this expansion is better and more crucial then Friends & Foes. The game gets a lot harder.
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