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Doug Baumeister
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Hi. My name is Doug, and I'm a completist. I'm always wary of games that have a lot of expansions, because I'm the type of person who needs to have the complete set. What games did you avoid because of all the expansions, or what games did you bite the bullet on and got everything?
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1. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
Doug Baumeister
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Classic example...I'm the proud owner of this and every expansion.
 
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2. Board Game: Talisman (third edition) [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2502]
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I found my copy of this relatively recently...bundled with all expansions all in shrink wrap.
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3. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1736]
Doug Baumeister
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Example of a game I didn't get because of the number of expansions.
 
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4. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Another game I avoided because of the number of expansions!
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5. Board Game: Blood Bowl (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:248]
Doug Baumeister
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They're not really expansions, but I own this game, Deathzone and seven teams. I also bought the Blood Bowl magazines for a while to stay current, but eventually stopped when it was evident that the magazines didn't offer any useful info.
 
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Norman S.
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I had regretted not purchasing Hunters and Gatherers, because apparently it contained many of the same rules as the base game with all the expansions.

Dagnabbit.
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7. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Norman S.
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The expansions here really don't help, as they just elongate the game. Some of the cards are decent, though, although they're store specific.
 
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8. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
Norman S.
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Apparently you need Friends and Foes to get the "full" experience out of this game.
 
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9. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Norman S.
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This one is almost obligatory. Might as well use this to cover all the "collectible" type games.
 
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10. Board Game: Stratego Legends [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:6950]
John Richards
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While I normally am a sucker for Stratego and all its variations, this game was a step too far for me. Having to find six different copies to get the whole set, when there was no way to distinguish between the copies from the outside, made me avoid this one entirely - though I probably would have had fun with a single copy, if that were all they had published.
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Doug Baumeister
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Part of my completist therapy, I bought this game without the expansion. This is both because I've heard the expansion isn't that good, and I have the first print run of the base game, which isn't technically compatible with the expansion.
 
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12. Board Game: Twilight Imperium [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2460]
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Game two of my therapy...I finally broke down and bought the 2nd edition game when it went on sale, without Hope's End. Now with the 3rd edition in the works, I'll probably never get HE.
 
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13. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2300] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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I even bought India Rails so that I could use the India Rails expansion for this game.
 
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14. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1913]
Norman S.
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I think the Games Workshop games deserve its own spot. As far as I can tell, this is the only boardgame that not only requires you to buy new pieces, but also requires you to buy new rules updates.
 
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15. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:801]
Linda Baldwin
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This game was the beginning of my rehab. I'd been playing (perfectly happily, mind) with the West End edition, when I got the urge to get the EON and all the expansions. By the time I finally located and purchased the last expansion (in the days before E-Bay, at a hefty price), I'd long ago lost track of what I'd done with the basic set and other expansions. Never have played with any of the EONs to this day.
 
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16. Board Game: Fifth Avenue [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3749]
Brian A
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I think you are leaving out one that hits many of us close to home: the Alea series. I want to get all of them, but MAN am I hearing some trash about this one.

 
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17. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:346] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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I have Zertz and Dvonn, but I feel I don't really play them enough to warrant buying the rest of the series. But I get a terrible itch everytime I see a Geeklist that includes GIPF, Tamsk, and especially Yinsh.
 
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18. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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I have Tikal and Mexica. I like Tikal a lot and Mexica much less so but still decent. But the completist in me keeps me thinking about Java more than the two games I own.
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19. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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This is THE game I do not intend to buy, although I love the theme, the art, miniature dragons... and it's a Knizia! But I just can't stand having only two races when I know there are six. And for the price of the expansions I can buy other full games. So, I will pass.
 
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20. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:577]
Jonathan Hessler
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I have nagging thought that I must own all 33 tracks of this game. I have 8 so far so only 25 to go, but at about $10 per track, how many other cool games could I get for $250? Grrrr...
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21. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1749]
Kevin Felker
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Comes with some base armies, but has many other army races to buy, can probably be expensive in the end, easily over $100.
 
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22. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Doug Baumeister
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With the recent Toys-R-Us 2-for-1 sale, I seriously considered getting into this. However, the huge number of expansions, and the limited edition figures was enough to keep me away for a little while longer...
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23. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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Well, I'm having to reach back a few years for a Geeklist that fits what I want to say today--but here it is.

Yesterday I got LotR and two expansions in a trade. I won't see those games till next week (and I only saw and played LotR once, about ten years ago), but today I just had to order Lord of the Rings: Battlefields. Couldn't bear the thought of this going out of stock before I completed my little collection.

Hope it turns out to be a good game. blush
 
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24. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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Here's one I got for Christmas 2008. Then the same friend gave me two expansion packs for my birthday last March.

My wife and I played the game once--and weren't sure if we liked it (though we agreed we'd try it again someday). But when I heard the game was discontinued, I bought up all the other "people decks."

I managed to hold off on the two deck-building packs until last month or so; then I bought those too.

Now I have a complete set of a game I've still only played once and am not sure I like.
 
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25. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:732]
Bruce Moffatt
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I have picked up every expansion direct from FFP so I could get the promo cards...

AToE addict...whistle
 
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