Down With Expansions!
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Despite the provocative title of this geeklist, in general I actually like expansions (or at least the idea of them).

However, there are some games where the expansions dilute the experience...
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne is pretty much the poster child for this list.

I own Carcassonne. And several expansions. And now it seldom hits the table. Why? Because with all the expansions it takes too long to play. Analysis paralysis creeps in.

Basic Carcassonne is a great game. It's fast, it's easy, it's great as a filler or as the main game to play (several times!) over the course of an evening.
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2. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2302] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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Another good example of expansion mania is Nuclear War. I have Nuclear Escalation and Nuclear Proliferation and they're both fun, but the base game is more "pure" - you have population, your opponents have population, blow them up, and see if you can't destroy the universe on a triple the yield 100 megaton warhead final retribution.

Adding the expansions adds confusion. "What can my type-a anti-missile shoot down again?" And spies. And trading. And a lot of other chrome.

Give me purity.
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3. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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I love this game (even if the last two times I've played it my final score was about half of the winner's and over 40 behind the next-to-last player).

It's a lot of fun. It moves quickly. There's a lot of replay value. Do we really need umpteen boxes of expansions with four variants per box? Especially when none of the expansions rate higher than the base game?
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4. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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This game is a monster (pun fully intended). I know some of the expansions are beloved, but do they really add that much more to the base game?

At least this one has an expansion (Dunwich Horror) rated higher than the base game.
 
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5. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
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Another game on the expansion gravy train - so many there's even a wiki for it here on BGG -> http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Bohnanza_series

Stop the madness!
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6. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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The granddaddy of them all. How many are there now? I got out of it during Ice Age. 40? 50? Are they really all worthwhile (remember Fallen Empires?)
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7. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1668]
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Remember when this was a little game? Then they started to expand to add new races. The races had their unique strengths and weaknesses, so that was okay. But new rules were added. And then each race started to acquire the specialties of the other races so that they lost their identity. The Captain's Edition rulebook ended up being some 216 pages.
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8. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:739]
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I love this game, and its expansions.
My wife loves this game, since she usually wins.
At least in German version: I'm no fan of Mayfair Games.
And we don't even know German!






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9. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1018]
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I tried one game with the Dodge City Expansion but give me the original. I won't be buying Fistful of Cards or High Noon.
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