What's Your Favorite Game with no Expansion?
David Callahan
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I'm curious what games geeks enjoy that have not spawned any expansions. It's not because I hate expansions or anything, but interested in seeing just how many games out there were getting lots of love for just being themselves!

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1. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:52]
David Callahan
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South Carolina
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This is the first game that came to mind for me! I love worker placement and area control!
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2. Board Game: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2427]
David Callahan
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Another family favorite! My oldest daughter loves playing with the lemmings tokens!
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3. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:293]
Justin
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i wouldn't really count the deluxe edition as an expansion but i guess it technically is.
 
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4. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:625]
Brian Morris
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25 years old and still #1 on my favorite games of all time.

Of the games in my top 10 here on BGG 5 have no expansions

Britannia
Fury of Dracula (Second Edition)
For the People
Shifting Sands
Battle Cry: 150th Civil War Anniversary Edition

These other five have expansions:
Arkham Horror
Combat Commander: Europe
Illuminati (Second Edition)
Sword of Rome (only adds a 5th player)
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (although none of the expansions were that good)
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5. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:448]
Klaus Brune
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Torrance
California
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6. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:366]
J.R. Shoenberger
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Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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I usually don't care for expansions, so even if my favorite games have them, I don't get them...
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7. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1970]
Kent Pritchett
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I don't think this one has an expansion, and I like it.
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8. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:236]
Jason Carlough
Germany
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High adventure in the world of high finance...
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9. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:36]
Michael J
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Folsom
California
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The first game that popped into my head when I saw this title.
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10. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:384]
Michael J
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Followed shortly after by this...
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11. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:21]
Michael J
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... and then this.
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12. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:360]
Garrett Potvin
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I love block games and this is the best of the lot. Tough choices on a map with few territories and a game with low unit density. Having a few bad battles does not ruin the game and you have plenty of opportunities for clever play...great stuff.
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13. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:469]
Ben Lott
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Mason
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Although it might be interesting to see some new cards or even a few new rooms added to the game, it's completely unnecessary. The game is pretty much perfect as it stands.
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14. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:219]
Jason Lott
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Cheverly
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Sure there's a card game version, but that's not an expansion, and this game doesn't need one. It's the ultimate auction game.
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15. Board Game: Flat Top [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1712]
Lee Massey
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This is the first game that came to mind! IMHO it is the best naval game!! I haven't tried EOTS yet!
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16. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:170]
Barry
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Gold Canyon
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First game I thought of. Doesn't need an expansion, in my opinion.
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17. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:815]
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I like this game so much that I even thought it needed an expansion so I started to make my own for it. I liked the ideas I had for it but the real problem is the game is just way too short for my expansion to work.
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18. Board Game: Boomtown [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1624]
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They ran a contest for fans to create the cards for a small expansion for this one so they didn't even have to work hard for it. They awarded winners and everything...then the expansion never came out. SIGH.
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19. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:597]
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While I agree with Ben's assessment of Vegas Showdown not needing but would be neat to see some new cards/buildings. San Marco I can't even imagine what an expansion would possibly be/do.
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20. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:605]
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I feel like this could have an expansion though not sure what or how to implement one.
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21. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:361]
Maverick Reborn
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Expanding this would be a mission and a half.
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22. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:141]
 
Sean Franco
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Just about perfect, and expansions don't make any mechanical sense.
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23. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
Guido Gloor
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That's interesting: In my top 10, a whooping 4 games don't have expansions. But all four of them might get one some day with quite a high probability, and for one it's even nearly announced already...

I've chosen the one that probably will take the longest to get an expansion. Because it's quite a complete out-of-the-box experience already, and because WizKids currently doesn't seem to like expansions.

The other three games are:

Space Empires: 4X (where the expansion seems to be in playtesting and negotiations already)
Merchants & Marauders (where the designer is known to be working on an expansion)
Gears of War: The Board Game (which is from FFG)
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24. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:819]
Andy
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This is the game I thought of first... it's my highest rated game that has no expansions... however I actually rate it more highly based on online play at yucata & spielbyweb, where there are additional maps. And the game really is crying out for an expansion... so perhaps it doesn't really count...
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25. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:322]
Andy
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... therefore, my next highest game without expansion, is this excellent little worker placement resource management game. No expansion needed. It's just a great little game.
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