Expansions - are they worth it? (Need some help with this one)
Josh Martin
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I'm hoping some BGG users can help me with some upcoming purchase decisions. I'm getting to the point where I've almost completed my board game collection (yeah right!), and I'm looking to expand my zone a bit, into expansions. The problem is, I'm not generally a big fan of expansions. For me, the expansion would have to make the original game better, not just different.

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I enjoy Elfenland- it's not one of my all-time favourites, but it's a good relatively light game that ocassionally hits the table, and everyone I play with generally enjoys it. I get the impression that Elfengold makes the game deeper/more of a gamer's game, but I'm really undecided with this one, as I already enjoy Elfenland, but I generally prefer "gamer" games (I'm not even factoring in the ridiculous cost of this expansion, which I'm willing to pay if it's worth it).
 
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Mississippi Queen is a game that essentially doesn't get played, probably because it's overly simplistic. This is another expansion that sounds like it deepens the gameplay, but will it be enough to actually get this game to the table?
 
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El Grande is one the best games ever, IMO. I can't see how this game can be improved upon. I get the sense that the expansion makes the game different as opposed to better.
 
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Just recently purchased Lord of the Rings, and I haven't actually played it yet, but it sounds like I'll enjoy the game. Seems to me that if I've bought the game, both of the expansions are basically essential purchases.
 
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Same comment as above, with this one seemingly even more interesting.
 
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Sadly, the shrinkwrap is still on my copy of Carabande, but based on the reviews, I'm sure I'll enjoy it. This expansion seems like a natural purchase, but do the benefits outweigh the costs (purcha$e price) for this one?
 
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Carcassonne offers numerous expansions. I never found that they added all that much to the original game.
 
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