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Subject: Am I wrong in thinking the base game with modules 1,2, and 3 is good enough? rss

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David B
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Fresco seems to me to be one of those games where the additional expansions (beyond modules 1,2, and 3) seem to turn what is a fine game into a convoluted mess. I have not played with any of the modules beyond those included in the base game but I have watched videos and walk-throughs of them. All of them seem to add complexity for the sake of complexity. To me, Fresco seems to be a perfect representative of the light/medium euro. It is not Caylus and the game appears to suffer when it tries to be something it is not.
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Mark Turner
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From what I have read here, the only really worthwhile addition is the glaziers mod 6, if you really love the theme but want more brainburn.

But I was coming to the same conclusion as you, so decided to go for the base set rather than the big box. Then I saw it on sale on amazon.de, and I didn't think twice.

It's exactly the family euro I was looking for.
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Dundy O
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I agree with both of you. Glazers is fine. The rest either make the game too convoluted or water down the point mechanic to where the theme dies.
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Mike DiLisio
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I'll add another +1 to this. I think the base game (even without the first 3 expansions) are a great light to medium weight Euro. I'm not even interested in the other modules.
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Steve Kennedy

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I'm sort of with Mike on this one too. We like the base game as it is and have not even played the expansions yet. It seems to work just fine. This and Lancaster seem to fall into that category of games that are not Alhambra that Queen is trying to create extra modules for at a cost that is a bit too steep for what they offer. I find the ones for these newer game to be overpriced for what they offer, but have certainly stood in my FLGS many times holding them and just wondering...

For now, I can't imagine picking the expansions up for this myself...whistle
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Steve Duff
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pfctsqr wrote:
Fresco seems to me to be one of those games where the additional expansions (beyond modules 1,2, and 3) seem to turn what is a fine game into a convoluted mess.


Can't disagree. I haven't felt any need for the expansions.

Well, I do use the Bishop's Favours promo, but that's just a random freebie that doesn't change complexity at all.
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Dan C
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Glaziers are very clever and were obviously thought of when doing base game since the spaces for the windows are already printed on board.

The others are kind of superfluous.
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Evan Duly
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From what I've read, people seem to be recommending only adding 1 or 2 of the later modules per game depending on your needs. Playing them all together does sound terribly convoluted and messy. But reading about some of the extra modules, they do sound interesting and having the freedom to pick and choose between several very different modules is quite attractive to me, even if I'm only using one at a time. Just my 0.02.
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Dave Baker
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EvanDevan wrote:
having the freedom to pick and choose between several very different modules is quite attractive to me, even if I'm only using one at a time.

Yes, and i think Big Box Fresco is similar to the plethora of expansions for Carcassonne. I wouldn't play all the expansions together, but it's nice to have a variety to choose from - especially after playing the game for years.
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MrMT wrote:
From what I have read here, the only really worthwhile addition is the glaziers mod 6, if you really love the theme but want more brainburn.

But I was coming to the same conclusion as you, so decided to go for the base set rather than the big box. Then I saw it on sale on amazon.de, and I didn't think twice.

It's exactly the family euro I was looking for.

I agree with everyone else, I really enjoy the base game with my family.
If I added all/some of the new, seemingly more complex modules, my wife would hate it and my daughter (8) would probably be overwhelmed.

The longer I'm in this hobby the more selective I have become when adding expansions to games that we play.
I will say that I am interested to see what the new board looks like.

Cheers,
Will

PS - Mark, I love the Patapon avatar, brought back memories of obsessively playing that game.
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Eddie
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+1, IMHO (two plays only), game shines with just expansions 1 and 2. Yes, I've avoided the brown and pink at the moment. I suppose w/ a fixed game group and after a bunch of plays, I imagine we'll add it in.
 
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Fernando Robert Yu
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Yes, I think it is good enough. I haven't seen the need to get any expansion yet, since my copy of the base game has not been "played out" yet with just 3 plays.
 
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