In this show, we talk about expansions for board games - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Are they a money grab? What expansions are the best? Listen to our roundtable discussion as we take a look at these additions to board games.
After listening to the whole episode I just wanted to add another type of expansion that came to my mind. El Grande: König & Intrigant completely replaces one of the core mechanisms of vanilla El Grande. It replaces all the power cards and all the action cards with a single deck of cards for every player. These cards still include power values and the amount of caballeros you get but also have an action associated with them. The result of that is that you can plan out your turns a lot better since you know all your actions instead of having to pick the ones flipped over at the beginning of every round. I also think that this makes the game easier for new players since they don't have to adopt their strategy every turn or even after someone picked an action they actually wanted to take.
I still love the base game though, can't tell what I like better. But this is what I mean. It's an expansion (or maybe a variant) that changes the game without making its footprint bigger.