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Jennifer Derrick
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So, didn't back the KS, bought the retail version of the game and am now trying to decide whether to buy the board extension as an add on.

We will play this 95% of the time 2p, so is the board extension worth it, or does it just make the map too open and overwhelming? We have the table space for it, just don't know if it adds anything at all to 2p experience, or if it's really designed for the larger player counts.

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The board extension doesn't change anything. Wit the extension you can just use the back of the normal board + the extension to have bigger hexes. The number of hexes and the distribution stays the same.
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Board is laid out exactly the same (same number of hexes) it is just larger, like the smaller board but magnified!
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Lutz Pietschker
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I think for 2 players it is not really important to have that additional space. And you need a huge table to use it!
Though it is nice to see the board details a little better…
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Adria D
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The board image is the same, just magnified. So the only difference is that it's a little bit harder to reach everything.

I split the resources and coins roughly in half so there's some of everything accessible to both of us. Each person is responsible for the decks and tracks on their side of the board because odds are good the other person can't reach* them without standing.

That said, I love the big board and have yet to play without it, even two player.



*OK that might just be me and my short arms. whistle
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Adria wrote:
That said, I love the big board and have yet to play without it, even two player.
This.

I played my first learning game on the "regular" board, moved to the extended board for my first real game and can't imagine going back. It does take up a ton of space, though.
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PunTheHun wrote:
I think for 2 players it is not really important to have that additional space. And you need a huge table to use it!
Though it is nice to see the board details a little better…


I use the big board even when I play solo!
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I don't think it matters weather you play with 2 or 5 players. On one hex there can always be only workers/mechs/characters of 2 players plus resources. It doesn't get more crowded with more players.
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The big board is too big, IMO.

My table barely fits the standard board with one player set up across the table from another.

I have no regrets sticking with the standard edition and playing with the small board.
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Thanks! Somehow I didn't realize that it was the exact same board, only bigger. I might get it, then, given that my eyes are total crap. Bigger is usually better in my world!
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Just turn your standard board over and you can see 2/3 of the extended board. That will let you know if the increased detail and size is worth it to you. I love how it looks, but it is big.
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My wife and I have been playing Scythe a lot lately (so my experience is 2p ONLY) and we absolutely love it. We tried it with both regular and extended board sizes and absolutely prefer the larger board size. It is a table hog, but we're kind of used to it after playing so much War of the Ring. I'd definitely recommend the big board. Have fun!
 
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It's worth noting that the standard board is already pretty big. It's not a compromise or sub-par experience at all. We have a medium-size table and with all the other components, we just barely fit the game comfortably. We wouldn't be able to fit the extended board at our table with enough space to actually have player mats, etc.

But I do appreciate the enlarged artwork on the 2/3 of enlarged board that I have.
 
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ZdadrDeM wrote:
The board extension doesn't change anything. Wit the extension you can just use the back of the normal board + the extension to have bigger hexes. The number of hexes and the distribution stays the same.


The board is already fairly large without it, incidentally; The table we do most of our gaming on, that fits most games fine, just about fits the regular board and player mats. The extended board turns it from being 624x818mm to being 818x936mm, without any gameplay differences. Gorgeous art, so if we had a table large enough I'd probably be using it, but...
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reverendunclebastard wrote:
PunTheHun wrote:
I think for 2 players it is not really important to have that additional space. And you need a huge table to use it!
Though it is nice to see the board details a little better…


I use the big board even when I play solo!


Me too, it's just to nice not to!
 
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That big board...it's got HUGE...TRACTS OF LAND!!!

2 Player on the big board on a standard 4x6 dining table should be fine, but I put 5 people around that and you more or less need sideboards to hold things. I cannot stress enough just how much space the board takes nor how glorious it is. And frankly, unless you love using resource multipliers, you need that big board space for your massive stores of goods.

I'm not saying the regular map is unplayable, only that the bigger map is just really nice to have. I'd be hard pressed to not spend the $10 on it just to have it for when you want it.
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How does the extension connect to the main board? I know the KS version came with connectors but the retail version, according to the rulebook, doesn't.
Does it just lie at the side of it? If so, I would think that there may be problems with the two sections drifting apart.
 
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They just sit next to each other, no attaching. There is no problem with them drifting apart. The boards are big and fairly heavy. We even played in a bar with two tables butted up to each other. The tables were uneven and wobbly and we still had no problems.

As a matter of fact the clips that come with it are a bit too small and tight and you risk damaging your board if you use them. Many people have also reported that they break easily as well.

My advice after having played with the extension 7 times is you don't need them so throw them out.
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They lay perfectly even next to each other. Don't know how they managed it, I have always trouble with 18oe and mega civ where the boards tend to drift appart, not with scythe. Maybe I try the clips for 18oe.
 
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One one of these threads someone said they use Post-It notes applied underneath the two sections of the board to keep them together.

I tried it and it works.
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steftymo wrote:
How does the extension connect to the main board? I know the KS version came with connectors but the retail version, according to the rulebook, doesn't.
Does it just lie at the side of it? If so, I would think that there may be problems with the two sections drifting apart.


The clips are crap anyway - broke the first time I tried to use one. They are completely unnecessary, though.
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