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Sometimes done by accident, although I hear some folks do this on purpose as a way to push the recipient to buy the base game devil
 
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No...but I've bought expansions at auction without owning the base game.

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A few year ago, I bought my parents TransAmerica. I think they enjoyed it, because later my mom saw Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 and thought it was an expansion, so she bought it.

When she realised her mistake, she then went out and bought Ticket to Ride as well!

Now I think they prefer TTR to Transamerica.
 
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JT Schiavo
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Closest I have ever done is to give/receive expansions for games that are owned, but still in shrink-wrap and unplayed.
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I just ordered Concordia: Salsa last week after discovering Concordia is being reprinted. Funagain, Mini Market and CoolStuff are all sold out, so I picked one up because I like expansions and have read this is a great addition to Concordia. Figured I better get one now as they are going to be highly sought after once Concordia is out again.

Amazon has 14 left in stock for $20.
 
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Ryan Morency
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I've never bought an expansion I didn't own the base game for, but I did receive one in some Tanga trash back when the site was fun.
 
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Yes, half a dozen Munchin expansions.
 
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A good friend gave me three boxes of Dominion cards. Intrigue, Seaside and Dark Ages. He'd sold the base game some time previously and accidentally given away the Province cards with it for some reason. I had no choice but to take them because that was THREE BOXES OF DOMINION right there although I didn't know how to play it or if I'd find anyone to play with at the time, and they sat in my cupboard for an entire year.

A year later I suggested to my new girlfriend that we play because apparently Intrigue has the base cards that you need to play and it's only after getting everything out and struggling with a terribly written rule book I found out we were missing some. We improvised, of course, and I also learned that it's much, much better to learn Dominion with the base game rather than Intrigue. Regardless, we are both "intrigued" by the game and hop online to play with the base set and our current obsession with gaming is born . We've now played 100s of games of Dominion together, are proud owners of the base game with province cards (xmas present), and bought a bunch of stuff from 7 Wonders: Epic Duels, to Castles of Burgundy and Jaipur.

Not sure what the moral of this is - I've been a gamer for some years but never had cause to buy my own games as circumstances took me away from friends that I've always played with. I've had value way beyond what those expansion boxes would have been worth if I'd paid full price for them since they turned out to be the perfect gateway back into the hobby for me. I also plan to buy more

 
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Yes, this past Christmas. I gave my step-son in law Dominion: Intrigue (Second Edition) not realizing it wasn't a stand alone anymore. Fortunately he already owned Dominion.

 
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