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Josh P.
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Inspired by this latest thread about expansions: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/426312

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Which of the following games has expansions (or supplements, promo items, etc.) that you believe add sufficient value to the base game?

(Obviously this list is not as comprehensive as I would like it to be, but if there are other expansions that add greatly to their base game, list them below.)
Age of Steam
Agricola
Battlelore
Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chez Geek
Commands & Colors: Ancients
Dominion
Dungeon Twister
El Grande
Galaxy Trucker
A Game of Thrones
Jambo
Killer Bunnies
Last Night On Earth
Lord of the Rings
Memoir '44
Munchkin
Neuroshima Hex
The Pillars of the Earth
Power Grid
Puerto Rico
Race for the Galaxy
The Settlers of Catan
The Settlers of Catan Card Game
Shadows Over Camelot
StarCraft
Thurn and Taxis
Twilight Imperium
War of the Ring
Warrior Knights
Zooloretto
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Arkham Horror?
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I see Carcassone is the leading vote getter. Of course, some of the expansions are better than others, and the nature of the game and the expansions is that you aren't always going to want to play with all of them (as opposed to, say, Race for the Galaxy where I can't imagine ever wanting to remove the expansion cards (though I will sometimes play without goals (OMG nested parenthesis))).
 
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I think scenario/map based expansions are always worth it because they are essentially more of the same goodness (C&C:A, Memoir'44, AoS, Dominion, RftG, etc). But these are qualitatively different than expansions which actively make the base game better (TI:3, Carcassonne, etc.)
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kevwill wrote:


Surprised I missed that one. I forgot Descent: Journeys in the Dark too. FFG certainly does a lot of expansions. I wonder if they build the game with the expansion in mind.
 
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joshp wrote:
... FFG certainly does a lot of expansions. I wonder if they build the game with the expansion in mind.


I don't think that thought ever crossed their mind when they developed Runebound (Second Edition), Arkham Horror or Descent: Journeys in the Dark
 
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Falke wrote:
joshp wrote:
... FFG certainly does a lot of expansions. I wonder if they build the game with the expansion in mind.


I don't think that thought ever crossed their mind when they developed Runebound (Second Edition), Arkham Horror or Descent: Journeys in the Dark


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Only clicked Lord of the Rings, as along with War of the Ring, it's the only game on the list I own (or will own I think). Don't have the expansion for WotR and haven't thought about getting it, base game suffices for me.

And as already mentioned, Arkham Horror is definately up there. #1 in terms of expansion for me.

Would've also clicked on Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) if it had been mentioned.
 
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Well, I think most games played on a fixed real world map without any randomizing factors can benefit from new expansions that gives you more maps. Age of Steam and Power Grid are prime examples of this. Not necessary best value, but necessary for re-playability. Then there is a few games that just doesn't feel complete unless an expansion or two are added (Lord of the Rings, Catan and arguably Carcassonne and The Pillars of the Earth. all fine games with just the base game, but they just feel so much more complete when an expansion is added).
 
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I disagree about Catan, mainly because each expansion creates a fundamentally different game, in my opinion.

There are expansions which allow for greater replayability, such as the Power Grid which adds maps. However, the core gameplay is the same. Then there are other expansions which add cards, which change the variable part of the game while still maintaining the overall feel and goal of the game.

There are expansions which keep the game exactly the same but allow for more players, such as the Catan 5-6 player expansion.

Then, there are the expansions like Cities and Knights for catan, which, in my opinion, can drastically change the game. Cities and Knights is, in my opinion, different enough from Catan to be classified as a separate game.

Basically, if I can fell like playing a game without it's expansion, I classify them as two separate games. I may feel like playing Catan, but not Cities and Knights.

If all the expansion does is add more cards, for example, the game is still basically the same, just with more variability.
 
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