Expansions Make Sweet Music

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Continuing in the current F:AT zeitgeist of Play What You Own (TM), this week's Cracked LCD article is about expansions. I picked five expansions that are among the best but I kept it to games that are in print and current to avoid sending folks off to Ebay or other money-sinks. I wanted them to be expansions to games that people are more likely to own.

In the article, I've also intentionally "failed" to mention a Popular Boardgaming Site in a craven attempt to increase readership. The last time I did that, the article got  1400+ views here at F:AT (and that doesn't account for hits at Gameshark). In contrast, some of the really great articles that have generated meaningful, thought-provoking discussion about board games haven't cracked half of that number. For example, Tom's great article about the secondary hobby has around 690 views and last week's Cracked LCD about theme has about 600. So from now on, I pledge to give you guys more soap opera and less smarty pants talk.  The people have spoken.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of FortressAT.com and Nohighscores.com as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film.

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