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Discount Dive: El Grande Big Box 20th Anniversary Edition Board Game Review

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08 Apr 2020 00:01 #309046 by WadeMonnig
If El Grande isn’t the Granddaddy of Area Majority games,...

Welcome to another edition of Discount Dive where I look for games that are on the cut/deeply discounted. In the case of El Grande, I found the Big Box edition on the shelf of my local game store for $45.00..Doing some quick justification math, I figured if I divided the price of the base game and all the included expansions, I could bring it in under the Discount Dive’s non-existent guidelines.

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08 Apr 2020 10:57 #309048 by Legomancer
I had this edition and ended up trading it for the plain old edition. I preferred the cubes to the meeples, the old tower is much nicer, and we never touched any of the expansions. El Grande is fine all on its own and doesn't need a huge empty (even with the expansions in it) box to shine.
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08 Apr 2020 14:38 #309058 by Sagrilarus
I have the Decennial and still consider it one of my best purchases. Really a great game.
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08 Apr 2020 14:56 #309059 by WadeMonnig

Legomancer wrote: I had this edition and ended up trading it for the plain old edition. I preferred the cubes to the meeples, the old tower is much nicer, and we never touched any of the expansions. El Grande is fine all on its own and doesn't need a huge empty (even with the expansions in it) box to shine.


Discount Dive is a bit of a strange beast. It is literally what I bought at a discounted price, in this case it was the 20th Anniversary Big Box. I wouldn't have flinched at buying ANY version of El Grande at a discounted price. I have no preference for cubes to meeples but I was surprised at just how bloody well the expansions fit into the base game and how it loses none of what makes it fantastic when you do. Needed? Not Really. Wanted as an alternative? I say yes. I've read statements where players say "I'll only play it with the King/Intrigue expansion." Is that me? No. Is that something I would do to get it to the table? Absolutely.

On the same page with you on dumping a big box where you never play the expansions. I traded away my Shogun Big Box and hope to replace it with a base copy of Wallenstein or Shogun.

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12 Apr 2022 22:09 #332257 by WadeMonnig

WadeMonnig wrote: On the same page with you on dumping a big box where you never play the expansions. I traded away my Shogun Big Box and hope to replace it with a base copy of Wallenstein or Shogun.

Hey, I finally was able to get the "normal" version of Shogun.... except the person had the first expansion and didn't want to seperate them. So, now I have an expansion to unload.

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13 Apr 2022 12:59 #332274 by ubarose
I disliked Big Box so much that I didn’t buy it when it was going for cheap, holding out for a normal sized version to be reprinted. That didn’t happen, so I just recently bought an older copy of the German version. I would rather paste up cards than have that monstrous box on my shelf.
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13 Apr 2022 15:05 #332282 by san il defanso
I'm sure I've told this story here, but the first Christmas that my wife and I were together, my wife bought me a copy of the then-out-of-print El Grande on the BGG Marketplace. I was home visiting my parents when it arrived, and she texted me frantically to tell me that it arrived, and it was a German copy. Fortunately this was back when Funagain still sold the English cards, so my copy is a German one with the little bridge-size English deck.

Still one of the very best games out there. I just love it.
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