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12 Jun 2018 09:37 #275187 by Gary Sax
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MattDP wrote:

Jackwraith wrote: Twilight Struggle.


Twilight Struggle actually has an expansion.

www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion...t-struggle-turn-zero

I have a copy but I've never played with it. Not sure if it's any good.


I'll be that guy. ;) TS actually has a number of expansions.

The first expansion is one that you probably don't know about because you already own it. In one of the earlier edition reissues, a few cards were added to rebalance the game less in favor of the Soviets. They're good cards that make sense so they're pretty much stock standard.

In addition, the collector's edition which I am a proud owner of actually has a number of expansions too but not many people have them. There's turn 0, which I've only played once, but I think is a really good idea---so one of the problems with TS is that it can be a bit rote for the first 2-3 turns. Turn 0 attempts to fix this by playing a minigame before the game that is relatively random to mix up starting positions and add/subtract cards from the deck. I need to play it more but TS could use fewer automatic early game decisions (e.g. coups in Iran)

Collector's edition also had about 12-15 cards in two card packs you could put in the deck if you pulled out some others. Many of them are neat but tbh I haven't played with them.
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12 Jun 2018 09:48 - 12 Jun 2018 09:50 #275192 by Colorcrayons
Survive! (Original, not this new nonsense)

Nexus Ops

Acquire

Vegas Showdown

Fjords


I was going to be rebellious and list Monsters Menace America as my final entry, but thought that would be better saved for a top 5 of games that need an expansion in order to be good.
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12 Jun 2018 10:09 #275195 by Jackwraith
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Re: Twilight Struggle and Hannibal

Never knew about either of them and (obvsly) don't own them. In that case, I guess my list would be all Euros like Samurai, which makes this exercise kind of pointless for me, since all of the games I hold in genuinely high regard have expansions.

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12 Jun 2018 11:38 #275204 by Not Sure
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I apparently love games that have expansions, so I'm not going to do 5. I do have a few to add to some otherwise excellent lists, though.

1) Pax Porfiriana (the only one that didn't get expansion decks, the others all get quickly disqualified)
2) Magical Athlete, a tiny perfect box of fun.

And Nexus Ops of course. I think FFG added some extra rules or some nonsense to their ugly copy. Doesn't matter.
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12 Jun 2018 14:01 - 12 Jun 2018 14:01 #275215 by Black Barney
The "Knights of the Old Republic" Star Wars expansion for Chess totally ruined that game
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18 Jun 2018 08:16 - 18 Jun 2018 09:18 #275665 by Mr. White
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TITAN
Hammer of the Scots
Warrior Knights (GW)
LotR: Confrontation
Nexus Ops

I want to slot Condotierre in there, but it feels like it's too much of a card game.
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19 Jun 2018 08:03 - 19 Jun 2018 08:04 #275734 by drewcula
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The same drum:
1) Fury of Dracula
2) Nexus Ops

Less obvious:
3) Risk: Star Wars the Original Trilogy
4) Dark Tower
5) Magic Realm

But I love some Magical Athlete too!
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19 Jun 2018 21:28 #275783 by Sevej
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Ugh, I don't even have 5. Expansions is one thing I like. Not that I buy them a bunch, but I like that they're available whenever I want to go deeper into a game.

So, only 2:

Nexus Ops
Android

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