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Top 5 One and Done Games
Jackwraith wrote: Twilight Struggle.
Twilight Struggle actually has an expansion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shellhead wrote: Great topic. There have been some great games that got inferior expansions
2. Camp Grizzly: Co-op play of the archetypal '80s slasher movie, for 1 to 6 players. Several expansions were planned, but none have been published so far. Supposedly the artist works very slowly, but it has been at least four years now, so that excuse seems unlikely.
I have expansions for this game.
The battleboards were actually an expansion!
Mr. White wrote: TITAN
I don't think I have any many games without expansions. I have:
1856: Railroading in Upper Canada
A Most Dangerous Time
7 for the Queen
I guess you could count The Republic of Rome too but yeah, most games have expansions or old variants or something.