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Episode 54: Board Game Expansions

In Episode 54 of Cards and Cubes, we talk about games we played recently such as Greed, Agricola (Revised Edition), Smartphone Inc., Electropolis, and Gaia Project.

Our topic today is “Board Game Expansions” and we also have a short discussion about deluxe versions of games.

Our games on the horizon this week are Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down, Gaia Project, Spirit Island, Terra Mystica, Underwater Cities, Weather Machine, Excavation Earth: It Belongs in a Museum, and Yedo.

0:00 – Intro

0:44 – Trivia: Top 10 Most Owned Games According to Board Game Geek

Games Played
11:44 – Greed
16:23 – Agricola (Revised Edition) (and other Uwe Rosenberg games)
29:26 – Smartphone Inc.
41:20 – Electropolis
52:47 – Gaia Project

Board Game Expansions (and Deluxe Versions of Games)
1:01:57 – Intro
1:02:54 – Expansions which add to the game versus ones that don’t: Lords of Waterdeep: Undermountain and Scoundrels of Skullport, Champions of Midgard: Valhalla
1:06:31 – Expansions which add asymmetric starts, and… more stuff: Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period, Underwater Cities: New Discoveries, Viticulture: Moor Visitors
1:09:26 – Expansions which change the weight category of the game: Isle of Skye: Journeyman and Druids
1:11:19 – Expansions which make a portion of the game better: Great Western Trail: Rails to the North
1:12:27 – Modular expansions: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies, Luxor: The Mummy’s Curse, Grand Austria Hotel: Let’s Waltz!
1:26:21 – Expansions which feel tacked-on or rushed: Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance
1:29:55 – Deluxified versions of games, reprinting games with small changes and tiny expansions, second editions, mega boxes.
1:34:35 – Deluxified versions of first time designers that could potentially not have quality gameplay.
1:36:38 – Games where the “deluxified” components actually make a difference. Orleans vs Crusaders: The Will Be Done

Games on the Horizon
1:39:59 – Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down
1:43:12 – Gaia Project, Spirit Island, Terra Mystica, Underwater Cities
1:46:33 – Weather Machine
1:49:12 – Excavation Earth: It Belongs in a Museum
1:52:58 – Yedo

1:58:04 – Outro

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