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yegods
United States
Campbell
CA
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10
Jul 2008*
has some nice additions to an already excellent game. the artists are especially fun, for an alternate way to garner victory points.
2005-12-19*
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~Ryan McSwain
United States
Amarillo
Texas
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10
Jun 2015
Definitely grab this when you get the base game.

I like the options it gives you with extra players, and the modular nature of the additions is perfect. We've always played with the extra research options.

I'm very interested in trying a game where you can only get victory points from art.
2015-06-29
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Trynant

Charleston
South Carolina
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10
Dec 2013
This addition to Roads & Boats throws in a bunch of modular mechanics to give the game a ton of flavor. Every added system to the game makes the play that much more interesting. I look forward to a game of Roads & Boats & Cetera where we play a scenario with all the expansion rules thrown in. That nuttiness is exactly my cup of tea.
2014-05-20
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Gareth
Switzerland
Zürich
Zürich
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9.4
Jul 2009*
The addition of a new scoring mechanism is a welcome one. Other than that, it's just more of the same great stuff.
2009-07-12
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David Fair
United States
Damascus
MD
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9
Sep 2007*
Several of the expansions are quite good, and some not so good. the pieces for the 5th and 6th player are nice, though I doubt I would play with that many again.
2007-09-19*
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Peter Hawthorne
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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9
Jan 2010
Great addition to R&B. The art exhibition scoring option is my favorite addition, as it opens up an entirely different build path. Airplanes are interesting, as the make the whole board feel much smaller. I haven't tried the managers or electricity options yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

That said, I don't find it necessary to play with this expansion all the time, and don't think it's essential. (versus, say, the Pandemic expansion, which I'd prefer never to play without)
2010-01-22
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Edward Rustin
United Kingdom
London
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9
Oct 2009*
An excellent addition to Roads and Boats, adding new paths to victory and greating expanding the strategic outlook of the game.
2011-09-20
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Martins Livens
Latvia
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9
Mar 2012
I tried railway, planes and bombs. It was fun.
Also tried "technologies" - Fundamental research, Electricity and Managers. They were not so fun as planes and bombs, but they improved output of game economy a lot. Polders are tough, make competitive two player game, if at least one of players take risks.

I want to play with 5-6 players (see update).
Also art show still waiting for me (trade and bid too).

update(28-11-2011):
I have played with 5 players, it was exciting experience, looking for more (upgraded from 9 to 10).

[19.mar.2012] Corrected from 10 to 9, to show that Go & Bridge are better. 9 is maximum now I give to modern boardgames.

[15.apr.2012] I have played 6 player game now too, and it support 6 players quite well, if players are enough experienced.
2012-04-15
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Rick Mathews
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
Feb 2015
In my opinion, this really rounds out and "completes" Roads & Boats. Without it, one pretty much pursues the same goal in the same way, apart from the terrain forcing some variation. With the myriad ways you can mix in the &Cetera options, R&B becomes infinitely variable.
2015-02-23
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Sterling Babcock
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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8
Jun 2009*
A nice expansion to Roads and Boats!
2014-02-28
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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8
May 2005*
If you are a fan of Roads & Boats you will probably want this. A large ziplock bag crammed full of extra rules, scenarios, grey/black pieces for 5/6 players, tiles, producers and goods. Some of the extra rules look great (electricity, managers, planes), some look so-so (polders?). I'm carrying over my rating of 9 from Roads & Boats as I'm sure this will be more of the same.
2005-05-11*
Aleksi Ahtiainen
Finland
Helsinki
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8
Jul 2009*
After my first game on "Unequal" two-player scenario this felt like an excellent expansion. It was the tightest game so far, I won 399 to 398 points.

But my second game on two-player Holland scenario got quite boring in the end. It was probably due to the scenario only, but perhaps the new mechanics add a bit too much to already quite complicated game. So far: MBAs, electricity, cities, and fundamental research have been a nice addition, polders were not that enjoyable. Others I haven't tried yet.
2009-07-09
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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8
Mar 2008*
UPDATE: While I really wanted to like the Art variant, I've come to the conclusion it might be a little overpowered. It seemed a pretty strong way to go with 3, with more than that (and consequentially potentially quite large multipliers) it seems like it would be the only way to go, although obviously it depends (as always) on the map layout.
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At first, I wasn't that impressed with this expansion: it's expensive, nobody in their right mind is going to play Roads & Boats with 5 or 6 players, and the many variants seemed, on initial inspection, to be a bit hit and miss.

But on playing more, I've really become a convert. The rules for Planes, Polder, Art, and Power Plants are all great and fundamentally change the game in interesting ways - it's almost like having a whole new game. MBAs are a nice touch too. Some of the other stuff - like Railroads, Bombs, and Fundamental Research - doesn't work nearly as well, and at least one (Cities) I thought was actively bad - but the good variants substantially outnumber the bad ones, and they give you new ways to play the game that really breathe life into a game that otherwise could slow down a bit after your 10th or whatever playing.
2008-03-31*
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Dominic D.
Canada
Drummondville
Quebec
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8
Sep 2009*
Base game is plenty of fun without it.
2010-04-13
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Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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8
Oct 2009*
Bought
2009-12-23
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michael dorazio
United States
tyngsboro
Massachusetts
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8
Jun 2010
Love the additions. I've only tried one or two of the 2-player scenarios and one or two of the solo scenarios. Waiting to play a scenario with the art exhibition option.
2007-12-29*
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Cliff
United States
Western Great Lakes - Owashtinong Aajigaaning
Michigan
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8
May 2009*
Roads & Boats expansion. Unloading this with Roads & Boats is like planning a day trip with a board game.
2010-02-20
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Eric Flood
United States
San Francisco
California
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8
Jul 2013
Was hoping for a little more structure and maps in this expansion. What's there is too briefly explained, too large of a disconnect between the symbols included on the tiles and the descriptions in the rulebook.

In particular, the solo maps are rather lacking. Only one of the included two looks interesting (Charring Cross).

Should add some very interesting play in general, but a few more suggested maps included, not just online, would have been nice.
2010-02-20
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Mikael Andersson
Sweden
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8
Dec 2007*
The base game is often enough
2007-12-02*
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J C Lawrence
United States
Campbell
California
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8
Feb 2008*
Oooff. Fairly decent brain burner, runs long, but intensely involving and very interactive, both in terms of implicit board positions and explicit negotiation. Suffers in comparison with games like Nueland in that the balance of focus is turned too far toward solo-optimisation versus competitive exploitation for my preferences.
2008-02-09*
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Scott Minkoff
United States
Mansfield
Massachusetts
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8
Mar 2010
Still waiting to try this. Looks like it might broaden the strategies for R&B.
2009-12-29
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David Ells
United States
Baltimore
Maryland
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Sick with hatred, sick with pain, / Strangling -- When shall we be slain? // When shall I be dead and rid / Of the wrong my father did? / How long, how long, till spade and hearse / Puts to sleep my mother's curse?
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8
Nov 2009*
Re-release from Splotter in 2012.
2012-10-09
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Preordered
The Friendly Meeple
United States
Niagara Falls
New York
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8
Mar 2010
Makes the open-ended Roads and Boats even more open-endeder.
2010-08-01
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Pat D
Canada
North Vancouver
British Columbia
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8
Jun 2015
Sell
2014-04-29
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For Trade
JNN Nelson
United States
Houston
Texas
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8
Jun 2012
Excellent expansion.
2013-05-18
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Ryan Powers
United States
Marble
Minnesota
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7.5
Aug 2008*
A neat addition to a very cool game. Far from necessary though.
2007-12-16*
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Wolfgang Kunz
Germany
Netphen
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7
Mar 2006*
Even more possibilities to a huge game. Should only be played with those who have a good understanding of the mother-game aka Roads & Boats.
2006-03-26*
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Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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7
Mar 2011
This is really just a preliminary rating. All that I have actually used from this set are the pieces for additional pieces, which are a necessity if you want to play with greater than four. I would like to try some of the other additional rules someday, but I haven't played enough of the base game yet to really do this. [03/13/2011]
2011-03-13
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Todd Sweet
United States
Geneva
Illinois
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7
Nov 2007*
Haven't actually played with the expansion items and not sure I would want to go to a 5 or 6 player game. However it looks really interesting and should keep the game fresh for a long time even though I'm still not tired of the original.
2007-11-18*
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Bill Rosgen
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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Nov 2007*
Provides enough wacky variations to keep the game fresh, which is a good thing, as Roads and Boats is almost more of a logistical puzzle than a game (unless, of course, you're willing to play mean).
2007-11-02*
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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7
May 2010
It makes the game more challenging but not so sure that this was needed.
2010-05-07
Todd Redden
United States
Manchester
Connecticut
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7
Jul 2008*
I don't see any reason to play Roads & Boats without this expansion
2011-03-21
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Tom Rosen
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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7
Feb 2010
Purchased: Essen 2009
2009-10-26
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David Siskin
United States
Playa Del Rey
California
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7
Jul 2008*
Adds a 5th and 6th player, so buy it, but the other bits are not so necessary.
2008-07-06*
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Alan Goodrich
United States
Macungie
Pennsylvania
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7
Mar 2013
See Roads and Boats entry.
2010-05-10
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Jani Härkki
Finland
Helsinki
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7
Oct 2010
Adds even more to the already great Roads & Boats
2009-07-14
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Tim Comfort
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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7
Jan 2011
The additions to the base game (Roads & Boats) are all pretty good and can deepen the game play. The problem is that I don't really want the base game play of Roads & Boats to be deepened and made more complicated!
2011-01-22
Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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6.8
Nov 2003*
Nice expansion for a great game. More ways to win and transport.
2003-11-29*
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Geo
Greece
Athens
Marousi
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6.5
Jan 2004*
Adds 2 more players to the base game and more ways to transport goods. Very expensive for what it offers.
2004-01-23*
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Chris Comeaux
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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6.5
Dec 2008*
Certainly not an essential expansion for Roads & Boats, but it does add some nice things, especially an extra 2 players. I found it overpriced for what it provides, but Splotter games tend to be expensive as it is.
2005-04-05*
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Brad
United States
Tampa
Florida
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6.5
Jan 2009*
The planes, trains, power plants, and bomb factories are interesting additions, but I am not sure of the art exhibit thing and I am pretty sure the manager thing is useless.
2008-06-19*
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John Eakins
United States
Denver
Colorado
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6.18
Aug 2008*
exp to Roads and Boats
2007-11-14*
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Jim Carvin
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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6.1
Dec 2014
I have it but I don't know if I'll even use it. We hardly play regular Roads & Boats let alone get bored enough to add expansions.
2007-11-27*
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Based upon my poor understanding of history, science, and ethics...
United States
North Pole
Alaska
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Nov 2005*
An expansion for a game that doesn't need it. Waaaaay overpriced for what you get. Does add slightly to game play. Turns an over-priced, excellent game into a more over-priced, excellent game.
2005-11-19*
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Phil
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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6
Jul 2006*
This is an initial rating - I've only played using this expansion once. Played the first scenario. The planes add some options, but this expansion doesn't necessarily add all that much. I would never think to play Roads and Boats with more than four, and many of the options seem like they won't come up all that frequently. Still, I'll certainly throw in options here and there when I play.
2006-07-13*
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Lajos
Japan
Hachiouji
Tokyo
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6
Sep 2009*
Adds bomb factories and Management Bullshit Academies (sic!) to the base game.
2006-12-05*
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Chris
United States
Huntington Station
New York
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Mar 2007*
Unnecessary, but cool. New stuff added here can be fun at times. Other times it just makes the game longer and/or more complicated.
2010-11-10
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John Farrell
Australia
Aspley
Queensland
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6
Oct 2008*
This expansion fits well into Roads and Boats, but it's mostly unnecessary. In most R&B games I never get to use most of the things in the base game, let alone these extras. Given that the expansion assumes a very long game, I can't rate it very highly.
2008-03-09*
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A RQ
Spain
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4
Feb 2011
Más variables a optimizar que tal vez enriquezcan más aún el juego, pero no lo mejoran en absoluto. Se podría decir que incluso lo hacen más farragoso e indigerible. Por supuesto, misma calidad en los acabados que el otro (un ziplock) a precio de caviar iraní. Grande.

Por todo esto, siguió el mismo camino que su padre.
2013-12-13
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1
Nov 2013
My issue is not with the game but with the publisher's policy. I do not like the destination that the policy leads to. It leads to a flooding of bad games and good games with substandard production reaching higher prices. As a consumer i object to that scenario hence the rating.
2013-11-30

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