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Dirsch
Canada
Ottawa
ON
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10
Mar 2013
New, in shrink wrap still
2013-03-20
Owned
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Phil Sauer
United States
Willow Street
Pennsylvania
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9
Oct 2010
(See: Small World)
2010-10-30
Owned
tom moughan
United States
Rochester
New York
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ahh....I love the smell of a stack of sketchily placed animals in the morning!
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9
Dec 2010
love this variant on play and the concept as a whole!
2010-12-14
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Chris Haythornthwaite
United Kingdom
Preston
Lancashire
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9
Dec 2010
An excellent addition to the Small World game, adding a different element to the game and extending the base amount of players from 5 to 6. Definitely worth a try.
2010-12-28
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ian o
Canada
Saskatchewan
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9
Aug 2011
Jesse Rasmussen
United States
Bend
Oregon
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9
Apr 2012
From DoW
2015-05-31
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Darryl Ferster
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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9
Jan 2015
A mini expansion, about $15. It's different than the other mini expansions in that one player controls an island in the lake, and collects ghosts for every 4 race tokens lost by other players during the game. It's a good twist.
2015-01-25
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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8
Nov 2010
This is a clever variant that plays much better and with much more balance than I would have guessed. The necromancer can really get a surprise win, by accelerating more quickly, with more ultimate momentum than the other players realize or can suppress. I am impressed and anxious to play it more!
2010-11-29
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Quint Wheeler
United States
North Ogden
Utah
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8
May 2015
I'm not crazy about it the necromancer rules themselves, but it let's you play 6 players which is great.
2014-08-17
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   Conserve energy:    Play Board Games!
United States
California
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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
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Shake your business up and pour it. I don't have all day.
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8
Apr 2011
Posted: 4/5/11, Rated: 8

So, I have this gift: each time that I am introduced to a new group of players and we decide to play a game with a "traitor" element, I end up being the traitor. Last month when I went to my first Orange County Board Gamer's event, we sat down to play Betrayal at House on the Hill. I immediately rolled an event card which made me the evil player. Our next game was Battlestar Galactica, and who do you think was a Cylon? You guessed it. It should not have been a surprise when I showed up to another event, and five people were sitting down to play Small World with this expansion. "It's so nice to meet you, won't you please join us, Mr. Necromancer?"

I like Small World to start with. This expansion adds an asymmetrical victory condition for a universally-threatening player. I was impressed at how the generation of ghosts automatically increased the cost of purchasing new powers or units; the necromancer role is cleverly woven into this shroud. Some people don't like having such a jarring element, but I think that it adds flavor and ultimately extends the life of the base game.

There is one thing that I don't like about this expansion: as the game draws to a close, the escalating power of the necromancer generates an obligation for players to sacrifice their own chance at success to stop the evil from winning. The whole, "Are you going to do something about him?" sensation feels very similiar to Attika when played with more than two players.
2011-04-05
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Craig Hargraves
Australia
Morayfield
Queensland
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8
Dec 2010
An interesting variant on the base game. I'll be interested to see how it stands to repeated plays.
2010-12-05
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Peter R.
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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8
Nov 2010
Very nice addition for Small World. Same rating!
2010-11-02
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Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
Nov 2010
Very nice twist.
2010-11-15
David Libby
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8
Nov 2010
Fun. I won't play it every time, but it's fun, and it adds a sixth player--always a good thing.
2011-01-01
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Rodney Sheldon
United States
Springfield
Vermont
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8
Dec 2010
Really enjoyed playing the Necromancer. Adds a another variable to Small World.
2010-12-02
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AMERI-THRASHER!
United States
Milford
Connecticut
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8
Apr 2013
SMALL WORLD: NECROMANCER ISLAND
The necromancer takes the dead units of the other players, and replaces them with his ghost units. If he can get all his ghosts on the board before the last turn he wins! Fun mini expansion.
2012-07-16
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Dan Poe
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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8
Dec 2010
Christmas 12/10
2010-12-27
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Guilherme Goulart
Brazil
Sao Paulo
SP
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8
Mar 2012
Necro Island brings a new dynamic to the Small World game and while I wouldn't always play with it, it's great to use from time to time for a fresh take on the game. It really makes players aware of a growing threat that everyone has to help to deal with. This is a very creative and unique expansion!
2012-03-13
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jammes frederic
France
Lyon
Rhone alpes
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8
Jan 2012
3-6 joueurs
2014-10-22
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Bart Van Hoeydonck
Belgium
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8
Jan 2013
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2013-06-03
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Violeta Bafile
Brazil
São Paulo
SP
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8
Mar 2012
The Necromancer expansion gives all the players an objective in common, never let the necromancer put all of his tiles in the board... nice expansion, but I will not exchange the base game for it...
2012-03-04
Rob Pearson
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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8
Mar 2015
Kickstarted, but didn't play yet
2013-10-09
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Andrew Schuman
United Kingdom
Bristol
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8
Oct 2014
Lakes of zombies.
2014-03-12
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Michael Schneider
Germany
Cadolzburg
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8
Jun 2015
Adds a 1 against the world mode.
I love the expansion.
2014-10-31
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Mike Landers
United States
Mountain View
California
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7.7
Sep 2011
played 3 times. all 3 times the necromancer won because someone has to take a hit to stop him and no one wanted to be that guy.
2012-10-20
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Nour Aly
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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7.5
Nov 2010
I prefer Small World without this, but it is neat.
2011-05-10
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Ubergeek
United States
Camas
Washington
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Be Happy in your Game!
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I spent 100 Geek Gold and all I got was this lousy overtext message!
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7.5
Oct 2010
Now we're into scenarios.
2010-10-25
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Greg Williams
United States
Portland
Oregon
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7.5
Nov 2012
Makes for a nice variation to the basic play which is always nice. The extra player is an added bonus.
2010-11-21
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MTip Phaovibul
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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7.5
Dec 2010
I like the semi cooperate. Like to play this more often.
2010-12-22
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Steve Bauer
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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7.5
Nov 2010
Lots of fun to play, the necormancer is going to have a hard time if the other players don't want him to win but can see how it can be a balance for them.

I like that it takes it to 6 players but the down time might be to high.
2010-11-13
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Francis Gauthier
Canada
Québec
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7.5
Nov 2010
Makes a new game out of Small World.
2010-11-22
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Guido Gloor
Switzerland
Ostermundigen
Bern
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7.5
Sep 2011
Haven't played this one yet. It introduces neat new mechanics, can't wait to try them out.
2010-11-26
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Philippe Keppens
Belgium
Meldert (Aalst)
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7.5
Dec 2010
Gives a different feeling while playing: you don't want to slash your opponents as much as before
2010-12-28
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Jim Maxcy
United States
Lexington
Nebraska
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7.5
Nov 2014
Only tried this a couple of times and I do enjoy it. A few concerns are that, at least initially, the game is quite boring for the Necromancer. Once the player has built himself up though, by the last half of the game he can be quite powerful if he hasn't been whittled down before hand. Another potential problem is that the other players are still competing with one another for victory points, but eventually one has to turn on the Necromancer to ensure he doesn't win. This can cause that player to be at a disadvantage. Looking forward to more plays of this.
2010-12-31
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E Talley
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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7.5
Jul 2013
Haven't tried this one yet but it looks pretty cool.
2011-11-23
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Mark O'Reilly
United Kingdom
Chester
Cheshire
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7.5
Jul 2013
This is actualy a very good expansion, turns small world on its head & turns game from max 5 players to a 6 player game. awesome!
2011-09-25
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Manary Corte
Brazil
São Paulo
São Paulo
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Best game of all time...
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7.5
Aug 2012
An expansion which makes the base game more fun as it adds more variety. Worth buying.
2012-08-04
John Adams
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7.5
Jan 2014
This expansion adds a potential sixth player to the mix in the form of the Necromancer. As his Island emerges from the lake on the core board, his goal is to gather all his forces on the map by eradicating other players' units. This forces other players to focus not only on defeating each other, but ensuring the Necromancer doesn't benefit too much from their carnage. It forces people to work together with their enemies, and such a unique feature is always welcome in a game, in my opinion.
2014-01-03
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Balázs Pethő
Hungary
Pécs
Baranya
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7.5
Jan 2015
Plusz lapkák
2015-01-02
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Puffmander El Grand m0
United States
Texas
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7.5
Mar 2015
It's a neat variant. The biggest problem with it is that you should be familiar with the normal rules of Small World before using this expansion. I also don't feel comfortable teaching this expansion to others that have not played Small World yet.
2015-03-24
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Scott Waldie
United States
Methuen
Massachusetts
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7.2
Mar 2015
Adds in an asymmetrical faction with its own goals to screw around with other players, fun and I plan to do this seasonally (Halloween), worth the few bucks you'll pay if you want even MORE variety in your Small World sessions.
2014-09-12
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Brett David Spain
United States
Lee's Summit
Missouri
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All he got was more thankless work, from a man who ain't even asked his name. Sure, I may be the one who dreamt up the Walls and the Bastion, but the Kid made 'em real, not me.
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7
Dec 2010
Days of Wonder
2011-03-12
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C Sandifer
United States
Lutherville
Maryland
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7
Feb 2011
Players must form a defensive voodoo ring around the Manipulator of Souls, or all is lost. It only takes one greedy heart to catapult the evil one to victory.

If only I hadn't hocked my voodoo ring for methadone last week.
2011-07-17
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Ari
United States
San Francisco
California
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7
Nov 2010
Excellent expansion. Adds a 6th player as a necromancer.
2010-11-21
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Mark Bigney
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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7
Nov 2010
I have significant doubts about balance, but having played it with 5 I can't imagine vanilla Small World is preferable at that number. It introduces a new sort of "time" pressure for all players, which is interesting.
2010-11-26
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Jessey
Canada
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I also purchased this and do not know what to do with it!
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I purchased this and do not know what to do with it!
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7
Dec 2010
Still not sure I feel it's balanced. Very fun to be the necromancer, but there's something unsatisfactory about losing suddenly to the necro..
2010-12-03
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Thijs Lauwbierkoffie
Netherlands
Amersfoort
Utrecht
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7
Feb 2012
Hard to grasp the rules at first, but at the end of the first play I looked forward to play this more: basically one player is overpowered and has different winning conditions than the other players. The other players have the Responsibility to keep the necromancer under control although they still compete. Resulting in very fun situations.
2010-11-03
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Germany
Siegen
Unspecified
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7
Mar 2011
Essen 2010
2010-10-24
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Robert Carroll
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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7
Nov 2010
See Small World.
2010-11-05
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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7
Jan 2011
Tough on the Necromancer. Small World is great and Vinci isn't because in Small World, it's never entirely clear who is winning. The players can pretty much see exactly how close the Necromancer player is, though, by looking at his stack of counters, and beating him up whenever he gets close - not a lot he can do about that. So Vinci's fatal flaw rears its ugly head again. But still ... The Necromancer does make for a fun and particularly bloody game, and he's in a different, interesting, and fun position. He almost certainly won't win, but at least it's fun to play.
2011-01-02
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