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Title Version User
Rating
Geek Rating Status User
Plays
Comment
10
Nov 2009*
7.425
Owned
I never like to play the last two or three round because of how they drag, but until then it's a full-day's worth of fun. Edit: Not really my sort of game anymore, but fond memories keep it high in the rankings.
2015-04-06
6
Dec 2015
6.231
Owned
Swans? Don't really care about them, and normally I like set collecting. Moats? I mostly play the game 2-players with a 3-player setup, and moats don't work with that. Also, I prefer seeing how castles sprawl. I have Factory Fun for confined puzzle fun when I want it. Secret Door? Haven't used them yet. So what do I like? The extra rooms. I shuffle them in and disregard the swans, for variety. And variety is good.
2015-12-10
8
Mar 2004*
6.837
Owned
Liked it both times I played. Sure, slow players can drive you crazy, but that can happen in any game.
2004-03-31*
5
Jan 2016
6.137
new maps? Great! Forum cards? Fun! And I don't care that they may or may not be balanced. They add a bit of zing to the game. Salt? Eh, don't really care about it. Seems to take away some of the fun of struggling with limitations (whereas the forum cards do this as well but at least add zing!).

Lowered rating. Not sure why, but the expansion makes me care less about the game when I play it. I think I prefer the directness of knowing exactly the limitations of each other player, and how the players react to those limitations. With the expansion, it's harder to keep track of special powers and what other players may be planning to do. Thus, I stop caring about what the other players do do.

Also, the expansion does slow the game down about 20%, which doesn't sound like much, but I really like the speedy chugging along of the base game.
2016-01-10
6
May 2010
6.822
I found these cards to be much more a mixed bag for me than the other sets. I like the gimmick of needing to buy a potion more than I thought I would, but only a few of the action cards catch my eye. But the jury is still out, so rating could swing wild.
2010-05-08
10
Sep 2010
8.091
10
Oct 2009*
7.897
Owned
Clever new cards to add to the game.
2009-10-21
10
Aug 2010
6.777
Owned
Elfengold (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
6.159
Owned
Good addition. Turns a nice 'lunch' of a game into a full three-course dinner. So it just depends what you're hungry for.
2004-11-19*
4
Mar 2014
5.657
Not a fan. Much prefer the regular game.
2014-03-15
6
Nov 2005*
6.248
I prefer to jump right into "vanilla" El Grande than muck around with building a deck before the game.
2005-11-18*
Isfahan (1999)
8
Nov 2004*
5.647
Owned
Samarkand is great either way, but I give the nod to this very minor expansion, mainly because it adds a bit of variation from turn to turn, and it lets you avoid the issue of what happens when you want to sell only two units of a depressed commodity.
2004-11-23*
8
Jan 2006*
6.839
An expansion that I'll play or not play, so I give it an ambivilant '7.'

edit: raised to an 8 using the Black Gate card with the Watchful Peace as a bonus instead of Military Victory
2006-01-23*
2
Jun 2015
7.871
9
Dec 2012
7.046
Owned
8
May 2004*
6.353
Owned
Fantasic addition! Note, the first edition mispelled Threat Display).
2004-05-06*
10
Sep 2014
6.663
Owned
9
Feb 2008*
7.288
Great to have a variant map! For 4-6 players the original is still my fav (love the 'open' feel, the need for bigger trains, and the arc of the game), but this map is the go-to for 2-3 players (no requirement to battle for the NE, more chances for interaction among all players), and good to use for a change with more players.

The games ends quicker, so less need to upgrade. There's a decison to make of when to 'go across the mountains' and seek more cubes, but it's not as drastic as the in RRT. The costs of building and the special cards encourage shiping smaller
runs, but I think it's still worth it to build a 3-train as fast as possible. The Major Lines are now a fix entity on the board, which makes them more fair but not as fun: I liked the tension in their randomness in the earlier game. The map seems more balanced with some outlying towns that may/may-not see action, but nothing like the wasted SW land in RRT. All in all, I'm happy with my purchace.
2008-02-15*
7
Jul 2007*
6.899
Owned
Not so good for me, since I like to play with a timer and many of the options just can't be worked with a timer. A few of the boards are fun to use though, so it's not a total waste of an expansion for me.
2007-07-15*
10
Nov 2008*
6.749
Owned
Steam Barons (2009)
9
Sep 2009*
6.316
Played prototype. Very enjoyable stock market addition. Think I like it even better than the base game. Comment vs. 18xx? I'm not at all a 18xx fan. I find those games to be slow and a chore to play, but I found Barons to be dynamic and fun.
2009-09-21
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