Classifying Expansions by what they add to the game
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
25 
 Thumb up
1.00
 tip
 Hide
My Resolution: to fully research expansions and make an informed decision about purchasing them; to avoid expansion-regret and unnecessary completism.

This geeklist is dedicated to classifying expansions based on how the expansion affects the game.

The list is sorted alphabetically by game, and then multiple expansions for a single game are sorted chronologically.

So far, these are the terms used for classification, more can be added as needed to describe expansions:
- Frivolity
- Intensification
- More-of-the-Same
- New Mechanism
- Player Extension
- Rules Adjustment
- Variant Play
- Variety

Also, please thumb the expansions that you think are worth buying...
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
51. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights – 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
Player Extension

Allowing the Cities and Knights expansion to be played with 5-6 players.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
52. Board Game: Catan: Traders & Barbarians [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
Variant Play
Variety
New Mechanism (Optional)
More of the Same (Optional)
Rules Adjustment (Optional)
Player Extension


Traders and Barbarians is really a collection of mini-expansions, which each add different aspects to the game, and are each considered as a Variant Play.

As a whole, this expansion adds a lot of variety to the Catan world, because it holds a large number of mini expansions which can then be combined to great even more variety (and complexity).
Also, the components themselves add more variety to your Catan landscape. You can easily add in the river tiles without playing the official river variant, either ignoring the river or setting your own rules about crossing it. The added components provide a lot of room for creativity.

The scenarios mainly add New Mechanisms to the game:
Rivers of Catan - adds a reward and punishment system based on the relative richness of each player.
Great Caravan - adds an auction mechanism, and a different style of player interaction.
Barbarian Invasion - adds an external enemy, with an interesting balance between player cooperation and competition.
Traders & Barbarians - adds a pick-up and deliver mechanism, as well as a different use for the roads.

The last scenario, namely the Fishermen of Catan, provides More-of-the-Same gameplay. It introduces a new currency (fish) and it effectively expands the board by creating resource draws from water.

The four "minor variants" each contribute something different:
Harbormaster - this is More-of-the-Same, a different way to earn victory points.
Friendly Robber - an optional Rules Adjustment, best suited for families and/or newbies.
Event Cards - both a New Mechanism in the randomly assigned events for each turn, and a Rules Adjustment in the controlling of dice-roll distributions. Note that you can ignore the cards' text to just get the rules adjustment.
2-Player Rules - simply a player extension.


(There is a lot going on in this expansion...)
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
53. Board Game: Catan: Traders & Barbarians – 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
Player Extension
Variety


Again allowing up to 6 players.

And, like Seafarers, the extra tiles increases the possible variety in your Catan landscape.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
54. Board Game: Small World: Grand Dames of Small World [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
More-of-the-Same

More races and more abilities, with a female-centric theme.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
55. Board Game: Small World: Cursed! [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
More-of-the-Same

More races and more abilities, with a dark/aggressive theme.
2 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
56. Board Game: Small World: Be Not Afraid... [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
 
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
More-of-the-Same

More races and more abilities, yet again.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
57. Board Game: Small World: Tales and Legends [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
New Mechanism

Adds event cards, a randomized element that affects all players.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
58. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
Unknown...

This entry is a placeholder for all of the TTR expansions. Because I haven't played them, I need someone to step in with the classifications - either as a comment or adding the expansions as items in this list.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
59. Board Game: Zombies!!! 2: Zombie Corps(e) [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
Canada
Toronto
ON
flag msg tools
...
badge
mbmbmbmbmb
More-of-the-Same

Adds new tiles, cards, and a different zombie type; doesn't appreciably change the gameplay.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Prev «  1 , 2 , 3  | 
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.