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General / Re: Why endless expansions? Playing the Original - An opinion
« on: January 04, 2021, 09:55:32 AM »
We can't play the base game anymore.  We can't play base Pandemic, Cacao, or King of New York any more either.  The expansions add flavor to games that are quite stale at our house.   Perhaps we shouldn't play our favorite games so much.   

We only have base game Catan and I am not sure if we will ever play it again.  The game is fairly easy to predict the winner based on the starting positions of every player.  Maybe we should invest in Cities & Knights or something to make it new again.  If Seafarers is as boring as Inns & Cathedrals, I'll steer clear. 

Expansions that are just more of the same get old really fast.  I guess there is a sweet spot where an expansion has to change enough to justify its existence, but not change too much so that the game isn't recognizable anymore. The catapult turns a tile laying game into a dexterity game which is stupid.  Isle Of Skye Journeyman turns a bidding/tile laying game into a Euro point salad slog.  Pandemic is a cooperative game and in the first expansion they added a bio-terrorist role...  There are probably more examples, but you get the idea.   

Reviews & Session Reports / Re: The worst expansion combination
« on: December 14, 2020, 09:45:08 AM »

I think the actual worst combination would be the Catapult and the Tower.  Imagine knocking the towers over with flying meeples!

If you look at my first post, you'd see that's what we did  ;D
But luckily we didn't hit any tower with the catapult tokens !

I wonder what would happen if you hit a tower.   I am sure Meepledrone knows the rule for knocked over towers.   ^-^

I was going through your list and missed the catapult completely.  That is what I get posting before I have had caffeine :-[

Reviews & Session Reports / Re: The worst expansion combination
« on: December 14, 2020, 08:05:34 AM »
The plague doesn't work well with anything more than the base game.   With too many tiles, it gets watered down and doesn't have much of an effect.   

I think the actual worst combination would be the Catapult and the Tower.  Imagine knocking the towers over with flying meeples! 

Unofficial Rules / Re: The Fortune Tellers and other expansions
« on: December 07, 2020, 01:35:36 PM »
We play this expansion quite a lot, but I am by no means an authority on the rules.

Q0 No.

Q1 No.

Q2 This has come up with the builder.  Say my wife has 2 meeple on fortune tellers.  She draws 3 tiles, chooses one, but doesn't discard them back to the bag until her turn is complete.  If she plays a tile that involves the builder, she can only use one of the other 2 tiles she drew earlier.   

Q3 This hasn't come up for us, but I would assume that if you drew 3 tiles and 1 of them couldn't be played, you could redraw that one tile, BUT whatever tile you exchanged it for has to be placed.  An example would be if you picked up a CCCC tile with no open cities on the board along with 2 other tiles.  In order to be able to exchange that tile, you would have to choose it.  When you make that choice, you forfeited the other 2 tiles.  So there is a gamble there.   

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: December 07, 2020, 06:40:06 AM »
My Cundco order finally arrived this past Thursday.  I didn't have a chance to open it until today.  Everything worked out  :(y)

Other Games / Re: Pandemic Season 0
« on: November 29, 2020, 09:18:45 AM »
We are about to start June.  My wife loves this, but I don't like it as much as Season 2.  I think my biggest gripes without getting spoilery is that the board doesn't change like it does in Season 2 AND curing a disease is much more fulfilling than building a van.  This also seems super easy as we haven't lost yet. 

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:44:14 PM »
Has anyone from North or South America received their Cundco order with the 2020 tile yet?

Two months ago I shipped a registered letter to the USA. It took 4 days from my post office in Switzerland to arrive in the USA, and then one month from arrival in the USA to its final destination... Be patient, your order is probably already in America  ;)

You are probably right, but I will say that the last time I ordered Cundco sent me a "Your order has been shipped by Deutsche Post".  This time I never got that message, but didn't think much of it until now.  I emailed them, I suppose it doesn't hurt to ask. 

General / Re: I love the postman...
« on: November 27, 2020, 08:32:25 AM »
Has anyone from North or South America received their Cundco order with the 2020 tile yet?

Other Games / Re: Pandemic Season 0
« on: October 30, 2020, 10:22:55 AM »
I am hoping to pick this up from our local game store today!  My wife is really excited. 

News and Events / Re: Spiel tile 2020
« on: October 22, 2020, 06:06:02 PM »
Well I ordered mine.  The only thing new to me was the toll-keepers.   I even got myself some Winter Crop Circles even though I don't have the Winter Edition.  Maybe I'll trade it away someday. 

As for the maps, there is no way I am paying to have those shipped.  My city didn't make the cut, which is expected.  I do enjoy that everything south of Jacksonville doesn't exist.  They should have just removed Florida all together.  Rising sea levels are going to wipe most of it off the map anyway. 

General / Re: US East and West Coast Maps
« on: October 20, 2020, 10:33:22 AM »
The shipping costs have prevented me from obtaining the maps in the past.  I don't think I am paying that much even if my house is depicted on the map. 

The gardens are dead, so have no value.  The farmers can ice skate over the river, so it doesn't break up the farms.   >:D

General / Re: Favorite Major Expansion
« on: September 24, 2020, 12:49:44 PM »
Suddenly Dirk seems the voice of reason

I am just as shocked as you.   :o

General / Re: Favorite Major Expansion
« on: September 23, 2020, 12:57:44 PM »

What's wrong with Count, King and Robber?

The Count adds a nice layer of strategy, the King and Robber is a minimal change and the River II is legit. Only the Cult tiles are kind of lame imo, more monasteries ????

We like the River II, but the rest of this expansion is worthless.  We have multiple versions of the Cult so it is unnecessary.  King and Robber are a couple of extra tiles, but the change isn't worth the effort.  The Count is fiddly and allows for some annoying point stealing possibilities.  Nobody puts a meeple on the Monastery part of Carcassonne and rarely do people care enough about roads to put one there either.   Basically the count just goes back and forth between the same 2 spots. 

We will occasionally pull out the Catapult, but this one and the Tower have only been played once total.

General / Re: Favorite Major Expansion
« on: September 22, 2020, 05:02:09 PM »
I voted for The Tower because I felt sorry for it that nobody had voted for it. While I don't feel that it's entirely in keeping with the spirit of the game and can be a bit of an acquired taste, it certainly changes the way you play the game once you've gotten used to it.

I'll never get used to it  :-[.  My wife and child put it and the Count, King, and Robber in the "no way we are ever playing that again" box. 

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