The State of Games, Ep. 146: The One About Expanding Your World

stateofgameslogonewLove ‘em or hate ‘em, board game expansions are a huge part of the industry. Some companies survive just on expansions for their most popular titles, which can sometimes lead to consumer fatigue. They can often feel like cash grabs, but on occasion an expansion is released that not only provides more content for a game – it also makes that game better. So settle in Dear Listeners – we’re here to separate the suck from the essentials, all just for you.

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New Bedford

7 Wonders

Hostage Negotiator

VivaJava Dice


Isle of Trains

Alien Frontiers

Elder Sign

The Lost Expedition


Arkham Horror



Welcome to Centerville


The Last Garden

Food Truck Champion

Rajas of the Ganges

The Grimm Forest

Time Barons

Psycho Raiders


Dinosaur Island

Imperial Settlers

Whistle Stop

Sol: Last Days of a Star

Catan: Cities & Knights

Flamme Rouge: Peleton

Carcassonne: Inns & Cathedrals

Carcassonne: Traders & Builders


New Bedford: Rising Tide

Rallyman: Dirt

Yspahan: The Souks

Bang: Dodge City

Fleet: Arctic Bounty

7 Wonders: Leaders

7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

Elder Sign: Gates of Arkham

Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

Firefly: Pirates & Bounty Hunters


Endeavor (KS)

Subatomic (KS)

Pulp Detective (KS)



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2 Responses to “The State of Games, Ep. 146: The One About Expanding Your World”
  1. Lee says:

    The Catapult? Really, Chris? I’m with Darrell and TC on this one. Oh! and the farmers are one of the best parts of Carcassonne. We’ll just have to agree to disagree on that one.

    The Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 expansion is a must for me since it adds additional routes and almost as importantly it adds normal sized train cards. Fleet: Arctic Bounty, which you mentioned, is also a favorite. On both your recommendation and that of friend, I finally found a copy of the Souks to add to my copy of Yspahan. So thanks for that.

  2. dicehateme says:

    Yeah, I love the catapult! It’s totally unnecessary – just like the farmers! ;)

    Ah, yes, we totally should have mentioned 1910. I usually forget about it because it’s such an essential expansion that we never play without it.

    Glad you found a copy of the Souks! It’s such a subtle expansion, but a good one!

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