Expansions. Are they what makes board gaming truly great? Or do they ruin perfectly fine games? – You will not find the answer here. However, in true Clio’s Board Games – Affordable Gaming fashion, I will aim at helping you decide if board game expansions are worth your hard-earned money.
Expansions are (usually) cheaper than base games, and you normally only buy the them when you already liked the base game. So, do they offer a good gaming experience at a low price and a low risk of disappointment? …well, it depends. But what does it depend on? – Mostly the type of the expansion (and your approach to it). This article will go over three types of expansions which I have named the “More Stuff” expansion, the “More Scenarios” expansion, and the “New Mechanism” expansion.
As discussed in my previous post on affordable gaming, I’m all for having a game collection that prizes quality over quantity. It saves you money, shelf space, and time for learning rules. The question is: How do you find those high-quality games with high replay value? There is the traditional way (reading a lot of reviews), but I’d like to add a few other things at which you can look, all of them based on a single resource: the Board Game Geek main page of the game in question. Continue reading →
Recently, I have read in various places about the problem of conspicuous acquisition and consumption in board gaming (see for example the excellent article from Meeple Like Us here). In short: The culture of board gaming, especially in the forms that people put online, revolves a lot around excessively purchasing and obsessively playing many different games. This can deter board gamers, especially those new to the hobby, from engaging in it because it puts up an implicit barrier who is a real board gamer. If you’re just starting to play board games, seeing other people who have spent thousands of euros (dollars, pounds, Republic credits, …) on their collections and have played apparently every board game there is on the market might make you feel a bit less than accepted and welcome. That is an important thought, especially in a hobby whose members are very excited about taking pictures of their full shelves. In addition to this cultural threshold to board gaming, there is however also a financial threshold. Even if you don’t care at all what other people on the internet do, board games still have a significant price tag on them. So, how do board games compare to other leisure activities in terms of affordability and what can you do to get the most out of your limited buck? Continue reading →