Our top 6 Spiel 2017 games part 3, The expansions.

The last part of our pre-Essen games we want to check out continues…

We arrived at the expansions. The hotness from last year or even some older games getting injected with new life. It will bring new cards, new player possibilities or more new ways to experience the games. The publishers know we may like that right? So are they any good? Let’s dig in and have a look at what’s coming.

(and yes…we continue our number joke 🙂 )

But first…

This thing happened, I am “Geek of the Week” on Boardgamegeek. I never ever expected to make that list. Jenn, the boardgame librarian, nominated me for this awesome honor! Miss, you have made my year! I have no words for this but hopefully have some answers.

If you have any question, I will try to answer them, due to being at Essen that can be a difficult task, but I will do it as soon as possible! Hope to see you there.

Essen top 9 EXP part 1 (1)

City of Spies: Double Agent


New spies arrive to town and with new abilities. Besides Estoril, players will also fight in Lisbon, where they will find new ways to create the best network of spies.

City of Spies: Double Agent will offer players:

  • the ability to add a fifth player.
  • 7 new characters with a new nationality.
  • a fantastic new ability [double agent] who will allow new strategies.
  • 2 new mission tiles.
  • 2 new locations boards (Lisbon) with new special rules.

I like it when a base game can play more players when those game days give you that fifth player. Not many games can handle that. Be aware on this upgrade if you want to keep the more realistic time, the people may look familiar. Hint: Stronghold

The new spies
Shot by my close friend Steph! (punkin312)

OMG: Escape to Canyon Brook 


Oh My Goods!: Escape to Canyon Brook, an expansion for Oh My Goods!, consists of new chapters that continue the Longsdale in Revolt story.

So just a continuation of the latest expansion, but this little box euro game having a real evolving story, just sounds amazing. I agree with Rahdo this may be a fantastic new step for eurogames. Include a compelling story which players can dive in to and so deepen their experiences within a given game is such a clever step done by Alexander Pfister and Mayfair & Lookout Spiele.

Nations: Unrest


Beware! Unrest may manifest itself in the worst possible situation. New benefits await the Nations that act quickly. Build the greatest Nation from your unique starting conditions!

Finally this wonderful civ dice chucker is getting its long do expansion. We love the big brother, but this more portable and faster playing game is another favorite around our house. New a syncronized nations, new green dice (unrest) and more bonus tiles will make this an even more compelling game. Lautapelit.

Nations Unrest
Picture is coming from toniemn on boardgamegeek.

Wir sind das volk: 2+2 

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2+2 is a four-player expansion to the award-winning Wir sind das Volk! that broadens the original game to the global Cold War from 1945 to 1989. Players form two partnerships: the USA and West Germany versus the USSR and East Germany. However, there can be only ONE winner! This fact makes every decision a nail-biter: What is more important right now? Your side’s interests or your own?

Very intrigued to get the base game, but also disliked such a game couldn’t be played with more. Well, now you can! It does sound like quite the game now and you will need to balance your steps very well, to not burn your alliances, but also holding up your own changes of becoming victorious. Let’s see what Histogames and Richard Sivel did with this classic and award-winning board game.

Cry Havoc: Aftermath


Cry Havoc: Aftermath expands Cry Havoc with new skills and structures to add even more re-playability to the game. Each faction receives five new skills and three new structures, which nearly doubles the number of unique abilities in the game.

One of the big hits of last years Essen, but also one which caused the most controversy on the way the games has its a synchronized mechanisms implemented. Let’s see what these new skills and structures will bring to that ball game. One thing they add we think is a good option, the game lasting the full five rounds instead of ending all of a sudden due to someone rushing the game. Admitted, a little skeptical how this expansion will play out, but its Portal Games, so that’s always something we want to see!

Flamme Rouge: Peloton


Flamme Rouge: Peloton, the first expansion for Flamme Rouge, offers a chase group of four riders (pink and white rouleurs and sprinters) that allows the base game to be played with up to six players. All 5-6 player games are played with a breakaway tile and 1-3 supply zone tiles. These can also be added to your games at lower player counts.

Oh my, we so love this game! As a cyclist myself, this was straight into my wheelhouse, so of course when Asger  tweeted about these possible ways we were all over it. More players, more roads, refresh zones and cobblestones. Cannot wait to make my own version of the Flemish classic road races brought to us by Lautapelit and Stronghold.

Dokmus: Return on Erefel


Dokmus: Return of Erefel adds new game boards to the Dokmus base game, brings seasons to the island, and introduces Erefel, a new guardian

Need to put it out first, still need to pick up the base game, but this abstract puzzle looks like so much fun. The people behind Heavycardboard solidified it on our wish list. Don’t know much more about it, then what’s given above by the publisher, but that does sound cool already!

Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance


In Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance, each player now becomes the head of a powerful house of Renaissance, each of which has a strong special ability that only that player can use. Players choose the houses from the ten available at the beginning of the game through a special and fast auction

The oddball for us on this list. We didn’t like the base game that much, but still, this new addition to the game does sound awfully tempting to try. More players, more unique powers, new mechanism and the obvious more cards. So we will be paying Cranio Creations a visit at Essen to check out how this will change the game and maybe this will bring the base game higher on our ranks.

The box cover is a little odd too, dad is given his son a back rub or wants to strangle his offspring…..

Round House: 2nd expansion – Port City


We are fans of all most everything what EmperorS4 is bringing and this one isn’t an exception on it. Missed the base game last year, did do a demo though and we really loved what we saw. Can’t wait to score the base game and this extensive sounding expansion too.

4 New tiles:

  1. Port city (move assistant to nearby town or score the small temple tile)
  2. Bao-Chao Banknote Tile (switch money to honor points)
  3. Amulets (Extra scoring tiles)
  4. 50/100 prestige point tiles.


So that’s it for most of the games…but…now your thoughts!

What do you think? What are the expansions you are most looking forward too or ones we should check out at Spiel 2017? Or do you think expansions are not necessary?

Let us know in the comments and we can have a gentle discussion on it 🙂

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