So you’ve bought a new game and played it to death already. You’re love it, but you’re looking for that new spark just to re-ignite the same old mechanics.
Well, look no further as we’ve compiled a list of the best board game expansions that are definitely worth adding to some already excellent base games.
Check them out below!
1) Betrayal at the House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk
The first expansion for the acclaimed Betrayal at the House on the Hill base game, Widow’s Walk expands the capabilities of the ominous House by including 20 new rooms to explore – and an entirely new floor.
Additionally, the expansion comes with new monsters, omens and events to tackle and critically, 50 new haunts!
Absolutely one to add to the shelf as the value is insane!
2) Everdell: Pearlbrook
So you’ve done it. You forked out for Everdell and you’ve been furiously playing through it with anyone that blinks in your direction. Don’t worry, we get it. It’s an amazing game and a side-effect of owning such a beautiful work of art.
However, with each play the initial sheen of joy is chipped away as you delve deeper into the strategy and decipher the game’s idiosyncrasies.
Well that’s where Everdell: Pearlbrook comes in. The first expansion it adds a ridiculous amount of extra play to the base game and is well worth your money.
In addition to a new resource (pearls), Pearlbrook adds a new part of the game board, new deck cards for each category, new destinations, new abilities, new overlays for constructions during the game that will earn you extra VPs and some suuuuper useful Open/Close signs for spots in your cities, reminding players of the often forgotten base game rule that you may play into an opponent’s city if there is an open destination.
3) Dominion: Seaside
Building on the eternally popular card game where players are required to build their own civilisations from the ground up – no matter the cost, Dominion: Seaside adds in an entire extra fundamental element that changes everything.
This expansion requires players to account for rivers, ports and pirates as they expand their territory and attempt to dominate their opponents.
By far the most popular of all the Dominion expansions, it’s a great addition to the base game that’ll keep you occupied for hours.
4) Wingspan: The European Expansion
Like birds? Well how would you feel about European ones?
That’s exactly what the new Wingspan: European Expansion offers.
The primary addition is of course more bird cards with differing abilities that keep the game varied and interesting while building your engine. The prime mechanic these cards increase is player interaction, making play a lot more involved and shall we say, higher-stakes among a group? [read: people will scoff at and yell at you over the advantages you pull].
The expansion also includes an extra scorecard, storage (you’ll need it), another egg colour and extra food tokens to keep everyone well-stocked and ready to compete for the title of best wildlife reserve.
5) 7-Wonders: Cities & Leaders
Okay so this is technically two expansions but we would argue that once you out-play the base game, you’ll want both.
7-Wonders: Leaders is the first expansion for the 7-Wonders base game, and introduces 42 new cards to the deck, a new wonder and Leader cards. These cards cost money – not resources – and are played at the start of each Age to gain special abilities for that round.
7-Wonders: Cities is the game’s second expansion, and critically adds an 8th player – perfect for this style of game that really shines when you hit those bigger group numbers. In addition, the expansion also includes optional team rules, new Wonder, Guild and Leader cards and a new type of card – City Remains – that give you even more advantages with each passing Age. This expansion adds a more aggressive play-style to the game as it increases player interaction.
So here are our Top 5 Board Game Expansions. What do you think? Were we right on the money? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below!