Top Board Game Expansions of 2015
This year has introduced a lot of success in our board gaming community along with titles such as Exploding Kittens and The Others 7 sins. Not too mention, I’ve noticed this year being the year of big games in small boxes. Board games that have brought us hours of excitement in (almost) the palm of our hand. Eventually these games will slow down from the momentum of their traction (even though they are still fun… I think?) what do we do then? That’s right! BUY EXPANSIONS. So, interested in knowing what the top board games expansions of 2015 were? Want to know what you might like to add to your team of games.
Essentially, and expansion helps craft the world and lore of these board games we love. It fine tunes the questions we might have like: Does the panda in Takenoko ever have babies?
Today I’ll be focusing on the Top Board Game Expansions of 2015.
Dominion can sometimes be considered a father of deck building and has shown amounts of success through the years. With 8 expansions, the world of Dominion has seen every inch of the world related. Now we meet the 9th expansion to this epic; Dominion: Adventures contains 400 cards, 60 tokens and six mats. It brings duration cards back for future turns and cards that be reserved for specific times (which can be called into your hand for more actions). It also implements event cards in which you can buy tokens that enhance cards. The elaborate cards add a next level depth for those experienced players of Dominion. A nice amount of player interaction is always a good sign.
Smash Up has brought to us Robots, Aliens, Pirates, Dinosaurs, and so much more fierce industrialized savages that battle to the death. Mix two of the smash up factions and shuffle them into 1 epic team of expendables. Destroy bases and make sure you have the majority ruling of this smashed base to win. Brutal right? Smash Up doesn’t always have to be this machismo, blood spewing, all out war of evil, giant, and monstrous. No, no it can be ever so cute as well. Smash Up invites us to experience Pretty Pretty Smash Up, an expansion to the Smash Up world. This expansion includes: Fairies, Horses, Princesses, and kittens. All adorably epic. Nothing is better than more factions for a game that relies on shuffling battling.
A game that pretty much accuses everyone that they are the werewolf and incorporates an app to instigate this dilemma. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a quick bluffing card game by Bezier Games. By daylight, lynch the Werewolf to win! But wait! With the Daybreak expansion you’ll have eleven new roles to take on (or play as a stand alone) as you bluff, deduct, and cheat your way to lynching the werewolf (don’t actually cheat). This expansion improves on character versatility AND invites players to experience this expansion as a standalone.
Dungeon Fighter: Rock and Roll adds a new hero, TWO final bosses (usually each expansion offers 1), new maps, and new ways to throw your dice. I love Dungeon Fighter because it is so interactive and alive. The experience of physically throwing your dice at a target board to damage your opponents is just so wild and creative. With the Rock and Roll introduction, enjoy gathering experience, activating elemental powers, and breaking through walls (Yes, throw dice through a wall). I think of all the expansion’s we’ve received of Dungeon Fighter, this one definitely gives you the most bang for your buck.
I feel as if Takenoko is one of those games we need to give credit to. This is THE game most of our newer players mention when they talk about gateway gaming. A lot of my friends are board gamers because of this game. Cute pandas, bamboo, and a lot of competitive fun, Takenoko introduces, offers, and executes the essentials to a good board gaming experience.Takenoko Chibis introduces mama bear and panda cubs to the mix! If you’re familiar with Takenoko than you will know how cute and creative this board game is. With Chibis you have access to a miniature female panda, nine different panda tiles, 6 plot tiles, 18 cards, and 17 bamboo pieces. With expressive new artwork and the same Takenoko–you have a great revamp of this eastern themed classic.