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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Alan Moon Elfen
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Books, Expansions

Elfengold

German edition


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 90 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Publisher(s): Amigo

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Product Description

The Elfengold expansion for Elfenland restores the original flavor of Elfenroads by adding the auction element back in, and reducing the luck factor in the game. While the game can last considerably longer when played with the Elfengold expansion, it is also more strategic and provides even greater player interaction.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon

  • Publisher(s): Amigo

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 90 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 380 grams

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #14

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Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4 in 7 reviews

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The Serious Gamer's Expansion
November 17, 2004

This expansion was intended to transform Elfenland into a similar version of it Elfenroads ancestor. The result is a serious game with lots of possibilities to weigh.

After playing Elfengold a few times, you will think that Elfenland is a simple, easy game. With six people Elfenland usually lasted 90 minutes, but with Elfengold it will be more like 3-4 hours!

If you do not like hard-core long-lasting games, then this expansion is not for you.

 
 
 
 
 
Time to go back to Elfenland!
November 26, 2000

We had an great time playing this the other night that I almost wanted to start designing my own expansions to Elfenland! The interaction between players is much more obvious than Elfenland because of the more devastating special tiles. The auctions balance the game itself, keeping certain tiles from becoming too powerful although one can still get lucky and draw one from the stash.

I've had some interesting reactions with this game, and one warning is not to trust the box on the time for the game. The six player game takes about three hours to play. Also, I wouldn't recommend playing this with those who haven't played Elfenland.

One of my friends felt that the gold and auctions made the game feel like there were three games in one and we haven't even added the new wizard cards into the game! One friend said that he'd never play the original again and even taunted someone who bought Elfenland without the expansion and said it wasn't a real game without it...!

 
 
 
 
 
Elfengold glitters; but is not all gold
November 11, 1999

This much-hailed expansion comes to us from Mr. Moon in order to re-create the original Elfenroads, which had been shortened to Elfenland, which is now re-expanded to Elfenland/gold/roads...or something. The expansion of strategic ploys made available by the add-on makes a certain part of the game richer; but unfortunately does not address some of the original weaknesses of Elfenland, the most glaring being a wild luck factor which has the potential to ruin a game. If one draws cards for which there are no tiles available, the expansion's auction of the four face-up tiles gives one even less options than the previous five face-up tiles. Our very first game, first round, one person had no options open to them, and could not move to a single city--with less cards, trading was even more restricted than usual, so everyone had to either agree to discard everything, reshuffle and redeal in hopes of a better hand for her (which we did) or be heartless and not let her move an inch. That sort of situation just should not be able to occur in a really well-designed game.

On the other hand, once we got rolling there was a lot of fun, caravanning on everything everywhere, the greed for gold very quickly became the deciding factor in most decisions, and the spells added some great spice to the game. A fun time was had by all. It's just that when you play a game that's so obviously well thought-out and such a pleasure to look at (see Tikal, Krieg & Frieden and El Grande), the weaknesses in the design become that much more obvious and irritating. My overall call is, if you're not a hardcore regular gamer, buy at the risk of disenchantment. Elfengold adds to the complexity and strategy of the excellent Elfenland game, but adds alot of time and preparation work as well without fixing a fairly debilitating glitch. For you gamers out there, get the expansion. It will give you the option of making Elfenland more of what you want for a reasonable price.


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