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


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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 90 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): Alan R Moon

Manufacturer(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

  • Manufacturer(s): Amigo

  • Artist(s): Doris Matthaus

  • Year: 1999

  • Players: 2 - 6

  • Time: 90 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 380 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. An English translation of the rules is provided.

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 7 reviews

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...!

A Must-Have
July 14, 1999

Everyone should buy this expansion. It will make Elfenland/Elfengold one of the top ten games on almost everyone's list. Far superior to Die Siedler in terms of excitement and strategy. You'll see why the original Elfenroads was hailed as such a classic.

I would never play the original Elfenland again if I could choose. Everything is more under your strategic control. There is no limit to card hand size, you get to choose your cards at the start of each round, tiles are auctioned off with gold, and you get gold depending on the cities you visit. The game has a great atmosphere and you really feel like you're traveling. There's a real ebb and flow too: do you caravan now in order not to fall too far behind, or do you save your cards in hopes of a big push in the next round? A real struggle that is always fun and will always play differently each time.

Elfenland/Elfengold has all the marvelous flavor of Elfenroads while cutting down on the playing time of the latter.

A great game gets even better
July 06, 1999

With the addition of Elfengold, Elfenland becomes an affordable alternative to Alan Moon's legendary game release of Elfenroads. This expansion adds a bidding element to Elfenland that allows players to acquire the movement counters that will do them the most good. Players acquire gold by visiting cities along their way. The game becomes much more strategic and less luck-driven.

Another added feature is a number of non-movement tokens, such as spells and sea-monsters, again making the game a lot less kind and gentle. One variant that is included is the addition of wizard cards, which allow a player to teleport from city to city for a small expenditure of gold. I do not recommend using the wizard cards if you are playing with the original game's destination cards, as it makes it far too easy to get to one's target city.

While the additions found in Elfengold make for a longer game than the original, the added strategy and texture makes it all worthwhile. Having now played both the original and with the expansion, I doubt I will be going back to the original any time soon.

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