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& Cetera is an expansion set for Roads & Boats. It adds new buildings, new goods, new land types, new transporters, new ways to win and new strategies. It also includes 24 new scenarios and material to play with 5 or 6 players. & Cetera contains all the rules previously published as Planes & Trains, plus a lot more. It is compatible with Roads & Boats 2nd and 3rd edition sets.
I loved Roads and Boats, even though it cost about $100, which is $20-$30 overpriced. I whole-heartedly recommended R&B and still do with the caveat that it is overpriced (see my review on this website). R&B is a very, very good gamer's game.
After playing Roads and Boats I had to buy the expansions. &Cetera included the Planes & Trains expansion so it was a no-brainer for me. I shelled out my $45 and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the expansion to my new favorite game.
Imagine my disappointment. The entire expansion (I am not kidding) comes in a large ziplock bag. Initially I was only slightly disappointed, I was prepared to forgive the packaging if the content was good. It includes wooden bits to expand the original game to 5-6 players, a couple airplanes in all colors, and a few other wooden bits. It also includes 4 sheets of hex tiles, 12 to a sheet (the original game contains 140 hex tiles, which is more than enough to build an unending array of scenarios). Granted, the polder and city land types are included (21 and 6 tiles respectively) and some of the new tiles depict 2 rivers running through them which is new, but only a few of those are included. &cetera also includes 4 sheets of cardboard punchout game pieces. Most (90%) of the punchouts are not new products, and are provided in ample quantities in the master game. (As an aside, the original rules stated that you couldn't run out of goods, if you need more just improvise more.) &cetera also includes a 16 page rule book (8 pages in English), and 16 yellow, plastic 'stones' that, coincidentally, are about the size of a penny. All in all, about $5 worth of components about 1/2 of which is unnecessary (except for the wooden bits).
With the exorbitant cost you would expect better game play. Good news (the only good news), gameplay is enhanced by &cetera. The expansion does add strategy and fun to the master game. Electricity is added to the game (powerlines are drawn on the overlay, same as roads), railroads are added, and you guessed it, they are drawn on the overlay also. The rules provide for bomb factories, trade, art, management, cities and a few other things. I would have gladly paid up to $10 for these enhancements, and given it 5 stars.
Why not 1 star? Why did I give it 2 stars if it is such a disappointment? Now that I have it I will use it. I would advise you to buy it too, but only for $5-$10. That's right five to ten dollars, no more. Fifteen dollars would be outragously overpriced, but I would still recommend buying with 4 solid stars, similar to my recommentation on the master game.
I hereby issue a challenge to Splotter Spellen (the company that produces R&B and &cetera) this Fourth Day of March, 2004. Justify the cost of this game, and have it posted on this website, and the boardgamegeek. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME UNLESS THEY CAN JUSTIFY THE COST. And then be skeptical.
I feel ripped off. Learn from my mistake.