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Small World Grand Dames Expansion Board Game (2nd Printing)

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Grand Dames of Small world introduces some new leading ladies to your Small word game - Gypsies, Priestesses and White Ladies. This is an expansion, you need Small World in order to use it.

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Grand Dames of Smallworld introduces some new leading ladies to your Smallword game - Gypsies, Priestesses, and White Ladies. This is an expansion, you need Small World in order to use it

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  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.2 x 0.2 inches ; 15.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B002WDERU2
  • Item model number: dow 7902
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,075 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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This mini-expansion offers 3 more races and 2 more special powers to play with the base Small World game (base required to play). Having more options to choose from makes the great game of Small World that much more fun.

But please take note that the correct price for this expansion is around $10, not the $45 some sellers are trying to gouge you for.

Cursed and Grand Dames both had a temporary shortage between printings which caused some sellers to be unscrupulous. The next printing should be available in early July 2010 so please wait and buy it for a reasonable price.
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I purchased the Grand Dames and Cursed! expansions for Small World at the same time, so I will review them together. Since these are expansions, you need the base Small World game to play them. The expansions currently sell for a little under $10 each and are a good value at that price.

Grand Dames adds three new races and two new abilities. The abilities are nothing special, but two of the three races can make the game more interesting. The White Ladies advantage is that once in decline, they can never be attacked. Unforetunately, Days of Wonder overrated the benefits of this ability and does not give you enough White Lady tokens. The result is that you are unlikely to control more than three or four territories at the time the Ladies go into decline, so they won't get you as many victory coins as more numerous races would. When the Priestesses go into decline, they stack one token per territory held into a single territory, and they earn one victory coin per round for each token until the territory is defeated by an enemy. In a 2-player game, your opponent will always mass forces to defeat you, so the Priestesses aren't particularly useful, but in a four or five player game they can add a real dilemma because the Priestess player will likely win if not defeated, however, any other player who masses the forces to defeat the Priestesses is probably giving up so many victory coins that turn that they are significantly reducing their own chances of victory. The Gypsies have a strong incentive to abandon all of their territories each turn and start over. This adds an interesting twist because other players never know where they will come back onto the board.

Cursed! adds two races and five abilities.
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**This is not a standalone game. You MUST have a copy of Small World or Small World Underground to Play.**

Grand Dames is a mini-expansion for Small World, introducing three new races and two new special powers. The concepts are an interesting mix, concentrating on defense and decline bonuses, but the practicality and balance seem off and none of them turn out that useful.

The races:
1) Gypsies - essentially one bonus victory point for each area you abandon at the beginning of your turn on the condition that you can't re-conquer them on the same turn. Ok with a strong offensive power, but nothing special.

2) Priestesses - when they go into decline they consolidate into one area (place one priestess there for each area you control at the time). Score one point per priestess each turn an usual conquering rules apply. Tough to make worthwhile, especially with a base unit number of 4.

3) White Ladies - when in decline, immune to conquest, racial and special powers. Sounds amazing, until you see the base unit number of 2. Useless without a perfectly complimentary special power.

The special powers:
1) Historian - a point for each race in decline when you chose this, a point for each race that declines while you have this active, and a point when you go into decline. Meh. Timing has to be really good for this to pay off.

2) Peace-Loving - three points each turn during which you attack no active race. Again, weak without perfect timing.

I like the attempt at diversity here, but unfortunately this set doesn't end up adding much to the Small World experience.
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We own this and the Be Not Afraid expansion. This one adds only three races, but they are fun to play. Any expansion brings with it new abilities and strategies, some can be useful, some not, depending on when in the game they appear. The gypsies are great as a first race, but can be difficult to conquer with later, nullifying their ability. The white ladies have in-decline bonuses, so same idea. The priestesses are useful if you can snag them mid-game.

Anyone who plays Smallworld will understand that pros and cons to each race are changeable from game to game, but I think this is a good expansion to add a little variety for a low cost.
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3 new races and 3 new traits is all this addition adds to the game. Overall its not a massive addition or change ot the game. The version I received could have fit into an envelope. Rather than a box you have a sleeve holding the 3 sets of population counters and the race and trait flags. Overall it wasn't much bigger than a CD Jewel Case.

But, even a small addition can expand the options players have and this addition clearly does that with the new races and traits have a huge impact on strategies. In a game where a small mistake can cause you to miss out on multiple victory points and lose the game, this definitely adds to the challenge.

Good for the price, but that's about all.
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