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On 7/8/2019 at 11:54 PM, AllWingsStandyingBy said:


While more board sections and an increased player number are probably inevitable in future expansions, given FFG's track record, I actually think both would likely be diminishing returns that add stuff for the sake of adding stuff without improving game play.

There's nothing from stopping groups from running 4-8 player games, as long as they own two copies of Outer Rim for the four extra player dashboards and starting ships.  You could even double all the market decks except for the Bounty Deck and the Luxury Deck (e.g. two Vibroaxes, two Casino Heists, two YV-666s, etc. ...), and maybe even say that only one ship of each type can achieve the goal to become the unique version.  The contact tokens would run out much quicker, which has positive and negative impacts on the game.  Finding bounties would be much easier, but crew might become a real premium and would force people to hang out at Takodona to find crew.  The big downside, though, is the game would take incredibly long, and downtime between turns would get unwieldy (can you imagine 7 players taking their turn after yours, 7 cycles and 7 purchases of the market deck, 7 patrol movements, ugh...).  The game seems like it will always be best at 4 Players.

More board sections would either increase the size of the board (changing how close patrols start to the center of the board and altering how pick-up/delivery stuff is balanced) or have alternate locations to replace existing ones.   A bigger board means even less opportunity for player and patrol interactions and may further benefit Han with his +2 Movement.  New board sections can't simply replace old board sections in games because you'd have to somehow sift out every single planet reference in the market decks to those now-missing systems.  Both seem like bad options, seemingly suggesting that the board is probably fixed as-is. 

I could imagine a narrow board ring that simply goes above the current board but doesn't have any spaces players can move to, instead simply adding spaces to add new contacts (or new colors) to existing systems, thus effectively giving them 3-4 contacts.  Making sure they add as new colors wouldn't dilute the existing color pools, which would make bounty hunting exceptionally hard.

Those are some good points on 4 being the maximum workable number.

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If they want to expand the board, I think they'd likely do something similar to Eldritch Horror with sideboards. E.g. they could have 'planet' boards with sub locations that can be moved to instead of your normal move - this would let them implement direct benefit from sticking to a planet. Probably not for each planet, but one per board or something.

Really though, the main thing that an expansion needs to do is add player interaction. Most of the stuff like extra cards is just standard, it's going to happen. But more ways to interact with others players is something that the game really needs, IMO. That, and possibly a better end game then hitting a points total, because it often seems that there's one or two players who get a lead, and can then just find easy fame points. 

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More captains to play as, too many great characters to play as!
more ships to fly, because its star wars! there are far too many ships to simply be happy with the small current selection.
more NPCs to, fight, bribe, bounty, chat with, work for, ect ect. without the characters the universe is empty!
more places to go, It would be great to see more of the galaxy and fly there.
more market items, because what is better than more star wars fluff to own?
more factions, being able to fully enlist in a faction for special missions.
I just cant wait for more to be added to this game.

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Expansion, please!

Do not wanna wait a year for full game experiance (hello there, Eldritch!) again. Maybe a first insight at Essen? Please reply FFG!!!

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On 9/4/2019 at 9:00 PM, TheSpitfired said:

Did Outer Rim come up during the AMA with Andrew Navarro? I suppose I should just buckle down and watch the whole thing start to finish. If I do that I'll come back and edit this post with an answer.

It did come up at the end, here's the summarized response. (1:17:25)

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Q: Are there any plans for more Outer Rim?

A: So talk about games built to be expanded, I think we'd love to do an Outer Rim expansion. We don't have anything solid at this point, but it's definitely pretty high up on the list.

I expect there will be an expansion at some point, but it sounds like it is not currently in development.

Edited by joeshmoe554
Added time.

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I love this game.  I don’t get it to the table very often though, I’ve played 6 games I think.  I think this game is screaming out for expansions and I’d buy any expansion in a heartbeat 

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Even after what he said in the AMA, there is no way they are not working on an expansion for this game. If that was true then what a huge missed opportunity.

That's too bad. This game hit it out of the park and an expansion would be eaten up by everyone.

 

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