Originally Posted by bendrix
Someone tried to teach me the game with ALL of the expansion boards out at once. Not fun.
Then I played just the one board, and it was a blast. People need to keep this in mind when teaching new players. I'm sure all the explansions are fun, but you can't take the steep learning curve for granted in an afternoon session.
That's plain nuts. I picture Mark McKinney in BRAIN CANDY, "Are we ever going to get the big table in here, or do I have to go out there and cut down that fucking tree myself?"
The couple of times I've squeezed two expansion boards onto my octagonal poker table -- only with AH vets -- the edges were hanging off the ends and at least two other side tables ended up coming into play to hold all the other shit, with the investigators' stuff crammed into the edges of the game board table. Expansion games are indeed geeky fun, but more than 1 at a time and you practically need people individually dedicated to specific rules to track for everyone else. Not to mention shit can get bogged down fast. The small-box card-only sets are a lot easier to integrate, though. I think a new one of those just came out, actually, but I haven't checked it yet.
But holy hell, expansions are no way to hook beginners. You need to ease em into the deep end by handling the bulk of the nitty gritty for em, while they get to be nuns shotgunning Elder Things so the old professor on the motorcycle can zip into the gate to Yuggoth.
ETA: Adding to the space issue is the all-important NO DRINKS ON THE TABLE rule. I am so paranoid of someone's beer -- probably mine -- washing into that forest's worth of paper and cardboard.