As a limited edition release for Essen 2018, and following the design contest, there will be a small expansion for the Green Box of Games available. The expansion will include:
- Rulebook containing the 12 games from the contest, and possibly a few more
- A drawstring bag
- 6 meeples, one in each colour of red, blue, green, yellow, black and white
- NEW!! 20 black and 20 white cubes, so everything is available in 6 colours
The MMX will be produced in a very limited quantity and released in Essen in October. All entrants in the design contest will get one for free, and for every 5th person voting in the contest we will draw one random voter who also gets one free.
There are two reasons why we have decided to launch a very small expansion now. The first is that we are going to print a rulebook with the new games created in the contest, so it seems like a good idea to add a little something to that. The second is that at least four of the games in the contest are improved by this simple expansion: King’s Landing and Gridblock will both benefit from having one piece that is different than the cubes, Rush Maze can be expanded to allow 6 players, and Matchmaker can use scoring markers for up to 6 players.
These effects will also benefit many other existing games for the Green Box, and they can probably stimulate new creative ideas as well.
There are several reason why the Green Box of Games does not need an expansion. The first is that the variation of games created for the system prove that it is not really necessary, and the second is that we do not want the system growing too heavy. The Green Box of Games is supposed to be compact, affordable and accessible, so adding a bunch of components does not have to be a good idea. Another reason to hold off on expansions is to avoid having people who have already bought the game feel that they missed out. But given the fact that the MMX really only includes 6 additional pieces I would think those of you who do not acquire the official expansion will be able to expand your own set in other ways in order to enjoy any new games that may be developed using the meeples.