It might be just me, but I felt a twinge of discomfort at the recent Alvin & Dexter related question. Basically the OP just wants a list of the contents so he can make his own bootleg copy of the expansion.

This might be fine or it might be borderline unethical. I wasn't sure so I thought I'd ask if anyone else has any strong opinions either way? I don't want to encourage people not to buy (fairly cheap) expansions for boardgames if at all possible - games designers need to eat too!

  • I was the OP and can understand this perspective and will happily delete it if the question is one that causes issues on the site. I can appreciate that it does appear like a way of getting something for nothing. Equally, in my case, I have spent hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds on boardgames and certainly if an expansion works well I would not only buy it but I am likely to buy it for friends I know who enjoy the game.
    – AlexC
    Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 19:44
  • @AlexC - I know your question was well-meant reasonable, and I answered it despite my initial misgivings. Just a bit worried that if there were lots of questions like this on the site, it might start to give people the wrong idea! Commented Sep 8, 2011 at 9:57

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We may not know that someone is bootlegging it. I've very often wanted a component list to first find out if I'm missing anything, and second to proxy whatever it is I may be missing.

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