The Top Ten Lies Told by Boardgamers...
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The top ten lies told by boardgamers, and the games that illustrate them.
Due to the way the site is setup, the top lies are told in reverse order, so number one is actually at the bottom...
Enjoy.

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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:151]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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"It's just like Settlers of Catan"

This a a commonly told lie, because you can get anyone to play Settlers of Catan since practically everyone likes it. Therefore, to get people to play other games, you compare it to Settlers, despite the fact that the only similiarities between the two is that they are both games.

Warrior Knights is nothing like Settlers of Catan, but it doesn't stop you from saying it is.
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2. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:219]
David Dixon
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Mauldin
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"No, the mechanics are deeper than they look."

This is a lie we tell ourselves to explain why we like games we don't think we should, or to other gamers to impress them.

Nexus Ops and Axis and Allies are not deep games, no matter how you spin it, but if we like them, we'll claim they're the second coming of three dimensional chess.

Just get over it folks; if you like the game, just play it for what it is.
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3. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:184]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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"It doesn't take that long."

The people at Fantasy Flight may be able to play a game in two hours, but no one else can--and despite knowing this, we'll still hold up the box and promise that it takes only as long as they say it does when convincing someone to play.
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4. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:191] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
David Dixon
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Mauldin
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"No, Honey, its a game by itself--there's nothing else you have to buy."

Technically this is true, but you knew as soon as you picked up the package, you'd be buying expansion packs behind her back and trying to slip them into the tupperware tub before she noticed, didn't you?

And then you have the gall to feign surprise when she notices new figures.
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5. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2198]
David Dixon
United States
Mauldin
South Carolina
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"Boardgames are a serious social past time."

Right.

Thats why we'd spend all day if we could pretending to run European railroads, fight mythical creatures, overthrow a kingdom, build castles/cities/towers/citadels/cathedrals out of wooden blocks/tiles/plastic, chase down Dracula, or kill aliens.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:32]
David Dixon
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Mauldin
South Carolina
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"It's simpler than it looks."

Oh, but it isn't, and you know it.
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7. Board Game: Advanced Third Reich [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1779]
David Dixon
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"You don't need to read the rules--I'll explain them as we go along."

We've all done it, haven't we?
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8. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:356]
David Dixon
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"I forgot."

Uh huh, sure you did.

We've all "forgotten" to move that fleet out of the Black Sea, haven't we?

Forgetting is a classic gamer lie, one that is useful in any game where promises can be made but not kept. Other games that feature all kinds of malicious memory lapses include A Game of Thrones ("What? I said I'd support your attack into King's Landing? I did?") and Junta ("I don't remember saying I'd back a coup...").
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9. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:119]
David Dixon
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"I'm done buying."

So said the heroin addict to his dealer.
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10. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:951]
David Dixon
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"But we're almost done!"

I've told this one myself countless times. Almost, is, of course, a relative definition, hence its usefulness to a boardgamer.

For instance, if we've been setting up and playing Axis and Allies for the past six hours, then if we're 45 minutes out from the end, we're almost done, right?
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11. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:298]
Barry Goldstein
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"No really, it'll only take two minutes to explain the rules."
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12. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:272]
Davido
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"Honey, I'm not buying games, I'm *trading* them"

as if cost of game on Tanga.com + S&H + S&H to resend game to tradee is actually cheaper than just buying the darn game to begin with. It is, really it is...

My name is Davido and I'm a trade-o-holic. I resolve to live one trade day at a time.
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13. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:950]
Kevin Brown
United States
Macon
Georgia
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"We've got time for one more game"


I mean really, it's not quite 1 AM yet...
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14. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Band of Heroes [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:967]
Carter Maxwell
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Most of my lies lately have been of the, "I wasn't even in the market for a new game, but..." variety.

In this case it was, "...but you have to jump on a good deal when you find one."

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15. Board Game: Fire in the Sky: The Great Pacific War 1941-1945 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1145]
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"I wasn't even in the market for a new game, but..."

"...but you can't count on these smaller-run wargames being around forever."
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16. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:464]
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"I wasn't even in the market for a new game..."

"...but for gosh sakes, this game isn't even in print anymore! I HAVE to buy it."
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17. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:318]
Paul M
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"I have a big deck."

-or-

"My deck is bigger than yours."

CCG players often use both of these phrases. The more money you spend, the bigger your deck, which gives you status.

Edit - Nice geeklist, n00b. kiss
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18. Board Game: Axis & Allies Miniatures [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1636]
Alex
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"Nah, honey, I wasn't gaming again. I was just chatting with a buddy of mine over a beer."

And gaming.
Or talking about gaming.
Or checking out his games.
Or building game terrain .....

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19. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:181]
Thomas P. Felder
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Munich
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"Back in HighSchool, me and the guys had invented a similiar game; but we did that and this better."
In every gaming group there's someone trying to be a game developer, but they're not.
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20. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:23]
Mike K
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"I'm not winning."

Any game where you have an opportunity to hurt whoever is winning will have this old gem. After considering current VPs, board position, money, or whatever, who really knows who's actually 'winning'.

Not me, though, I know I'm finishing last!

(Settlers of Catan may be the best example, but it's already up on the board.)
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21. Board Game: An Evening of Murder: Winner Take All [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
Eddy Richards
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"I don't care whether I win or lose"





(until I lose)
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22. Board Game: Zopp [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2552]
Kris Verbeeck
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I only use BGG to find out more of this particular game i am interested in.
I don't use it to search for future acquisitions of games I have never heard about
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23. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:115]
Neil Mason
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"I will play it"

oh sure I've already gone out and bought expansions etc but I will get to this game...soon.

"Those other games? yes I'll play them as well"
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24. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:10]
Mark Slater
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Wife (On Phone): How much longer will you be?
Me: Not long, were playing the last game now.

Table: Power Grid has just been set up.
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25. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame – The Burning Crusade [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
Mark Slater
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"No, I didn't buy a game"..........."its an expansion"
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