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Kenneth Bailey
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Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Did you ever get a game based on the title and then realize that you were getting something other than what you expected?

I have...and here are some of them...
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1. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1544]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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This was my first experience. I suppose I could have looked at the box cover and maybe the back of the box but I didn't.

Anyways, I got this game thinking that I was going to get a grand strategy game covering the initial German invasion of the USSR. Maybe I could actually take Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad. Boy was I disappointed. I suppose I could take the lump of clay and make them into Soviet and German units if I really wanted to, but I don't.
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2. Board Game: Hannibal: The Italian Campaign [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Here I thought I would be getting a game based on the movie of the same name. Maybe you roam around Italy and try to make Italian versions of his favorite dishes. Boy was I disappointed to find elephants. Gah!
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3. Board Game: Hexostrategy: 300 Spartans [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I thought I would be getting a game where you are a student at Michigan State and the object would be to go from kegger to kegger. Eventually, you'd reach a level where you get drunk enough to where you start setting couches on fire. Watch out for the police though.....

Instead I get a game based on the battle of Thermopylae.
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4. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:34]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I got this game thinking that I would be getting a game about Albrecht as you try to forge your sword to kill your father who has turned himself into a dragon. Along the way you'd meet up with some Rheinmaidens.

Instead, it's some stupid game with elves and dwarves based on some movie from a few years ago.
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5. Board Game: World at War: Eisenbach Gap [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:934]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I bought this one thinking that I was going to be like a manager at a Gap store in a shopping mall in a suburb called Eisenbach. Imagine my dismay as I open it up to find out it's a war game.
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6. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:349]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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Here I thought I would be getting a game where you are running a laundry. Occasionally you would get a card called the "Tide of Iron" which could clean any stain. If you cleaned the right stain, you could get a serious jump on the victory track.

Imagine my disappointment as I open the game and see Tanks of all things.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I got this game thinking that I would be a Swedish guy selling cough drops. Imagine my disappointment as I find out it's a game about farming.
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8. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:26]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I got this game thinking that I would be a barista at a Starbucks. You get bonus points if you manage to sell the grande to one of the more difficult customers.

Instead it's a game about conquering Spain. Who wants to conquer anything?
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9. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:83]
Kenneth Bailey
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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I got this game thinking that I like the Beatles and having a game based on one of their songs would be good. Boy was I wrong. A game about trains....TRAINS!
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10. Board Game: The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3838]
Dan Edwards
United States
Shoreline
Washington
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So far, in three games, nobody has posted bail or gotten a divorce.
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11. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:384]
Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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"Cool," I thought, "a game based on the classic Mel Brooks comedy. This is sure to be a laugh riot."

Instead, it's just a bunch of empires conquering each other. Who knew?
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12. Board Game: Atlantic Storm [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2201]
Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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"Nifty," I thinks to myself, "FINALLY a game to satisfy my deep meteorological musings about how tropical depressions become hurricanes."

Was I ever wrong! It's a bunch of subs and stuff sinking each other. And besides, what is this "World War II" thing that everybody talks about? Did I miss something?
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13. Board Game: Daytona 500 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:821]
Tomello Visello
United States
Reston
Virginia
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How was I to know that the publisher was going to let me down?

As a NASCAR follower (and even past spectator at the race) I bought it purely becuase of the title. It was cute but it was only a supposed to be a gag.

With MB on the box I had no delusions about it entertaining anyone so far removed from 2nd grade as I was (hey, I was old enough to have chilren in 2nd grade). This is early 1990s - no Geek to verify, not even really an Internet, yet. But again, the reliable MB label did not need verification.

So there two of us sit doing a walkthrough, lunchtime at a back corner table in the office cafeteria, seriously jolted out of our expectations. Even without the proper number of players we can see excitement coming.

Oh, well, I guess you can't lose them all.

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14. Board Game: A Fatal Attraction: The Gallipoli Campaign [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:6463]
ian morris
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lichfield
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With a title like that, I was expecting Glenn Close, illicit sex, and bunnyboiling. Imagine my surprise !

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15. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Tim Synge
United Kingdom
Westbury-on-Trym
BRISTOL
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There's a well-known chocolate bar on sale in the UK called "Galaxy". Need I say more ...

My wife is not interested in games with a space theme.
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16. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:883]
Steffan O'Sullivan
United States
Plymouth
NH
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I couldn't find one key to harvest in the whole game. Feeling ripped off.

(Picture Otto in the Simpson's episode where he leaves the pottery store called "Stoner's Pot Palace" exclaiming in disgust, "Man, that is flagrant false advertising!")
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17. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:320]
 
Tim Synge
United Kingdom
Westbury-on-Trym
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Thought this would be about the musicals of Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Very disappointed to find some odd-shaped wooden pieces in a box.
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18. Board Game: Spank the Monkey [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:2994]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Um, shouldn't this be a single player game?
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19. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:270]
Dave Rubin
United States
Trenton
New Jersey
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I wasn't sure whether this game was going to be a high-cholestoral cook's tour or an HVAC hardware simulation, but I didn't expect three women abusing some German dude!
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20. Board Game: One Stop Sexual Shop [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Rachee
United States
New York
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I took this title literally.


Needless to say I was disappointed......blush

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21. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:10744]
Sound Preacher

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Imagine my disappointment to realize that there wasn't a single inter-office document to be seen in the entire game.
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22. Board Game: Intern [Average Rating:4.17 Overall Rank:10545]
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I was sure that this would be an exciting historical recreation of the Clinton presidency.
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23. Board Game: Holy War [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:10234]
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Surprisingly, this isn't a game based on the 1966 Batman TV show, starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

"Holy War, Batman!"
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24. Board Game: Touring [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10096]
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I expected this to be a game about an intelligent computer, or at least one that could sufficiently simulate intelligence. I still don't know how the cars enter into it.
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25. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:110]
Ben Kirman
United Kingdom
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
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I bought this expecting it to be a game about the conception of Barack Obama - His birthday was August 1961 so I just did the maths and worked backwards.

I got elections, not erections
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