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The Games that Make me Want my $45K Back from this Hobby
Josh Adelson
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There is nothing particularly sinister about board gaming. It's a time sink like any other, and if you let it, as I have done, it can be quite a money sink as well.

But...there is something particularly sinister and malicious about sucky games that you buy for no particular reason, especially when, like myself, you are invariably too lazy to try to sell them or give them away.

It's like that slot machine that killed Everett Sloane, and I frequently find myself wishing that my parents were still alive, so that I could take all these evil games and hide them in their closet, as I did with such items as my Alfred Hitchcock Presents LP, and the little hot potato game from Sav-On that was based on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

So, not because they are scary in and of themselves, but only because my lack of self-control as regards them is a matter of some concern, here are the games that I wish I had never owned.

Feel free to add your own such games, bearing in mind that you would probably have needed to hide them in some other persons' closet, as my parents would have probably shot you for trespassing in their house.
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1. Board Game: Tannhäuser [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1316]
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This has to be the prime recent example. What was I thinking? What am I ever thinking when it comes to junk like this? "Oooh, cool Nazi bitch, I wish she'd shoot ME with her magic mind bullets!!"

No doubt this game will just rock after another 18 expansions.
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2. Board Game: Spy [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:8867]
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Knizia! Gotta catch 'em all!!

No, you don't.
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3. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1236]
Josh Adelson
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I found myself in an auction for this on Rec.Games.Board.Marketplace several years back, bidding on it merely because I wanted to keep it out of a certain bidder's hands. Spite moves that cost $120.00 for a game that gets played five times? Priceless. Er, wait, no...price $120.00 that I'll probably never see again.
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4. Board Game: Balloon Cup [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:654]
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This is just representative for the giant stack of Kosmos 2ers that I "simply had to have" even though there are maybe two games out of twenty that I ever want to play from that stack. No, Balloon Cup isn't really one of them, but it's no fault of the game's. It's the fault of my wife, who beat me at it about fourteen times in a row before I had to explain to her that we could never play it again because, "it might lock up!"
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Twister [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:538]
Josh Adelson
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Take this, add Cave Troll, Kings & Things, Magic Realm, and about three hundred and fifty other fantasy-themed gaming opuses that never get played by me or those with whom I ever managed to game regularly. Somehow I never gave up on the Edward Eager-ness of my early childhood. I failed dismally to pass on my love of this stuff to my only child. Oh well, she's getting closer and closer to having children of her own to worry about. I'm sure I can talk at least a few of them into playing HeroQuest or Descent with me.
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6. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:84]
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If I'd known the designer was such a rotten Wits & Wagers player I'd never have bought this one. Strangely, I'm enjoying it on the Xbox 360.
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7. Board Game: Das große Unternehmen Erdgas [Average Rating:5.36 Unranked]
Josh Adelson
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Oh man...why on Earth did I think I needed to own this game? This goes for all the other untranslated and unplayed German items in my collection, including but not limited to: Karten Schach, Vampir, Auf Achse, Das Amulett, ad infinitum. Yeah, the last two are no big deal, but I just don't do paste-ups or card sleeves. No energy. It's all been sapped by endless wishing that I had my money back for those games.
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8. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:179]
Josh Adelson
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Yeah, yeah. Great game. I know. I've played it. Now I never need to do so again. There are too many other great games to have to bother with this bulky clodhopper, with its mandatory plexiglass and the endless quagmire of rebagging all the bits after each play. The fact that I played other people's copies makes it all the more annoying to me that I'm stuck with a copy. By the time I try to eBay it, a new edition will just come out and kill any chance I'd have of a profit. I need a really big profit to motivate me to make my first sale on eBay or BGGM....
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9. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2402]
Josh Adelson
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This is supposed to be a good game, according to some around here. Not good, according to at least as many others. I sided with the first group, went out of my way to overpay my way into a never-played copy, and then turned down the first semi-reasonable offer I ever had on any of my games, when I invited a friend from CABS to come over to my house to look for things he might want to buy.

It had never even occurred to me that he wouldn't want to pay me exactly what I paid for them. He thought he was doing me a favor and taking some off my hands cheaply before I had to move them from Ohio to Arizona. I was crushed, although I could certainly understand his viewpoint. Had I been responsible for the cost of the move, he'd have a lot more games and I'd have a lot fewer. Too bad for both of us that some foolish university somewhere had all that cash just lying around for the taking.
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10. Board Game: Karawane [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4956]
Josh Adelson
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This is really part and parcel with the game immediately above. It was the main casualty of the move from Ohio, and I think I've mentioned the story before, so even if you've never heard of me or this game and you just stumbled into this GeekList because you got drunk at a party and now you want to hear any sort of sobering cautionary tale, it hardly bears repeating, so you may as well just pass out somewhere instead.
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11. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:122]
Josh Adelson
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Hahahaha, the money I wasted on this game was only surpassed by the aforementioned $45K (and counting) spent on board games. "But Josh, surely you sold your rare and valuable cards piecemeal and recovered some of the $12-15K you burned on this soma-like abusable??" Actually, I became so frustrated and unhappy that I was pouring my disposable income into a pit that I gave all my cards away, swore never to buy any more, and then five or six years later managed to forget myself and waste several hundred dollars on: Online, virtual magic cards. Just shoot me now, as they say. Oh well, if you've been reading this, you either enjoy laughing at my folly or you are simply commiserating. If it's the latter, I wish you well. If it's none of the above, you are wasting valuable gaming time.
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12. Board Game: Dog Eat Dog [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:10137]
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So there I am, in a boardgame shop in Williamsburg, that I happened to luck into while travelling with my Fiancee and her parents. I hold in one hand a copy of Nexus Ops. In the other, this. Thinking "Hmm....I know Nexus Ops is supposed to be good...on the other hand...it's the mystery box!" I ask the clerk how Dog Eat Dog is supposed to play, and he says a group that comes in time to time really likes it. So I paid $50 for a 10-year-old design that includes "roll and move" in its list of mechanisms.

Thankfully, it turns out the game may not be so bad. Longish, but enjoyable. Still, I doubt I'll ever get the $50 of enjoyment out of this that I did from other games i've spend as much on.
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13. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:614]
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I bought this, early in my BGG life, thinking "I like wargames, so more wargame = better!" It wasn't till after I started delving into it, and already owned a copy, that I realized just how much more there was to it. Consequently, I don't want to sell it, because "ZOMG big wargame", and I don't think i'll ever get to really play it either.

Oh well.
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14. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:194] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Here is my version of crack.

Must.....buy....all....expansions....

What? You can play with duplicates of the common squads?

Must....buy....duplicates.....

More figures (2000 point army anyone?) need bigger battlefields

Must....have....more....terrain....

What, Amazon is selling Swarm of the Marro for $12 and free shipping?

Must....buy....10....sets....

The only restraint I have been able to muster is not coughing up 50 bucks for the GenCon exclusives

Must....have....the....Glacian.....Swog.....Rider....
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15. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1565]
William Hostman
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15+ expansions at $15-$25 each, plus 2 core boxes at $30 each... plus 30 mags at $15 each, and another 18 at $5 each, and another 70 at $2 each...

Oh, plus my older stuff 3 boxes at $20 each, plus 3 supplements at $15 each, and 12 SSD books at $10 each...

Plus F&E... 1st ed $25, 2nd $30, Expansions x4 at $20 each.

Plus Prime Directive $25, plus 3 expansions at $20

Plus SFBF $15, and SFM, $15...


Oh, and now Fed Commander.... Nope. I quit. Nobody to play with anymore. Those who would enjoy it no longer have time to play it. Those with time to play it would rather play something on the console.

Oh, and all those prices are from years ago. I suspect they've gone up.
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16. Board Game: Mage Knight [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:3081]
Scott Everts
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Oh this was my money pit of choice years ago. I saw it at Gencon and fell for it HARD!

I had to have every piece, every promo, & duplicates of all the non-uniques. Many thousands later (I lost track after $2000 spent) I got fed up with storing it all. The first big negative was the Horsemen of the Apocalypse pieces. Only 16 of each, 16!!! They were going for thousands each on eBay. Now it was virtually impossible to have a complete set and that's when I snapped. It was all just a big money pit and without shelling out $5-10k more I'd never complete it. Then 2.0 was introduced which made the earlier figures worthless. I dumped all of it but Mage Knight Dungeons on eBay. I kept Dungeons which took up much less space and makes a wonderful dungeon crawl game. My friends much prefered it anyway since you didn't have to measure. Go figure.

That game burned out any desire to buy collectible games. Blind purchase games are the devil and I say get behind me Satan!

Hats off to FFG for making Mutant Chronicles Collectible Miniatures Game no longer blind purchase.
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17. Board Game: Star Wars PocketModel TCG [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:7002]
Tiago Ali de Oliveira Bueno
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Campinas
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After 11 years away from any collectible game. I found myself buying it, after all, there are only 120 cards and some cool starships, how could it cause any harm.

The first harm is that living in Brazil, having to pay more for shipping than for the boosters, not to mention the 60% import taxes, it hurt a lot, then, of course, before I was anywhere near completing the first collection, came the second. shake

Luckily for me, my wive got pregnant and I stopped trying to collect this, but I have around 10 boosters still closed that I do not have the will to open then, even considering the 11th that I opened and came with Darth Vader Tie Advance.wow
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18. Board Game: Global Survival [Average Rating:1.85 Overall Rank:11017]
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
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Yeah, I fell for this one (and hundreds of others).

Back in the day (that means "before BGG and all the info you can find here"), I bought everything I saw on mail-order catalog pages. And Avalon Hill was the biggest pusher. They had pretty, glossy ad material that didn't mention anything like "This is Monopoly on the biggest, most impossible-to-play scale imaginable and you won't live long enough to play a game to completion."

Instead, they said something like "It's a great game." Funny, all their games were great.

And I fell for it. I also fell for Spices of the World and Sexual Q&A and Assassin and Dispatcher and that 007 stuff that remained unopened and damn near every one of the other crappy AH titles of all time.

I was so weak.
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19. Board Game: Axis & Allies: D-Day [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1608]
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A couple weeks ago Tanga had a deal on all 4 Axis & Allies games (Standard, Europe, Pacific, D-Day) and they arrived a few days ago. And there they sit, laughing at me. And then I realized I haven't been able to play WWII games ever since the first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan scarred me for life. Maybe this was my subconscious telling me it was time to start the healing process. Now all I need is an opponent... shake
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20. Board Game: HeroClix [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1369]
Javier Dropez
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This neverending collectible game seems like the Rocky/Rambo saga
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21. Board Game: World of Warcraft Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1108]
Francisco J. Piña A.
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Calama
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Seriously, what was I thinking?? shake
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22. Board Game: WARS Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2934]
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Getting into a collectible/expansion game from a company that is on the brink of extinction...bad idea.

Base Set + 1 Expansion = bankrupt...no more cards.

Ugh!
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23. Board Game: Warmachine [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:792]
Dale Holmstrom
United States
Unspecified
Missouri
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My good wargaming buddy hooked me into mini gaming via warmachine. I have been painting rpg minis for over 25 years so it seemed only natural to get into the whole mini-gaming thing. I bought the whole Cygnar army, dwarves, mercs, and individuals and spent countless hours painting.
We went to tourneys and played with a group every other weekend. Found out most of the locals were egomaniacs, poor losers, or covert cheaters (moving pieces on the table when not looking). Adding insult to injury, Privateer Press increased their prices, and began to have a marketing plan ala GW.
No mas for this guy. I'm considering putting the whole painted lot including carrying case on ebay. I'm sticking with my cardboard soldiers from here on out.
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24. Board Game: Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2348]
Jason Sherlock
United States
Anaheim Hills
California
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I don't know how this one didn't make your list, unless you were bright enough not to buy it (unlike me).

Tigris and Euphrates is a great, thought provoking game. A card game of it should be just as cool while being streamlines (kind of like San Juan is to Puerto Rico).

This one got played once. I felt like I was playing a game of Ticket to Ride: Mesopotamia. Boring mechanics, a huge space required for setup and a board made out of cards (which move around at the slightest breeze or touch of someone's arm) combine to make this on a real dog.

It now sits on a shelf in hopes that Reiner Knizia will one day be so embarrassed by this game that he will start issuing refund checks.
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25. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fifth edition) [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1257]
Andrew Norris
United States
Wesley Chapel
Florida
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With the new Fifth edition coming out at Midnight tonight I will be shelling out $50 for it and probably a few other things. With the cost of armies for the game in the hundreds of dollars. Plus paint and all the hooby supplies. Most miniature games get expensive, but don't think of it as just a game think of it as a hobby. I love painting and converting miniatures.

Just this week I spent the better part of my summer break making a Titan ,for tonights apocolypse game, out of ceral boxes and various bits I had laying in the house. Tonights game of apocolypse is a free for all with the winner recieving a new battle box, a $90 value. So I figured bring the biggest badest thing I can find.

Not only am I spending my money, but any good ecomist would also factor in the opportunity cost. Which depending on how I value my time could be astronomical. However you must always factor in the fun derived from the game and I have a lot of fun playing, painting and modeling.

Truly I have spent a lot on many other miniature games, but this is the one I am playign most now and the one that is the easiest to find a pick up game most anywhere you go in the world. Whether you like them or hate them, 40K is the most popular and prevelent miniature game on the planet.
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