If I Were A Publisher...
Joe Huber

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One thing I plan never to do in my life is publish games. Not because of lack of interest - I actually think parts of the job would be quite enjoyable - but because of lack of many of the necessary talents.

But I've been thinking about the question of what games I would wish to acquire the rights to publish, were I ever to find myself in possession of piles of unneeded cash. It's rather fun; it's not really a list of the games I think should generally be republished, but the ones I would specifically like to do.

Other entries most welcome; I'd be curious which games others would choose to publish, and why.
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1. Board Game: 1846 [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1105]
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First up - only because I'm going alphabetically - is 1846. The Deep Thought Games production is very nice, which makes this an iffy one for me, but I love the idea of a mounted gameboard, and of being able to produce more copies.
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2. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:149]
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A particularly unrealistic case, but I'd love to finally product the edition Schmidt was working on in 1997...
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3. Board Game: Astron [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:6192]
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This game just screams for a modern edition, preferably with a continuous loop board...
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4. Board Game: Autoscooter [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:4018]
Joe Huber

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As the game was meant to be, in wood.
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5. Board Game: Bist Du sicher? [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Because more people should try this game, which is - in some sense - the game The Game of Life should be.
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6. Board Game: Black Vienna [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1625]
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Because it's a classic deduction game, and a pain to introduce to anyone because of the difficulty in tracking down copies.
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7. Board Game: Cartel [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3173]
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Because the old Gamut of Games copies aren't in the best of shape.
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8. Board Game: Cubus [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7165]
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Because I'm evil.
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9. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:570]
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Because I'm trying to find copies for too many people.
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10. Board Game: Floriado [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:6418]
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Because I'd love to have a nice boxed edition.
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11. Board Game: Fresh Fish [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1407]
Joe Huber

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Because neither version is published just the way I want, particularly given how much I enjoy the game.
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12. Board Game: Hamstern [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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Because somebody should do it. It won't sell, but it will make me happy.
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13. Board Game: Ironman Football [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:8097]
Joe Huber

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Because I never was great with scissors.
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14. Board Game: Kardinal & König: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:3133]
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Because I never got any better with scissors.
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15. Board Game: New Orleans Big Band [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:6844]
Joe Huber

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Because few people I play with speak German - and mine isn't good enough.
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16. Board Game: The Next President [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Because there's resistence to games you have to poke pins into.
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17. Board Game: Old Town [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2605]
Joe Huber

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Because my favorite version isn't the one that's nicely produced.
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18. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1048]
Joe Huber

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Because I want to cook the expert rules into the cards.
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19. Board Game: Quacksalbe [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:7401]
Joe Huber

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Because my copy is falling apart. Probably the #1 game I'd look to republish if I were so inclined.
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20. Board Game: Scoozie [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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Because I don't care for a felt container.
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21. Board Game: Sextet [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Joe Huber

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To have replacement decks.
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22. Board Game: Speculation [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1775]
Joe Huber

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Because Queen clearly doesn't want to do it...
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23. Board Game: Montage [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2674]
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This would have to be my #1 choice the day Levy's Likable Games opens up shop. A fantastic and totally unique word game which is probably responsible for more belly laughs than any other game I own. And it's impossible to find. Kansil's similar Knock-On-Word, which is available, isn't the worst substitute, but is still pretty weak tea when compared to the original.
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24. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
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Maybe it's just me, but it seems that every successive edition that FRED puts out of this has even worse physical production values. I'd want to republish this just so that it can finally look as good as its fantastic gameplay. I'd probably base my version on the original CBG edition, which was spot on with most of its production decisions.
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25. Board Game: Borderlands [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2655]
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This would have been my #1 choice, but FFG says they'll be doing an updated edition, in conjuction with the Eon designers. There's no way I can beat that, so I gotta see what they do with the reissue of this fabulous, so-ahead-of-its-time game. But if it hits too many delays, or FFG screws up, this gets put on my production schedule the next day.
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