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The only one I've purchased based on design alone is Entropy, and luckily for me it's a game I enjoy (although not as a two player game).

If you've purchased a game based on components/design alone, what was that game, and how did you enjoy it?
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Bryan Thunkd
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None. If I don't have a reasonable expectation that I'd like the gameplay, I don't buy the game.
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Doug Hook
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"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends."
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"I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us."
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Shadows over Camelot. I still like the game very much. However some later pretty purchases were not fortuitous and I could not even find players. I don't buy that way anymore.
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James Lautermilch
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Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944 I have not nor pretty much ever been a fan of tactical war games HELLO SQUAD LEADER but I've been intrigued by the Grand Tactical systems which instead of modeling individual man and squads goes a step or two higher at the platoon, company and/or battalion level. So I picked up Day of Days at I think was a reasonable price and am now heavy into the rules. I can tell already I'm going to enjoy it since the mechanics at this level do have an operational FEEL to them.
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Pete
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I bought 2 copies of Duel of the Giants: Eastern Front just to get the sweet hexmap boards, which I used for other games.

Pete (got them for an absurdly low price though)
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Mike Jones
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All of the Fragor Games and a few LudoArt Verlag
 
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Steffen Eichenberg
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Quantum and Ekö

I was sold on the design alone.
 
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All of the Sierra-Madre Small Box games. Packing 4 solid euros into the space of 1? Yes Plz. Historical elements are a sweet bonus.
 
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Rocketville

Is only worth buying for the rocket.
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I'm bad at this. In my case the theme and design tend to go hand in hand:

Miskatonic School for Girls
Winter Tales
Coven

It's not that the games are bad, but it's just I can't get anyone interested. Or maybe they are bad and I just have lousy taste in games.
 
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I just upgraded my pledge for the Rocky Road KS based solely on the adorable dice you get with the Dice Cream extra...
 
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plezercruz wrote:
I bought 2 copies of Duel of the Giants: Eastern Front just to get the sweet hexmap boards, which I used for other games.

Pete (got them for an absurdly low price though)


That is a fascinating idea. I am going to have a look and see if there is a forum out there on this practice.
 
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Sean Conroy
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All of them?
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Scythe
 
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When I was younger, I bought a cheap chess set so i could play D&D on it. Not sure if counts?
 
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C&H Schmidt
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Assuming that "design" in this case means art and graphic design:

Eight-Minute Empire: Legends: Picked this up spontaneously in a FLGS in Uppsala, because it looked so nice and wasn't very expensive, without knowing anything else about it. Really good choice!

Marrying Mr. Darcy: Well, this is about my favourite Jane Austen novel, so what was I to do?
Somehow not that great a game; feels a little long for what it is. I hope I find people to play this with again some time, though.

City of Iron: Well, ok, this one was also because it was by Ryan Laukat, just like EME:L above. But I didn't actually find out very much about the gameplay before I bought it; it just looked cool and sounded cool based on the info text on the Red Raven website (which doesn't say anything about the mechanisms in the game at all).
Really good game; just hard for me to get to the table because it always takes very long.

Now that I am in the hobby more, I don't buy games based on looks only anymore, but the theme and artwork are a huge part of what gets me interested in a game in the first place.
And if I really dislike the theme or find the game hideous, I'm probably not going to get it.
 
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Garrett X
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I assume by design you mean the look of the game?

Well...all of them blush but I think even if it's not up to scratch I'll probably keep Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. Cuz really...how many board games have wheels?
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Chengkai Yang
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Tzolkin wheel was a definite boon to purchase, that said Scythe, Euphoria, and Viticulture are greatly enhanced by the component quality. My minis purchases were more gameplay than component motivated as good minis don't justify the costs.
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I bought all of the Oniverse games based purely on the art style. They also happen to be really good games as well. I've also bought Insula and The Grizzled under the same premise and wasn't disappointed with those either. All in all it seems to be a good strategy for me.
 
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Most of my Kickstarter purchases would fall under this label. Given they are bought on the promise of a game and I usually judge that from the components and suggested design. It's generally also impossible to get enough info to know if it'll certainly appeal to you.

Outside of kickstarter I normally buy games to fit certain criteria and know before I buy them whether they are going to be to my taste.
 
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Rich S.
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Most of my meager collection has been bought this way. I do, however, have a knack for looking at a game and knowing right away whether I'll like it or not. I love about 90% of what I have. There are exceptions, or course. Not that I can name any right now. Just about every game I've backed or am backing on KS is done this way too.

Recent examples (non-KS) are Bora Bora and Sanssouci. Found them in a clearance bin at B&N. I like La Isla by Stefan Feld so I took a chance on the first one. I reasoned that the second game couldn't be that difficult or hard to play, so why not? They are both good games and I'm glad I picked them up.
 
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