Pain, indecision and hair pulling
David Turner
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Dallas
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For you, what game has the most painful and agonizing "decision making moments"?
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
David Turner
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I would have never thought such a simple game could be so painful. In this game, there are times when there is simply not a decent play. Either you risk giving your opponent a great card, or you disrupt your best suit. The consequences of your play can be severe. I have nick-named this game “Knizia’s Pain”.
 
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2. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1736]
Jason Sadler
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Olney
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It took me several hours to decide whether I wanted to throw this away, burn it, give it away, or try to sell it on ebay. I ended up punting it the length of my LGS and claiming that whoever caught it could have it. It sat behind the recycle bin back there for months.
 
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3. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
Jason Sadler
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Olney
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In all seriousness, this is the game that cause the most gutwrenching decision making. Trying to second guess your opponents during the secret order assignment is nerve-wracking. We play that no one can dawdle and if the disk touches the board it stays on the board which leads to an even more frantic pace.
 
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4. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:203]
Hammock Backpacker
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Columbus
Ohio
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Lately my obsession is Hive. I'm not as good as the guy I play against over lunch a few time a week but most of my moves are soooo agonizing.

Should I block his aggressiveness around my queen by moving my ant or should I bring out another piece since I'm losing ground on my ability to make tactical moves...
 
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5. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:839]
E Voyles
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Tahlequah
Oklahoma
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After watching the Cowboys whup the Beagles Sunday we played a couple of more competitive games of Alladin's Dragons.

Man, I couldn't help feeling I needed a much bigger band of theives. Ok, I'll send 1 to barter at the magic tent.. doh, someone places THEIR theif there now. Should I spend another hinchman there? I need gems, gold bars, and crowns too, so I can't ignore the dragon caves, and then there's bribbing the palace guard, and then there's the precious artifacts of corse, and then and then.. my was head was wavering on the brink of explosion.
 
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6. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:951]
Roger Yim
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Austin
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Found this at a thrift store for a couple of bucks and played my first game recently. My poor grad-school-addled brain could not handle three goals on each of three cards with needed commodities scattered around the board. I can see why this game would take 4 or 5 hours with more than two players. Every turn I would labor over which goal to pursue. The next turn I would arrive and realize I already used the goal card to fill another demand. Argh!
 
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7. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
Peter Schott
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Franconia
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If you mention A Game of Thrones, this one shouldn´t miss...
 
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8. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:121]
Matt Thrower
United Kingdom
Bath
Somerset
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Every. Goddam. Move.

Which is why I never play it anymore.
 
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9. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:134]
Scott Nicholson
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Brantford
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If you've played this, you know the (usually) three times in the game when this situation comes up...

When it's just one player left, with one RA tile left to go.. and every draw is pressing their luck.

I love and hate being in this position.
 
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10. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
Mark Christopher
United States
Salem
Massachusetts
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In the wonderful game, Bonaparte at Marengo, this is how to get nasty Frenchies out of a village.
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"Do I retreat now? If he's out of cards in that suit, one more play could destroy his army! Oh, what do I do?!?"

This one is a hair-puller for me, more than most others except...
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11. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:1175]
Mark Christopher
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...this one.

"What does he have there? I only have three command points! Do I take the chance that he's bluffing over there and put my main forces over here?!?"
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12. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:179]
Cuppa Jack
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Los Angeles
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I find Lost Cities agonizing, but it is Battle Line that really makes me squirm.
 
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