A Game of Mockery
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Most gamers know that some games can be extremely difficult to get to the table. Maybe the gaming group doesn't feel as intrigued by the game as you do, the number of players doesn't match up, it doesn't fit with the group of players, or it simply takes too long to complete in the available gaming session. Most of us have perfectly great games sitting on the shelf that very rarely ends up being played.

Sometimes the game itself just doesn't want to be played.

Now, I'm not a superstitious man. Far from it. But when a game starts to mock me and throw various tantrums to not get played I wonder if it's time to change hobbies.

This is a true story.
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1. Board Game: Space Opera [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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I am a sucker for both space operas and fantasy and when I read the reviews for both Mage Knight Board Game and Eclipse last year I decided they both were games I'd love to own. Quite different thematically and mechanics-wise, they appear to scale well, generally have rave reviews. What's not to like. Unfortunately I - as many others - missed the first print runs of both games and had to wait for the reprints. Luckily they were both announced to be reprinted earlier this year and when it looked like they might actually hit the stores at late spring I put down an order.
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2. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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One of my favorite online shops is Spiele-offensive. Their prices are cheap, the shipping is really cheap and I've ordered a number of games from them over the years. I could find both Eclipse and Mage Knight Board Game cheaper in other stores but with the shipping included it couldn't be found cheaper. That was on May 3rd. Both games were in pre-order so all I could do was wait.

Spiele-offensive has this nice service where their system automatically sends you a mail once or twice a week with a status of your order. I like it. Especially as I got a mail on May 25th stating that Mage Knight was now in stock. I really didn't believe them so I checked their home page and found out it was true. They even had two copies up for grabs so it WAS true.

How cool was that? In stock several weeks before anticipated. Yay! I could imagine the upcoming summer holidays. Enjoying two new games on the porch, the sun, the chilled drinks (okay my gaming life is not like that but I did imagine playing the games during my summer holidays). Ah!

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3. Board Game: Take Stock [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5764]
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Got a mail on June 4th. Still waiting on Eclipse. Another mail on June 8th. Both games out of stock.

WHAT?!?!

What happened to my copy of MK? It was there. In stock. I have several mails telling me that it is in stock. Surely a mistake must have been made.

Wrote a mail to Spiele Offensive. They replied that they fulfill the orders in the order they were received and they had back orders all the way from 2011. They couldn't tell me how two games turned up on their web page and then disappeared.

I hadn't paid up front I could have ordered one of the two available copies and received the game earlier.

I was pissed to put it mildly. But had to wait for Eclipse anyway, so I decided to be patient and wait for Mage Knight again. Due mid July.
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4. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:33]
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On June 28th I received a mail saying the Eclipse was now in stock but that I had to wait for MK to come back in stock. Just to make sure I mailed spiele-offensive to check if my name was tagged to one of the available copies.

How shall I put this ... it's a German online store and they primarily speak German. I've had German in school for 3 years so things were bound to be lost in translation but during our online conversation they apparently got the impression that I wanted TWO mage knight and one Eclipse games.

I managed to convince them that all I really REALLY wanted was for my games to be in next batch they shipped out.
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5. Board Game: Mr. Mad [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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On July 27th, midways in my summer holiday, I see two MK games suddenly in stock on their web site. Oh the joy. Finally FINALLY. They would end up arriving just as my vacation ended but it could be worse. Was really looking forward to receiving the games and had already read the rules enough times to be able to unpack the crate, tear off the plastic and let the games hit the table feet running.

Later that day: the two games had disappeared from their inventory. Checked my order status online: awaiting games. angry The yell could be heard as far away as the next town. I mailed spiele-offensive right away complaining that I had missed out on the game even though they had told me I would be in the next batch. Got a mail back saying they were sorry but that they mailed out games in the order they were ordered. Claus was not a happy bunny. soblue

Started googling - found the two games as cheap elsewhere (albeit two different sites), decided to eat the double shipping costs and abandon spiele-offensive for good and ever. Literally, when I was ready to submit my first order a mailed ticked in that the order status for MK and Eclipse were now changed to "Packing" and it would be shipped later that day. Couldn't cancel the order from that point on. Bugger bugger bugger. Was furious but would get my games. FINALLY.
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6. Board Game: Happiness [Average Rating:4.79 Unranked]
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Spiele-offensive have pretty expedient shipping and they also did this time. A couple of days later the box arrived, both games were in there and everything looked good.
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7. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: The Lost Legion Expansion [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked]
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Until I opened the Mage Knight game.

When I opened the box I saw that some of the cards were bent due to the packaging.



I started checking all the components and the printing on some of the tiles were quite a bit off center which made aligning the tiles look weird at places and made the stars/circles along the edge look like strange Lovecraftian symbols.




All the cards were there - except they were all printed off center.



It's not pretty when grown-ups cry and there is really no good answer when your daughter asks: "Daddy what is wrong?"

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On another occasion I had to explain why the daughters should stop collecting plastic figurines from Kinder surprise eggs, McDonald's happy meal etc. I got the killer stare from the supreme commander when she icily asked: "What about that box of HeroClix plastic figures YOU have stored away in the attic". Bah. Logic schmogic. In other words: we have plenty of McD plastic collectables here at our house

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8. Board Game Publisher: WizKids
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Tried the game a couple of time (with the bend cards and everything) and loved it. Decided I could live with the off center cards but needed replacements for the bend cards. WizKids online replacement services works quite nicely: it's easy to select what you need replacement for.

Their homepage specifically states that you can only request replacements ONCE for each game so I checked every card and tile and ended up putting in an order for the 8 cards that were messed up in the packaging and the 3 tiles that had the worst alignment.

Quick response time. Had the replacements in less than a week from the US to Europe. Terrific service!
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9. Board Game: Oh Hell! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1887]
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Now ... I'm not a nit-picker or any more OCD than then next man but the whole point of ordering the replacements was that none of the cards should be easily identifiable in any way. However, my replacement cards were just ... howshallIputit ... different.

They had a slightly different feel (the linen structure could be felt more) and they were less glossy. The problem with the cards being printed off center is now better (although if I ever put up a picture like that and said to my wife it was centered I'd be in all kinds of trouble). Also the replacement cards are slightly wider than than the original cards (about 1/2 a mm).

In other words: even now that the cards weren't bent it is still possible to see if it's one of the replacement cards on the top of one of the decks (original card on left).



The replacement starting tile is centered much better but to top it all off the replacement starting tile has a number of "dimples" on it like it's been pressed against some hard uneven surface.



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10. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:392]
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The response from WizKids when I contacted them again mentioning the glossyness, size and dimples was

"Thank you for contacting us and we understand your frustration. However we are not going to be able to replace the full deck of cards. We do attempt to maintain the same coloring and coatings on print runs but there will be slight variations."

WHAT?!? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME.

The replacement cards were practically useless. Pretty but marked. Three possibilities: sleeve them, get some new or live with it
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11. Board Game: Safe Return Doubtful [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:11135]
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I wrote back to WizKids and asked them if I could return my full set of cards and tiles and get a full replacement. Answer: nope. Only possible to replace items once and I already did that. I complained that it was the replacements I wanted to replace, and I hadn't replaced those.

My opinion about WizKids customer services plummeted.
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12. Board Game: Wit's End [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:15249]
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It ain't over until the fat lady sings so by being persistently annoying, WizKids agreed to replace my full set of tiles and cards if I returned my original set. So I did - including the complete mail correspondence. Price tag: $20 to mail them from Denmark to the US. For a $60 game. The perfect way to make the deal go from great to not-so-great. shake

As requested, I filled out a replacement request at WizKids home page and 3 days later I could see on the home page that my replacement kit had shipped. That was quick. Didn't even know my letter with regular postal services could go from Denmark to US that quickly and then have WizKids process it so fast. But they did. Kudos!
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13. Board Game: Choose A Way to Happiness [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Six days later I received a complete replacement kit. Looked good. Everything was good. There was much rejoicing.
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14. Board Game: Fast Mail [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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One week later I got a mail from WizKids saying my replacement kit had shipped. ?!?!?!?! Huh. I already had it. It's there. On my table. I had already used it.
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15. Board Game: Double or Nothing [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8190]
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5 days later I received my second replacement kit. Full set of cards and tiles. So now I have two full sets.

Conversation with wife:


Wife: I see you got a new box with a game.
Me: Nono
Wife: You're getting quite the number of boxes recently. Three by my count. Sounds like three pair of shoes
Me: No. Only one was games. The other two were replacements
Wife: Riiight
Me: No they were. A replacement and the an extra dunno-why replacement. So now I have two full sets of decks and tiles.
Wife: Nice try. Three pairs of shoes
Me: but but but


Don't know if turned out to be a good deal or not. But please please please make it stop. I can't take it any more. I promise I wont play the game any more. Just let me play my other games. Please.

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