Games that just plain wear you out!
Jonathan Berry
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Ever get up from a game and feel physically and or mentally exhausted. Have you ever stood up from a game table and your brain feels twisted in 2. What about the need to get a stiff drink because you feel like you just got off a long shift but in fact you just played a game. zombie

There have been a few games that I don;t ever want to play again because it felt like more work than fun. Have you had that experience?
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1. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:85]
Jonathan Berry
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I got this for Christmas. Wanted the game when I first saw the first edition in the store years ago before I even found this site. Loved the books back when only a few people knew of them. I was soooo excited to get this game. Then we arranged for a 6 player game at out monthly board game meetup and I thought PERFECT! Read the rules, watched the videos, I was prepared to teach and play this game.

Well after hours of rules explaining and game play I got up from this with my brain tied in knots from the scheming, plotting, planning, and was ready to just go home and go to bed and I think it was still daylight. Everyone at the table felt exhausted after playing this game!

Tho despite how exhausting this game was I did have a ton of fun and would play it again. Just not as often as I figured I would.
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2. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:336]
Jonathan Berry
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I got up from this game and said never again!! My coment was I feel like I was at work! Too much work going on here. I'm not stupid by any sense and I think I came in second but my brain was tired and I felt like the game was just more work than fun. Granted I am more of a theme guy. Arkham Horror is my favorite game but I still enjoy a good Euro. We play a lot of Le Havre, Agricola, Notre Dame and I have fun with those games but this game was a total math grind. I will not play this game again!
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3. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:992]
Jonathan Berry
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Ok to be fair It's been a few years since I played this but I remember getting up and saying Martin Wallace games just are not going to be my types of games. I think it was easy to pick up but I just remeber it being a stressfull game and at the end more stress. BAH!! I got up frustrated, and tired and thats not how I want to spend my down time in life.

NO MORE MARTIN WALLACE!

Sorry Martin I can see why people love your games its just not for me!
 
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4. Board Game: Hacker [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6565]
Jonathan Berry
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Ok to be fair this might be a good game but the guy that showed up and taught this game made this one of the worst gaming experiences in my life. My sweet and caring wife that seems to get along with everyone told me later that she couldn't stand the guy and would never EVER game with him again!

He had this rule if you didn't role in the box it didn't count..... one guy rolled outside the box, wouldn't re-roll and I swear I thought this guy was going to pop a vein in his head....

The worst part was he held back on some rules and special moves and as the game progressed and someone was in the lead or doing well he would say O by the way there is also this rule...... and he would do something that would screw over someone else and then have the nerve to say "That was a good move on my part", and this is were I though my wife was going to punch him.

To this day someone in the group will say That was a good move on my part and we will groan.

Worst game for me ever!
 
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5. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:346]
Phillip Edwards
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I enjoy playing this game and it's a sort of managed chaos. However, after it's over with, I feel like I've been shot at, pushed, spun around and dropped into a pit with no wrenches to be had!!!
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6. Board Game: 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1255] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Enrico Viglino
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18xx games tend to fatigue me more than others.
They manage to do so solitaire even, because
I have trouble pulling myself away from the game.

This one is particularly a problem because it is
longer than most - especially once nearly everything
is decided. 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt would
be another good contender for this list (maybe worse
because the income calculations are different).

Usually, although fatigued, I really enjoy 'xx -
but these couple push things further than I like.
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7. Board Game: Mr. Jack Pocket [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:624]
Steve Evans
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For such a small game this can really inflict brain burn. You can see every availble combination for the next eight moves and you'd better start planning for them.

Still quite good though.
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Matt Brown
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Specifically played with the one group of friends I play with. Normal games should take one hour per player. Our games take just over two times that. Those 3 player games suddenly turn into 6-7 hour affairs. Playing two games a day over a weekend, and I felt like I had to purge my brain after that. Things would be better if the one player would actually play something else, but if he's hosting, it's the host who picks what we play.
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9. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:184]
Daniel D
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This is a funny game to list since its rules are so light, but after a couple of games I always feel emotionally drained.
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10. Board Game: 2038: Tycoons of the Asteroid Belt [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2724]
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I played this recently ... and felt like stabbing myself in the groin with a rusty fork simply to take pain away from my head.

Awaful ... so I am obviously not suited to these sorts of games.
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11. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:46]
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This is IMO as much of a brain-burner as a game can be, but it's worth it.
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12. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:191]
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I HATED this game. Suffered through 4 1/2 hours and said never again.
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