Your WORST pick up of 2012!
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Inspired by this great geeklist...

Talking about your best pick up of a year is easy. We can congratulate each other for our brilliant boardgame purchases, randomly high five each other all day long and be happy to have spent our hard earned money for such great games.

Talking about horrible buying decisions, however, is not that easy. We as dedicated geeks like to think that we have developed a good sense to value a game beforehand. We are all so well informed, aren't we? And still... we sometimes fall for games that just don't deliver... It's hard to talk about it, to admit that you have bought a crappy game...

But maybe it isn't that hard if we share the pain. Please add your worst pick up of 2012.
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1. Board Game: Einfach Genial: Das Würfelspiel [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:13222]
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This sounded like such a good idea. I really love Ingenious, it's one of my favorite abstract games, especially with two players...
And when I read the rules of this dice game adaption, I thought: Wow, that sounds so clever... And it even has something in common with the original game, as you use the rolled result of the other players as assists for your own rolls...

Sadly, this game just doesn't work. It's just a boring, stupid, dice-fest with almost no strategy. I really hated my initial play, it never touched the table again. Still ashamed to have it in my collection. What a bummer! Luckily, this only cost me a few Euros...

Runner up for my WORST pick up of 2012 is, and this makes me really sad:

Drum Roll

I don't have this game in my own collection, no... It's worse. I gave it as a present to my girlfriend Annika when she started to become a geek herself... It has such amazing artwork, and it is Worker Placement, one of our favorite game mechanisms. I myself somehow never bought this, but when Annika saw the game she was all like "ooooooh, soooo beautiful! Is this game good? I'd love to have it!". This had some mixed reviews on the geek, but then again, it was ranked in the top 700 or so, so it can't be bad, right? So I just bought it for her. She was so exited. Sadly, the game was quite a bummer when we got it to the table. Especially the worker Placement part was just boring, and keeping track of all your cards felt just to much like work. I normally don't mind a bit of bookkeeping and cube pushing, but this was just such an unrewarding experience. I'd rather do my tax declaration than play this gain.
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2. Board Game: Word Pirates! [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:13593]
Matthew Taylor
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Jacksonville
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Similar to scrabble, but with twists I didn’t care for. The letters are on 6-sided die you roll at the start of your turn. You work to move from one of the corners to the center.

Too simple and too random for my table, it might be good for younger gamers.
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3. Board Game: Cthulhu Dice [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:15563]
Kārlis Jēriņš
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Seriously, there's absolutely nothing here that would make this worth buying. The game itself is probably the worst 'game' I've played and the die is bad. I like dice with a large face count, and d12 is my second favorite kind of dice (after d20), but large plastic dice are a no-go, the colors on it were rather lame and since the faces have symbols, not numbers, I can't even use it for anything else, really.
The only decent part of the package were the glass sanity tokens (at least I think they're glass). But there's too few of them to make it worth buying this for the tokens.
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4. Board Game: Redshirts [Average Rating:4.59 Overall Rank:15552]
Thomas Blackwell
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Middletown
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I adore the theme. But I don't handle 'Take That!' style games very well. The couple times I have played it it has dragged on and I'm irritated at the end.
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5. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:529]
Erik Miller
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Now, I know a lot of people may disagree with me on this, but this was by far the worst pickup of the year. It had all the things my wife and I thought we'd like- co-op, quick, and I enjoy warhammer 40k. However, it was just a big let down. It wasn't fun, it was super repetitive, and the wife hated everything about it. Traded it off quickly for a game we enjo, luckily...
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6. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:697] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Easy.....

Quarriors is devoid of any real decision making. Looked like a lot of fun when I tried it at Origins. Wished I had played more than two games before I decided to pull the trigger. One step up from LCR and Zombie Dice. On par with Yahtzee. Bad, real bad.
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7. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
Tom Flatt
Canada
Whitecourt
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Had great art and a wonderful theme; wasn't as much fun as I thought it would be and just couldn't get into (or afford) purchasing an endless string of expansions! It's long gone!
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8. Board Game: Harry Potter Hogwarts Dueling Club Game [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:13378]
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Culled from my 2012 Game Gains I'd say this one would come in last. Got this solely for the 4 figures included and kept it for that reason. There's not a game in the box that will entertain adults though it probably isn't a bad one for kids that like the Harry Potter theme. At its best it offers some trading options between players and a need to duel all other players. At its worst it's just a roll and move game racing to collect items that will inprove your odds in a duel. For a better Harry Potter game get the House Cup Challenge instead which offers a semblance of light strategy for older players and more entertainment value, which is what I got this game's figures for to begin with. The painted figures however are pretty cool.
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9. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2084]
Travis O'Connor
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This game was just tedious and unfun. You try to murder Lucky, then get denied, try again, then denied, again, denied. You do this until all those cards are gone and then the game is over. So boring, played once then sold it.
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10. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3332]
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I was really excited about this one... it may do better with more players (maybe... but doubt it)... but with 3, it really sucked.

I really thought it would be better than it was... I knew it wasn't going to be Dominant Species, but this game really sucked.
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11. Board Game: Miskatonic School for Girls [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:13342]
Matt Connellan
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Binghamton
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Complete garbage. No decisions and no fun. Poor rules, too.
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12. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:2782]
Clive Lovett
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Not a 2012 game but a game I acquired in 2012.

There has been much debate about this game which I don't want to re-hash but let's just say I am on the side that says this game is broken. A terrible game.
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13. Board Game: Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2446]
Don D.
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Such a disappointment.
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14. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:426]
Julien Robert
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Really can't see anything good about it
Mechanisms are already know and far best used in some other games
It's awgly
It can be very long
Replayability?
not for me...
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15. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1030]
Fedor Ilitchev
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Got this used and cheap because I knew the risks. Played it once - and, given the time commitment and the amount of fun we didn't have, I doubt that I'll be playing again.

Both theme and meaningful decisions seemed to get lost in the chrome.

Still, I can't say that I regret the purchase - I had been irrationally wanting to try this since before it came out. Now, I have, and there is a sense of closure.

The other game that was kind of a dud was the Lupin 3 game. Too many and unclear rules and it seems imbalanced against Zanigata. However, that game also has some great ideas so I may give it another chance with house rules...
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16. Board Game: WestFront [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:4446]
Judd Vance
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Wichita
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I got it on a clearance table for $25, so I didn't get burned too badly. It uses the same system as EastFront, which is an excellent game, but the application just does not work here. This one is a bit dull. The Axis are going to lose, just how badly? Also, while the rules are written well, the scenarios are written horribly. Seriously, I spent longer trying to figure out how to set up and play a scenario than I did reading the rules. I suppose if you tied it to the other games in the series and played the monster, it would work in that context, but by itself, it just does not.
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17. Board Game: Top Race [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1608]
Richard Ngo
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I have wanted to play Daytona 500 for a while, so I went out and bought Top Race. I even made sure to buy the German Pegasus Spiel version so I could get all the extra maps. Its not that this is a bad game, its just that its not impressive. Maybe with more people it could be fun, but it didn't live up to expectations.
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18. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3332]
Jeff Kayati
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Horrid.

Traded away for a copy of The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac
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19. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: Nazgul [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11607]
aaron belmer
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Except for the EXCELLENT Nazgul minis, this game really sucked.
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20. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:722]
Kyle Mann
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This entry has no bearing on the quality of this game.

You see, I just got into board gaming this year, and I had just finished reading A Dance with Dragons, so I figured an ASOIAF game would fit the bill quite nicely. I read the rules thoroughly, then tried to introduce it to the wife--we didn't finish one round and she looked like she was going to kill me. I didn't really have much of a gaming group at the time, so I ended up trading it away for Elder Sign.

I fell victim to one of the classic blunders! Seems we noobs tend to gravitate towards licenses we like without asking the right questions: How many does this play WELL with? How long does this play in? What is the complexity level? Will it ever get to the table?

Let this be a cautionary tale!
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21. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:236]
David Hammond
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Phoenix
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Hear me out on this one:

This looks like a really nifty concept, and frankly it would be. But frankly for my gaming group it became more about "Let's see if we can open all the shit as quickly as possible" rather than "Let's play a game that changes over time."

As such, on more than one occasion someone threw the game just to see a new pack open up. That wore on my REALLY fast.
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22. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:640] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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What I ordered was a box full of fun and cards, and the promise of a great game for family and gamers alike. What I got was an empty box and a load of bits that weren't there and should have been. It feels like they designed a game, and then only sold a tenth of it. You want more? Go buy the upcoming expansions! No thanks. I'll pass. My kids didn't enjoy it, and nor did I.

I opened the box, and could feel the disappointment rush through me. Where was it? One small corner of the box had some cards, and the rest was big open empty space. Nothing for recording VP - the rules tell you to go write it down. The publishers should go and buy Sentinels Of The Multiverse for a comparison - it retails only a little higher here in the UK, but gives you 578 cards compared to the 176 you get with this, and a load of chips for recording everything, and it's a better game.

Shame on you, AEG.
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23. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
Bob Hansen
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For me, this was an example of me buying a game because of the hype without trying it first.

I found the game unfun when I got behind and could not find a ways to catch up later on. In fact, every game I have played there are players that will invariably get screwed by something; whether it be bad cards, bad play, a missed opportunity; and spend the game unable to catch up.

The game was also too fiddly for my tastes and takes up WAY too much real estate. It's even difficult to pull this game off on a long table at my FLGS!

For all the hype this game gets, I was surprised that I was unable to get rid of this during the last auction I participated in.
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24. Board Game: Battle of 4 Armies [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
Peter Collins
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I thought a nice little abstract "beer and pretzels" wargame might be nice to have. Four of us tried it at the nerdup one night. After two players were quickly eliminated, the two remaining soon understood that neither of us was going to make a stupid move, so, stalemate.

This thing is a stinker. I also bought the expansion set, but word must have travelled, because I can't get anyone to sit down for another try.
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25. Board Game: Cockroach Salad [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2549] [Average Rating:6.15 Unranked]
Adam Deverell
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I only buy half a dozen games a year, so I'm pretty careful about the purchases. This one was bought at a convention for our kids (who weren't there). Don't know why my wife was so eager to get ANOTHER one of these games that gets played once a year. We already own Kakerlaken Poker. Kids didn't really get into it either. That $18 could have gone to better causes.

I also picked up Mykerinos on sale. Had fond memories of it years back. Played it again but found it not quite as cool as a I remember it.

Worst 2012 game played was a Kickstarter - Bulrup. Insane playing time for a simple card game (two hours). Just glad it wasn't a purchase.


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