The Game(s) you wish you'd never bought
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It is a known geek ailment to like all the games purchased. A kind of defense mechanism or self justification... However, is there, hidden somewhere on your shelves a game that you purchased thinking it would be great but finally really abhor since the first time you played and is now collecting dust ?
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1. Board Game: Cthulhu Gloom [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2134] [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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I have most of Cthulhu mythos themed games : Arkham Horror and expansions, Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game, Elder Sign, Mansions of Madness and love them all (see previously mentioned ailment).
When I saw this small card game at my FLGS, I could not resist going to the geek and reading about Gloom. Looked interesting, so I got it.
I can't explain why, I just hated it.
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2. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1114]
Jonathan Powell
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Great theme, great components, no depth. After 5 plays there is nothing left to explore. One way wins every time. Grab treasure up to load limit, run to the river, load up, and get out.
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3. Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1890]
Alex Peters
Netherlands
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Very long.
Very boring.
Very expensive.

Worst buy ever.

And I do like solitaire games!
And wargames.
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4. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Wendell
United States
Yellow Springs
Ohio
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I thought this might be a cool SF game. Instead it's a surprisingly dull, opaque game - maybe made opaque by the heavy layers of painted-on theme.
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5. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15558] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
Karl
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(and expansions).

Not so much because I dislike the game, but because the German publisher decided to drop the series in the middle. So now I am stuck with half a game that was insanely expensive for just cards and that will never be complete either, missing some of the more fun expansions IMO.
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6. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
Mal Content
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And the 5-6 player expansion, which I foolishly bought before playing C&K. Maybe if I had never played the original Catan, I wouldn't abhor this quite so much, but I feel that it sucks the very soul out of a game that I know and love. On the other hand, I like Seafarers.
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7. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6678]
Jordan S.
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Plano
Texas
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This game was fun the first 3 or 4 times, playing a friend's copy to kill time before our D&D sessions. So, naturally I went out and bought a copy for myself. Turns out 3 or 4 plays is about as much life as this game really has before it starts to feel like a chore. Has hit the table twice in about 10 years. Thank goodness.
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8. Board Game: X-Files [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:14072]
Jordan S.
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Plano
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Never played this back in the day (dodged a bullet there and didn't even know it) but last year I stumbled across a box containing 9 starter decks in the bargain bin of my local used bookstore for $1.50. Even at that price, I feel cheated. That's $1.50 I'll never see again.
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9. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4623] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
Jordan S.
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Who doesn't love zombies, right? They're all the rage now but even back in the early 00's they were pretty cool. But this game was just so diappointing. It starts off promising and just gets slower and more tedious with every turn. Such a waste of a good theme.
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10. Board Game: Nok-Hockey [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:9348]
Jim Carvin
United States
Hamburg
Pennsylvania
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Ah, the diabolical Dice … a word of caution; don't throw them when you're alone. The fiends lack loyalty, and their notion of nourishment is quite disturbing.
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This seemed so cool so I put it on my Christmas list quite a few years ago and was genuinely surprised when my wife actually bought it for me. It's HUGE!! I have nowhere to store it besides simply leaning it against the wall in my game room. It's also very difficult to score and not in a particularly fun way. I can't trade it nor get anything close monetarily to what was paid for it(shipping would be ghastly). So it sits, collects dust, and takes up valuable space.
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11. Board Game: The Barbarossa Campaign [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:2968]
Justin
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This was somewhere around $50 plus shipping. I thought I would like solitaire games, I don't think they are for me. I guess I can't judge this one because I haven't played a full game of it but when I think of other games I could have bought for the same price...
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12. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:233]
Brandon Holmes
Canada
Caledonia
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I bought a used copy of an older version on ebay and the box was in very rough shape, worse than I expected. It hides in my closet and we never play it. Little did I know that shortly after they would reprint this game for cheaper than I bought my used copy for. Worse, the reprint also made my copy undesireable due to it's condition.

Perhaps someone will eventually want it for parts.
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13. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Tim Benjamin
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Los Alamos
New Mexico
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Zero theme, absolutely zero. Mostly parallel solitaire in a card shuffling exercise. Shallow gameplay ("Hey, I bought a Chapel card... look at ME... I'm playing the Chapel Strategy.") Vacuous.
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14. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1300]
Robin
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My husband and I love a good dungeon crawl. We buy most games with this theme, especially remakes of popular games. Granted, I didn't grow up playing these games like my husband did. There has not been a dungeon crawl that I did not enjoy until DungeonQuest 3rd edition.

Also, not a huge fan of Nuns on the Run either.
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15. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:749]
Martin Larouche
Canada
Longueuil
Quebec
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We really liked Starship Catan, so we thought we would like this.
The basic game was lackluster, so we even bought the expansion box, which made it slightly better.

It was ok for about 4 games... then we figured that the most resources you had, the faster you could build everything in this game and the faster you would win.

We found there was an uneven number of settlements in the game. Invariably, one player will have more settlements and more resources to harvest than the other. So the first 15 minutes of this game became a race for the player who could build the most settlements. When they were all gone from the stockpile, it was 45 more minutes until the player with the most settlements won. The handicap of having less settlements and resources than your opponent is just WAY too difficult to overcome. We played around 15 more games trying to find a strategy to overcome this handicap and there's none...

An hour long game... whose winner is decided after 15 minutes.
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16. Board Game: Halo ActionClix [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:8571]
stephen
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Wasted a load of money on this before I came to the conclusion it is just not very good, I enjoyed so many of the other wizkids games like mechwarrior and heroclix. It has no soul, no depth or a real tactical depth to sustain it. Waste of a decent license and nice miniatures.
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17. Board Game: Tears of the Dragon [Average Rating:5.10 Overall Rank:14086]
Misha Nosiara
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Just awful....

I cannot give it away.
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18. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:18]
Marta Kelly
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Long, dull, and never gets played. Here's money I'd have much rather spent on something else.
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19. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:239] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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I won't ever play this again, no matter what happens. Even alone on a island with only AH i would rather use it for a warm fire in a cold night.
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20. Board Game: Cir*Kis [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15234]
Jay Reigns
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After thoroughly enjoying Blokus, I was at Wal Mart one day and came accross Cirkis. As a newbie gamer, it never occurred to me that Cirkis could possibly be Hasbro's jerk attempt to rip me off based on my love for a similar looking, similarly named game from a different company. Maybe I just don't "get" it, but 3/4 of the time I can't tell where a piece would fit without placing it on the board and shifting it around until it snaps in somewhere. How can I even play the game if I can't think ahead? It sits in my closet not as a reminder to always look into a game before buying it, even if it looks close to something good.
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