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Hey all,

I recently redid my Top 100 list in conjunction with some other folks I know redoing theirs.

What really struck me was how many games there were that I considered to be inferior to Parker Brothers/Hasbro roll-and-move classic which I gave a "4" to.

Here's a few that I think I'd rather play Monopoly than. What are some of yours?

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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
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This may spark some controversy, but if you were to lay both Monopoly and this out on a table and ask me to choose, I'd have to go with Monopoly. A decade a go, I would have thought that to be a crazy move, but after experiencing the streamlined nature of Eclipse which'll scratch my space-themed 4x itch... I can't imagine that I'd ever play a monster like TI3 again.

Plus, Mecatol Rex could NEVER stand up to the power combo of Board Walk and Park Place!
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2. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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This card game just didn't sit right with me. The drafting mechanic was a little weak, the theme just isn't my favorite, and overall, I thought the gameplay to be a little... lacking. It's like an overcomplicated M:TG.

Why collect all four elements when you can have all four railroads?
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3. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:325]
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There are very few games out there that I felt I was chained to while playing, forced against my will. I didn't want to be rude and just walk away from this, but at the same time I was seriously bored to tears.

I suppose this is one that some will argue "needs the right group", but man... this was NOT for me. I think I could have had the same experience through reading an old "choose your own adventure" novel.

I'd rather land on Monopoly's tax spot over and over again than have the mental taxation that this game caused.
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4. Board Game: Battle of the Sexes [Average Rating:3.46 Overall Rank:15653]
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Simply awful. The game is unbalanced and takes gender stereotypes to a whole new level. If you've not played, basically you split into teams (guys and gals) and the girls have to answer "manly" questions. Sports, Movies, Cars, etc. The guys have to answer "girly" questions. Fashion, Flowers, Hunky Men, etc.

I'd much rather play Monopoly than this abomination.
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5. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I know this is another of those games that "people love to dump on" or whatever, and "I hated Settlers before hating Settlers was cool," but what can I say? I've played this game about a dozen times (since it's my friends' favourite game), and I just can't stand it. It always feels like a chore to me, and I look with wonder and confusion at the glee in my friends' eyes.
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6. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6686]
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Along with every iteration available now and in the future.
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7. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:123]
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I've never really liked Let's Hate On Games geeklists, but I thought I'd add this. I appreciate Tichu, but the problem is that I'm irredeemably terrible at it. One partner asked me to never be his partner in any card game again. The turn would come to me, I'd look at my cards, and I'd might as well have been on acid. "Look! I'm sorry! These cards are turning into snow and falling onto the ground in avalanches, I need a little time."

No idea what I was doing. At no point, in any of my (few) games of Tichu did I have any idea what I was doing. Like those nightmares where you're dressed up in hospital greens and shoved into an operating room, and there's a puppy who needs an operation. But it's real! Except that instead of puppies it's Tichu. Although I'd probably take my chances with the puppies.

So I gave it a 3. I don't hate it, it just hates me. It's a reciprocal rating.
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8. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4573] [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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After four hours of this game anything is better.

At least in Monopoly you can get a winner without helping other players.
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Or whatever party game. Just don't like the genre.
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10. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15595]
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Yes, let's play Monopoly instead, or any game that doesn't involve questions to which I would know the answers if I paid attention to the news on a specific week a few decades ago.
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11. Board Game: Ghettopoly [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:15041]
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Hey, at least in Monopoly you have a chance of feeling like you came out on top. In this, you're either a slumlord or a slum tenant. You lose, or you lose more.

I'm actually kind of surprised the board for this isn't just "go," "go to jail," and "jail."
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12. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:745]
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Well, first off, I'll admit that I like Monopoly. whistle

There were a few games that came to mind to add to this list, but I picked this one because I was talking about it last night.

I don't know what it is about this game, but it just absolutely bored me to tears. I hate that, because I thought I would like it... I like Arkham Horror and Elder Sign and Betrayal at House on the Hill, but I just couldn't get into this game at all. It felt very boring.

So, I would rather play Monopoly than A Touch of Evil.
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13. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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At least with Monopoly I know what I'm doing. For me, Trajan is a big mess that gives me two options: (1) complete analysis paralysis or (2) play randomly. Obviously (2) is better, but I'd much rather play Monopoly!
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14. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:5]
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Let's see... while Monopoly isn't a favorite of mine (I rate it a 5), I would rather play Monopoly than:

Twilight Struggle - not a big lead for Monopoly, but I definitely prefer it.

Caylus - though I'd rather play a game with William Attia than Charles Darrow.

Dominion - another close match, but again - on the whole, I enjoy Monopoly more.

Commands & Colors: Ancients - while I really like the system, for me the complication added clashes badly with the system.

Age of Steam - while I thought Lancashire Railways had lots of promise, the further development of the game caused it to drift further and further from what _I_ was hoping for in the game (if clearly more towards what the average BGG user is looking for).

Stone Age - not close. I'd rather spend a whole day playing nothing but Monopoly than play Stone Age again.

Tichu - of course, I'd rather just play Bridge. But between Tichu and Monopoly I'd take Monopoly.

Go - I might respect Go more, but I have more fun with Monopoly.

Hansa Teutonica - Not even close.

Glory to Rome - This one is very close.

YINSH - Close, but not quite so close - I'd definitely rather Monopoly.

Endeavor - Not a game that was as memorable for me as some of these - but I'm still quite certain in my choice of Monopoly.

So, about 1/8th of the top 100 on BGG...

(I'd also rather play Monopoly than any version of War of the Ring (First Edition), but I've not actually played War of the Ring, so it doesn't have quite the same weight.)
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15. Board Game: Dread Pirate [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:15450]
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This one has a lot of visual appeal, so the kids ask for it from time to time.

But I'd still have more fun being a tophat moving around Atlantic City.
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16. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:181]
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I rather roll dice having almost no real strategy than scream for over a half hour
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17. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15658]
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I'd rather play Monopoly than this strange game...

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18. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:697] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Also:

Race For The Galaxy
Munchkin
Fairy Tale
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19. Board Game: Memory [Average Rating:4.73 Overall Rank:15625]
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Man, I suck at memory...
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20. Board Game: Gay Monopoly [Average Rating:3.91 Overall Rank:14546]
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"Tongue in cheek version of the classic Monopoly. Player tokens are altered - now you can choose from a jeep, teddy bear, blow drier, leather cap, handcuffs or a stiletto heel. Properties have been changed to a 'gay' theme as well - e.g. Fire Island and Castro Street. Instead of buying houses and hotels, you can buy bars and bathhouses. Also different is the addition of Camp Cards. When these are drawn, you must perform the indicated action (ie. 'say: 'faaabulous!' six different ways and receive $3)."


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21. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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I would rather play "Hit myself in the face with a stick" than play Carcassonne.

Since Monopoly > Hit myself in the face with a stick, by extension, Monopoly > Carcassonne.
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22. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:334] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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As a rule of thumb, I don't play zombie games. The theme just doesn't interest me. But one of my friends had just picked it up and considering he didn't really play with that many people and he spent a lot of money on it, I figured I would entertain him. Maybe we're just awful at co-ops, but we played twice and it felt like we didn't even play. We barely didn't come close to accomplishing the goals, we may have all leveled up once in either game, and it just didn't feel like a fun game in general. Maybe there's an ideal playstyle for it, but ours didn't match it so I'd prefer not to play it.
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23. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3421] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
Juan Medina
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I really don't care much for Munchkin. At least in Monopoly there is some semblance of an end (if played with proper rules).
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24. Board Game: Kahuna [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:920]
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Hi, I have memorized the cards and when they are coming from the first draw, therefore you have no chance--- hence, you really might as well analogize this to the tic tac toe/nuclear destruction game in the 80's classic War Games-- the only way to win is to not play.
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25. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:46]
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If I may quote my own comment for this game:

toxic meeple wrote:
Now I'm a degenerate, cube-fondling eurosnoot, and this game has elements I go for:

Coloured resource cubes, a-lingual tiles to be placed, an esoteric bidding system to determine player order and a mediaeval king to suck up to.

But it has no soul, no joy, no pleasure, no sense of achievement. It's a mind-numbing, multi-dimensional spreadsheet of a game. Imagine being a clerk hand-writing actuary tables in a Victorian insurance company for forty years.You've just played Caylus.

I really, really, REALLY want to like this game, but I don't. Hell, even the man on the box lid looks like he wants nothing to do with it!

 
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