Love to Play But Won't Own
Jim Keenan
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I realized that when I'm out at game night there are certain games that make it to the table that I love to get in on but have no intention of owning. My reasons vary depending on the game: No way to get it to the table at home, Too many friends own it, Just not a genre I can dig (though I dig it enough to play on game night), and so on.

Thought it might be fun to see a list of games that people love to play but won't purchase and the reasons for that thinking.
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1. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:555]
Jim Keenan
United States
Portland
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A great game that I love to play out at game night, but I'm sure it would sit on my shelf and see little to no action at home. Also, Most of the people at game night have jumped on it, so it seems redundant to also own it.
 
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2. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:139]
Jerry Wilkinson
United States
New Castle
Indiana
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I've got a buddy in Indy that owns a copy of this. Its a wonderful game and I love to play it. My best friend (who lives in New Castle) likes it as well.

But I won't buy it because we would be the only two that would play it. I don't see my wife or his wife ever playing it, nor any of our daughters.

So I'll just play this with my buddies in Indy.
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:374]
Clinton Sattler
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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A change of pace from the heavier fare listed above. Most of my game playing is generally 2 player, and there are way better games at 2 player. But at family get-togethers, with a large group, this one is great fun. I'll get in an a game without hesitation.
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4. Board Game: Case Blue [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:2297] [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
Karan R
India
Mumbai
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5. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
Håkan König
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Linköping
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Need I say more?

Well, this isn't strictly true, as I'd be more than happy to buy a reprint at some time, but I'd never pay the ridiculous prices asked right now for a box.
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6. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:216]
Crian
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It's not that I won't own it due to lack of desire, but due to it being out of print.
 
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7. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
Jim Keenan
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I have been on the fence with this one. I really like the game, but a few folks have it and bring it regularly. Still, I was considering a purchase. However, after repeated plays I'm starting to see two cracks in what seems to be an awesome game

1. You must play to your factions strength. Thus the faction you choose dictates your strategy, and your turns start to run on autopilot.

2. You must be in contention for the largest connected structures. Every game (except one) I've played has been won by the person with the largest connected kingdom. The other was won by the person who had the 2nd largest. And people who were not in the top two were distant finishers.

So while I really like this game, the more I play it, the less likely I am to buy it.


 
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