My Bodyguard
Mike DiLisio
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Ok, so I'll show my age here. Anyone remember that movie "My Bodyguard" where a wimp employs the big scary guy to help protect him from bullies and comes to find out that the big scary guy is much deeper than he first appears, which leads to a deep, meaningful friendship? No? Well, no matter, I just described the whole movie. Anyway, sometimes I feel like I need to be the big, bad bodyguard sticking up for the poor, wimpy picked upon games that don't deserve the abuse. I'll start with a few that I believe need to be rescued from the lockers, can you think of any games that have had their heads dumped into the school toilets? Do you want to protect them from the indignity of the swirly? Then by all means, speak up and post them here!
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1. Board Game: Nefarious [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1880]
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Just about any time I post something positive about this game, someone comes along and says it's not very good. I don't get it, and I don't agree. I think it's VERY good, especially when played with 3+ players. I also think this is a game which needs to be played a few times with the twist cards to really get a full sense of the game. A somewhat hidden (and sadly OOP) gem.
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2. Board Game: DC Comics Deck-Building Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:701] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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It's too simple. It's an Ascension clone. It's not thematic. You know what, even if I concede all of those things, what I keep coming back to is that it's FUN. It's also the game that taught my 10-year-old the mechanics of deck-building, and for that alone deserves to be protected from you bullies out there.
 
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3. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:463]
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The bullies say it's too easy. It's "Yahtzee". There's no real decision making. While I will concede that the base game can be easy, with the expansion I find enough challenge to keep me coming back, and I just love how well the theme comes through. I absolutely never feel like I'm playing Yahtzee. There are tons of dice games with this mechanic. It's a lazy argument.
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4. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:3268]
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The big complaint here seems to be that it's not enough like the board game it's based upon. Well, duh. The board game is one of the most deep, strategic, yet chaotic brain burners out there. This is a simpler card game variant, but it keeps much of the same feel and fun. I really like this game a lot, and feel like this is another one that needs more than one play to start to see the nuances.
 
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5. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:439]
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This beauty gets picked on for being too shallow, or not having enough meaningful choices. Balderdash! There's a lot of strategy involved, just not of the type that many people are familiar with. It's true that it's not really a "take that" type game, and it evokes a peaceful journey, but there's a lot of game beneath the placid surface. Plus, it's absolutely beautiful.
 
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6. Board Game: Via Appia [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2043]
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"It's a gimmick game". No. It's not. It's a game that may have what some would consider a gimmick as one element of the game. The quarry is not the whole game. It's not even the most important aspect of the game IMO. The game is certainly light, and that may not be to some gamer's tastes, but it's a LOT of fun, and plays quickly and smoothly. I like it with 2, 3, and 4 players.
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