Least Successful Franchise Entries
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There are many games that were so successful as to beget expansions. Sometimes these sequel games expand on the mechanics, adding new bits of strategy. Sometimes they merely provide different arenas in which the same mechanics take on different meanings.

And sometimes...sometimes you just go back to the well too many times. Here's a list of some well-known game franchises and the entries that made people say, "Maybe this was one expansion too many."
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:293] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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The Bureaucrats of Catan

Those building permits in Elasund don't just issue themselves, you know. The winner of this game is the first player to pay five wood cards to build a garden shed. Seems easy, until you see the massive amounts of paperwork involved.
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride -- Pangaea

Oh sure, the entire land mass is one huge supercontinent, which means everything could be connected, but all the players do is sit around for several million years waiting for steam power to be invented.
 
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassone -- The Ocean

Every tile is identical and nothing scores anything.
 
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4. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:379]
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Autobohn

Players grow beans in order to produce the best 22 minute long ode to the German highway system.
 
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5. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3550] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Munchkin Munchkin

This game makes fun of gamers who are really into Munchkin. Lots of Munchkin-specific humor that's sure to appeal to fans of Munchkin, and no one else.
 
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6. Board Game: TransAmerica [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:920]
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TransEnglishChannel

"I got Folkestone and Coquelles again?"
 
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7. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6919]
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Eskimo Fluxx

122 cards, each a different word for snow.
 
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8. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:277] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Heroscape: Cthulhu

The five-million point Cthulhu figure will instantly defeat all other units in the game, but can only be played "when the stars are Right," whenever that is.
 
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9. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:120]
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Age of Steam: Pangaea

See entry #2.
 
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10. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2512]
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Illuminati: the Mel Gibson Edition

The Elders of Zion are promoted to an Illuminati group in this expansion, and they always win.
 
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11. Board Game: Angelina Ballerina's Dancing Game [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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Angelina Ballerina's Dancing Game -- The Geek Expansion

This expansion includes additional dance cards which show new ballerina steps such Le Falling Down and Sacré Bleu! (which shows the ballerina twisted into a pretzel shape).

Unfortunately, the expansion didn't generate additional sales to geeky kindergartners.
 
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12. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:16010]
Jason Persampieri
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Moonopoly

All properties are the same... Dirt/Dust. Except the 4 crater properties. But even those are really just dirt.

You get a monopoly by getting all the 'dark side' properties. But that's tough, since they keep changing.

Oh, and if you're the shoe, you muliply all your rolls by 6.
 
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13. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15768] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
Mike Compton
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The expansions already take up an entire shelf to themselves at my FLGS. And yet, more expansion cards just keep comin'...and keep comin'...and keep comin'...
 
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14. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:836]
Richard Hutnik
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The No Powers Abstract Strategy Expansion: Very obscure expansion. Stripped out the powers from the game, and replaced the board with an 8 by 8 grid and chess pieces.
 
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15. Board Game: Fairy Meat [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:10133]
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This one only lasted a couple of years, even though their burgers were yummy.

Oh wait, I read this geeklist title as "Least Successful Franchised Eateries."

My apologies. Please delete.
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16. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:520]
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Diplomacy 2006: United Nations edition
When ever any county invades another lots, of beauracracy begins and the current leader of the UN steals gains lots of money. The French player must declare that the action is illegal, but never take any action retaliatory and Germany may do the same. UK must attack the invader.
 
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17. Board Game: Armies of Oblivion: ASL Module 12 [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.40 Unranked]
Jim Ruddy
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Hamilton
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ASL, The last days of the Hadziefendic Legion September 1943 - October 1943.

In total, three copies were sold to the only two ASL players that knew who the Hadziefendic Legion were and cared enough to buy it plus third dyslexic fellow who thought he was buying the latest Klaus Teuber eurogame.

It did manage to outsell "ASL, Iowa Civilian Defence Force" by one copy though.
 
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18. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:719]
Matt Kruczek
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Colchester
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Lord of the Rings: The Silmarillion

A new set of scenario boards to be played at the beginning of the game. Players must work together to create 4,000 years worth of incomprehensible backstory and mythology, including authentic sounding languages and alphabets.

Bonus points if a prog rock band names themselves after you.
 
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19. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:128]
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Go: The Star Wars Saga Limited Special Collector's Edition

The white stones are stormtrooper helmets, the black stones are Darth Vader masks.

For the Special Collector's edition the pieces are guaranteed made from original stormtrooper outfits or Darth Vaders very own suit! The board is made from transparent plexiglass filled with sand from the Tatooine location shoots.
 
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20. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Command & Colors: Woodstock

Recreate the seminal events of 1969 in this fast moving but historically accurate (as far as anyone can remember at any rate) game.

Marshall your hippies, freaks and dropouts with a card based suggestion (we don't do orders, man) system. Such orders include...

"Advance Right Flank": Order all units to the right of the stage

"Order Bearded Units": Order a number of bearded units equal to command

"Darken the Ground": All Units may roll around in the mud for a bit
 
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21. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1217]
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Travel Hamsterrolle

It's four inches across and square.
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22. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.78 Overall Rank:15981]
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The Ungame: Berlin 1936

The architects of the Third Reich sit down and discuss their feelings.
 
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23. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:83]
Pierre Pinguet
France
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War of The Ring : Valinor.
One more player can join the fun and plays the Valars in the West in this true to theme expansion.

The Valar player has two possible actions:
-Do nothing and watch as the fate of Middle-Earth is decided...
-Revive Gandalf the Grey as Gandalf the White when a Will of the West dice is played... (One time only)
 
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24. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:15798]
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Busen Memo Junior Edition

The designer and publisher are currently serving five to seven years.
 
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25. Board Game: 10 Days in the USA [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1847]
Greg Lam
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10 Days in Hell

Moon and Weisblum adapt Dante's Inferno into a fun, light traveling game! You can walk between adjacent regions of hell or take ferries to circles of the same color. "I walked from the Spendthrifts to the Gluttonous, then from the Gluttonous to the Lustful, then took a ferry to the City of Dis, and then took another ferry to the Unbaptised and Virtuous Pagans..."

Win or be damned for all eternity.
 
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