Dear editor: this box made you lose a buyer
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Gamers usually complain about the size of the box of the games. As you get more and more games, size becomes a problem. Sometimes, the box is just bigger than necessary, but not really painful. Sometimes, oh thanks!, size is perfect, and insert is well designed. But there are special cases in which the box seems to be a bad joke to the customers. An example very recently made me think about creating this geeklist. Please insert any game you really like and would like to have, but you have decided not to buy just because of the size of the box.
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1. Board Game: Rise of Augustus [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:771]
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The game that inspired, inmediately, this list. Augustus is a fabolous game in its kind. It is fast, has some elements of luck that can be managed in a nice way, components are quite ok, and it is terribly FUN. I really loved the game, but when you see that more than 75% of the size of the box is just for air, you feel shocked. I'm sorry, but I will most probably not buy this.soblue
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2. Board Game: Super Dungeon Explore [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1066] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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I didn't notice the hinged box until I had purchased this, and Now I have upturned it into a proper box.

I detest this hinged box type and will actively avoid games with boxes like this
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3. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:662]
Dave Lartigue
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I like this game, but the ridiculously huge box makes it a pain in the ass to get to game day, so it tends to stay at home, unplayed. I just bought the FFG version, which comes in a more sane package, and will probably try to trade or sell the older version.
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4. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:584]
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So it's not just this game but this is a good place holder for it.

Metal Tins shake

I will never buy a game that comes in a metal tin - if it's in a metal tin and not biscuits, I'm not interested.
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5. Board Game Publisher: Plaid Hat Games
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Unduly dark/darkened/dingy/dim front covers.

A (dis)honourable mention to Plaid Hat games.

Now I love these fellows and this week had the pleasure of buying Mice and Mystics and City of Remnants together at a local games shop (Heavy walk home). Despite wanting these for a long time I hesitated because they both sport the darkest box covers I've ever seen in gaming. In normal daylight you'll struggle to make out the detail on the box.

No doubt great art but jeeze it's so dark that despite being hugely thematic games I bet others just walk buy them without noticing. In fact both so dark that the shop in question had stacked them on top of each other assuming that they were the same game.

I'm ok with having atmospheric front covers but front covers need a minimum amount of brightness... brighter than either of these two IMO. (Oddly the pictures in the galleries of these two games are significantly brighter than my copies appear).
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6. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:135]
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Perhaps it is just the first edition that is like this, but this game has 2 major box problems:

1. The box is about 1-2 inches too big for the board on each side, so the board bangs around inside it and smashes the minis whenever it is moved.

2. Flimsy cardboard. The top of the box is bowed in due to its lack of structural support. Storing the box on its side isn't an option, because it is so big and my game cabinet has glass doors that close.

I recognize that both of these were likely cost-cutting measures, but they are still annoying!
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7. Board Game: Tribune: Primus Inter Pares [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:466]
Bryan Thunkd
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This ungainly square box doesn't fit anywhere. It's the only game I've ever seen that just flat out wont fit in a milk crate (my travel storage choice for games) without placing it diagonally (which screws getting any other box in there) and it juts out oddly when placed on a shelf. There aren't any other games with the same size box, so it's an odd duck all around.
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne Big Box 2 [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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I haven't seen all the series but this is a big box where 35% of the box has Carcassonne bits in and 65% of the box is just air.

It's ludicrous and uses up so much bloody space for no good reason.

So this should be sold as a big box with some Carcassonne bits.
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9. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:334]
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What a front cover! Great, I'm sure, if you're an insecure 15-year-old boy.
Giant ugly monsters. Check. Big over-muscled blokes. Check... Everyone yelling. Check.

It's like a Michael Bay movie. The only thing that's missing is a Victoria Secret model who can't act, photographed from the knees up to the waist...

I tracked down a copy of the older edition...
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