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Just like most gamers, I imagine, I like to browse games in online stores. However, if there are many hundreds or even thousands of games, I have to be selective. The simplest selecton method is of course to look at the titles, because some words will signal that the game most probably isn't my cup of tea. So, here's a sample of words that will make me more or less automatically scroll past a title. It's not meant to be a negative list, but rather a (shallow) study in how certain words signal certain things in the world of board games.
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1. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15319]
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How many bloody versions of this old game can they come up with, really? I automatically scroll past any title containing the word "monopoly".
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2. Board Game: A Game of Thrones Collectible Card Game [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2299]
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I only find collectible card games mildly entertaining, so I'm certainly not prepared to invest the hundreds or even thousands of quids it takes to build good decks. To be completely frank, collectible card games border on swindles, in my opinion.

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3. Board Game: Catan Dice Game [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5296]
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dice

I think D-Day Dice is an alright game, although far from fantastic, but apart from this game, I can't think of a good game with the word "dice" in the title. This doesn't mean that I don't like dice games (I love Alea Iacta Est, for instance), just that I'm weary of games with titles containing this particular word.
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4. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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There are exceptions, but generally speaking, the word "advanced" means that the game will take way too many hours to play, and as I'm a man of limited patience, I'm likely to scroll past any game with such a title.
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5. Board Game: Dungeon! [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3534]
 
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dungeon

I'm indifferent to dungeon crawlers, not because I have anything against them, but simply because I don't find them interesting, so if this word appears in the title, I won't give it a second glance.
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6. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:6164]
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adventure

Titles with the word "adventure" almost always belong to so-called Ameritrash games, and I almost never find such games entertaining, at least not entertaining enough to warrant a purchase. As I'm not interested in yet another debate on the topic Eurogames versus Ameritrash, I'd better add the old platitude, to each their won.
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7. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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war

I certainly don't mind confrontational games, but I'm indifferent to chits, hexagons, miniatures and dice, and that's usually what games with the word "war" in the title are about.
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8. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2005]
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panzer

The word "panzer" almost invariably appears in titles of World War II games. I have to admit that I have almost no experience of proper wargames, but the thought of playing such games isn't very tempting to me; maybe I'm missing out on something, maybe I don't. Thus, I happily scroll past any game titles containing the word "panzer".
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9. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4468] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: Merchants of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1516]
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merchant

I like Starship Merchants and I'm quite sure I'd like Merchant of Venus if I ever came around playing it, but in 19 out of 20 cases, a game with the word "merchant" in the title will be a thirten-on-the-dozen economic game, and that's not really my cup of tea. I sometimes find such games mildly entertaining, but that's about it, so I'm not likely to buy one.
 
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Carcassonne

I like Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers and Carcassonne: The Castle, but I have, quite frankly, grown tired of this ever-growing franchise. If the title contains the word "Carcassonne", I'll pass.
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12. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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settlers

Basically the same reason as in the Carcassonne entry above.
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13. Board Game: Western Town [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2554]
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If the title contains the word "western", it's almost invariably about the history of the United States or the Western Front in World War II. As I find neither topic particularly interesting, I always scroll past titles with the word "western".

 
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14. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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Theme just doesn't work for me.
 
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15. Board Game: Chennault's First Fight [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:8950]
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solitaire playability: average

Just say "no", when you mean "no". .
 
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16. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:743]
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Fairies, Fantasy, Dwarves, Orcs, Dorks, etc.
 
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