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Wanted to create a list which will shed some light on rules or components gamers out there just don't like or rules or components they wished their game had.

While yes, we usually house rule many of the items that will come up on this list, it would be nice to see what really "grinds your gears" and makes you wish you did not have to.

Please keep in mind that I am listing some of my favorite games that I play on a regular basis and I am not attempting to bash any of them, just would like to give personal preference and see the preferences of others.
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1. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:331]
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...allowed characters to help in challenges teamates are undergoing when they at the same location.

I just do not understand how my backstabbing rogue cannot help the cleric who is in the same location as me but the ranger on the opposite edge of the map can shoot a magic arrow and have it somehow find its mark. Maybe I am missing something. Otherwise I am a big fan of the game.
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2. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:41]
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...came with "spiffier" components than just multiple colored cubes.

Yes I know this would have likely increased the price of the game but it would have saved me from going out and buying these things separately, on my own. I have seen a ton of pics of people replacing the boring old cubes with bananas and dried meat which I think adds a ton more theme to an already awesomely themed game. I don't think this takes away from the game, I just think that it adds so much to it.
 
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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...made the ancient one actually awaken when you are unable to seal the gates in time.

Not really, but that would be hilarious.

In all actuality I cannot really comment on anything other than to the base game and the two expansions I own. So if they have already added this, please let me know. I would just like something more than dice rolling added to the final battle. While yes it is still rewarding, I would have liked to see scenario items incorporated with each ancient one which could be used during the boss battle. Not a strong recommendation but hey, this game is so awesome I would not change much.
 
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4. Board Game: Letters from Whitechapel [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:208]
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...came with clue tokens that were not clear.

Such a pain, especially during clean up when I hear some hit the table every time I fold and put away the board.
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5. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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...did not make me the most vendictive shooter ever.

Not trying to beat a dead horse I just do not understand the rule of shooting friends first and asking questions later. I admit that sometimes it is hilarious to take out friends, it is indeed annoying most of the time.
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6. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:333]
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...did not take longer to set up than play.

Easy solve for this one though: have a wife that loves puzzles! Huge fan of the game but it took a large clear piece of acrylic and a very loving wife for me to enjoy it so much. No way around it though, but I think the game and components are rewarding enough for me to definitely overlook this small detail. It is just so darned hard to get it on the table.
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7. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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...did not make me look like such a "namby pamby" when I tell people the name of the game we are having so much fun playing.

Some suggestions for alternative names under this item would be welcome.
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8. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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...took into account that space is BIG.

I know this is basically impossible but how in the heck am I going to run into another ship in space as often as I do in this game? This is my biggest problem with these types of games, I just do not see a work-around for it.
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9. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:56]
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...did not look mechanically to me exactly like one of my favorite games I already own and play often.

Word is still out on this one, but I am definitely waiting for other's comments before going out and adding to my Cthulhu collection.
 
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10. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1127]
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...had text in addition to the card symbols
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11. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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...didn't require cryptography.
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12. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:16827]
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...used figures instead of pictures, you could play blindfolded.
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13. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:152] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Were rebranded as an LCG.

I can't nor want to keep up with every set anymore, but if I could buy a $40 base set and the occasional $15 booster, it would be a top 10 game for me. But considering the always-full udders of this cash cow, such a system will never happen.
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