Games I Got Talked Into Buying That I Can't Get Rid Of Fast Enough
Rob Leveille
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St. Catharines
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You know the game. The guy at the store tells you about this new product. Its the hottest thing since Settlers jumped the pond. Look at the cool box. See, its by Knizia/Faidutti/Wallace/Moon. Look at all these cool components. Its a great twist on area control/tile laying/resource management. Its kinda like such-and-such but with less luck/better theme/more replayability. Its a shoe-in for Spiele du Jahres/IGA/Golden Geek. All your friends are gonna want to play. You'll be the coolest cat at game night (hmmmmm oxymoron alarm going off).

You get her home, open her up and start to play. Wow, the stench of feces comes wafting from the game right away. maybe you're doing something srong. Let's check the 'Geek. Nope, we got all of the rules right. Maybe we just approached it wrong. Nope, even if we come from over here, its still a heaping pile of poo. Wow. There goes my money right out the window.

Maybe its just me, but I get pretty sore when a hyped game stinks. I don't mean it dissappointed based on the hype. I mean, it just blows. Now I know that people out there will disagree with my choices. hey, that's great. you can buy my copy, dirt cheap.

Pretty much, this is a gripe list of every game I regret shelling out for.

And the winners are...
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1. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:868]
Rob Leveille
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This is the reason for the list. The game store owner talked me into this one. He and his friends loved it. It looked great. Lots of cool bits. Took me an hour to get all the pieces ready. Another hour to figure out the rules. Got the friends over. Played it. Spent the next week apologizing. It took two months until they'd let me pick another game. It it wasn't a cheap game. But its yours if you want it. Act now.
 
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2. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:564]
Rob Leveille
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This one looked awesome. Tons of hype before it came out. The pictures of it on the 'Geek were intriging. Just how does a game like that play? It sure looks interesting. And its an Alea. They're all great, aren't they? So I brings her home and open her up. Wow. The components are warped already. Shouldn't affect gameplay, but kind of sad nonetheless. Rio Grande usually has better standards. I work through the rules, do some play-testing. This can't be right, because it feels so pointless. Yeah, sure, its strategic, but who cares. My interest in the game is zero. I try to figure it out, but i just get more and more drained.

So while I know everyone will give me flack about it, I rate this one as a giant peice of poo game unplayed. I've played hundreds of games in my life. I'm one of the main rule-readers in my group. I will play pretty much any game, any time, any theme. Hell, I'm even up for a game of Monopoly if the alternate is to watch the boob tube or clean the house. Yet somehow this game made me want to bury it at the back of my shelf in shame.

Free to good home.
 
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3. Board Game: Industria [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1868]
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Looked like i'd like it. Ordered the german from ebay. opened her up and tried her out. Okay, I think I've got it. Get the friends over. Set her up and explain her. they just look at me and go 'huh?'. We play a bit, still confused. Understand the mechanics but once again, once the point. No excitement at all. Put it away unfinished, and pull out Princes Of Florence - a bastion of excitement in comparison.

May actually keep on the shelf 'cause it looks cool. Unless you got something cool to trade.
 
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4. Board Game: Manifest Destiny [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2953]
Rob Leveille
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My first GMT purchase, and probably my last. Now this I know is my own fault. I don't like their Card Driven mechanic. It feels false to me. i know why they do it, its just not for me. Oh, and I'll pay a little extra to have the game assembled for me.
 
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5. Board Game: Oceania [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5462]
Rob Leveille
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I own Carcasonne. Why did I ever buy this? A very said ripoff with sub-par components.
 
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6. Board Game: Station Master [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4043]
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Zero excitement. Mechanics a 6 year old could master. Just because a mechanic works, doesn't mean its fun.

(as an aside, I'm not trying to belittle the game designers. I just get dissappointed when I realize I've wasted my money. I try to do my homework ahead of time. This one slipped throught the cracks.)
 
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7. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1501]
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I can say something nice about this one. 7 people can play. Thats it. you wanna buy? I'll throw in my sister.
 
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8. Board Game: Bean Trader [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:5956]
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Oddly enough, this game has great mechanics. And I love playing Bohnanza. But the two put together equal a big fat zero. The theme is too light for the game, or the game is too heavy for the theme. I would like to see this re-done with some more weight. Combine this with Thurn & Taxis and I think we've got a winner.
 
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9. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1567]
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disclaimer: I never actually purchased this one. A friend did, but he is currently out-of-country (our country, maybe not yours) and I feel obliged to post in his name. but had he not purchased it, however, I would be the own cursing Martin Wallace's name for publishing just enough good games to entice me into this double-coiler of a turd. I know you all love it, but we've already ripped it apart and cannibalized its pieces to try to make an actual game from its carcass. Yes, send me all of your hate mail and tell me how I'm just bashing out of hype-backlash, but you'll never convince me this game is fun. Steal all of the cool mechanics you want, it doesn't guarantee the magic, baby. Double-coiler, guys. Double-coiler.
 
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10. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:837]
Miguel de la Casa
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Madrid
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This is my example. I got so angry when I found you HAVE to device a set of house rules to make this one work angry arrrh devil So angry that I'm getting angry thinking about it.

And of course, the idiotic response from Fantasy Flight didn't help.

Yes, I know, Descent fixes many problems and is a huge improvement of the same system... It's just that I won't support that way of pulling tricks on us customers!
 
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11. Board Game: Battlemist [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7216]
Phil
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Bremen
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I liked TI2. No better, I love it! I am playing it all day (online)...

So Battlemist should have been something like TI2 with a fantasy theme.

Well, no miniatures, ugly hexes and a crappy game system. It is just... Arghs, so bad I would like to light a bonfire with it. Every day. Just destroy it. Arghs.

Perhaps my expactations were just too high.
 
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12. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1682]
Theo Miltenburg
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I played this once and we were soooo bored at the end when it ended. It is soooo bad. ugh. Let's put this on my trade list right away.
 
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13. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:402]
Antonio Chavez
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This is the one for me. Spiel des Jahres, great press on the Geek, had to work, right? Played it with my wife and it was not bad... it was more like meh. Not an ounce of excitement for us. Even Ticket to Ride is more exciting. I'd put it for trade, but I don't think there are many traders here in Mexico --and sending it to another country would probably be more expensive than the game itself was.
 
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14. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:512] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Antonio Chavez
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So, the wife loved Lost Cities. What's next on the Kosmos series? Jambo? Cool! Well, not so much. We found it enormously fiddly for a filler game, and the whole thing seemed kind of pointless. Plus, more often than not, you cannot even use your 5 action points; makes you feel like you're doing something wrong.
 
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