WARNING: 2013 games to stay away from
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With everyone posting their top games from 2013, it's time to step back and tell everyone what games to stay away from and why!!

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1. Board Game: Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1565] [Average Rating:6.34 Unranked]
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I was actually really excited for this game since the artwork & theme were so cool. I did not kickstart this game however, since they did have a beta version of their rulebook up, and I could instantly tell the game was not going to be good.

Even knowing all of this, a few friends did kickstart this game, so I was able to play the game a few times, and wow, all my initial thoughts were true... it is bad. The game does not offer any meaningful choices & severely felt under developed (which isn't super surprising). Don't let the cool artwork fool you, this game is not worth your hard earned money.
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2. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:887]
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Sims: the card game!!! Whhhhaaat? I'm in! Oh man... the pain. This game is basically king of Tokyo, with a horrible resource system which makes the game slow down way to much. Also, you always use EVERY card, so the game will get super "samey" quickly. There is zero reason to own this game over king of Tokyo, even if you like this theme better. Stay away, and just go buy a copy of King of Tokyo if you do not already own it!
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3. Board Game: City of Remnants [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1584]
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Plaid Hat games! A really neat theme! Deck-building? I like deck building...

One of the worst uses of deck-building ever. Maybe the worst combat system in any game ever? I actually was so frustrated with the combat system, I was chatting with the designer about it at Gen Con. His response was, that you really are not supposed to fight much in the game... I was like huh? Why is there an option for combat, if you are not supposed to fight? Horrible game... stay far far away from it.
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4. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1420]
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Ok, if you are into family games, then I can see why this might be something you want on your shelf. However, as a gamers game, there is zero reason to own this. It does have some cool pieces, but other than that, there was nothing else innovative or interesting about it. Has average mechanisms, along with very basic decisions. Pass.
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5. Board Game: Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:3894]
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Maybe the best example of a game over staying its welcome ever... The game is probably fun for about 30minutes or so, but you just continue to make the same simple choices for 2 - 3 hours.... Did anyone play test this game before they released it? Was it fun for 3 hours for any of you? Should not of been published in its current form...
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6. Board Game: Tomorrow [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3942]
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Crazy off the wall theme? Ok sure, I am ok with that. Here are your actions you can pick each turn... oh by the way, if you want to win, you have to pick the same two EVERY turn!

The game actually seemed like it balanced pretty well through play testing, however they forgot maybe the most important factor... FUN. The game is ZERO fun when you basically pick the same two actions EVERY TURN!!! Great components... but a bad game. Ugh.
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7. Board Game: Corporate America [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2650]
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Oh... Another under developed kick starter game...

I don't even know where to start, mainly because I don't think this is really a game. It's really a social activity, and I'm still not sure why anyone thought this was something the gaming world needed? Zero fun. If you want to mess with your friends, pick up a copy of cosmic encounter.
 
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8. Board Game: Trains and Stations [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4624]
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I was actually surprised by how bad this game was (maybe my biggest surprise of the year?). Basically on your turn, you roll some dice, match those dice up with a route you want, get your points and resources, and pass to the next player. Ohhhh, but if you are unlucky, your dice will get STUCK ON THE BOARD, only to have someone else complete the track, sending you back your dice with no points or resources. Repeat... Repeat... Repeat...

There were some really odd component choices here as well. The board is REALLY small, the box is huge, and the dice quality is nothing to write home about. Zero interest in playing this one again...
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9. Board Game: Maximum Throwdown [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:10796] [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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So... AEG has some pretty cool art. I don't think anyone would argue that point actually, because they do hire some of the best artist out there. So it is super funny when they take some of the amazing art they have, and slap silly weird symbols on it.

The game is just weird also. Figuring out rules for how far back you need to be to throw, and what symbols are covered is just not fun. Nothing to see here... move along.
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10. Board Game: Gettysburg: The Valley Of Death [Average Rating:4.31 Unranked]
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BEWARE, this is a game kit in a box. The rules are woefully incomplete, the components are mediocre at best, the unit count (counters included) do not represent all the units at the location on the day the game portrays. The fire templates enclosed don't match the area coverage shown in the rules. They failed to include counters to show certain unit conditions that occur during play. And though the boards are the most beautiful part of the game, they do tend to warp somewhat.

So unless you want to get it for the game boards which you might be able to use in other games, there are better entry level games on the subject. The real sad part is the game had potential, but there's no support from the publisher or the designers.
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11. Board Game: Storm the Castle! [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:14664]
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I had high hopes for this Kickstarter game, but I don't think this game was playtested much. Your units get stuck in front of the walls and can't move around and usually don't do much damage. The defenders don't do much defending. Some of the teams are really lame. Few meaningful decisions. I was glad to trade this off because the ratings continue to sink for this game. In fact, the average rating would be even lower if you ignore all the 10s that were given a year before the game was actually released. I wrote a whole review about my issues with this game.

This game was the one that has made me extremely cautious of any Kickstarter games by designers who have no track record for designing games and are not active in the BGG community.
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12. Board Game: Relic Expedition [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4130]
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I was in the KS campaign for this. It sounded great: laying tiles in a jungle, searching for relics, avoiding dangerous animals and steering them towards your opponents. I thought of Survive when I kick started this.

But to my dismay the game fell flat. There are four different animals in the jungle and they all basically do the same thing: when attacked you lose a turn and / or you must drop your backpack items. And seriously, losing a turn is so yesterday. The game was fiddly too, your hands were always busy laying tiles, moving animals, etc.

This is about the fourth or fifth KS that I participated in and have been disappointed in all of them. I think from now on I will wait and see if the game becomes a hit first.
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13. Board Game: Upon a Fable: New Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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The base game (Upon a Fable) is ok -- not spectacular, but really ok. However, the expansion makes a mess of it. It just adds more of everything, to the detriment of the base game's core dynamics.

It approximately doubles the size of the deck, making draws even more random (including the randomness in drawing the Small Realm cards that let you buy new works, which are absolutely critical to winning the game). The new cards are individually fine, but adding so many of them is a mess.

It adds more 'story' cards (story cards add worker placement options each round). You are suppose to play with a subset of these cards. If you pick randomly, there is a 25% chance that all large and epic realms in the deck (which is a fair number of the cards, and an interesting part of the original game) will be completely unplayable -- dead cards in your hand. The designer suggest that players collectively decide which to use, which means that players have to play the job of game designers just to avoid the game breaking.

I was hoping the expansion would make the game deeper (as the core game is interesting but pretty light), but it seems to just be a dump of ideas that (rightfully) didn't make it into the base game.
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14. Board Game: Pixel Lincoln: The Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:7290]
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Oh when Kickstarter was new to me and Deckbuilders could do no wrong. The theme is fun and I love old school NES games, so of course, I'll drop $60 on this. I even get some cool kickstarter exclusives and those tuckboxes look like NES cartridges, oh what fun! After waiting over a year it was in my hands and for all the cards in the box it feels like there is little to no variety in the weapons and monsters. The sidescrolling mechanic seemed like it would be fun, but it takes too long to be worth it. Maybe the expansion would fix a few things, but fool me twice, shame on me.
 
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