Games That Were Dead To You, But For Some Reason You're Giving Them Another Chance
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Once upon a time, Magic: The Gathering was dead to me.

The LCG format had rolled around and cost way less money (though, as it turns out, still a significant pile of money). I had lost interest in the MtG tournament scene, even the draft tournaments. I stopped reading the MtG columns on the official site. I sold off my collection and swore off the game.

But somehow... through hook and perhaps crook, Wizards of the Coast managed to make me interested in the game again through the Commander 2013 decks.

And as I re-enter the hobby after a few years of hiatus, I find myself buying games again that I had actually sold or given away in the past.

I'm curious if you've done the same. If you have, feel free to add to this Geeklist, the games that got a second chance with you—and that might have succeeded, or failed.
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1. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Through Tom Vasel's review of the Commander 2013 series, I grew interested in the game once more. Nostalgic, even, for the days of Emperor and Serra Angels and Fallen Angels and angel decks and slivers and the like. I had loved playing big beast decks. I loved highlander decks (1 of each card).

And the Commander pre-constructed decks brought this love back. Especially the special commander Legendary Creature of any deck, which can be recast (though for a higher cost each time) for extreme joy of big creatures stomping each other. And with games at 40 life, there is much stompination.

Getting the decks is dangerously expensive, and if you're short on cash I highly recommend getting the spoiler lists and pasting them into this proxy generator and getting poker cards and sleeves. You can even do this for the 2011 line of Commander decks, a full set of which commands $350 - $500 on eBay.

If you're taking the proxy route and have never played the game or need a refresher course, there are interactive tutorials and video tutorials for basic play, and here are the additional Commander format rules. If you're buying the boxes, you'll get a couple quick start brochures.
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2. Board Game: Caribbean [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2535]
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This is an odd little game with wonderful little ship pieces. This time I picked it up again from the BGG.CON 2013 flea market, and after getting home I glued the ships together as well as the little tile racks.

Part of my motivation is that this is for my light-hearted gaming groups, and also because I remember the little ships, and how cute they were, and believe me, cuteness adds a lot to a game these days when persuading people to play. Even if the term "cute" extends to "well-sculpted bloodthirsty demon monsters with Kiss tongues".
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3. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2276]
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Of the two-player line, I bought it again because I've grown interested in the so-called "in your face" interactive games. One of my new gaming partners is enamored with games like Survive! and Gheos and doesn't mind beating me up every once in a while. I hope it survives its new bringing-out.

I hope to work up to Cyclades.
 
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