Games you bought with no intention of playing
Nicholas DeLateur
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Have you ever bought a board game with the intention not to play it?

I've bought 4 games that I never particularly intend on playing.

I've bought games knowing it'd be hard to either get the players, time, or understanding to play them, but I meant to. Same with an out-of-print grailish game; I may not plan to for a while, but I definitely want to. Nor are these games that I bought because I wanted to play them, and then found I didn't like them (which I feel is dissimilar enough from my second case below).

These games, at the time of purchase, I had, and have, no interest in playing (although for the first lot I wouldn't mind trying on a rainy day if someone wanted to). Rather, I own them just to own them.
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1. Board Game: Daze of Our Loans [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Nicholas DeLateur
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Daze of Our Loans, Creditor's Pursuit, and Creditor's Deal
http://articles.latimes.com/1985-12-29/business/fi-26140_1_b...

In the garage of the house I grew up in is a board game. A board game I've never played. This board game is Daze of our Loans. I asked my mother this past Christmas when I was visiting where it came from; it turns out there was a law firm, Frandzel & Share, whose partners actually designed bankruptcy-law related board games and handed them out to colleagues and customers!

That's pretty neat, that a full time head lawyer would try to teach advanced law concepts through boardgames. I found a complete triplet collection on ebay, and while I don't plan on playing them (I would I suppose if the world stopped making board games and I got through my "to-play" list of 400 games of so), but I like having them as a small part of board game history, and a connection to my mom.
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Nicholas DeLateur
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I recently got suckered into an overrated games list and had to once again put down my disdain for Settlers of Catan into words (1/3). Which reminded me of something I did last month: buy Settlers of Catan.

I only recently got into board games. Most of my friends either don't know, much less heard of modern designer board games, or are new themselves. I can and do expect quite often that Settlers is the only modern game they know of (CAH isn't a game (2/3)). I'd look silly having over 200 games, but no Settlers! Especially to the veterans who like Settlers. Like telling Sam Healy you don't own TTR (which I don't (3/3)).

Solution? Buy Settlers, except buy an unpunched original German version off ebay for a dollar. It's great!
"Oh, I'm sorry, I haven't punched out that game at all"
"Oh, I'd play Catan, but I don't speak German"
"Oh, gosh, all the cards and tiles are getting warped, maybe we should play a different game"

If you find 1-3 fighting words, please feel free to brawl it out over here: Games That Aren't Nearly As Good As Everyone Says They Are
 
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3. Board Game: Wide World [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:13363]
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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This is the only BGG-rated game from 1957, the year in which I was born. But that's not why I bought it. I bought it because it has six really cool colored metal spaceships that are perfect for Merchant of Venus.
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4. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
William Snider
United States
Midlothian
Virginia
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No way in hell. I knew it when I bought it half off too. Half off though.
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5. Board Game: Star Trek: The Game [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:15144]
Erin Jean
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New Jersey
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Found this at an antique store in good condition. I love board games. I love Star Trek, especially the original series. I had to have this, but I know that no one will ever play it with me. Thinking of making some kind of art piece with the components, though.
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6. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:52]
Josh Bodah
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Cambridge
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Where to start...

Dominant Species
Earth Reborn
Eclipse

Any long heavy game really. It's more the idea of being able to play them one day that intrigues me
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7. Board Game: Hendrik Van Loon's Wide World Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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This is just a cool looking old game. I like looking at it. I should take some photos of it, as I don't feel the photos on the site quite do it justice.

I also own Global Air Race, which is quite remarkable as Game Bistro art:
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8. Board Game: Star Traders [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5458]
John Cobb
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Conway
Arkansas
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aka Isaac Asimov's Star Traders. Dude, Isaac Asimov! Still in shrink, never plan on unwrapping. It is simply a jewel on my shelf.
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9. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.81 Overall Rank:15126]
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I found this game in Berlin during a holiday. Couldn't resist to buy it, but do not intent to play it.

It is a nice game to own because of the puzzeld looks on the faces of visitors.
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10. Board Game: The Inventors [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:13927]
J Weintraub
United States
Commack
New York
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One of several games I have bought just to ghoul the parts. This one has a really funky dice tower. Everything else I tossed.
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11. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:456]
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I can hope! We managed to do 5 hour games before. Including me, four people of my gaming group are interested. One day...really!
 
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