Games that I don't like but are very popular
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I'm sure you know this feeling. Everybody wants to play a certain game, it's ranked high in many people's list, or even in the BGG top 100, but you hate the game.
This is my personal list of these games.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those who don't share my opinion on the games I present here, please don't feel offended. This is just my opinion on these games. I try to make my point by using irony. So please don't take anything I write too personal. We can still be friends if you like one of the games in this list

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1. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:25]
David Grietens
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I've played this game once, but I hope I will never have to do it again. Playing TTA is like fishing. Some love it, some find it the most boring activity on earth. I belong to this second category. More than 4 hours, staring at a board, where nothing really happens. What's the fun of that?
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
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I must admit, I'm not a big fan of card games. Once in a while, i can appreciate a card game, but with 7 wonders, that is nog going to happen. I'm not sure what it is I don't like about this game, but I already sigh when somebody proposes to play it.
It feels I need to put myself through a lot of trouble playing, without enjoying any fun doing it. Just not my kind of game.
Also something I learned from this game, if you don't have inspiration to choose a theme for a game, use the word wonder in the title.
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3. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:71]
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Although I'm a Stefan Feld fan, I really don't enjoy this game. It looks pretty boring, and it actually is boring. Collect chips and maximize your multiplier effect. Why bother about a theme when people like this kind of themeless junk, Stefan must have thought ?
It may come as no surprise that I actually do value a convincing theme in a game.
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4. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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I have really given this several chances, but each time i came to the same conclusion, I DON'T Like this game. It's boring. Its for people that enjoy to sit in a dark cave (Plato's cave?), all on their own. Not for me, since I like to be in the sun, look around me to see all the beautiful and colorful things, not this dark box with dark cards that even don't try to make you believe there is a theme involved
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5. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
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In this game, I always have the feeling of running behind, whatever I do. I also don't find any excitement by the theme (what theme?). I think this is a game that is especially interesting if you want to prove you can calculate real good, but not for people looking for some fun during a game.
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6. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:159]
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Ok, I admit that I have only played this game once, and I played it with 2 players, not the most ideal number, but the game experience was TERRIBLE.

This game is too aggressive, is a good example of the runaway leader syndrome to which you are, when you have bad luck, powerless. On top of that it's really only about rolling dice, and then, dependent on what you roll, your options are very limited in what you can do.

I really don't understand how this got into the top-100.

O and did I already mention I don't like sci-fi themes? It's just too easy to spill some sic-fi theme that doesn't have to relate to anything, over a bunch of very abstract and simple mechanisms.

 
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7. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:226]
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Oh man, I thought we got rid of the "I'll play you out of the game, and then you can sit and get bored while we go on". Didn't we learn that lesson from Monopoly?
This is not a game, but more a tool for pointing to people that you don't like, in an aggressive way.
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
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Throwing dice to kill a monster, yeah, and then a new monster appears, throw dice again, yeah.. etc etc..
BORING ! Why do people play these kind of games? I just don't understand. But hey, if you like this style of game, don't bother my comment.
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9. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:275]
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Really don't see the fun of this. Still not sure what the goal is of this game? Again, if they don't like or know you very well, you won't get any tips. If you play this game seriously, there are people that are going to tell you what you should do (the dominant ones: "you should give a tip to that person now, and you should say this and that"), and if you play this while laughing and giggling, it's like watching a movie of Louis de Funes, everything that can go wrong goes wrong.
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10. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Card games need to be really good to excite me. For some reason, i never liked this game. There is just not enough excitement in this game, and still it can take ages to finish.
You are also very dependent on what others want to do to you. The cards you play are never safe.
To agressive, not enough fun.
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11. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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Every word I write about this game, is one word too much. I just hate this game.
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12. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:845]
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Most of the time, I like games with simple rules, that don't take to long. But with Cartagena, I always feel like I'm going back in history, playing Pachisi.
My mouth always opens when I see people really enjoying this game. I must admit that I'm lacking some of their brain cells to understand this enthusiasm.
Maybe it also has to do with the components (of the early version). Too much grey and such a stupidly simple track, that, to make it more exciting, makes turns.. duh ... puzzling the track together is actually the most exciting part of this game, to my opinion.
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