Irreplaceable Pieces
Steven Tan
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I found the "exposure die" from Dead of Winter still in my dice tower on my table, a day after I'd packed the rest of it back into the box. I almost left the house without it to play with a new group and I thought, "Wow, that would have have been incredibly annoying."

So that got me thinking: in what games would one missing component make the game unplayable until replaced? (And then really annoying to play even when replaced.)
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1. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Of course, this is the game that inspired the list. The "exposure die" could be replaced with a standard d12 and a chart, but it wouldn't have the same impact of seeing the original come up with a bite symbol.
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2. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1098]
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If any one of the paddle cards went missing, it would render this game unplayable (at least with 5 players).
 
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Imagine trying to play this with a damaged/missing space ship.
 
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Any one of the tiles.
 
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This thing is shaken before each players turn and the balls that drop into the three openings determine actions that can be taken. (If I'd played more than just once I'd probably be able to provide more detail.)
To replace it one would need to know how many of each colour are in the thing.
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Losing either of the role books, for Traitor or Others, would make this unplayable.
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Disclaimer: this is not really "one" item

I have a pretty nice chest which I use as monster cup (containing all the monsters from base, KH, IH, MU, BGotW, LotD). Every time I have taken AH with me to play it elsewhere than at home, I have forgotten this chest. Game is pretty unplayable without monsters.
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